I’m determined to get to the bottom of this. OK… no wise cracks about how many buns… I mean puns… I can fit into this post.
But really… I have never used a chamois cream (creme) and I’m not sure I’ve ever really had a true saddle sore. Don’t get me wrong… my bottom side has felt pretty cheeky after those long rides. Last year, I trained and rode in three century events in the North Carolina mountains. They all had a lot of altitude, one as much as 13,000 plus feet of combined climbing. I’ve been thinking… as I increase my training for the same rides again this year… Would it help to lube up before the long mileage?
Some things I’ve read on the internet suggest chamois cream (creme) is only needed on real chamois… but other articles, including product descriptions suggest using it on synthetic chamois as well.
Like Assos… I believe this was Lance’s preferred product.
Assos is described like this:
Then there’s Chamois Butt’r described like this: This non-greasy skin lubricant is the number one choice for riders challenged with chafing in sensitive areas–great for extended riding.
- Lotion can be applied directly to the skin, or can be slathered on the pad of your shorts to prevent uncomfortable friction
- Restores the softness and suppleness of natural and synthetic chamois padding in your bike shorts
I’m sure we all prefer soft and supple… but I’m left wondering do I need this?
Will it make my ride more comfortable?
If so… what kind do you think I should try first?