Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Chamosis Cream??
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01-06-08, 05:45 PM
i was jsut wanting to know what experiences people have have in using chamosis cream for longer than 400km audax rides. Do you find it benifical, feels a bit to weird? And how often do you apply it in the ride?
Also what brands do you find better than others and why?
For me lube is useful above 70mi or so. My POV is that there is plenty of moisture down
there already so you don't need to add any more. I have settled on vaseline as the lube
of choice for the crotch as it lasts a long time and doesn't, as yet. have any side effects.
More expensive variants on the same theme are bag balm and udder cream, which are
vaseline with added odorants and menthol. I suggest you look at the list of ingredients
for any prospective crotch lube and discard any which have water listed in the first 2-3
ingredients. Any cream described as 'vanishing' is likely to not be effective for very long.
The reason they 'vanish' is they are mostly water which evaporates. As noted you don't need any more water down there. Reapplication rates
will vary depending on your crotch and experience, but the main reason to use a lube
there is to prevent skin chafing and irritation so reapplication when the palpable grease is
gone to an exploring finger would be the rule, probably at 80-120mi intervals.
Don't worry about 'sealing the pores', it doesn't happen. If you are worried about infection
then get a tube of polysporin (NOT NEOSPORIN!!!) and mix 50-100 grams into the 8-12 0z
jar of vaseline. Neomycin is a skin sensitizer, so a small percentage of people will get a
poison ivy like contact dermatitis from it, risk goes up with length of exposure.
i don't marinate my veggies. don't shrinkwrap 'em either.
I don't use the stuff.
If you've got your bicycle set up correctly, a good saddle, a good (not necessarily padded) pair of shorts, and if you wash (and dry) yourself during the ride you shouldn't need it.
EXCEPT: If the ride is exceptionally hot, and you are sweating up a storm, and washing yourself in convenience store washrooms or with baby wipes just isn't doing it ... you might consider a bit of cream. OR if the ride is exceptionally wet (pouring rain) you might consider a bit of cream. Wet skin is fragile skin and can benefit from a bit of added protection. I'll carry a small hand lotion with glycerine and/or silicone for that purpose.
I also carry Ozonol (similar to Polysporin) which has antibacterial properties and a painkiller. If it happens that I feel like I'm starting to develop some rawish areas, and washing myself with water or baby wipes isn't working anymore, I'll apply a very small dab of Ozonol. That one application usually takes care of the problem. Ozonol can also be used if you crash and you want to put something on the road rash.
If it happens that you finish your ride and you've got a bit of a rash (I get rashes because I'm mildly allergic to lycra ... yay!), shower, clean yourself very well, then apply a zinc oxide cream. Your rash will be gone by morning.
Put me down as cream user, above 300 km anyway. I don't like Assos (stupid idea to add oil of wintergreen to a sensitive area) but any nappy rash cream works well. Once a day is usually plenty.
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