The Barbieri Chain Cleaner simplifies the process of cleaning your bike chain without creating too big of a mess.
Cleaning the bike chain is one of my least favorite things to do, maybe because it involves getting my hands quite dirty. The Barbieri Chain Cleaner was made to make this process easier and help better clean the inner part of the bike chain links.
The chain cleaner has a pretty basic construction, chamber for the degreaser and 3 rotating brushes that go in the degreaser and then go through the inner parts of the bike chain links.
To clean the chain, you pour the degreaser inside, put the top part in to lock the chain between the brushes and turn the cranks so that the whole chain goes through the cleaner. In a minute or less, most of the dirt from the inside of the chain will be gone. Since there are no side brushes, cleaning the outside of the chain is not as good as one would like it to be, but being in contact with the degreaser it is easier to clean with a cloth or an old towel afterwards.
The provided degreaser is good and gets the job done. On the other hand the provided lubricant was a bit too liquidish for my taste, so eventually you might want to use your own lubricant of choice.
What I personally did not like about the Barbieri Chain Cleaner, was the amount of degreaser lost from the font chain opening, that seemed to spray out as the chain passed through the cleaner.
The included degreaser is enough for 2-3 chain cleanings, but you can replace it with any other degreaser afterwards. The cleaner itself seems to be durable and can last at least for a 10-15 uses or maybe even more.
Pros: Cheap, the degreaser is good, cleans the inner part of the chain well
Cons: Large amount of degreaser is lost as spray, no brushes for the chain link walls