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December 19, 2016
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Keep your bikes clean on the go

m12rinsekit1Chris Crawford, a surfer from Carlsbad, California, spent most of his mornings surfing the waves before heading into work. Crawford would later show up to work sandy, salty and in need of a shower. He soon dreamt up the idea of a portable shower he could easily take with him and invented the RinseKit. Crawford then took his creation to Kickstarter, a website used to receive public funding, and was pledged close to $400,000. At first glance this might not look like a mountain bike product, but, then again, it totally does. Imagine a muddy day on the trails when your bike is filthy, your socks are soaked and you’re covered from head to toe in mud.

Even with a change of clothes you’ll still need a quick splash of water before you even think about getting into your clean car. This is just one example. We thought of so many more situations where the RinseKit could come in handy. We knew we needed to test one.

m12rinsekit3Self-contained: The RinseKit was designed around being 100% self contained so it could easily be stored or transported. The 6-foot hose coils up inside with room to spare and instructions for use are clearly printed under the lid.

Tech features:

The RinseKit is a self-contained 2-gallon tank that is simply pressurized by a water spigot or a kitchen sink (sink adapter sold separately). There are no batteries or hand pumps, and, according to the folks at RinseKit, it has just as much water pressure as a household hose. The RinseKit has a spray nozzle many people will be familiar with, featuring all the same settings they’d use with their garden, including jet, soak, mist, shower, etc. The RinseKit has a 6-foot hose, fills in 20 seconds, and is about the size of a small ice chest. The 2-gallon tank is said to last for about 4 minutes of constant spraying and can stay pressurized for up to a month. You can purchase your own RinseKit online at www.rinsekit.com or in an outdoor retail store for $90.

m12rinsekit2Wide variety: The RinseKit’s nozzle has seven spray settings to choose from, making it versatile for many different jobs. A handy on/off valve is also present to help prevent water flow to the nozzle.

Field test results:

The RinseKit proved to be easy to use and practical for many situations. The instructions for use are clearly printed on the product, and many helpful videos can be found on RinseKit’s website. Some of our testers who live in apartments with no access to a traditional garden hose quickly saw this product as a great way to wash their bikes. Some of our racers also liked this product for race day, because they could keep their bikes clean after practice laps and take a quick shower before heading home. We did, however, find that the pressure of the hose only seemed to last about 2–3 minutes when filled with the sink adapter. A hose spigot is required to get the full 3–4 minutes of spray. On the plus side, however, the RinseKit’s sink adapter allowed us to fill the 2-gallon tank with warm water. The fill time was as promised, and the system seemed to stay pressurized for a while, although we didn’t tend to go more than a week or so without using it. The RinseKit is a creative solution that worked flawlessly throughout our testing period, if only for 2–3 minutes at a time. The self-contained hose and nozzle, along with the carrying handle, make it easy to transport or store. Overall, the RinseKit is a handy tool with multiple applications.



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