Monday, Jul 22, 2019

Posts Tagged ‘bike repair’

Singletracks: If you’re a gear head, this is the washer for you!

Syd from Singletracks gave The BenchtopPRO a good workout cleaning his mountain bike components. Read on to see all of his great comments and pictures.

Review: ChemFree BenchtopPRO

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While looking around for a better way to clean my cassette bodies and other mountain bike components, I stumbled across a company called ChemFree. ChemFree sells an innovative product called the BenchtopPRO bioremediating parts washer.

I have honestly never encountered such a product before. Although I’ve used many parts washers in the past when working as a shop technician, the BenchtopPRO offers a new approach to parts washing.

The BenchtopPRO combines the process of bioremediation, “the use of micro-organism metabolism to remove pollutants” (according to Wikipedia), with a revolutionary non-flammable degreasing solution engineered to work at room temperature.


I am not one who is easily impressed with gimmicky tools, so I can honestly say that the BenchtopPRO is not a gimmick and is actually quite impressive. Most importantly, it actually works as intended. There are no lies and no false claims here.

Having been a technician for years and now working as a shop teacher, I’ve had more than my share of smelly, toxic fumes while hanging around the parts washer, and I was tired of stinking up the shop area while the parts washer’s surface dried up. The BenchtopPRO totally resolves those issues: this unit gives off virtually no odor.

Another huge plus is the fact that the fluid has had no ill effect on my hands. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me feel. I love keeping my bike clean, but I just hated when my hands would get raw and irritated from cleaning solvents. I do use gloves when I work, but sometimes you can’t when it comes to cleaning smaller parts.

Bottom Line

I am super stoked with the performance of the BenchtopPRO! The MSRP for the full kit is $389, but as of the time of this writing Benchtop has it on sale for $299. Later on when it comes time to recharge the tank, it will cost about $65 for new BT5 solution and MicroPacs. Yes, it can be a bit costly, but it’s a small price to pay for a product that is much safer and healthier to use than other options.

If you’re a gear head, this is the washer for you!

The Bicycle Doctor Saves Time with The BenchtopPRO

The BenchtopPRO has been hard at work at The Bicycle Doctor for several months.  Aaron was kind enough to tell us about his experiences with The BenchtopPRO including some of his favorite benefits:

  • Cleans Dirty greasy parts
  • Saves time
  • Safe to use with his bare hands
  • Stores away under the work bench when not in use
  • Brush works well for cleaning

                          The Bicycle Doctor Testimonial