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Qoleum Qfriction Antifriction Cream



Does what it says on the tin, and is reasonably priced

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Keep your undercarriage smooth and saddle sore free with Qoleum's Qfriction Antifriction chamois cream.

Qoleum's Qfriction Antifriction O is a natural petroleum-jelly based ointment that reduces friction and rubbing where the chamois of your shorts meets your body.

It's unlike any chamois cream I've used before. It's an opaque colour and a consistency not unlike a certain product you apply to the chest when you've got a cold. It's quite thick but easy to apply to the chamois or directly to the skin. The calendula-and-tea-tree-oil scent isn't too offensive; the tea tree oil delivers the antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

I've been using it for a couple of months and have found that you only need a small dab, a little really does go a long way. On rides up to about 4 hours it just does its thing, I certainly experienced no sores during the time I was testing it. It's good in the rain too, or on very hot rides or races where you might sweat a lot, as it doesn't wash away easily.


Does what it says on the tin, and is reasonably priced.

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Make and model: Qoleum Qfriction Antifriction Cream

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?

Antifriction ointment prevents friction and rubbing from sports kit and equipment. Also facilitates in the prevention of saddle sores, chafing and associated infections, with anti-sweat properties suitable for face use and above eyebrows and prevents blisters on hands.

Application: Apply to affected areas of the body, and/or directly onto chamois of cycling shorts, or apply to skin underneath sports equipment.

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

Application: Apply to affected areas of the body, and/or directly onto chamois of cycling shorts, or apply to skin underneath sports equipment.

Rate the product for performance:

Provides a good protective barrier and wards against chafing impressively, especially on longer rides. Don't need that much either, a little goes a long way.

Rate the product for durability:

Unlike some chamois creams which are only good for the first hour of the ride, this stuff keeps working 4 hours into the ride.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

If saddle sores, chafing and blisters are putting you off cycling, invest in this stuff, it'll look after you.

Rate the product for value:

£15 for the small tin seems quite pricey but it lasts ages, mainly because you only need a small dollop before a ride.

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

Did as required.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to apply and smells nice.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Looks like a vapour rub cream.

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: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,


David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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