Chamois cream necessary??

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  1. Napalm73

    Napalm73 New Member

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    Hi All,

    I have done a lot of centary rides and have never used it for a single day.

    However, have suffered on a weeks tour with saddle sores. Went into the local supermarket and got some zinc cream for nappy rash. I applied this to the affected areas (and not on the nix).

    It worked better than nothing. Will this damage my nix?

    Who else has an alternate for the expensive chamois cream?

    Cheers,
     


  2. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    My view only; take heed as you wish:

    Chamois creams are simply marketing-hyped, overpriced thick lotions. I do just as well with Walmart's extra strength lotion to keep the heat down on long (2hr+) rides.

    If a person is getting saddle sores with regularity you need to look at your bike fit, specifically (in no particular order): your saddle height, saddle fore-aft position, your handlebar drop/reach (function of stem length and height), and probably most important - the fact you may have a leg length discrepancy causing you to drop one of your hips. Saddle sores are a symptom of a position problem where too much weight is being borne in one area and the pressure isn't being spread sufficiently to other parts of your anatomy (i.e. sit bones) and/or saddle. No chamois cream in the world will eliminate saddle sores if a person's fit on the bike is not well balanced.
     
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  4. GrooveSlave

    GrooveSlave New Member

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    I think it helps too. I've used Chamois Butt'r and like it. It is water soluble and "relatively" cheap. I've tried Noxema face cleanser (with Eucalyptus) and it works well too. Dirt cheap. You can get a big jar for $5.

    Noxema has a weird consistency and I've yet to try it on a ride over 25 miles. But, it does cool.
     
  5. dhk2

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    +1. Before a long ride, I'll often put a thin coat of Noxema on for the coolness, then apply and work something heavier into the pad. Chamois Butt'r is fine, but as said other stuff works well too, as long as it's heavy enough to hold up for the duration.

    I don't use anything on shorter training rides, but for > 2 hours believe a good lube helps prevent chafing and sores. Also newer shorts with the molded Italian pad work a lot better for me on all day rides than the old-school foam/corduroy sewn padding.
     
  6. AMRcycling

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    Have experimented with a few and a friend gets some baby cream from the supermarket.

    As I only use it for 80+ km rides or stage races, I go with ASSOS. It lasts me forever.

    AMR
     
  7. parawolf

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    If you are getting issues on 20 mile rides or longer (32km) then you really should look at your bike setup and other functional issues. I'll go knock out 140+km without chamois cream on the weekends. I don't bother too much.
     
  8. rparedes

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    Paceline chamois butter. But I think any kind of heavy lotion will work. I don't think you need it for short rides but anything over 20 I would not try without it.
    It's very important to check your bike fit, especially your saddle height and angle (from the side AND rear). Make sure you move around while you ride and also get off the saddle every so often. I developed a saddle sore when inadvertely my saddle had turned a few mm to one side causing the saddle to be uneven and creating a pressure point. It took two weeks to heal. Now i check my saddle every time I ride.
     
  9. Leg Salsa

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    Check out Smooth Ride Chamois Cream from OA performance products. Price better than all the other products out there. Used by many racing cyclist, with testimonials on the site. It has Tea tree oil to help prevent saddle sores.
    www.unconmed.com
     
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