Galius Pro Post-competition oil  £12.49

5/10

Hard to recommend from a performance point of view but maybe worth trying just for the experience

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by themartincox   July 14, 2014  

Galius Pro Post-competition oil

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Galius Pro claim that the Post-competition Oil, when massaged into tired legs will aid recovery. My experience is that the massage will aid recovery, the oil doesn't seem to bring any noticeable benefits to the party, but it did smell nice and my legs felt soft the next day.

It's simple to apply, just shower and then massage the very thick oil into the clean skin. It's better if performed by someone else but we don't all have that luxury on a daily basis.

And this is where it gets messy, like BigRingRiding SHOUTY messy!

The effect is indescribable (but I will try). It's like sitting in a bucket of ice then having a group of White Walkers stab you in the legs with their frosty fingers. SO COLD. Unbearably so.

Oh gosh it's spreading up the legs. Everywhere. (And this is where the male and female experience may differ). Gentlemen, don't, and I cannot stress this enough, allow your oil covered hands to come into contact with you man-bits in ANY way. It feels like they've been sprayed with a fire-extinguisher. It probably wouldn't be much fun on female soft tissues either, on reflection.

The cold - did I mention it was VERY cold? - lasts for about 20 minutes. This could be how Galius Pro get the recovery part to work. I simply couldn't sit still while the cold was doing its thing, and to make matter worse, my legs were barely able to function with the cold; the legs felt as if I had lost them.

Never in my life, and I've had ice form inside a boot whilst climbing in the Andes, have I felt cold like that. Never.

Once the cold goes away, it's all calm again. Hard to detect any additional benefit the next day other than the massage itself.

Not one to try too often, but definitely one to 'recommend' a mate tries!

Verdict

Hard to recommend from a performance point of view but maybe worth trying just for the experience

road.cc test report

Make and model: Galius Pro Post-competition oil

Size tested: 100ml

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Galius pro say that 'after practicing sport, massage improves circulation and oxygenation. Using Galius Post-Competition Oil relaxes the limbs after physical activity and helps muscles to recover'. All seems fairly safe, the massage part is the most key here though I think.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Contains essential oils such as Ginkgo, Hammamelis, Chestnut extracts and Aloe Vera. All pleasant enough, and legs felt softer in the morning!

Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Hard to really test the claims, but it didn't make things worse!

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
5/10

HOLY COW, COLD!

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

It really depends on how much you can cope with the discomfort.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

COLD, so COLD.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It smelled pleasant, and left legs feeling soft.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

just too cold for me, any performance gains were masked by the discomfort levels.

Did you enjoy using the product? For the first 5 minutes.

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe before hearing about it. Not after!

Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they have a taste for ice baths - which basically this is, in a tube.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

No idea if it did anything to aid recovery, other than provide an excuse to go for a massage. Any long-term gains for me seemed to be mitigated by short term discomfort.

Overall rating: 5/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 176cm  Weight:

I usually ride: Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX  My best bike is: Raleigh SP Race

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries

 

17 user comments

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Disappointed, was expecting a review like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000KKNQBK

posted by s_lim [118 posts]
14th July 2014 - 22:06

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I'm not going to buy the product, but the review made me laugh out loud. Very good.

posted by CasperCCC [8 posts]
14th July 2014 - 22:26

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s_lim wrote:
Disappointed, was expecting a review like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000KKNQBK

Damn, you beat me to it!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3193 posts]
14th July 2014 - 22:56

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Oh, How I laughed ... at both this and that link!

BTW this product sounds a lot like Deep Freeze cold gel - 2% racemic menthol which is a lot cheaper and can be bought anywhere #stickcyclingonitandchargethreetimestheprice

posted by IHphoto [100 posts]
14th July 2014 - 23:42

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Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

posted by Galius [5 posts]
15th July 2014 - 9:14

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Those Veet reviews are classic - tears of laughter however many times I read them.

As for the product yes it was an amusing review but maybe slightly misplaced.

Having said that Cold, Cold, Cold sounds damn fine to me, being based in the UAE where at the moment the overnight minimum is 33 degrees celsius.

When I come back from a long ride it' sometimes over 40C and I've lost 2-3kg of body weight so cooling down is the top priority. Even a cold shower is impossible - the water in the pipes is lukewarm.

So if it isn't as cold as the review makes out I will be very disappointed.

Galius - you should find a distributor here. It would sell like hotcakes.

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posted by abudhabiChris [529 posts]
15th July 2014 - 9:54

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Galius wrote:
Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

martin's currently getting up at 3.45am and riding 150 miles a day in training for the transcontinental race. he knows what muscle fatigue feels like, and even a cursory read of the review would tell you he was using as a recovery aid. or trying to.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7379 posts]
15th July 2014 - 10:19

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abudhabiChris wrote:
Those Veet reviews are classic - tears of laughter however many times I read them.

As for the product yes it was an amusing review but maybe slightly misplaced.

