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Qoleum 4A+ antifriction cream



Antibacterial chamois gloop that'll keep you chafe-free all day long; completely natural and a decent price too

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This cream is thicker than most - the consistency is a lot like Vaseline - but it's easy to slap on to your skin or the pad of your shorts, and once applied it stays put.

This does exactly what you want a chamois cream to do - prevent rubbing and the nasty consequences thereof, such as raw skin, saddle sores, and other cyclists' nightmares. And it's still going strong at the end of a long weekend ride.

There's rosemary and tea tree oil in the mix, both of which have antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal qualities, and all the other ingredients are natural too; it's castor oil and beeswax based. It doesn't smell strongly - we're getting just a hint on that tea tree in the bouquet, but nothing too major.

Apart from that, there's not much else to tell. It works. It's natural. It's a reasonable price.

Oh, actually, there is one other thing... Whoever it was at Qoleum who decided to put the Antifriction Cream into the same size and colour pot as their Extra Hot Embrocation needs to buck their ideas up pretty sharpish. I didn't... but it was that close!


Antibacterial chamois gloop that'll keep you chafe-free all day long; completely natural and a decent price too

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Make and model: Qoleum 4A+ antifriction cream

Size tested: One

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It's aimed at anyone who rides long enough to get discomfort from their seating/pedalling. If you've ever suffered any chafing, saddle sores etc, give it a go.

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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