Spring clean your bike – with Peaty or Guy Martin

Loam Foam and Proper Cleaner put to the test

Steve Peat and Guy Martin have both launched new bike cleaners late last year. How do they compare to the established brands and do they get the job done?

Words: Sean White  Images: Ieuan Williams

As always this winter has brought with it some filthy riding conditions. Whether it’s trail centre spray or mud from off-piste tracks your bike certainly suffers in these conditions. Most four-season riders will be on top of maintenance and suitably equipped but many are just pointing a hose at their bike and hoping for the best. If that’s you then maybe now is the right time for a deep clean with the spring just around the corner?

‘A bucket of soapy water will certainly do a reasonable job but having the right cleaner for modern bikes will safeguard the finish of components and get the task done quicker’

We’ve been trying out two new cleaners that have been developed, tested and manufactured here in the UK. Steve Peat and Guy Martin have both done their fair share of riding, racing and indeed the cleaning that goes hand in hand with all year round riding on our often filthy trails. Steve’s Loam Foam and Guy’s Proper Cleaner arrive into a marketplace that’s packed with options including the benchmark favourites. They are up against some stiff competition, so what do they offer?


Peaty launched his brand last year with his Loam Foam bike cleaner and Peaty’s Tubeless sealant, with the Rimjob tubeless rim tape due out soon. After retiring from the World Cup circuit at the end of 2016 Steve has been busy with this brand and has worked closely with a team of scientists with the development of both the Loam Foam and the tyre sealant.

With a name like ‘Loam Foam’ and Peaty’s involvement you can rest assured that this is a cleaner that’s designed to shift filth from the muddiest mountain bike. It’s a biodegradable cleaner that’s designed specifically for use on modern bikes with specialist components – it won’t contaminate disc pads or rotors and is safe on carbon hardware. So what has the Peaty’s development team done to make this cleaner different?

Loam Foam’s cleaning formulation is blended with organic gelling agents and Peaty’s say that this allows the active cleaning compounds to cling to your bike for longer. Apply in the usual way, leave to do its stuff, then rinse. We’ve been impressed with this minty smelling bike wash – it’s certainly a match for the benchmark cleaners we’ve been using in the Dirt workshop. Loam Foam is the same price as Muc-off’s popular pink cleaner and is available (along with Peaty’s Sealant) through a wide network of dealers here in the UK and in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. You can also order direct from the Peaty’s website. The 5 litre tub is great value, reduces waste and can refill an old trigger bottle that you may have kicking about.

PRICE: 1 Litre Trigger spray £9.99  5 Litre Refill tub £29.99



The ‘Guy Martin Proper’ website is the on-line store for all the products endorsed by the man himself. There are bobble hats, T-shirts, helmets and even a custom spec Transit van available to order. Guy’s latest product is a bike cleaner but he felt that there must be a better way to make it – with a different take on how it’s packaged and shipped. Of course he’s tested the cleaning ability on his van, tractor and beach racer… as well as his bike.

“I use loads of it, and apart from anything it takes up a right load of space in the shed when it’s mixed in bottles! Now then, 70% of the planet is covered in water and there’s a massive business in delivering it all over the world, that seems crackers!”

So what is Guy’s approach to making a cleaner? Instead of buying a ready mixed solution you order up an empty 750ml bottle with a trigger spray and two dissolvable pellets of Proper Cleaner. Fill the bottle with tap water to the limit line, drop in one of the pellets, leave for 30 seconds, shake and you’re good to go. When it comes to refill time then add another Proper Cleaner pellet and repeat the procedure.

So how does it clean? Is it up to scratch? As with Peaty’s Loam foam, the answer is a definite ‘yes’. As you would hope, Guy’s alkaline based and biodegradable cleaner is safe to use on all hardware and paint finishes, including carbon fibre, anodised parts and rubber seals. It shifts caked on dirt very well and rinses to leave a shine as good as anything else out there with no complaints.

You buy the Proper Cleaner direct from their website and at £6.50 for the starter pack and £5 for a pack of two refill pellets it’s economical as well as having an environmentally sound approach to the packaging and shipping. This is a matter that’s had a lot of mainstream press recently and has made people think about day to day waste and its impact.

PRICE: Trigger bottle and two pellets £6.50  Refill pack £5


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