Hammer Nutrition Seat Saver chamois cream£10.95

Premium bum butter

BikeRadar score3/5

This personal leather lube from Hammer is a top-performing, natural-based product, but it’s massively expensive. Shea butter, chamomile, clove oil and calendula all help to reduce soreness, itching and bruising, while peppermint and tea tree oils add a very gently soothing sensation.

Olive oil, yarrow, comfrey, basil and lavender oil and beeswax complete the ‘whole herb garden’ in a tube posterior potion. The result is a slightly musty ‘Holland and Barrett storeroom’ smell that clings to hands all day, but it does the job around your derrière.

The stiff mix needs warming to rub in well, but once on it stays put very well, however long the ride or hot the roller session. You don’t need much to nurture your nethers either, but at £11 for 60ml it’s double the price of even the most premium-brand competitors, so it’ll Hammer your wallet.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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