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Old 08-18-19, 06:35 AM
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Chamois Butter- different brands??

So has anyone used different brands and found some better than other's?
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Old 08-18-19, 07:37 AM
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Ive used Chamois Buttr and tried some Assos stuff. The Buttr one is available in numerous bike stores and simply because it was there the reason we have bought some tubes over the years.
The Assos stuff has some "cooling" stuff in it, which I personally didnt like the feeling, and it was a sample, but I presume that like anything Assos, is surely super expensive. Not worth it imo.

the Buttr stuff is fairly non smelling, etc, reasonably thick, and doesnt make any diff when it comes to hand washing bike shorts--ie, no staining, no harder to wash chamois by hand that without it.

As aside, it was a bunch of years ago I tried using chammy cream, the Buttr stuff as it was the only one at the bike store I always went to. I did notice a difference on long rides compared to without--but then at some point I got some diff bike shorts that for me, worked a lot better than the ones Ive had over the decades.

Now you know of course that crotch comfort depends on a whole slew of factors, short fit, chamois types, seat type, seat position, bike position, how much you ride, body shape, etc etc. I did find however that with my setups on my diff bikes, that in the end I really didnt need chamois creams. When I planned a few years back to do a two month trip, I had enough stuff that I just didnt consider taking a tube--kind of heavy, and wouldnt be able to find any more anyway. In any case, my specifics of bike/bike shorts/seat and all that was such that I was fine riding day after day, and not having chafing issues, so I probably havent put any chamois creams on now for years.

good luck trying some brands out. There is no doubt that the stuff does help with friction and less skin sensitivity, I guess all I can suggest is to also think about your specific bike shorts, and to think or try to analyze if a diff brand or higher quality would make just as much difference--but such a totally personal thing here.

Here, a tube of Buttr is about 25 bucks, so Im sure its worth trying out some.
I do figure however that as I don't buy it anymore, Ive easily saved money enough to pay for the more expensive bike shorts I use now.
I also do use Brooks leather saddles generally, and the whole "taking to my shape" factor along with the nice, slightly slippy aspect of a leather seat means more easy slight movement of me against the seat top, which reduces friction compared to a plastic top saddle--as well as the "breathing" aspect of leather, which I agree seems to result in less of a buildup of hot, sweaty nether regions.

good luck trying out stuff
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Old 08-18-19, 08:17 AM
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Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream. It works every bit as well as any other brands I've tried-- full disclosure, I've never used Assos or any of the other $4-5 per oz. creams. Maybe they're worth it, I dunno. I do know I can get a 3-pack of 8oz jars of the Udderly Smooth on Amazon for $25.

Zero odor (it claims "lightly scented" but it smells like unscented lotion to me) and generally lasts well past 100 miles with a single application. I've found that cream isn't needed for day-to-day use, but for days when you're riding significantly more than usual. I'm acclimated to around 70-80 miles-- beyond that, friction becomes an issue.
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Old 08-18-19, 06:10 PM
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Body Glide


It applies exactly like antiperspirant. They make travel size sticks, perfect for touring.

Not greasy at all.

Any sporting goods or running store should have it. REI carries it.


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Old 08-18-19, 06:54 PM
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I've been using Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream for at least 10 years.

The stuff works, and it's cheap enough that I rub a generous amount into the chamois.
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I know you are supposed to put the stuff on your chamois, but I don't I put it on my body, I suppose doing this way doesn't last as long, but it does help me, although, I can ride without, and don't get any chafing. My seat is very hard and uncomfortable, but I don't get sore using it. I would like to change to a more softer seat, but have not done it as have not gotten hurt by my current seat in 3 years. The thing stopping me, is having a softer seat, may start some sores coming on, but geez, my seat is not bloody comfortable at all. I don't look forward to the ride as much, because of it. Back in the day, when I was young and did big tours, I used a spring loaded comfort seat, and got no issues then, am thinking of doing the same again but, also remembering, that this could be a mistake. Do you guys whom tour long distance, ride comfortably on your seat, and get no soreness, or do you ride uncomfortably , but still get no soreness. Not sure what to do.

