As an apartment dweller, my bikes typically fall somewhere between dirty or completely filthy on the bicycle cleanliness spectrum, as I haven’t had the means to keep them in that shiny, showroom-new condition. Thankfully, the good folks at RinseKit have devised a novel solution for people like me who have a habit of getting their gear caked in mud without having any effective way to remove said mud. The RinseKit promises riders salvation from caked-on dirt with its clever shower-in-a-box, and I felt that my fleet of crusty bikes would serve as a great test to those claims.
Originally created as a way for surfer-turned-inventor, Chris Crawford, to wash off from morning surf sessions in California, the utility of a high pressure portable shower was soon noticed by other outdoorsy types, and the RinseKit transformed from a one-off invention to a viable product for the masses. To think that surfers were once cast as beach bums who didn’t contribute to society, tsk tsk.
Using the Kit
The RinseKit is a diminutive thing, at only 13.5in long by 11in wide and 16.5in tall, so I was somewhat skeptical of how effective it would be against the months’ worth of tacky Pacific Northwest soil that had become one with my bike frames. Using the optional hot water tap connector, all that was needed to get the portable shower set up was to attach the kit to the kitchen faucet, crank it up full bore, and wait the prescribed 30 seconds for it to fill up and pressurize the tank. Seeing as how I’m a bit absent-minded, I was worried that I might overfill the tank and have a water bomb in my apartment, but the guys at RinseKit thankfully have idiot-proofed their invention by building in a one way valve to keep just this from happening....
---Alec Cervenka

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