Washing your bike is for many, and I include myself here, not always the most enjoyable aspect of mountain biking, none more so than after a muddy race or ride in the woods when you’re faced with putting your muddy bike in the boot of your car or on a rack.
What you want to be able to do here is wash your bike before it gets packed or racked away for the journey home. Step forward the Nomad 18V, a battery powered portable jet washer.
The tank holds 14 litres (3.2 gallons) which can be filled up from a tap, or interestingly the tank can be removed from the base unit (which holds the electrical gubbins) and dunked into any available water source, such as a lake or stream – dead handy at races where there might not be a tap.
This 14 litres of water is dispatched via an adjustable spray nozzle with an impressive 98psi of pressure (compared to the Dirtworkers 77psi) – not enough to trouble the bearings of your bottom bracket but with enough oomph to remove even the most stubborn of dirt. On full charge the battery, a NiCad 1.7Ah is good for 30 minutes of continuous use, or too look at it another way, four full tanks of water. Depending on how muddy your bike is, you should be able to clean the worst of the gunk of two bikes on one tank. As well as the battery power, there’s an optional power lead which will plug into a cars cigarette lighter.
We’ve currently got one on test, and we’ll do a full review soon.