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Chamois butter vs vaseline. Any difference besides $$$? nmSpinchick
Oct 6, 2001 1:43 PM
mr rogersharlett
Oct 6, 2001 2:46 PM
as mr rogers might say.."can you say yeast infection".

nonwater-soluble lubricants can lead to alkalinization and an imbalance in the pH which
creates conditions for possible bacterial infections.
BIG difference--good vs. bad.nigel
Oct 6, 2001 2:52 PM

A valid question, and one that many have/have had. The point of chamois butter/creme is three-fold:

1) to form a type of bond between the rider and the pad, eliminating movement and therefore discomfort, bunching, and chafing;

2) to condition the pad by making it last longer and be softer and more comfortable on one's nether regions;

3) to use its antibacterial agents to keep the user healthier and freer from saddle sores and bacterial growth.

Vaseline, on the other hand, doesn't truly accomplish any of these, save possibly "conditioning" the pad itself. It's used and designed as a lubricating agent, so one's butt slides against the pad rather than "sticking" to it. It does nothing to keep the user free from bad bacteria, either. Chamois creme is also lots less "goopier," and washes out very easily with soap/detergent and water. Vaseline takes much more work to get it cleaned out.

Sure, chamois creme isn't as inexpensive as Vaseline, but it's designed specifically for riding--and it REALLY works amazingly well. I discovered it at the beginning of this season when I heard that all the pros use it all the time. I'd always fidgeted in my shorts (thought they fit well, they tended to slide around a bit), and thought that I may've had "special problems," since no one else seemed to have to readjust (pardon the visual) and tug at their shorts as much as I did. Once I tried Cafe Chamois Creme from, I've been PERFECTLY comfortable. I use it on every ride, and am so pleased with the results.

The stuff's not that pricey, considering how much most of us spend on lightweight goodies and fancy duds to fuel our "habit." Money more than well spent in my opinion. Give it a shot--by the smallest tub you can try, and don't hesitate to use the stuff. You likely won't need that much (I don't, and my stuff's lasted a long time), but everyone's different; some really slather the stuff on--to each his need.

Go for it; the pros don't use it for nothing. Experience the comfort and hygeine. :)

What about Bag Balm?nestorl
Oct 6, 2001 5:56 PM
Thanks for the info. How do Bag balm compare to the Cafe chamois cream? Thanks
Been down that road.look271
Oct 7, 2001 6:58 AM
I used to use Vaseline and Udder butter or bag balm. same difference. Use a chamois creme (Assos, Cafe, or others.) There is NO comparison. The chamois cremes are specifically designed for this purpose. Really, $15 for 6 months? That's what, 8 cents a day? You pay more for water.
Udder Butter works, too, and it's a lot cheaper. (nm)Elefantino
Oct 6, 2001 7:50 PM
Nigel's right.(BTW- good to have you back!)look271
Oct 6, 2001 3:35 PM
I use Assos chamois creme, or, "The creme", as those of us who ride together call it. One trip with the stuff and you'll be hooked. About $15 for a tub that lasts me about 6 months. Pretty reasonable if you consider the alternatives (saddle sores, infections, etc.) Used by Spinchicks and Spindudes alike. I'm sure that Nigel's Chamois Butter or other similar products are great, too. The Assos has a more menthol, medicinal feel to it. Nice little aaaaaaaagggggghhhhh feeling, if you know what I mean!
Thanks twice, look271!nigel
Oct 7, 2001 8:05 PM

Very kind of you to welcome me back, Sir. Great to BE back!

I think the big difference between Branford Bike's Cafe-brand creme and the Assos (which they also sell) is the menthol. Both will work very well, certainly. How could I have ever gone riding without the stuff?

For a "spinchick," though, I don't know how many of them would really want that "Aaaaaaaagggghhhh" feeling down there; particularly since this could burn their privates. We certainly wouldn't want that.

Plenty of "Spinchicks" I know use the stuff!look271
Oct 8, 2001 6:28 AM
Don't really think the burn is an issue, or maybe it is? We'll have to take a poll.
Got your old name back too I see.Lazy
Oct 8, 2001 7:12 AM
Glad to hear you're alive and kicking.
Hi Lazy.nigel
Oct 8, 2001 7:55 AM
Actually, my old/new name is going as "Unregistered" at this point. I never did get Gregg et al. to send me my old password, so I'm not an "official" poster here. Oh well...

Yeah, I'm doing quite okay, and I sincerely hope that you and yours are, too. Again, thanks!

re: Chamois butter vs vaseline. Any difference besides $$$? nmspeed-chump
Oct 7, 2001 12:08 PM
This stuff rocks. It's for babies, but I don't mind.
Besides, you gotta love the name. Pretty cheap, too.
What a great idea!!! I have plenty of diaper rash goop leftoverSpinchick
Oct 7, 2001 12:19 PM
from when the Lil Biker was still in diapers. Antibacterial and anti-fungal. Thanks for the tip.
Yeah, baby stuff comes in handymickey-mac
Oct 7, 2001 8:08 PM
Baby-wipes are the best thing since sliced bread. They come in handy for cleaning up while working on the bike. Now if I can only find some way to get rid of all the Pedialyte. :-(
Pedialyte - when you are out of gator-ade. Add water. nmSpinchick
Oct 8, 2001 4:56 AM