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Chafe prevention on hot days(15 posts)

Chafe prevention on hot daysAlexR
Jun 13, 2001 9:48 AM
All right you buggers, I don't want a hard time for asking this question, but I need a few suggestions. I'll spare the specifics, but somebody point me in the right direction for preventing hot day chafe - you know where.

I thank you in advance for your frankness in this sensitive matter.

re: Chafe prevention on hot daysBig Lug
Jun 13, 2001 10:03 AM
Try a liberal coating of Udder Cream in the nether regions. Works wonders. I find it at Trader Joe's, good stuff. Works great on dry skin too.
re: Chafe prevention on hot daysCima Coppi
Jun 13, 2001 10:10 AM
I have found Assos chamois creme to work very well.
Think: VaselinePaulCL
Jun 13, 2001 11:13 AM
It's probably already in your wife's medicine cabinet. Spread it on your shorts' pad and on your..uh..well... on you before a ride. It works. Once you ride wet, you'll never ride dry again. If you have a baby in the house, A&D ointment works just as well.
re: Chafe prevention on hot daysMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 11:17 AM
Plain old cornstarch baby powder (NOT talcum powder). Used it on the Cal AIDS ride through 100 degree heat with no chafing. Less messy than the alternatives...
re: Chafe prevention on hot daysLone Gunman
Jun 13, 2001 12:01 PM
Chamois butter, chamois butter ooohh yeahhhh....
This is what chamois creme was designed for.boy nigel
Jun 13, 2001 3:55 PM
I use Cafe Chamois Creme from Similar, I believe, to the Assos stuff at most shops. Cafe is Branford's house brand.

ALL the pros use chamois creme of one brand or another, since they ride, ride, ride, and often ride in HOT weather. The stuff's not nearly as messy as some people make it out to be. You just smear a not-too-thick layer on either yourself (easier and even less messy this way) or the chamois (natural or synthetic), then just warm-water it off your hand. It conditions/softens the chamois, minimizes friction, and has antibacterial agents in it as well.

As for the Vaseline suggestion: Vaseline is a lubricant, of course, and the last thing you want is to be sliding around on your chamois. Chamois creme, however, creates a bond between you and the pad (nothing permanent, of course), so that the pad moves where you move, not sliding AGAINST how your body moves. I'm not doubting that it may work, but the logic of having the chamois pad moving WITH you seems to make much more sense. Plus, the pros don't use Vaseline, they use chamois creme, and they would certainly know best.

Once you pull your shorts up, you don't even realize that there's creme down there.

Try it: it works!

Here's good info . Read this. Especially Mr. Vaseline.boy nigel
Jun 13, 2001 4:39 PM
This is directly from the aforementioned Branford Bike's Frequently Asked Questions section of their site. They know of what they speak. Read on for chafe-free rides...

Q: What is chamois cream?
A: Chamois cream is a product that helps eliminate saddle soreness and increase cycling comfort. It is lightly applied to the chamois befor riding and should be washed out afterwards. The better chamois creams contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents to keep you clean and healthy.

Q: How does chamois cream make riding more comfortable?
A: The purpose of a short's chamois is to grip, and stay in contact with, your skin. When your skin and the chamois move as one, painful chafing and heat buildup is eliminated. Chamois cream helps create a better bond between your bare skin and the short's chamois. It also kills bacteria and fungus that can lead to saddle soreness, blisters and infections.

Q: Can I use Vaseline or hand lotion instead of chamois cream?
A: Vaseline is a lubricant and will cause you to slide around in your shorts. Remember, you want to form a snug bond between your skin and the chamois, to eliminate chafing and increase comfort. Hand lotions will help form a bond, but they can foster bacterial growth and are often difficult to wash out of a chamois.
Heathens! When will they learn to believe in "the creme"!look271
Jun 13, 2001 5:14 PM
Use Assos or Chamois butter, or nigel's stuff, but for chriss-sakes, use a product designed for such things! I used to use vasaline etc. Once I used "the creme" (as we Assos afficianodoes here in Hbg PA refer to it as), I NEVER went back.
Well to start with, don't call me "Mr. Vaseline"PaulCL
Jun 13, 2001 7:45 PM
The s**t I'd get from my buddies would never end.

I've never had chafing problems using vaseline. I've had the occasional saddle sore, but that has very little to do with the fabric moving against my skin. To each his own. Since I've never had a problem with it, and its' in my wifes' make-up cabinet, I'm not gonna go out and buy anything special.

...jeez, that "Mr. Vaseline" thing really has some bad connotations.
Well, my wife doesn't NEED any Vaseline! ;)boy nigel
Jun 14, 2001 11:22 AM
Just teasing you, Mr. :)

Imagine being introduced to strangers as that moniker; wouldn't THAT leave 'em guessing?

I still strongly suggest using the stuff that was designed specifically for preventing on-bike chafings, but use whatever works best for you. Not like "The Creme" is expensive or anything; just not as cheap as Vaseline is. I'd say it's worth it for the antibacterial agents alone, but it does create a beneficial bond between your nethers and your chamois.
Not Expensive?!?!AlexR
Jun 14, 2001 12:25 PM
It's $14.00 for 4 ounces! That's 2.5 times the price of smoked salmon. That's 2 times the price of prime fillet of beef. That's 1/30th the price of good marijuana.

That's expensive.

My butt's worth it! (nm) :-)look271
Jun 14, 2001 7:06 PM
Don't cheap out. Things to consider.boy nigel
Jun 14, 2001 8:00 PM
1) It's well worth it for comfort on long and/or hot rides and a 4 oz. tub lasts quite a while--longer than you'd think. I've only gone through almost 1/2 of a tub so far this year.

2) For all the money you probably spend on everything else for your sport (Think of how long a bottle of energy drink or bar lasts)--shorts, socks, jerseys, bike components, tires/tubes, helmets, gloves--this is a small price to pay for big-time comfort.

People can rationalize spending $2.00 on an energy bar or an "endurance drink," but skimp when it comes to preventing saddle sores and chafing. Go figure.

butt butter?cyclopathic
Jun 14, 2001 2:28 AM
heard good comments.
I'll bet A&D anti diper rush would work as well