Everybody’s favourite truck mechanic, tea connoisseur and TV host, Guy Martin has just launched a new bike cleaner. Nothing to revolutionary from the Lincolnshire maverick, though the big difference is in how the cleaner is packaged. Instead of shipping a big bottle of liquid around the place, which is mostly water, the Proper Cleaner comes in slug-form which is wrapped in a water soluble packet that dissolves on contact with water, rather like those washing machine globules. It’s not the first time that a concentrate has been sold to save costs, shipping and the planet. Where Guy’s cleaner differs is that replacements are tiny dry packets, about the size of a pair of cheesy Wotsits. They come in a fairly sturdy resealable ziploc bag, so you shouldn’t have any worries about water getting to the slugs and dissolving them prematurely. The cleaner will keep for up to three years in its resealable pouch. As Guy puts it: “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, I had a yarn with a few folk about doing something soluble, add your own water whenever you need to. “We found a man, who knew a girl, who knew a fella, who found some folks up North, who could make what we needed and after months of testing, it’s now in your bottle but with your own water! It uses less fuel to get it to you, the liquid is bio-degradable, it’s not tested on Nigel the dog or his mates and it won’t take up half your shed! It’s Proper Cleaner and it’s the future!” Proper Cleaner is said to be safe on all parts and surfaces, including carbon fibre, anodised parts, rubber seals and it’s disc rotor and pad friendly too. The made-up liquid is biodegradable too. And it’s designed, tested and made in the UK. It costs £6.50 for 1.5 litres-worth, including the spray bottle. Replacement packets are then a fiver for a double packet (which works out at £3.33 a litre) and will initially be available through Guy’s guymartinproper.com website, and then hopefully in shops around the country soon after that.