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Announcing “Weaver-Hott”

In Git some!, new! on December 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

By and large, it seems that our “Maximum” formulation is plenty hot for everyone.

But there has been a small contingency here in Portland, spearheaded by the hard men at River City Bicycles, who have asked for even more heat.

And since we aim to please, we set them up with an Uber-hott blend–the “Weaver-Hott” formula. It has a little more heat, and a little juniper extract to drive it more efficiently.

Only available at River City, because you also need to sign the waiver in person… (just kidding). So if the “Maximum” is just not doing it for you anymore, then head on down and pick yourself up a fresh tin of “Weaver-Hott”.

Weaver in action



What makes a good embrocation?

In How to on November 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I’ve spent much time considering what makes a good embrocation and what doesn't, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts.

A good embrocation IS:

– pleasing to the nose and over time will evoke memories of the beginning of fall, the emergence of spring, and the cold wet rides in between–that is if you are the hardman (or woman) type.  The scent should be medicinal enough that you know it means business, but not so much that it offends your significant other’s senses–very important in my own household.

– a pleasure to apply.  It should melt at or just below body temperature, or have a loose enough consistency that smooth and even application is easy.

– capable of providing a PRO level of shine and appropriate level of heat, and has a moderate “flypaper effect“, so you can look like a hardman, even if you aren’t.

– a barrier to the elements, both the cold and the wet.  A thick-ish application of embrocation will shed water and reduce evaporative heat loss while at the same time increasing blood flow.  The heat sensation will also increase when embrocation is wet.  Your embrocated gams may be the warmest part of you on a cold February ride.

– water-resistant, but not soap-resistant so that it can be washed off in the shower or parking lot after a race.

– made of natural ingredients that are chosen with as much scientific knowledge and attention to detail as possible.  A list of said ingredients should also be on the label.  Surprisingly, you will find that many of the European products do not list their ingredients.

A good embrocation is NOT:

– irritating.  Capsaicin is not irritating to the skin and will not cause tissue damage.  It physically binds to our pain-sensing nerve endings and stimulates them, resulting in increased blood flow and sometimes reddening of the skin.  Your skin may feel irritated, but it is a trick of physiology.  Other substances–natural or not–can be irritating to the skin and should be, for the most part, avoided.

– a substitute for layers when the temperature really drops.  Much of the naysaying around embrocation revolves around using it instead of tights or knee warmers in very cold temperatures.  If the temperature is so low that core body temperature is at risk, then using embrocation on bare legs is a little like using arm floats to navigate a class V rapid.  There is a time and a place for covering the legs.

Tell us what makes a good embro for you.


In new!, Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

Judging by the quiet of our blog, you might have concluded that we’ve been resting on our laurels.  We haven’t.  We’ve been busy busy busy working out no less than 3 new products, and today we’re ready to introduce one to the wider world!

Without any further ado.

Northwest Knee Warmers is proud to announce our latest and greatest creation:

thanks to Jack999Aren-Burn!

Just in time for our favorite race of the season, Paris-Roubaix, we came up with an embrocation that will do justice to its namesake: the (in)famous Forest of Arenberg.  Famous to us fans, infamous to the heros who tackle this section of cobbles at super-human speeds.  And we’d be remiss if we didn’t give credit where credit is due.  Thank you to the folks at River City for dropping the name in our laps.  As soon as we heard it we knew we’d have to put something special behind a name as great as this one.

Its nose is a little like the forest, a little like the original formula you’ve have come to know and love, and a whole lot of excitement.  Medium heat, even a little greener in hue, we are sure you’ll love it.  Use our original formula for your everyday training needs, and try the Aren-Burn for race day.  Having a specific embrocation for racing has more of an effect on the psyche than you might think.  You will come to associate its scent with the excitement and anticipation of racing, and getting yourself into the racing mindset will be a little smoother and more pleasant.

It’s true.

So pick one up at River City, or here, and admire the shine!

Also, stay tuned for another launch in the next few weeks.  Hint:  After-Burn Tonic.  We know you can’t wait.