Gardena Comfort Backpack Sprayer 12L review£72.00

Comfortable, ready-to-go bike washer

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Gardena’s comfortable, ready-to-go backpack is our favourite hand-pumped sprayer. The Ghostbusters look and manual cranking requirement might put some folk off, but we’ve been using self-propelled sprayers to clean bikes in the middle of nowhere for decades before anyone invented car-powered options.

Fully padded straps make the 12-litre tank more comfortable to carry. It can be rigged left or right-handed too. It’s lighter and more compact than most similar designs and comes fully assembled with just the hose and nozzle to attach, which can save time.

In use, the metal side arm and pump head that crank up the pressure move a fair way so you get a decent amount of pressure with each pump. It properly shifts even chunky clay when it’s pumped to the max too, although less water flow than an electric cleaner makes it slower when it comes to overall cleaning performance.

You’ll need to pre-spray with a cleaner or get in with a rag/brush to get frame tubes properly clean. The all-metal nozzle gives a full range of spray types and the whole unit feels high quality and long lasting.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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