Source: Bike shops, Website Biggest Feature: Protects against chafing How obtained: 20 g/0.7 oz sample size from company Other Products: Dry lube, Bio-bike (biodegradable) cleaner, headbands, coated chains, tubeless sealant
Bikeinvention is a corporation, but, more importantly, is a small group of passionate cyclists from South Africa that have developed a wax chain lubricant with unique properties called Squirt®.
They have also developed other unique and innovative products to improve the enjoyment of cycling. Among these products include a wax chain lubricant with very unique properties that improve chain life and performance (review is forthcoming), a tubeless tire sealant called Squirt Seal, a concentrated biodegradable bike cleaner called Bio-Bike, two sweat removal products called SweatSucker and SLURP and a long lasting skin protection balm called Barrier Balm which is what this mini-review will concentrate on.
What is Barrier Balm?
Squirt Barrier Balm is a thick protective salve that is rubbed into the skin where it comes into contact with the saddle protecting the skin from chafing and irritations. Barrier Balm also helps prevent saddle sores due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
It is water and sweat resistant to ensure that it stays on the skin for an extended period of time.
Long Lasting? In a nutshell Yes! Upon initial application, Barrier Balm is VERY THICK and VERY STICKY. But, don’t let that deter you. Once it starts warming, it becomes just the viscosity. Being thick and sticky, it stays right where you apply it. Even after a 3 hour ride, it’s still covering where it was applied. Even after a shower, there’s still a minute trace left. So yes, it will last you the entire ride plus some.
How easy was it to apply? Did it work?
Very easy to apply. Before putting on my bibs, I put a dollop of Barrier Balm on my finger and apply to each sit bones. Another dollop goes inside my thighs where I might make contact with the saddle.
I adjust the amount that I apply depending on the workout. For example, on an easy recovery ride day, I only use a very light amount, but, for my spinning workouts, consisting of 2 sets of 30 minutes at 120-125 rpm with bursts to 135 rpm, I use a very liberal doseof Barrier Balm. Without a thick layer applied, I would be pretty chafed by the end of a spinning workout. The other ‘plus’ is that I have never had a saddle soreusing Barrier Balm! Barrier Balm allows me to get right back on the bike the next morning.
I won’t leave home without applying chamois cream. As SQUIRT says, Barrier Balm
protects against chafing and irritation
helps prevent saddle sores
anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Does it live up to their claims? I say YES!
Is it worth it? Again, I say YES!
I have always enjoyed bicycling and, through a series of coincidences, became a Bicycle Industry Consultant and Product Tester. I continue to test prototype products for companies and publish only off the shelf production products on biketestreviews.com.