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Another Chamois butter question(9 posts)

Another Chamois butter questionScottH
Jun 5, 2001 8:01 AM
I know this gets asked alot..I did a 12 hour solo mountain bike race over the weekend and after about 5 hours I was in some serious pain. After finishing my backside was hamburger. I've heard of people using bag balm, udder butter, chamois cream, etc.. What do you use before/during the ride? Do I have to worry about damaging my chamois?
re: Another Chamois butter questionlook271
Jun 5, 2001 8:53 AM
I use Assos Chamois creme. It is designed to help with these problems. It will make your chamois feel like new. I have an old pair of shorts that have a real chamois. Never used them because the chamois was dry. Put "the creme" on it. Now it's soft and supple. Not too expensive, either. About $15 for a tub that will last (for me, anyway) 1/2 the riding year. Money well spent. It also has antibacterial ingredients. It works great on synthetic chamois as well.
I use Jergen's lotionburnan
Jun 5, 2001 9:52 AM
I use Jergen's lotion. Its cheap and effective. I also spray some 70% iso-propanol on my chamois as well. It really makes a world of difference.
re: Another Chamois butter questionKEN2
Jun 5, 2001 7:18 PM
I use BodyGlide, a stick product that is available from Performance. No messy creams works for me. Also RoadRunnerSports sells a lanolin-based stick called Runner's Lube, works well too.
Warning 'bout the glide sticks.boy nigel
Jun 5, 2001 9:42 PM
They're perfect for (and designed for) running, where there's a fair amount of air flow, like up the legs of those little running shorts. Chamois creams, however, are designed for use with cycling-short chamois, where there's no real air flow. They've got antibacterial agents in them, are more sport-specific in design, actually CONDITION and soften one's chamois (natural or synthetic), and aren't really "messy" at all. Just rub some on either the pad itself or your nether regions (preferred, and less smeary when putting shorts on), and you're good to go. If it's slimy and gushy, you've put too much on. Being on a chamois for a few hours and running for a few hours are different applications. The BodyGlide may work okay, but I'd almost guarantee that the chamois cream will be better in a few ways.

Chamois Butt'r cream works great...vram
Jun 5, 2001 11:56 PM
It's a great skin lubricant and a synthetic chamois conditioner. Doesn't feel greasy and makes long rides that much more comfortable. For what it's worth, The Bicycling Mag gave the Chamois Butt'r a 4 1/2 stars out of 5. a 8oz tube costs $12. I bought mine for $8 at a booth in a cycling event. They also passed out free sachets of Butt'r chamois--they were really handy things to carry on double centuries and tours.

I would stick to cycling specific products in this particular instance. I used to use off the shelf moisturizers and it helps to an extent. But most of it gets absorbed by the skin and the lubrication function isn't as good as the Butt'r or the Assos cream.
results of extensive testingHaiku d'état
Jun 6, 2001 7:12 AM
since nobody's spoken to a&d or bag balm, here goes...

before/during: a&d before and re-applied during the ride seems to work well for adhesion/lubrication. carry a bit squeezed into a mini ziploc in your jersey pocket/hydration pack (gasp) for mid-ride reapplication. i use the pharmacy generic equivalent.

after: immediately out of your shorts and shower, clean well, use a hirdryer on cool for your nether regions, apply some alcohol (dries the skin, cleans, and brings bloodflow closer to the surface of the skin--what's this called? vasodilator?) or witch hazel (an exfoliate, removes dead skin, but seems gentler than alcohol). allow to dry and then apply bag balm liberally, follow with baby powder on the entire area--i don't like the corn starch kind, it's too fine. before bed, reapply the bag balm.

this arduous work seems to have solved almost overnight many problems i've experienced from extensive saddle time or riding in other-than-ideal circumstances.

silly me, i read about bag balm here, but went to the pharmacy and asked for "bug balm", and (of course) nobody had heard of it. finally found a pharmacist capable of interpreting my request and have been happy since.

good luck!
results of extensive testingharper
Jun 6, 2001 8:41 AM
What is bag balm, and is it an over-the-counter product? What is a&d?

I too have suffered from this particular problem lately, and what works one time may not work the next. I am still searching for my particular answer.
see the linksHaiku d'état
Jun 6, 2001 8:59 AM