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Old 05-06-14, 04:01 PM
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Do you powder down?

I'm think'n that whilst travelling long distance it'd be a good idea to apply a regular dose of talcum (or whatever suits one) in that area commonly known as the "crotch"! Does anybody do this and does it help any at all?
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
I'm think'n that whilst travelling long distance it'd be a good idea to apply a regular dose of talcum (or whatever suits one) in that area commonly known as the "crotch"! Does anybody do this and does it help any at all?
We started doing this when touring Malaysia, and we liked it, so we stuck with it. We tend to powder the crotch as well as between our toes. I'm not sure if it helps anything, but it sure doesn't hurt.
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
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Just the opposite. Try A&D ointment; it can be found in the baby diaper section of your supermarket. Active ingredients are lanolin and petroleum jelly (vasoline). Some sort of lubricant does a much better job of preventing sore spots. However, I don't use it between the toes. My first aid kit is stocked with an anti-fungal cream for those types of conditions,e.g., athletes foot, and jock itch.

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I do, religiously, 3 tours and some 2,500 miles.

I use Gold Bond for the tingle. I find it helps that initial sweating in my sit bones from causing a chafe against the chamois. Good sitting position helps too.

I would highly recommend. You can refill anywhere, travel size powder is available in hundreds of stores.
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I tried powder and didn't find it helpful or pleasant, but if you think it will help you, try it and see if it works for you. I have done a couple coast to coast trips and a bunch of other long tours and don't find that I like to use powder or butt butter. For me decent shorts (Pearl Izumi Attack) and "airing out" by wearing running shorts in camp and overnight.

I do use a bit of zinc oxide based diaper cream on the rare occasion that I get a minor sore spot. When I do, I put it on and wear it overnight, works like magic.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
I do use a bit of zinc oxide based diaper cream on the rare occasion that I get a minor sore spot. When I do, I put it on and wear it overnight, works like magic.
I'm a big fan of zinc oxide and won't leave home without it! However, I was thinking the powder might help reduce chaffing. I've used Ammens powder quite a bit over the years but haven't tried it yet while riding.
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
I'm a big fan of zinc oxide and won't leave home without it! However, I was thinking the powder might help reduce chaffing. I've used Ammens powder quite a bit over the years but haven't tried it yet while riding.
One summer I tried all sorts of different creams and powders to see what would work or not work.

I discovered that what worked best was: 1) having a bicycle that fit properly, 2) having a good saddle, and 3) simply keeping clean. Washing the sitting area and drying it well every now and then during the day if you're on the bicycle all day. Or if you haven't got water and towels, baby wipes will work.

But on a tour, you may be off the bicycle and walking around now and then anyway ... sightseeing, stopping for lunch in cafes etc. If you're doing that every couple hours, there shouldn't be any issues.


My discovery regarding powders ... they clump. They clump and become very irritating, not pleasant or helpful at all.

I do carry Ozonol, and will apply a tiny dab of it on a sore spot should one appear.
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Washing those bits with a surgeon's scrub cleans the skin of a lot of the surface bacteria that will cause saddle sores ,

when they go into hair follicles & infect there.
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Old 05-06-14, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
I tried powder and didn't find it helpful or pleasant, but if you think it will help you, try it and see if it works for you. I have done a couple coast to coast trips and a bunch of other long tours and don't find that I like to use powder or butt butter. For me decent shorts (Pearl Izumi Attack) and "airing out" by wearing running shorts in camp and overnight.
+1

A good pair of lycra cycling shorts and a modern saddle seem to be all that I need...
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Old 05-07-14, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
I'm think'n that whilst travelling long distance it'd be a good idea to apply a regular dose of talcum (or whatever suits one) in that area commonly known as the "crotch"! Does anybody do this and does it help any at all?
Are you experiencing any discomfort while riding long distances? My experience is that there are numerous issues that can arise.

One, you can get chafing/rubbing discomfort because of bad bike fit, bad seat fit, bad clothes fit or materials.

Two, you can get soggy, wet from sweat.

Three, you can get blisters and boils, which can get infected and hurt real bad.

Four, the area commonly known as your ass can get sore and bruised from life.

I suggest you take some increasingly longer rides in all sorts of weather, with all sorts of clothing combinations and see what works for you.

For me. a little Chamois Butter on the area know as the crack between my ass cheeks seems to help. For me powders are nice for 5 minutes right after showering and walking around the house naked, but that's about it. Powder does soak up a little moisture so if that turns out to be your issue you can try some.

Good luck with your seat-interface-area
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Talc is in fact a very fine mineral. Just the deal for grinding and polishing (a very fine form, kaolin, of it is used in making glossy paper used in magazine). I figure I can do without the abrasives on my butt, thank you.
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I use olive oil on my crotch, feet, etc. Works great. No weird chemicals. Same container as my cooking/salad oil.
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
I'm think'n that whilst travelling long distance it'd be a good idea to apply a regular dose of talcum (or whatever suits one) in that area commonly known as the "crotch"! Does anybody do this and does it help any at all?
No. Powder would just hold moisture.
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Old 05-08-14, 12:07 PM
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I use olive oil on my crotch, feet, etc. Works great. No weird chemicals. Same container as my cooking/salad oil.
That evokes a pretty disgusting picture, butt everyone to their own choices
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I use olive oil on my crotch, feet, etc. Works great. No weird chemicals. Same container as my cooking/salad oil.
"Works great" for *what*?
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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
"Works great" for *what*?
Have you never been to an Italian restaruant where they give you olive oil to dip your bread? And just think of all the great ants it would attract. Just don't try to burn them with a magnifying glass.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Have you never been to an Italian restaruant where they give you olive oil to dip your bread? And just think of all the great ants it would attract. Just don't try to burn them with a magnifying glass.
OMG! What did I start?!
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"Works great" for *what*?
Without that I'm subject to rashes that turn itchy. And I have less trouble with some male issues when it comes to all parts concerned adjusting to changes in my seating position.
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No powder for me. Get this image of a paste of sweat and flour just thinking of it. But hey, maybe it works.

Bag Balm is my preferred ointment. If its good for the udder, its good for this old farm boy.
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I use a chamois cream. This reduces the friction between moving parts.
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Never. Sounds like a terrible idea. I grease for serious rides, but never when touring. I don't do serious rides on tour. I bring a tube of Ozonol, but almost never use it. I use good quality, tested bike shorts and a proven, comfortable saddle. And enough mileage during the year to acquire a reasonably iron butt.
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I'm just guessing, but this could be an area where there is a difference between the sexes. Anyway diaper cream it is. I like peneten. No undies, and a lined sorts or trousers. No talc. Talc is also toxic, and heavy.

Olive oil, they say, that if a drop absorbs right into your skin with little apparent residue, it is truly virgin. That is the test, and a lot of "virgin" stuff does not pass it. Not sure which would be best, but I would probably go for the virgin, since a sludge of oil residue doesn't really sound that great. And as far as skin is concerned, it is at least two separate products.
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I use Body Glide Chamois Glide which keeps things nice and lubed to prevent chaffing and sores and such. It isn't quite so goopy and nasty and applies like stick deodorant. If some chaffing or sores do happen I like to use Florasone which I find at Whole Foods and other places.

Though as Machka said keeping clean and dry with a good fitting saddle and bike is a good thing and will prevent some of those problems. If bacteria cannot grow, your parts will not, well you know...

I always bring baby wipes with me because they come in quite handy in so many ways. 7th Generation makes some good, reasonably priced and more eco-friendly ones.
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