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Portland Design Works Mister Sparkle Chain Cleaner


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Item # PDW0014

Keep the angry birds at bay with a clean drivetrain.

You don't want to be the guy with drivetrain that sounds like he's torturing a family of swallows with each pedal stroke. If you're as meticulous with your bikes as we are with ours, you know the importance of keeping your chain clean of dirt and grime that will quickly degrade your drivetrain. Though a few drops of chain cleaner and an old t-shirt often do the job for cleaning, Portland Design Works designed the Mister Sparkle Chain Cleaner for those times when a gentle rub isn't enough to clean off mud and grime.

There are lots of chain cleaners on the market, but the Portland Design Works cleaner has efficiency and aesthetics working for it. When you look at anything Portland Design Works makes, you'll notice no detail is overlooked. Every piece of the Mister Sparkle is made to benefit the efficiency of the cleaner. The small, two-piece assembly has a rounded, narrow construction and clamps onto your chain below the chainstay, after you fill the small reservoir with a cleaning agent. Unlike many chain cleaners that are clunky and awkward to use, the Mister Sparkle eliminates the chain and derailleur fight by installing a thin swing arm that flips onto the back of your derailleur. This small arm holds the tension on your derailleur and rolls with your jockey wheels to keep the chain in place as you cycle it through the cleaner. The point of this isn't just for chain placement, but also so you don't have to hold onto Mister Sparkle, he can hang out as you pedal your chain to cleanliness.

Portland Design Works recommends you use Boeshield T-9 with Mister Sparkle for a gentle cleaning and lubrication. For dirtier cleaning sessions, use Simple Green to get into smaller crevices, and finish the chain with lubrication.

  • Hard plastic
  • Swing-arm derailleur hook

Tech Specs

hard plastic
Recommended Use:
drivetrain cleaning

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Avg. ride time: 7h 46m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This chain cleaner isn't quite as burly as a Park Tools or Muc Off one, and in that, it doesn't do a good job of cleaning your chain. The arm hook doesn't do a good job of holding it in place. Spend the money to get a better one.


    once I you-tubed how to open it (should be a pic on packaging), I found it to be more than "just" functional. it has a nice "weight" to it. I found it to clean my chain with less effort than the other guys listed here. very happy.

    not durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    started having problems with it after a few uses. brushes started coming out. plastic tabs broke after 2 nd use. Replaced with a park tool

    Avg. ride time: 8m per week
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    Good for the price.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought them little gem as an alternative to the Park Tool version. I gave this an average rating because on the second use, the plastic tabs that secure the upper casing to the lower broke. The saving grace is the included metal band that acts as a fail-safe in connecting the two portions together. Other than that, it works as designed and a handy little device.

    Works every time

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Kind of uses a lot of lube (since you have to fill it up to use it, but I think it is worth it. Pretty darn easy clean up too.

    Super easy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It took me a minute to get this set up right the first time I used it, but once I got it on my chain it was really easy to use. The video posted below is really helpful for first timers. I've been impressed with how quickly and thoroughly this cleans my chain. Way more effective than a wad of paper towels and some cleaner... It's really quick to take off and clean up as well.

    works good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    easy to use. one word of caution don't put more than ounce of chain cleaner in tool as it makes getting your chain dry a pain