Women's cycling shorts and Chamois Butter - hope this is not a repeat!
Hi All- I recently bought a tandem bike with my husband a week ago and know nothing about gear. I did purchase a pair of Pearl Izumi Short Attack short but wanted to see what the reviews were on Women's shorts in general! I find the Izumi's are great when riding, but when off the bike they are less than desirable. This may be the case with all shorts! But any opinions/reviews would be much appreciated as well as everyone's opinion on Chamois butt'r. We have not bought any... but heard it was a necessity and then read reviews that it was not all that great! Opinions? Also my hubby currently has Castelli shorts.. any thoughts? Thanks so much in advance...
Long Distance Cyclist
I just answered this question here:
Best womens shorts and chamois butter
And I said ...
"I buy the inexpensive shorts at MEC. But all shorts feel a little bit odd when you're just walking around with them.
As for Chamois Buttr ... unneccessary. That is, unless you're doing a ride on a very hot day (where you'll be sweating a lot); or a very rainy day (where your shorts will be soaked with rain). All Chamois Buttr and similar products do is to add a protective layer to the SKIN. When the skin is wet, it is fragile and that's when products like Chamois Buttr come in handy.
But if your bicycle is set up correctly, if you've got a good saddle, and if you've got a decent pair of shorts, you should not need any sort of cream ... it's not like it's going to make your sitbones feel any better!!"
BTW - there is a Women's forum. You might have to contact donnamb to get access to it.
Last edited by Machka; 10-05-07 at 08:31 AM.
FWIW, you dont wear cycling shorts all the time. You only wear them on the bike, and they're tailored to fit well in the bent over cycling position. I dont really know many people that walk around bent over like their riding, so its only fair that your shorts are uncomfortable when not riding.
theres plenty of black spandex shorts out there for women that are cut differently then cycling shorts. my recommendation is to buy a set of those for wearing off the bike, and keep your pearl izumis for riding. you'll also get less saddle sores by reducing chamois time as much as possible. When you're done riding get those shorts off!
anyways, thats just my 2 cents. maybe a little more. like 4 cents.
On short rides, I wear triathlete bike shorts which have even less padding than the regular bike shorts. No creams, butters, nothing. On longer rides, its different because there's more sweating causing more friction between skin and shorts.
Each rider will be a bit different about sweating, friction. A 200 lb rider will most likely put more stress on the sit bones area than a 110 lb rider. What you don't want is the skin to break. If the chamois butter helps you, even for short rides, then use it.