As a recumbent trike rider, I have no need for the stuff – however, my son will be riding with me. This will be his first experience riding distance over consecutive days. I’m wondering about this stuff. Can someone give me the ins and outs? Best brands? Where does one apply it – and yes, I know, the butt – but the buttular area is a complex region with nooks and crannies, so where in particular? Does one apply it post ride (to soothe) as well as pre-ride to prevent chaffing? How liberally does one apply the stuff – what’s the right balance between effectiveness and getting sloppy?
I have been using Paceline Chamois Buttr for the past 4 years. I like the plain type. They also make one with eucolyptus or something like that that is supposed to help control bacteria. I use it liberally because as CR pointed out, this one is water based and does disappear over time on the ride. To address that, I buy a couple of 10 packs of small single application tubes and carry them with me during each day’s ride for application later. Personally, I find using it in the areas where anatomy and the nose of the saddle meet works for me.
I have been using Paceline Chamois Buttr for the past 4 years.I like the plain type.They also make one with eucolyptus or something like that that is supposed to help control bacteria.I use it liberally because as CR pointed out, this one is water based and does disappear over time on the ride.To address that, I buy a couple of 10 packs of small single application tubes and carry them with me during each day’s ride for application later. Personally, I find using it in the areas where anatomy and the nose of the saddle meet works for me.
CR, I like the way that the water based Chamois Buttr easily washes off me and my shorts, as Michrider pointed out. I don’t mind carrying a couple of tubes since I can use it if needed or save for another day. This, like a lot of options in cycling seems to be a preference thing.
I definitely prefer a water based product. Even though you have to reapply periodically, the washability factor is far worth it. Bear59 was “spot” on when he said to put it when the anatomy and the nose of the saddle meet!!
Thanks, CR, for the discount code. I’m gonna try some. The water-based chamois creams sweat away in very short order for me in the summer. I use an inexpensive cocoa butter creme product that beats any of the “real” water-based chamois creams I’ve tried, but I’ll take a shot at Nubutte.
Chamois Butt’r (note correct spelling!)I WANT it to come off eventually. I put it on “sit bones” and other areas that rub. I wont give more info than that on a public forum for decorum’s sake. So two friends of mine (and I)are out for a 100 mile ride. One puts a bit too much butt’r on. The other tries one with menthol. One says he feels a bit slippery and the other is speaking with a high pitched voice. It was a silly, funny moment as we all started out. Oh yeah, I put it on the body part. Each pair of shorts (I have 4, so I have one for each day of the Rag with the wash day) has a slightly different pattern/location of the chamois pad. That way I dont miss the spot.
First, Nubutte washes off with soap and water. It comes off easily in the shower, and any residual is a good thing. In fact I often apply it after my shower to keep everything healthy down there. To say you want something that dissolves while you’re wearing it just doesn’t make sense to me. As to putting the cream on you or your chamois, it doesn’t much matter. I put it on my body so I can rub it in.
Enjoy Nubutte if you want to try something natural that doesn’t have water as the main ingredient.
Actually you do not put chamois cream on the body. You put it on the chamois. Thus its name.
I also apply the stuff to the chamois – it appears to last a lot longer when it is in the chamois and continuously being applied to the body. I reapply from a smaller tube after 45 miles or so.
I like both the Chamois Buttr and the Buttn Hole brand cream with the extra cooling sensation (menthol) in it. I used both on Ragbrai last year, and I like the water based for the same reason Mitchrider stated – it washes out of my clothing easily and it is easy to reapply if needed.
One thing – on Ragbrai, it is easier to apply the stuff from a tube than from a jar – just my two cents.
BTW – I’m constantly amused that when someone presents a new or different idea that they like, it gets shot down as, “it just doesn’t make sense to me.” Many viewpoints, many experiences – there are reasons people have many ideas for what to use. This is a forum to present ideas and answers – not to shoot down ideas that don’t match up with our own (unless there is an important concept that needs to be shot down – and chamois butt’r certainly isn’t one of them!!!).
I like the mentholated creams, but am also a fan of Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I get the small container and take it with me on my bike. A few shakes every stop and you’re fresh and ready to go!
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