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HELP, I'm hooked....(14 posts)

HELP, I'm hooked....Lone Gunman
Jul 13, 2001 5:42 PM
I am hooked on chamois butter, but at $10.50 a throw plus shipping which I think is high, is there a medical lube substitue out there, other than corn starch, that works and has some staying power that will not fabric stain red or light blue or green shorts? Some one gave me a recipe for HR monitor gel that works great, I was just wondering about chamois butter. Thanks for the help!
re: HELP, I'm hooked....look271
Jul 13, 2001 6:21 PM
This subject has been debated ad nauseum. I think that $10.50 is a small price to pay for your personal comfort. Some use Vaseline, others Udder creme (for cows), but I, and others, agree that you should use a product designed for this purpose.I await the stream of comments to follow!
re: HELP, I'm hooked....Skip
Jul 13, 2001 6:51 PM
I don't care for Assos Cream because of the menthol they put in it. It would be fine otherwise. I don't appreciate that "cool" feeling between my legs, perineum, etc. Conjeurs up anticipation of that Ben-Gay heat feeling, that all men have learned, through personal or related stories, to fear. I'll try Bag Balm, and see if that works better.
re: HELP, I'm hooked....look271
Jul 14, 2001 11:56 AM
What? You don't like that cool, tingling sensation between your legs? I wear Assos chamois creme even when I'm not riding! People wonder why I have that s*&t-grin on my face all of the time! (Kidding!!!!!)
How much do you use?DCW
Jul 14, 2001 6:37 AM
I'm hooked as well. Chamois Butt'r is by far the best stuff I've used in 30 years of cycling. I've tried baby powder, Desitin cream and powder, and various others. I find that the $10.50 tube lasts most of a year, riding about 3000 miles and about 100 days a year. In other words, I guess I get about 70-90 small "squirts." Following the directions, I use only a little, about as much as I use toothpaste on my brush, and apply it only where friction will be an issue.

I think the pad makes a difference. For the past year or more, I have been wearing mostly Performance Elite or other shorts with a synthetic, somewhat spongy pad. I think my real chamois pads require me to apply more Chamois Butt'r to my nether regions.

Given that even a cheap alternative would save you only a few bucks, going first class doesn't cost more than $1/month. That's cheap insurance against hiney burn.
Jul 14, 2001 9:56 AM
Where can I order chamois butt'r. I have been looking through my catalogues and cant seem to find any
Jul 14, 2001 10:34 AM
As you can see from the URL, you might also consider them for your sartorial needs.
www.bikejerseys.comLone Gunman
Jul 14, 2001 3:58 PM
That is where I bought my last tube, That is also the reason i'm hooked. Riding with Nalini, Santini, or Nike ACG bibs. I actually don't have saddle sore problems and this is another reason that I use the stuff, I DON'T WANT THEM!! First experience with the stuff was on a week long tour at about the 3 day mark, started to get sore and used some that was offered. I actually am thinking of a way to get a case of the stuff and retail it on one of the week long tours and make a few bucks.
Jul 15, 2001 3:33 AM
I'll bet the boys in Indiana will sell you a large supply of the little clear packets that have just a couple of applications. Sell those at cost or give them away and have the big tubes ready when they come back for more. I think this technique works well for drug pushers.
www.bikejerseys.comLone Gunman
Jul 15, 2001 10:11 AM
DCW, I wouldn't know but it sounds like a solid plan. If I could just figure out how to get the quantities needed to my tent I could probably pay for the whole trip hawking the dope,uh lube.
Bag Balmterry b
Jul 14, 2001 7:38 PM
6.00 for 10 oz., one finger dab on each side of your chamois pad, a can lasts for 2 years riding 5 days a week, never had a chafe or a saddle sore. doesn't stain, washes off, seasons the pad really well, it's the best, use it.
Bag BalmLone Gunman
Jul 15, 2001 10:12 AM
I've never seen the product advertised, where can you buy it?
Bag Balmterry b
Jul 15, 2001 10:49 AM
I get it at the local feed store. sometimes it shows up in the hand cream section at the grocery store. many people use it for dry, chapped hands as it is more intensive than the regular skin care products. it comes in a green, cube-shaped tin.
Try Cafe Chamois Creme from; GREAT stuff.boy nigel
Jul 15, 2001 6:31 PM
I've been using it since the start of the year, having never used a creme before. Granted, I hadn't really ridden in years before last summer, but still....

I love the stuff. It's $11.88 for four ounces. So many people complain about it being expensive (chamois cremes in general). Wake up and stop cheaping out, folks! People spend (and waste) plenty on cycling stuff, hoping to be better, faster, stronger, and have better endurance. Buy a quality product that will enhance the comfort you experience while riding, so you can forget about fidgeting with your shorts/chamois and concentrate on chasing people down--or at least ride in comfort. My 4-oz. tub will last me to the end of the year at the rate I'm using it. $12 for a year of comfort and hygenic benefits? Surely, not too much to spend.

The Cafe Creme doesn't have any menthol in it, so it doesn't provide that "cooling" feeling that Assos may provide, but it does what it's supposed to do. I use it before every ride, and apply three- or four-fingertips' worth to my crotch, not to the pad--where it can soak in. The stuff is a pleasure to use, washes right off, and doesn't stain. Has a pleasant smell, too (reminds me of a band-aid, actually); it has an antibacterial agent in it for hygeine.

Happy riding,