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Old 01-09-11, 07:13 PM   #1
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What is your favorite chamois cream?

What is you preferred chamois cream? Do you use it for all rides or just certain distances? Do you use any other product as a substitute? If so what?

I prefer dznuts and use it for any ride over 30 miles.
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Old 01-09-11, 07:17 PM   #2
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I now use DZNuts, reminds of the old Assos cream with the menthol....aaahhh.
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Old 01-09-11, 07:47 PM   #3
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Enzo's ButtonHole Chamois Cream
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Old 01-09-11, 07:48 PM   #4
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Udderly Smooth. Cheap and effective.

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Chamois Butt'r, but I also often use Bag Balm or Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Cream. I use Udderly Smooth as a hand lotion, but find it to watery to be useful as a chamois cream.

This time of year I don't use anything usually. No sweat, no need.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:26 PM   #6
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Anything water based on dry days, petroleum jelly on rainy days.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:30 PM   #7
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Plan old vasiline PJ as we both are allergic to "Witchhazel", a ingrediant that seems to be in "most" of the aftermarket C-creams, rats! Anything over a short commute, I use it, the Mrs. only on rides over 50 miles. FYI.
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Chamois Butt'r. I use it for rides over 70 miles. I don't need it so much in winter. I use it more in warmer weather when sweating causes chafing.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:38 PM   #9
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Bag Balm. Have tried others; always return to Bag Balm.

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I ride about 5k-6k miles every year, and I rode across the U.S. self-supported in 2007. Never found the need for it with proper shorts and conditioning. Perhaps your saddle is too soft, or perhaps I'm just a hard a$$.
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Old 01-09-11, 09:48 PM   #11
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Rode across the U.S. self-supported in 2007. Never found the need for it with proper shorts and conditioning. Perhaps your saddle is too soft.
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Fat in the wrong places can be a problem, too. I'm normal weight (by 1950's standards ), so I rarely have chafing problems.
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I use Chamois Butt'r only if it is going to be a long ride on a hot day.
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Lately I've been using Beljum Budder. Mostly when I plan to be riding more than 15 miles, or if a bit tender from a long ride the day before (without using it). I did use this every day during my tour in August. But then we were averaging 47 miles per day, fully loaded.
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I don't use it either. I can only think of one time I thought I might want to apply some - about mile 175 of a 203 mile day. Didn't have any handy, so I just toughed it out. Was a little sore the next day
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I ride about 5k-6k miles every year, and I rode across the U.S. self-supported in 2007. Never found the need for it with proper shorts and conditioning. Perhaps your saddle is too soft, or perhaps I'm just a hard a$$.
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Fat in the wrong places can be a problem, too. I'm normal weight (by 1950's standards ), so I rarely have chafing problems.
+1 +1 +1

Because my bikes fit properly and I have decent, firm saddles (Brooks, of course, with one or two exceptions), I have properly fitting pairs of shorts with chamois that are sized to my anatomy*, and I ride regularlly... I don't need chamois additives.

The only time I apply anything, it is tea tree lotion for localised chafe (usually on the right groin) that might appear after, say, 250km/150 miles.

* I have had great success with Pearl Izumi shorts over five or more years, and it's only now my original five pairs are starting to wear out that I am hunting for new shorts. What I have found is that there is a wildly wide variation in the width of the chamois -- compared with the perfect-for-me PIs. I've discovered a cheap alternative that comes very close, Route7s, from Torpedo7 in New Zealand... so a few pairs are likely to become my training and touring shorts while the PIs will be my rando shorts.

As a further comment, I rarely wear padded shorts on my best-broken-in B17, but rather flat-seam running shorts.

Maybe OldHammerBoy and Wake and I should start the Hard-Arse Club and lobby for a sub-forum here
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Some of us are fit and trim, ride properly fitting bikes with firm saddles and wear good bike shorts yet we still have the need for some kind of cream or lubricant to avoid chafing, especially on longer rides and in warmer weather. What works for some may not work for others.
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Not at the stage of scraping the skin off your butt calluses, huh?
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Used to be chamois cream was for keeping real (sheep skin) chamois soft. My wife considers it essential but having tried it myself I find it does nothing for me and is actually kind of off-putting.
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Some of us are fit and trim, ride properly fitting bikes with firm saddles and wear good bike shorts yet we still have the need for some kind of cream or lubricant to avoid chafing, especially on longer rides and in warmer weather. What works for some may not work for others.
You Rebel! Fall in line BD. I don't need it, so YOU must be doing it wrong.
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I've only need it a handful of times. That is, when it's 90F+ and 90% humidity and I'm doing a century ride. When all three of those things converge, I use Chamois Butt'r pre-ride. The inevitable salt build up is less of a problem under those conditions. (My experience has been that it is not the shorts, saddle, time in the saddle, or any other factor except the salt build up that creates problems with chafing.) In two events last summer a friend met me along the route at a place where I could don a clean pair of bibs that were delivered to me. In those situations I didn't need the Chamois Butt'r. And, BTW, I think BD got it right. What works for some may not work for others.
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Lubriderm hand lotion works just as well. That leads me to think that other hand lotions may work too.
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Lubriderm hand lotion works just as well. That leads me to think that other hand lotions may work too.
For sure. I have used Gold Bond Foot cream in the past and it was actually quite nice.
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I've only need it a handful of times. That is, when it's 90F+ and 90% humidity and I'm doing a century ride.
Interesting, I find it most necessary for long rides in the rain; dry and hot is no problem.
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