Having said that Cold, Cold, Cold sounds damn fine to me, being based in the UAE where at the moment the overnight minimum is 33 degrees celsius.

When I come back from a long ride it' sometimes over 40C and I've lost 2-3kg of body weight so cooling down is the top priority. Even a cold shower is impossible - the water in the pipes is lukewarm.

So if it isn't as cold as the review makes out I will be very disappointed.

Galius - you should find a distributor here. It would sell like hotcakes.


Hi Abudhabi Chris -- thanks for your comment.
If you send us your local cycle distributor we'll give them a call and get some of our ''super cold '' massage gel sent over. (galiusun@gmail.com)

posted by Galius [5 posts]
15th July 2014 - 10:34

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Dave Atkinson wrote:
Galius wrote:
Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

martin's currently getting up at 3.45am and riding 150 miles a day in training for the transcontinental race. he knows what muscle fatigue feels like, and even a cursory read of the review would tell you he was using as a recovery aid. or trying to.

Thanks for the update on what Martin is currently training for (we wish him good luck from all at Galius) -- however, its still not a '' full on '' race day like yesterdays TDF Stage 10 where Valverde really appreciates our '' super cold '' Post Competition gel before bedtime !!

posted by Galius [5 posts]
15th July 2014 - 10:42

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Dude, put down the shovel!

posted by farrell [1451 posts]
15th July 2014 - 10:44

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Galius wrote:
Dave Atkinson wrote:
Galius wrote:
Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

martin's currently getting up at 3.45am and riding 150 miles a day in training for the transcontinental race. he knows what muscle fatigue feels like, and even a cursory read of the review would tell you he was using as a recovery aid. or trying to.

Thanks for the update on what Martin is currently training for (we wish him good luck from all at Galius) -- however, its still not a '' full on '' race day like yesterdays TDF Stage 10 where Valverde really appreciates our '' super cold '' Post Competition gel before bedtime !!

so it's just for pros then, not for normal people who only ride 150 miles a day? thanks for clearing that up. probably best not to send it for review next time though, as it sounds pretty niche.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7379 posts]
15th July 2014 - 10:51

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Dave Atkinson wrote:
Galius wrote:
Dave Atkinson wrote:
Galius wrote:
Must admit we all had a good laugh at the testers review — sorry ! He obviously did not read the label which clearly says POST COMPETITION, meaning the product should be used by the masseur or rider after, for example, a road race or ‘’ competition '' and not simply slapped on after a trip to the chippy and sat watching Germany v Argentina. In defence - the product is used by the Movistar masseur’s and team members like Valverde, Visconti, Quintana, Dowsett and Moreno after a hard day’s competition like stage 10 of the TDF where riders need to recover for the next day. Movistar like the product so much they even promote and sell it on their website. The reviewer obviously has never experienced his muscles burning red hot after a sprint finish or long day in the saddle and in need of some (cold) TLC . Shame the product was not tested by a roadie which is whom it was designed for.

martin's currently getting up at 3.45am and riding 150 miles a day in training for the transcontinental race. he knows what muscle fatigue feels like, and even a cursory read of the review would tell you he was using as a recovery aid. or trying to.

Thanks for the update on what Martin is currently training for (we wish him good luck from all at Galius) -- however, its still not a '' full on '' race day like yesterdays TDF Stage 10 where Valverde really appreciates our '' super cold '' Post Competition gel before bedtime !!

so it's just for pros then, not for normal people who only ride 150 miles a day? thanks for clearing that up. probably best not to send it for review next time though, as it sounds pretty niche.


Sorry for the confusion -- ''riding'' 150 miles a day, maybe its not always beneficial when taking into consideration, speed, weather and other elements. However, for both pros and amateurs ''racing'' 150 miles its ideal.

posted by Galius [5 posts]
15th July 2014 - 11:04

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I did consider trying this stuff but Galius' comments mean they'll never be getting my custom for anything.

Condescending to the extreme.

posted by ajmarshal1 [293 posts]
15th July 2014 - 11:05

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Sounds like it's 'too good' for me then, think I'll pass.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3193 posts]
15th July 2014 - 11:44

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wow, that escalated quickly!

I don't think I was saying it's no good, just that it's difficult to really judge if there's any extra benefit over the oil my masseuse uses on a regular basis.

But you are correct, I'm not racing 150 miles, just plodding along for 700 miles each week Wink

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

http://themartincox.co.uk/2014/03/racer-074-transcontinental-race-2014/

posted by themartincox [349 posts]
15th July 2014 - 13:06

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'I did consider trying this stuff but Galius' comments mean they'll never be getting my custom for anything.'

This. Although it is nice to hear that Gerald Ratner is still trying his hand at running a business.

posted by andyp [893 posts]
15th July 2014 - 17:06

19 Likes

Not pro enough

posted by Some Fella [761 posts]
19th July 2014 - 15:26

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