By Lars Hundley
I first discovered this product at a booth at the final Interbike show in 2018. There was a guy from Tub O’ Towels demonstrating the product, and his demonstration to me was that he made mark on my hand with a Sharpie permanent marker. He waited a little bit to make sure the mark was dry, and then he handed me a towel. I was surprised to see the mark come right off. Better yet, the towel did not stink like chemicals or burn my skin. It was more like a baby wipe, except with a rougher surface so that you could scrub with it. The size is about the same as a square of paper towel.
The point of the demonstration wasn’t to sell it as a skin cleaner though. The towels do a great job of cleaning your actual bike. I keep a tub of them in the room where I store my bike and use them after a ride if I’ve splashed up some road grime onto my bike. It’s a quick and easy way to keep my bike clean.
I also keep an individually wrapped towel in my bike bag, in case I have to work on my drivetrain (or someone else’s) during a ride and end up with grease all over my hands. If you’ve ever gotten your hands filthy on a ride and unsuccessfully tried to wipe them off in the grass, you probably understand how useful one of those wipes would be. My wife was even able to get spray paint off her hands when she tried it, which meant she didn’t have to use something strong like kerosene.
Other than trying them out once in a booth, I’ve never actually been in contact with anyone at Tub O Towels. I buy them at full retail just like everyone else. They’re cheap and incredibly effective. I recommend them.