St arrived as just another unsolicited product from an unknown manufacturer, yet now I reach for it every time something needs spritzing up.
I first grabbed a bottle of Bayes Waterless Cleaner as I hurried out the door for a photo shoot. Once at the site I began the normal bike-detailing procedure, and was impressed by the efficiency of the aromatic blue liquid. It made quick work of water marks, brake dust and road grime; even the rubber residue on the lower fairing from wheelie touchdowns was removed in one wipe. Compared to the generic cleaners we usually use, this stuff is miraculous!
Bayes proudly touts its cleaner as waterless, and I haven't wielded a hose since. It dissolves grime and bug guts better than Windex, leaves a shine like Turtle Wax and protects like Pledge. Ingredients are limited and entirely biodegradable. Citrus solvents are the key to the cleaner's crud-cutting capabilities and pleasant scent, and "polymer emulsion" is presumably responsible for the slick, scratch-hiding coating it leaves behind.
If your bike is particularly crusty, you should clean it the old-fashioned way with a soapy sponge. But on light to moderately soiled machines, the Bayes cleaner does just as thorough a job, and doesn't require rinsing or drying. It works wonders on helmets, too.
Be aware that the bottle design has changed since we received our sample, but it's still the same great product inside.
Bayes Waterless Cleaner
Price: $10 (16 oz.), $17 (32 oz.)
Contact: Bayes Cleaners
Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
The only easier way to clean your bike would be to have someone else do it for you!