Everything you wanted to know about embrocation but were too afraid to ask

Some parts of the cycling world are mysterious and indecipherable. More than many other hobbies/sports (delete as you see fit) ours has a rich history filled with some extremely odd rituals. Before the days of winter cycling, before riders had the best winter bib tights or the best leg warmers, they’d turn to embrocation.

You may have heard it mentioned and been curious about what it is and how to use it. You may also have no idea what it is, which is perfectly understandable. Its use has fallen by the wayside somewhat but is kept alive by a committed few, but most riders I’ve spoken to had either never heard of it or never used it.

Let’s dive in then, shall we?

A close up of some embrocation cream

Tube, jar, or homemade, it all does the same thing really (Image credit: Will Jones)

What is embrocation?

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