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Old 08-18-19, 08:50 PM
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body glide also makes a product called cycle glide, which has worked well for me. Not sure what the difference is.
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I’m partial to the Doc’s Skincare brand. Tea tree oil like smell and comes in a big eight ounce tub for about $20. Slap it on skin and not at all oily in feel.
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None = excellent!

Ozonol in tiny quantities on the individual spots that might be troubling you = great!

Lanolin on rainy days = yup!


Everything else ... no.
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Old 08-19-19, 05:26 AM
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I'm normally just a smear some vaseline on kinda guy but I recently rode the Seattle to Portland ride and Blue Steel was giving out packets of their anti-chafe cream, so I tried some. Worked great, seemed about the same as the freebie samples of Chamois Cream I've tried in the past.
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Old 08-19-19, 05:28 AM
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I like Udderly Smooth also. It works fine for me and I find it at Ace Hardware stores here.
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Petroleum based lubricants such as Vaseline and sheep wool derived lanolin products can damage some cycling clothing.

Read the care instructions on your garments.



Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
body glide also makes a product called cycle glide, which has worked well for me. Not sure what the difference is.
I've used both Body Glide and Cycle Glide.

The difference is subtle to the point where I wouldn't turn down either in favor of the other.


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Old 08-19-19, 07:12 AM
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I have used Butt Butter or whatever its called. Only because its easy to find and cheap enough....never used anything else because I have never felt the need to.

I don't use anything if I am riding less than an hour though, seems pointless.
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I've used Assos, Body Glide, Bag Balm, Chamois Butt'r, and Vaseline. They all work better than nothing for longer/frequent bicycling. For short rides I generally use nothing at all. Assos works well but is expensive and must be ordered. Body Glide's seemingly convenient stick/solid form is not the best application method, it's pricey and does not seem to last for long. Vaseline is the cheapest, works well and widely available but I doubt normal machine laundering can completely clean the stuff out of your chamois, also hard to clean from your body. Bag Balm works as well as the others, it's pretty easy to clean up and is relatively inexpensive:

https://www.amazon.com/Vermonts-Orig.../dp/B00FNKXZLI

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Old 08-22-19, 05:05 PM
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After finding that commercially available creams do not last all day for me, I developed my own. For about 3 bucks in materials I am able to make a 2 year supply of the stuff. Lasts all day in the hot, sweaty, humidity of 90 degree days in the upper Midwest. Been doing this for the past 10 years.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
After finding that commercially available creams do not last all day for me, I developed my own. For about 3 bucks in materials I am able to make a 2 year supply of the stuff. Lasts all day in the hot, sweaty, humidity of 90 degree days in the upper Midwest. Been doing this for the past 10 years.
Ok, I'll be there first to bite.

A big tub of marine bearing grease?
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I have used Body Glide and Butt'r. My experience has been that Body Glide is OK for a coupe of hours and needs reapplication. Butt'r or similar good all day. Just my experience, YMMV.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
After finding that commercially available creams do not last all day for me, I developed my own. For about 3 bucks in materials I am able to make a 2 year supply of the stuff. Lasts all day in the hot, sweaty, humidity of 90 degree days in the upper Midwest. Been doing this for the past 10 years.
hey there Mr Ti, you know I was just joshing around with the other comment, but I really am curious of what product you have been using. Seems to me that lots of non scented, greasy stuff would be a good candidate, so if you dont mind, lets us know what you've come up with.
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Djb, no problem with the kidding. Navy man, can take a lot of ship. lol
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good to hear, and kinda funny that my dumbass comment involved marine grease.
you are still being coy with your cooking lard secret or whatever it is!
Bear #1 to Bear #2 , what was that that just whizzed by? I dunno, but boy did it ever smell good!
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I use Chamois/Bike Glide all the time it is great. It is made by the Body Glide folks and it works really well and is easy to use, just like a deodorant stick so no mess and no fuss. I don't get saddle sores using it, nor do I chafe (and I chafe easily)
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