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Assos
14
19.72%
Bag Balm
12
16.90%
Paceline ButtR
10
14.08%
Beljum Budder
1
1.41%
Noxema
0
0%
A&D Ointment
5
7.04%
Ohter
34
47.89%
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Poll: What type of chamois cream do you use?

Old 01-07-08, 10:30 AM
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Poll: What type of chamois cream do you use?

As the 2008 season kicks off and mileage increases, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss chamois creams. These products may prevent saddle sores and chafing while riding. I use Beljum Budder and Bag Balm. I carry a little with me on long rides and relube as necessary.
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Old 01-07-08, 10:44 AM
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I've tried a few and like the feeling that Assos provides, plus it really washes out well. But honestly on long, hot week long rides, nothing works better than Desitin!
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I have been using Paceline for about 3 years now. If I get some chafing, I use Bag Balm.

I just got a new saddle, the men's Terry Gel, and have found I can get by with less cream.
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Don't use any. Never had the need for it.
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More evidence that I'm a freak. Never used any.
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Usually nothing. Really long ride, Vaseline Intensive Care hand lotion. Never thought of carrying extra, that is a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
More evidence that I'm a freak. Never used any.
Your not the only Freak in this respect- In others -Maybe.
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What's a chamois?
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Chamois Buttr or just plain old Vaseline
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Started out with Chamois Butt'r. Used Vasolene out of desperation. Tried Body Glide.

I can't tell the difference between any of them, to be honest. Body Glide isn't so creepy to put on.
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I heard that Lance Armstrong used to also rub some into the insert. I have done that some for a long ride (50+ miles) but not for a shorter ride. I dont use any cream at all for a ride under 25 miles.
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
More evidence that I'm a freak. Never used any.
Me neither.

Someone gave me a can of Anti-MonkeyButt Powder this christmas. All it's done for me is to set off the security people when I went through the airport inspection.
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Ever since I started riding on a Terry Butterfly, I don't use any cremes for regular rides (any distance). The only time I have a need is on week long touring. Just that day in and out of the saddle takes a toll. Creme is required!
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I had a Selle Italia gel lite before. I never got used to the saddle, and needed cream then. Since I switched the the Terry mens Liberator Y Gel saddle, I have not needed cream as much.
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When needed I use ButtR. I now pack a couple of the individual packets into my seat bag.
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Vaseline is by far and away the market leader for this application. A&D Ointment and Bag Balm are about 98%-99% Vaseline/petrolatum. Some people don't like it because it is messy, but it is very inexpensive and it works.

I've seen tests that indicate that the non-messy butters and creams are actually less effective than petrolatum, but they are close and they aren't as sticky & greasy.

There is a synthetic lubricant called BodyGlide that may be the best. It never soaks in, you have to wash it off to remove it.

I have 4 or 5 different types to use, but since I switched to my Terry Fly saddle, I've never had to use them. Likewise for when I ride my bent.
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None for me either. So I checked "Ohter".
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I've never had the need, but I have to wonder if it's because my riding is at elevation, and with very little humidity.
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Another vote for nothing.

The old real leather chamois required some sort of treatment because they got hard when you washed and dried them. Back then I used to put noxema on them because it was cheap and allegedly antibacterial. Since the chamois went synthetic I haven't done anything but wash them and hang them on the line to dry. Thats been 15 or 20 years at least.
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Nothing for rides under 50 miles. Longer rides, especially in hot weather, the sweat starts chafing me if I don't use something. Bag Balm, Chamois Butt'r or Queen Helen's Cocoa Butter Creme are my usual choices. Plain old Vaseline in a pinch.
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None for me either. So I checked "Ohter".
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I use Chamois Butt'r on mulit-day rides or if I am doing long rides (50+) back to back. It comes in handy one application packets that can be carried for emergencies or regreasing at lunch. Other than that, good shorts do the trick for me for 50 - 70 mile rides.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Nothing for rides under 50 miles. Longer rides, especially in hot weather, the sweat starts chafing me if I don't use something. Bag Balm, Chamois Butt'r or Queen Helen's Cocoa Butter Creme are my usual choices. Plain old Vaseline in a pinch.
+1 on Queen Helen's Cocoa Butter Creme. I buy it at the dollar store. I only use it if I feel chaffing. It last about 1 year, and my wife uses it for hands and legs. Not bad for a buck.
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