Sportique Century Ride cream review£13.95

Bottom butter

BikeRadar score4/5

This cream is well up to the challenge of hour after hour of saddle action. It’s a mixture of glycerols and natural oils that rub in smoothly and cleanly to provide enough anti-friction and anti-bacterial protection to keep you boil and blister-free. It’s also neutral flavoured (no eyebrow raising minty rush) so you can use it anywhere as a moisturiser/friction reducer.

While we had to slap a fair bit on, which reduces value of this already expensive 180ml tube, it comes with a free 100ml bottle of ‘Warming Up Oil’, a similarly useful natural oil-based all-rounder for pre/post-ride muscle rub or a bit of warmth on your first spring ‘no tights’ rides.

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: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than 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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