If you're escaping the autumn drizzle and jetting off on holiday, the Morgan Blue Travel Kit is a handy collection of unguents and lubricants that can be slung in your carry-on bag to keep your bike, skin and muscles happy while you're riding. It's good quality stuff - Morgan Blue products are used extensively in the pro peloton - and we were impressed by the performance of the various potions.
Morgan Blue is a Belgian company with roots in automotive lubricants, but has since branched out into just about every friction-reduction application you can think of.
For a tenner, you get a collection of sachets in a clear ziplock bag. There are two small (2.5ml) sachets of chain oil, five 10ml sachets of chamois cream, five 15ml sachets of muscle relaxant rub and a couple of moist cleaning tissues for dirty fingers.
The Travel Kit is sized and packaged such that it fits within the aviation requirements for carry-on baggage, so it's great if you're on a short trip. If you've got hold luggage you could obviously take bigger pots and bottles, but it's super-convenient to be able to grab a single pouch with all of your lubrication needs (steady there) as you jet off on a cycling trip.
We've reviewed the chain oil before and, like Dave, I was impressed by its performance, keeping chains running slickly and silently for a decent while. I was initially sceptical about how easy it would be to apply oil from the torn-off corner of a sachet but it proved perfectly feasible. You wouldn't want to be hanging out of the team car doing it, sure, and it's a bit less controlled than with a proper bottle, but I had no problem getting my chain running smoothly.
The chamois cream has also been seen round these parts too. If you're on a long trip, then the five sachets might not be enough, but then you'd probably have a bit more luggage too. It's good, if probably not my favourite chamois cream. I nevertheless found it was pretty effective at keeping saddle sores at bay, even on hot days climbing big hills in the Alps. Getting it out of the sachet and onto your backside without dropping some on the floor can be a bit of an art; it can be easier to put it straight onto the padding in your shorts. This soft chamois cream is designed for dry days – there's a more solid version available for wet days where the soft version would wash away.
For me the stand-out product was the muscle relax rub. It has a glorious smell from the essential oils and it rubs in well. It's not overly greasy and it made those achy evenings a lot more bearable. It's apparently a popular choice in the pro peloton. Lastly, the cleaning tissues are another handy thing to have on your travels – when you're putting your bike back together or sorting out the gears, you might not have your usual cleaner handy.
So the Travel Kit isn't doing anything revolutionary, but it's a collection of high-quality lubricants packaged for convenient use when you're away from home. Volume for volume it's pricey, natch, but if it's your annual trip away somewhere then it's pretty handy.
High-quality travel kit to keep everything running smoothly, as used by the pros
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Make and model: Morgan Blue Travel Kit
Size tested: n/a
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?
Handy kit containing travel size sachets.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
2 x Race Oil - Professional Chain Lubricant (2.5ml)
5 x Soft Chamois Cream - Prevents and cures saddle sores (10ml)
5 x Muscle Relax - Recovers tired muscles (15ml)
2 x Cleaning Tissue - Cleans your hands after puncture
Everything is a single-use portion and getting chain oil or chamois cream out of a sachet is a little less easy than getting it out of a handy bottle or tub, but it does make it dead easy for travelling.
I was impressed by all of it. The muscle relaxant is lovely – a really nice smell and feels great on tired legs.
It's not really the point, is it...?
Well, small portions don't weigh much.
Needless to say you're probably paying more per millilitre than buying it all separately in bulk, but the convenience of having a single pack that you can chuck in your hand luggage is a good thing.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
We took it with us on a trip to the Alps. We had checked luggage so we could have taken bigger pots, but it was pretty convenient nevertheless and we got on well with the various potions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Grab-and-go convenience, and I really liked the muscle relaxant.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I'm a tightwad so would always be tempted to decant from other vessels rather than paying for smaller quantities.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 190cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Commuter - something with disc brakes, drop bars and a rack My best bike is: Rose X-Lite CRS
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
Jez spends his days making robots that drive cars but is happiest when on two wheels. His roots are in mountain biking but he spends more time nowadays on the road, occasionally racing but more often just riding.