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Ewwww. Chamoise butter question.(24 posts)

Ewwww. Chamoise butter question.Kristin
May 8, 2003 10:10 AM
I've used a really cushy, really wide gel saddle for the past 2 years now. Its had its own problems, but padding wasn't one of them. I simply use a straight pair of shorts. Now I'm trying out some new saddles and finding rides more painful...for now.

How many of you use some type of cream, ect. What is the primary function of the creams? Do you use them on all rides or just long distances?

only on longer rides/racesclimbo
May 8, 2003 10:21 AM
I use cream on my chamois if I'm riding over 40 miles or so. I don't have any issues with chafing under that. If you have really comfy shorts, you don't need it. It can stop a litle chafing though once your on the bike for over 2 hours.
A must for long distancemohair_chair
May 8, 2003 10:25 AM
If you ride a lot, especially long rides, chamois cream is a must. At least my butt thinks so. I usually don't bother for 30- or 40-milers.

I'm not sure it will eliminate your pain, but you were unspecific what kind of pain it was. Chamois cream will eliminate the chaffing and rashes and related stuff that can be painful, but it won't ease soreness or anything like that.
re: Ewwww. Chamoise butter question.Fender
May 8, 2003 10:27 AM
Besides using padded cycling shorts, mainly PI and Castelli, I use Body Glide. I can't see myself lubing up with cream and B.G. goes on smoothly and really makes a difference. No blistering, sores or anything. It's hard to reapply in the middle of a ride though, but my rides rarely exceed 4 hours.
I'd move to high quality shorts, then slop on the grease. nmSpunout
May 8, 2003 10:27 AM
Back in the day.......MR_GRUMPY
May 8, 2003 10:27 AM
Back when shorts had real leather pads, you had to use something to soften the pad, or it would be like riding on a rock hard chamoise that you use to dry your car.
Until a few years ago, synthetic pads could still cause abrading of tender skin. Since I switched over to shorts with the big blue Catera pad, I haven't had any problems. Not one.
With the last generation pads, the only time that I would use a cream, would be when I had a sore spot.
THis stuff is great! Keeps chafing to a minimum (nm)BikeViking
May 8, 2003 10:28 AM
Use Crisco- it's the same. nmalansutton
May 8, 2003 10:30 AM
Tried it. . . don't use it any more though.Mike P
May 8, 2003 10:33 AM
I used something called Bag Balm on my first couple >100 mile rides last summer. I forgot it one day, 6 Gap Century, and that stuff was what was going to get me through the ride. I just knew my backside would not be able to make it, all those hills and miles and all. I liked riding better without it and haven't used it since.

varies by shorts and length of rideterry b
May 8, 2003 10:34 AM
<30 miles never.

31 to infinity - depends on the pad.

Assos bibs - always, whole pad.
Castelli bibs - sit bones area only.
New Pearl Izumi 3D bibs - never, more comfortable without it.
reduces chafing on long ridesDougSloan
May 8, 2003 10:38 AM
I use it on rides over about 75 miles now. When I was doing higher mileage and had a tougher rear end, I would only use it over 100 or so.

The primary purpose is to reduce chafing. I almost eliminates friction between your skin and shorts by either lubricating or causing them to stick together and therefore move together.

Hint on how to apply: Turn your shorts inside out, then slather it on the pad; then while still inside out, pull the shorts up (still inside out) to your thighs, then reach down and pull the waist band up, turning them right side out in the process. Works great.

I find the creams (assos, lately) to be most helpful inbill
May 8, 2003 10:49 AM
addressing a problem that you, m'dear, are unlikely to have. Because of your different anatomy, y'know?
How should I say this. I don't bother with applying the stuff to my cheeks, y'know? My issues arise somewhere else, mostly, although somewhat on the 'taint, too. You know, 'taint your ____, 'taint your a**. That part.
Whatever you try, I'm not sure that girls should use assos. The stuff is mentholated. Might be a bit tingly.
My vote is Paceline Chamois butter - works greatMaartin
May 8, 2003 11:06 AM
8 oz is $12.00 at Works great, only need a little, doesn't stain. Apply to sitbone areas - not your shorts and you will be happy
Use Bag Balm and Chamois butter thusly:PseuZQ
May 8, 2003 11:25 AM
A little Bag Balm on myself, then some Chamois Buttr in my shorts. Udder Cream also works well, I've found.
Too Cushyjose_Tex_mex
May 8, 2003 11:49 AM
Watch that you don't get too cushy. I have found that gel shorts and saddles were worse than gel shorts and a leather saddle.

The chammy but'r works great. If you are getting saddle sores it is probably due to friction. The but'r will fix that.
Speaking of butt butter...MR_GRUMPY
May 8, 2003 12:18 PM
I just remembered a funny story. A year or two ago, I was on an organized ride, and rode with a fellow who must have believed that if some was good, more was better. He had this yellow goo dripping down this legs, and covering the back of his shorts. Everybody had a hard time not laughing out loud. It was really something to see. It looked like he had been sick and.............................
did a century ride in the rain behind a guy who maybe hadn'tbill
May 8, 2003 2:22 PM
washed all of the suds out of his shorts chamois before saddling up. THAT was funny -- watching all the little bubbles . . . .
Okay Bill, don't make me hurt you...Gregory Taylor
May 8, 2003 4:17 PM
Yes, it was embarassing.

Hey, at least there was absolutely no question that my shorts had been washed within recent memory. And I had a certain air of spring-like freshness about me as I mingled at the rest stops....
You will note that I changed (omitted, actually) names tobill
May 9, 2003 7:45 AM
protect the guilty, but you outed yourself.
Unusual habit in a lawyer.
Just trying to control the manner in which....Gregory Taylor
May 9, 2003 8:00 AM
...(as Paul Harvey says) "The Rest Of The Story" is told. Not an unusual habit for a lawyer at all!

Besides, seeing as I told that story about you and the Campy Hub, I thought that it was only fair for my own failings to "come out in the wash" so to speak.

What your race season looking like?
Paceline or assos.....johnrg
May 8, 2003 1:11 PM
applied to the skin that may chafe, ie...inside of legs. 6 days a week it's what I do for 35-40+ miles and have been very comfortable combined w/Assos Fl-13 bibs.
re: Ewwww. Chamoise butter question.Ironbutt
May 8, 2003 3:34 PM
Kristin- The purpose of chamois butter is to help to alleviate any chaffing between the chamois of the shorts and your skin. But before you use any of the "preparations" remember that there are still some areas of cycling that are male dominated- and this is one of them. Before spreading aynthing about your nether regions, check with your doctor about some of the ingredients used in the substance. Some of them are most particularly unhealthy for females, and should never be used under any circumstances. For example, you should avoid anything with petroleum products. Be careful, some of the side effects are really wretched for a woman.
Most chamois don't need it.velocity
May 8, 2003 4:18 PM
DO NOT have a cushy saddle. Am a male. Love Santini bib shorts and have worn many brands. Most brands DO NOT have chamois that need creme. Can see no reason for creme otherwise.
Ben Gay!!El Caballito
May 8, 2003 9:57 PM
works great ;)