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Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?(20 posts)

Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?LAIrish
Mar 5, 2002 12:44 PM
I know this has been mentioned before, but my search function doesn't return any threads and I couldn't find anything looking through past posts. My question: What economical alternatives are there to Chamois butter?

I know that Udder Butter has been suggested, and that it is usually available at Wal Mart. But not at any of my local stores. (Evidently there is not much of a dairy industry in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.) A friend suggested "Bag Balm" a moisturizer she uses. Does anyone know if this will work. Or does anyone else have any other ideas?

A lady friend who works at a pet store suggested some "Protein Hoof Cream," (no, I am not making this up) the primary ingredient of which is aloe vera (it also has "hydrolyzed wheat protein" and Panthenol). She said the dog groomers at her store use it as a moisturizer on their hands, which get extremely chafed from washing and grooming the dogs. It feels alot like Chamois Butter, but the concept seems a little strange.
noxema. you'll smell like it, bit it works!(nm)merckx56
Mar 5, 2002 12:48 PM
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?netso
Mar 5, 2002 1:00 PM
Udder Butter, Bag Balm and Hoof Creme are virtually all the same. They work!
Bag Balm nmcyclopathic
Mar 5, 2002 1:12 PM
Yeah, that's good stuff (nm)bigdave
Mar 5, 2002 2:33 PM
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?Elefantino
Mar 5, 2002 1:15 PM
Bag balm = Udder Butter = Chamois Butter.

It all works.
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?Js Haiku Shop
Mar 5, 2002 1:45 PM
tried this stuff awhile
used with real chamois, result:
ugh! worse saddle sores

then switched to voler
shorts fit snug, no big problems
with bumpy behind

the riding is there
fifty to seventy miles
using new voler

realized i did
the old shorts were far too large
after my weight loss

so now i must ask
what intended use of creams
on your derrier?
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?Bill J. Pappas
Mar 5, 2002 2:48 PM
Pond's Cold cream &/or Bag Balm work great from my P.O.V.
I've been down this road last seezon..Lone Gunman
Mar 5, 2002 1:48 PM
All are not created equal. Not sure what the ingrediant is in Chamois butter but it gives it staying power, doesn't evaporate, goes on thick and stays that way. Bag balm is more like a paste/salve/petroleum jelly substance and WILL STAIN light colored or bright clothing. Also does not wash out of shorts real well, sort of leaves them a bit greazy feelin'. Udder Cream/butter is thin(so you slather it on heavy and hope for the best) and has does not have the staying power of Chamois butter. I still use both, but prefer Chamois Butter.

Anyone ever try baby balm or something like that, or corn huskers lotion
A+D Ointment @ $3.00/huge tube (nm)Slip 'n Slide
Mar 5, 2002 2:17 PM
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?Hardy Harhar
Mar 5, 2002 2:22 PM
Ben-Gay..... really. It will do a number down there.
I did that to a kid in high schoolLone Gunman
Mar 5, 2002 2:53 PM
The bully on the football team, I the 5'9" 130lb place kicker and he the 6'1" 180lb linebacker. Got him with the atomic white foam in his titey whiteys. Triple YOI!!!
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?firstrax
Mar 5, 2002 3:13 PM
Are you sure you need anything? I don't...cory
Mar 5, 2002 3:15 PM
I finally got tired of smearing all that greasy stuff down there and I just go bareback now. Feels the same, doesn't run down my leg when I sweat and it's free.
Nivea cream Some greasy stuff damages Lycracurlybike
Mar 5, 2002 4:04 PM
Chamois Butter breaking the bank?DaveG
Mar 5, 2002 4:43 PM
I'm not sure if you were looking for alternatives or if cost was really an issue. A&D works OK but is a bit messy. You can probably find generic cheap. Maybe you are using too much of the stuff. A tube costs $12 and lasts a season for me (I don't use it on short rides). Given the cost of tires and chains that would be replaced in the same period, that doesn't seem like a major expense to me. How much money could you really save here?
Mar 5, 2002 6:43 PM
Tri Geeks use it. They seem happy enough. Seems to work for me, and I use it sparingly.
Do you find chamois butter THAT uneconomical?nigel
Mar 5, 2002 7:10 PM

I've contributed to many a chamois butter discussion in the past. I love the stuff (I use's "Cafe Chamois Creme"), and have noticed that I'm so much more comfortable with it. I never ride without it now.

Coming from a person who's been scratching and scraping from paycheck to paycheck for a while now (terrible economy and layoffs), I can't see how paying fifteen or twenty dollars for a jar of something that'll last for a few MONTHS can be so tough on one's wallet. For about the price of two tubes, one can find really great comfort and solid hygeine in a tub.

Spring for it; try a smaller jar (Branford sells a smaller jar for about $12). It'll likely be well worth your while. And remember: ALL the pros use chamois creme! :)

Cheers, and happy rides.
Right on, Nigel.look271
Mar 5, 2002 7:25 PM
I'm generally a cheap s.o.b., but (no pun intended!) really, $12 is going to break you for something that you buy maybe 3x a year? C'mon.
re: Economical alternatives to Chamois Butter?wsexson
Mar 5, 2002 9:27 PM
There still is a fair amount of dairy industry in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but the cow farms are being rapidly displaced by house farms.