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Chamois Butt'r(12 posts)

Chamois Butt'rhairywinston
Sep 8, 2002 4:58 AM
Do any of you guys use Chamois Butt'r or anything like that. I have been increasing my mileage as of late, and am feeling it. IF you do use it, is it messy and does it have any downsides? Thanks
re: Chamois Butt'rDaveG
Sep 8, 2002 6:21 AM
Chamois Butt'R is slightly messy but not nearly as bad as petroleum-based products. Easy to apply and washes out easily from shorts. I recommend it.
Curiousfiltersweep
Sep 8, 2002 9:48 AM
I'm curious how many regular riders actually use it. I think that with a good seat and good shorts, it really isn't that necessary. It isn't a substitute for good hygiene. Modern chamois really don't need conditioning.

The people that I know who swear by it are more recreational riders who do event rides, which are probably WAY more mileage than they usually ride.

The only time I ever have problems is on my mtn bike on long rides, since I'm actually "sitting on my butt" so to speak (much more weight due to the more upright position).

This topic would make an interesting survey.
CuriousDaveG
Sep 8, 2002 11:04 AM
filtersweep, I generally did not use such products when I was younger, but now that I'm hitting 40 my skin seems a lot more sensitive to abrasion. I'm not using the stuff to condition the chamois, I use it to reduce chafing. The difference between using it and not using it on a long ride has gotten quite noticable to me. Good shorts and a seat will certainly help, but its no longer enough for me. I find it interesting that the newest high-tech, multi-thickness chamois (such as PI PRT) are amongst most irritating to me. I now use Chamois ButtR on many shorter rides, just to avoid trouble
FunnyTig
Sep 8, 2002 1:50 PM
Funny, but I need it the most on my higher tech shorts from PI, Louis Garneau, and even the reliable Voler's. I never need it for my older Aussie shorts with the exposed baseball stitching and cheesy crushed velvet chamois. Same goes with an older pair of Cannondale's.

I hand wash my shorts thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap after every ride. A proper application of Chamois Butt'R makes all the difference in sore prevention. When I've forgotten it, I start feeling problems at around 30-40 miles. I was totally rain soaked several times during today's century, but thanks to using a little more Butt'r than usual, I had no problems at all. It stayed where it needed to stay the whole ride. A wonderful product that can be used for any short, regardless of design/manufacturer.
It's a habit with me . . .DCW
Sep 8, 2002 4:10 PM
I've been using it for years to avoid chafing. I can't really say whether I need to anymore, but it's no muss, no fuss and I don't have any chafing problems.
Curiousfiltersweep
Sep 8, 2002 4:32 PM
I must be lucky (for now)... I sweat like crazy as it is (like yesterday I took a seat at a park bench to eat a snack and left a nice butt print on the bench when I stood up). I'm convinced my sweat would wash away any cream anyway (if it doesn't already stick my shorts to my body).
I use Assos...jose_Tex_mex
Sep 8, 2002 10:16 AM
and would never dream of anything else. I used to be plagued my problems with saddle soreness. Now I can do a 150 mile ride without a problem.

It's not that bad and once you sit on the saddle you'll forget it's there. It feels a bit "glitzy" when you first pull up your shorts, but it's worth it.
re: Chamois Butt'rBikeViking at home
Sep 8, 2002 12:39 PM
I love this stuff! ANy rides more than one hour require its use. Even shorter rides seem less "comfy" without it. Being that honesty is important here, it really helps you you are prone to hemmorhoids. Keeps them from being rubbed/chafed.
Plain ordinary butter - unsaltedChainstay
Sep 8, 2002 7:41 PM
I pack a couple of slices of bread in my jersey pockets and one of those Power Gel packs that are basically jam in a pouch. I'm all set for a delicous picnic after about 40 miles.
re: Chamois Butt'rJuanmoretime
Sep 9, 2002 5:24 AM
As I get older, now 45, it seems my backside is more sensitive than while I was younger. Longer rides take their toll, physically I feel great, but chaffing and a sore backside are one of the side effects of a longer than usual ride. Last year I went with a couple of friends to the Hilly Hundred and they were giving out free samples. Before the ride I hadn't been riding much and the first day tore me up, I didn't think that I would make it through the next day. I lubed up my shorts the next morning and rode the whole day pretty comfortable. I now use it all the time, great product.
Bag Balmflying
Sep 9, 2002 7:27 AM
Gotta agree with the ummm older guys ;-)
Now that Im in the 40's Im using it.
When I was younger I nerver did but then this year
I got my 1st saddle sore ...ouch!!
I am super clean about things so it wasnt that. I always shower right after ride & wash shorts in cold water soon after etc.
Bag balm is great & even though its petroleum based it seems to wash up nice. The only shorts that doesnt really like it is the Nalini with the fake foam rubber type pad.

Bag Balm is like miracle salve ;-) I swear I heard folks use it for everything from chapped lips to rough skin. I tried it on my heel..you know where the edge is usually rough? Man in 3 days use it is pinkish baby new ;-)
Scary almost how good this stuff works.