Hozelock 12L Pressure Sprayer Plus review£77.00

Backpack sprayer

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This Ghostbusters-style backpack sprayer carries enough water for a couple of bike washes. It needs cleaner and brush back-up though and takes a bit of assembly. The back-mounted design looks a bit daft but it holds enough water for a good wash and means you don’t have to stop and re-pump every few seconds.

There’s a fair amount of washer and split pin assembly to get it together though, which is a pain. You do get an extra spray and weed killer head if it’s likely to do double duty in the garden. If you keep the pressure up it’s not far off the powered cleaners in terms of dirt shifting ability either, although you’ll have to aim more carefully as there’s less water coming out.

You’ll definitely have to use a cleaning solution to get frame tubes properly clean. The arm produces less pressure with each crank, making it somewhat labour intensive and the thin straps with small pads dig in more. It’s not cheap either, but there’s nothing electrical to break and it comes with a three-year guarantee.

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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