I am a firm believer in a happy butt means a happy cyclist. I use chamois cream on every ride. During the awful heat last July on RAGBRAI, my chamois cream never broke down or disappeared. That’s because you have to wash it off once you put it on. And it’s all organic and good for your skin. It has a funny name, nubutte, (say new butt) and it isn’t like anything you might have tried before. It isn’t water-based, so it can’t sweat off. Any way, if you want to give it a try, and save 20%, they have a discount coupon:
I like the 0.3 oz. single-dose tear-open pillow packs of Chamois Butt’r. Three of them will stow away in the bike bag without taking much room. Speaking of necessities, how about few Germ-X hand sanitizing wipes singles AND a few anti-diarrheal tablets in water-proof tear-open blister sheets could save you a lot of down time.
The reason you have to keep reapplying Chamois Butt’r is it is a water-based product. It sweats off. Nubutte won’t do that. It’s oil-based. Goes on like a thick wax that softens as you rub it in. Stays on until you wash it off.
That’s just it jwsknk, it’s not messy when it’s not water based. This stuff rubs in and protects your skin all day. It’s like skin lotion: you don’t need it, but your skin will love you for using it. New Orleans to International Falls ride sounds amazing. What was the deal with that ride?
Wish I owned stock in this and Jetboil stoves. No, just like to pass on good stuff to fellow cyclists. DZNuts is another water-based product (first ingredient), and in my mind, anything water soluble is going to sweat off. This product is unique. Give it a look.
In 2005 some of us who did LA to DC decided we wanted to do a short(er) ride, only 5 weeks this time so we followed the Mississippi River from 60 miles south to New Orleans to Lake Itasca then 2 1/2 more days north to Canada. Think it came out around 2300 miles
While I personally use Chamois Butt’r, I fully realize that the use is very much a personal choice. I was on a ride across Missouri last summer riding with two friends. One had never tried using lubricant, the other did not like to do so, The latter advised the first person that it was unecessary. After a very uncomftable day he borrowed a packet from me and became a believer. It just goes to show that we are all different. By the way, I use the tubes before the ride and packets during to save expense. I also like that Chamois Butt’r wahes out easily on long rides since it comes easily out of my shorts when I rinse them out.
Bag Balm is a terrible product. Completely chemical in nature. It’s primary ingredient has been banned in Canada for use in cosmetics. Lanolin, another main ingredient, comes from sheep. As such it’s prone to contamination from pesticides and the like. The product is petroleum based.
As for only needed on “long hot rides only,” again to each his own, but every ride, winter or summer, I have my butt covered so my chamois isn’t chafing. Nubutte washes out easily. It just won’t sweat out like Chamois Butt’r or DZ Nuts. Think about: organic vs. chemistry set, or water vs natural oils.