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    School Me On Chamois Butter

    I see this in the bike shop. Do you rub it into your shorts? On your butt? both? Embarrassed to ask in person.

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    Both ways are good.
    I use Creamy Petroleum Jelly $1.00 at the dollar store.
    Works just as well..
    Ten times less expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Both ways are good.
    I use Creamy Petroleum Jelly $1.00 at the dollar store.
    Works just as well..
    Ten times less expensive.

    How much does that cost?

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    It's a joke from somewhere. Guy walks into a "dollar store" and asks how much everything is.

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    Personally, I rub it directly on my "trouble areas" while others put it on their chamois.

    I find the chamois cream I use (Paceline Chamois Butt'r) lasts much longer than straight petroleum jelly. It's also about half the price of Assos, which I don't really care for.

    Everyone is different and YMMV.

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    Chamois Butt'r if I'm buying something at the bike store.

    Udder Cream works just as well and you can get a lot more of it for the same price as the bike shop brands. Look at the pharmacy near all the hand lotions, or if you want a giant tub of the stuff then head to your local farm & fleet.

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    Make sure to put your shorts on first, then apply chamois cream. Otherwise, you'll have a bunch of chamois cream running up your legs.

    Look for a chamois cream that also has anti-bacterial in it. I was told by an LBS employee that Assos does, but the Chaois Butt'r I currently have does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Both ways are good.
    I use Creamy Petroleum Jelly $1.00 at the dollar store.
    Works just as well..
    Ten times less expensive.
    I've heard petroleum jelly damages shorts in the long run. Is this true, or just a cycling urban legend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    I've heard petroleum jelly damages shorts in the long run. Is this true, or just a cycling urban legend?
    Natural rubbers like latex can be damaged by petroleum jelly (which is why it isn't recommended for use with certain contraceptive devices that are often made of latex). Depending on what your shorts are made of, specifically what kind of material gives them their stretch, it might be a problem.
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    Is the idea of this stuff to reduce chaffing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN View Post
    Is the idea of this stuff to reduce chaffing?
    Yes, particularly on long rides. I don't bother with it when I commute (34 miles round trip), or for shorter rides.

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    Thats what I figured. Theres this great stuff available at running shops called BodyGlide that works nicely, although I dont put it on my rump when im walking, its for the thighs and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN View Post
    Thats what I figured. Theres this great stuff available at running shops called BodyGlide that works nicely, although I dont put it on my rump when im walking, its for the thighs and such.
    BodyGlide is good for running, to keep from getting shirt/short chafe; but it doesn't quite hold up the same as chamois cream. BodyGlide is too thin, and I've only seen it in that deodorant stick type of applicator. Chamois cream is thicker and tends not to (for lack of a better description) 'break down' as fast. You wouldn't put 5W-20 in an AMC 304 V8, right? Same diff: Don't use BodyGlide where you should be using chamois cream.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    BodyGlide is good for running, to keep from getting shirt/short chafe; but it doesn't quite hold up the same as chamois cream. BodyGlide is too thin, and I've only seen it in that deodorant stick type of applicator. Chamois cream is thicker and tends not to (for lack of a better description) 'break down' as fast. You wouldn't put 5W-20 in an AMC 304 V8, right? Same diff: Don't use BodyGlide where you should be using chamois cream.
    Oh darn! I discovered Body Glide during the summer, and found that I like it better than any of the creams. Haven't noticed a "break down." Wife prefers it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    I've heard petroleum jelly damages shorts in the long run. Is this true, or just a cycling urban legend?
    8,200 miles no problems with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN View Post
    Is the idea of this stuff to reduce chaffing?
    Yes, and also to prevent saddle sores. Saddle sores are when the bacteria that lives on your skin is able to enter through an abrasion and form a local infection. If the cream has an antibacterial component, it will help prevent this both by killing the bacteria and by preventing the abrasion.

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    Upon my discovery of biking a few months ago the local LBS gave me a sample tube when I went in for biking shorts advise.

    I have no doubt that it makes things more comfortable and prevents hot spots and rashes, but the main thing is that it is so dang fun to put on!

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    I use "Bag Balm" myself. Comes in a fancy old fashioned type green square can that will last along time. The stuff is designed for cow teats but cyclists all over the country use it, including our boy Lance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Chamois Butt'r if I'm buying something at the bike store.
    I generally carry a couple of the single use packets of Chamois Butt'r on long rides in the event I need to "re-lube."

    Helpfull hint, don't confuse these with energys gels......
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    I use Noxema (original recipe), but I heard that the cream used for Diaper Rash works well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Head View Post
    I generally carry a couple of the single use packets of Chamois Butt'r on long rides in the event I need to "re-lube."

    Helpfull hint, don't confuse these with energys gels......


    Is this from experience? So you either ended up with a sticky butt or a waterproof tongue.

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