On The Rivet Chamois Cream is a UK-produced anti-bacterial concoction that's made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, enriched with sweet almond oil and free from both smell and tingle, all of which is nice, and it works.
If you didn't know, 'on the rivet' is a somewhat outdated term used to signify maximum effort, a relic from the olden days when road saddles were leather and attached to the rails with big brass rivets, and if a rider was trying hard they'd naturally slide forward on the saddle onto the nose rivet. Modern day Brooks saddle riders will be aware of this. Yes, I am padding out this review because there's not much to say about On The Rivet Chamois Cream other than: it just works.
On The Rivet comes in a bountiful 200ml pot (made from recycled plastic) that should last you a long time, depending on how much you feel the need to finger out and slather, of course, and at a hair under a tenner it works out as cracking good value compared with some chamois creams.
The only standout ingredient in this 100 per cent natural salve is the sweet almond oil. Enriched with vitamins E and A, it's claimed to be beneficial to the skin, softening, nourishing and able to combat skin rashes – all things you could consider beneficial in a cream you're daubing somewhere delicate.
On The Rivet Chamois Cream has the look, smell and feel of a thick moisturiser or face cream, which is no bad thing if you're put off by the tacky and greasy reputation of a chamois cream. It goes on easily too and absorbs well without any lingering sticky feeling or tingle that other undercarriage unguents might surprise you with.
Once applied it's unobtrusive on a ride and just seems to do its job, no fuss. It was dabbed on for everything from short blasts to long all-day rides and there's absolutely nothing to report, and that's said as a good thing. It just did what it was supposed to do, adding a bit of ride-long lubricating comfort downstairs, and it didn't stop working after a few sweaty hours like some I've tried.
Fragrance-free, non-tingly, UK-made chamois cream that just does what it's supposed to
road.cc test report
Make and model: On The Rivet Chamois Cream
Size tested: 200ml
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?
On The Rivet says: "On The Rivet's anti-bacterial chamois cream comes in a generous 200ml recycled pot and is made using quality ingredients (free from nasty ingredients like Formaldehyde) in the UK from a local factory that has over 20 years experience in the industry."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
On The Rivet lists these features:
100% natural ingredients
Enriched with Sweet Almond Oil
Made in the UK
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Creamy to the touch, absorbs well, non-smelly and non-tingly, it just does the job of lubricating your downstairs for whatever length ride you choose.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Cheap, unobtrusive, works.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a very good value no-fuss chamois cream that simply works.
About the tester
I usually ride: It varies as to the season. My best bike is: The one I'm on at the time
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, fun
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.