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Ultra Riders - How often do you "re-lube" during a ride?(14 posts)

Ultra Riders - How often do you "re-lube" during a ride?vindicator
Feb 28, 2003 7:59 AM
I'm looking to increase my long ride distances this year. I've seen lots of advice about reapplying chamois butt'r, bag balm, etc., but none that said how often to do it. I assume waiting until you're uncomfortable is like waiting until you're thirsty before drinking - too late.

So far, I've never had a problem just relying on my initial application on rides up to 3 hours, and I haven't done any rides over that yet.

So, as I push toward a century (and beyond?), what do you recommend? Every 3 hours? Every 4? Shut the heck up and ride?


Feb 28, 2003 8:27 AM
I've never reapplied anything for less than 200 miles. If I knew it were going to rain a lot, I might take same chain lube with me to reapply if the chain got all gunky and un-lubed from the water.

For the 508, I reapplied Chamois Butt'r every time off the bike, and changed shorts at 220 miles. Of course, "every time off the bike" was about every 5-8 hours.

So, pretty much "shut up and ride" for a 100 miles. You can go that far without even getting off the bike.

I can just see it now.MR_GRUMPY
Feb 28, 2003 8:30 AM
A guy on the side of the road, dropping his shorts, with a handfull of goop.
Just get some shorts with a Catera pad. ( You know, the blue one)
a little more discreetDougSloan
Feb 28, 2003 8:43 AM
You just take a big glop of it and stick you hand down your pants and smear it on. It feels really gushy at first, but sort of spreads itself around.

Plus, the further you go, the less you care about being discreet...

re:a little more discreetSuperGnome
Feb 28, 2003 12:49 PM
I can see THAT now... An Amish family rides along in their buggy on a pleasant Sunday... then spots some guy with a pained expression on the side of the road with his hand down his tighties rubbin around, sweat glistening on his face...

Then the biker rides past, and some time later, they pass him again, same scene, different roadside....

re:a little less discreetcyclopathic
Feb 28, 2003 1:26 PM
after 12-14hr in saddle you don't care much for honking cars you pull to the side and pee w/o throwing leg off the bike /watch for handlebar ;)/.

Speaking of it for a friend of mine on his first PBP it was a shocker to see euro women relieve themselves on road shoulder
worse than thatDougSloan
Feb 28, 2003 1:44 PM
At around 380-450 miles in my solo 508 I got the runs. I just yanked down the shorts and crapped on the side of the road. Didn't care who saw. It was a race, man.

BTW, when you get to that point, Chamois Butt'r is about the last thing on your mind.

Oh the truth comes out...biknben
Feb 28, 2003 6:34 PM
I don't remember reading about your roadside dumping back then.

The image made me laugh. What'd you do? Lean back on the frame and put your legs out in front of you? Wait!!! I don't need to know.
no, you really don't want to know; very ugly nmDougSloan
Feb 28, 2003 8:28 PM
re: worse than thatcyclopathic
Mar 1, 2003 4:47 AM
Doug you've gotta do PBP this year. Imagine riding only 242mi more then 508 on flatter terrain with no time pressure, 3,500 people around you, wine served at checkpoints... party time
would love toDougSloan
Mar 1, 2003 6:10 AM
Baby duty prevents training and travel this year. This year I'm in "maintenance mode" on the bike. No big plans.

I agree, it would be super. Maybe in 2007?

just ride..cyclopathic
Feb 28, 2003 9:12 AM
you only need to re-apply it if you use restroom or change shorts. Unless it is extreamly hot and you sweat alot good application of Balm Bag lasts through the day. Liberally coat hand and apply to skin/not chamois.
I never use anything...timfire
Mar 1, 2003 8:43 AM
Not even on my 5-day, 500 mile tour last summer. You just used to it.

re: Ultra Riders - How often do you "re-lube" during a ride?satanas
Mar 1, 2003 6:50 PM
I've found that I go about 200km before the first reapplication, then re-apply a little about every 100km or so. This will vary with different people; some have more saddle related problems than others :-(

If you are going to change shorts during the event, apply to new shorts *before* the ride. This saves a lot of aggro.

If you are doing longer events, it definitely pays to take a little of your favourite potion with you; it's not the sort of thing one can easily find, even if you're in town during the day, and the locals aren't having their siesta at the time!

BTW, it's definitely nicer to clean your backside with water than Gatorade, so having one bidon of plain H2O can be handy!