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Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set

8
£64.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Environmentally friendly and also impressively effective
Environmentally friendly
Well-designed tools and liquids
Lube is almost 'too good' if you want to remove it
Weight: 
1,203g

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The Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set is a great buy – it's effective, environmentally friendly and well-specced for cleaning and maintaining your bike.

The set is sold as everything you need to keep your bike in peak condition while caring for the environment. In the past, it's often been the case that these sorts of products are either environmentally friendly or good enough to keep you bike in peak condition, but seldom both. Having tried out the Green Oil Clean Chain Degreaser recently and been very impressed by it, I have high hopes for this collection.

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In the box you get:

  • Clean Chain Degreaser
  • Wet Chain Lube
  • Green Clean Bike Cleaner
  • Ecogrease
  • Ecorags (x2)
  • Green Oil Bicycle Brush

Some of the eco-friendly elements are immediately obvious, with reused bottles being used throughout – the Green Clean Bike Cleaner bottle, for instance, with a Mountain Dew lid on it. And all the instructions tell you why everything is eco friendly. Even the container it comes in has an implicit apology for not being widely recyclable and instead there's a suggestion that you grow salad leaves in it when you've finished using it – and the seeds are included.

2021 Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set - Rocket salad seeds.jpg

I tested the various elements out on my bike on the grass, and despite fully washing my bike twice in three weeks on the same spot, there is no evidence of any ill effect. Not exactly scientific, but I'm thinking if this stuff wasn't eco friendly, I doubt this would have been the case.

For everything else I can only really go on what Green Oil claims on the packaging, but given the effort that's been made elsewhere regarding reusable elements and minimising waste, I'm happy to accept that this is a genuinely eco-friendly product.

So, it appears to be very environmentally friendly, but does each element work?

First off, the Clean Chain Degreaser. I reviewed this on its own very recently, and it works very well. You can read my full review here, but in brief, its thick consistency coats the drivetrain well and does an impressive job of stripping dirt and grime off without doing any noticeable environmental damage.

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The degreaser is actually Green Oil Green Clean in concentrated form. You get 200ml of it in the kit: one 100ml bottle to use as degreaser, and another 100ml at the bottom of a 1-litre bottle which you then mix with water to make Green Clean. This significantly reduces the weight of the kit and therefore the amount of CO2 to transport it – which seems a sensible decision.

2021 Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set - Bike Cleaner.jpg

Once diluted, the Green Clean sprays easily – an adjustable nozzle meaning it can spray as a stream or as a mist – and foams up well. James tested this a few years ago and thought it was excellent. To help it cut through the grime, you then need to give your bike a bit of a scrub and a wipe, so you aren't left with streaks, and so Green Oil has included two 'Eco Rags' which are literally rags from old clothes. I could write a more detailed review, but... they're rags, and you can wipe stuff off with them.

2021 Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set - Eco rag.jpg

The set also contains a Green Oil Bicycle Brush – a stiff bristle brush with a wooden handle made with FSC certified wood. This has no plastic in it; instead it uses plant-based bristles which soften slightly in the wet and are very effective for getting into hard-to-reach areas like the intersection of the stays at the top and bottom.

When Shaun tested this some years ago he found the bristles a bit harsh on paintwork, but that wasn't the case for me – and the handle being wood also makes it difficult for that to damage or scratch your frame. The brush is expected to last for 10 years, too, which is impressive.

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Once you've scrubbed, brushed, wiped and rinsed, the only thing left to do is lubricate and grease everything. For this, Green Oil has included its Chain Lube and Ecogrease.

Steve tested the lube back in 2018 and found that it lasted a long time, resisted dirt, and kept faff to a minimum – and this is pretty much exactly my experience. I applied this at the start of the month and after cycling about 100 miles a week, I only reapplied it because I had deliberately scrubbed it off.

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In fact, it's almost too good – to completely remove it from the chain I needed to wash it two or three times.

As for the Ecogrease (which Shaun also tested back in 2016), it's worked well for everything I've used it on (including the hinges on my shed). It doesn't wash off easily, despite being biodegradable, and it's easy to apply from the tube, although you can also do so from a grease gun or similar.

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I applied it to my Hunt wheelset, headset bearings and to some of the bolts that seize most commonly, and found it was still where I'd put it after a month.

Value

Given the quality of the products and the environmental credentials, the set's rrp of £64.99 seems reasonable.

We looked at the Muc-Off Dirt Bucket back in 2018, which has a couple more brushes and an additional lube, but has gone up in price to £84.99. According to Muc-Off it 'has a Project Green credential; meaning that it's either biodegradable, refillable, reusable, or all three!', but a lot of it is plastic and despite having that Project Green certification it doesn't have anything close to the same eco credentials.

Overall, I've been impressed with the Green Oil set. It has everything you need to keep your bike clean and performing at its best, all without damaging the environment.

Verdict

Environmentally friendly and also impressively effective

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

This is an ecologically friendly bike cleaning and maintenance kit designed to perform well without destroying the environment.

Green Oil says: 'This is the greenest bike maintenance set on the market, containing the World's greenest bike maintenance products.'

I certainly haven't come across anything close to being this environmentally friendly. And it works, too.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Green Oil lists the contents as:

- Green Oil Chain Lube 100ml

- Clean Chain degreaser 100ml

- Green Oil Bicycle Brush

- Green Clean bike cleaner

- EcoRag

- Ecogrease

- 2 x Bike Armour (Metal plates to protect, and cover dents on your bike.)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

There genuinely isn't a weak spot in the line-up, it all works very well.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

The stuff that should stay on for a long time stays on for a long time.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It performs very well, it strips off muck, brushes, wipes, and lubes very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

How environmentally friendly it is.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The Muc-Off Dirt Bucket 'has a Project Green credential; meaning that it's either biodegradable, refillable, reusable, or all three!' according to Muc-Off, but has gone up to £84.99 since we tested it in 2018. It has a couple more brushes and an additional lube, but a lot of it is plastic and despite that Project Green certification, doesn't have anything close to the same eco credentials.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's very good – not only environmentally friendly, but also works impressively well to boot.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 33  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects. 

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