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Chamois Creme - what is it's purpose and where do you use it

DubcatDubcat Posts: 831
edited July 2012 in Road beginners
Hi - as per the subject, what is chamois creme used for and where do you apply it exactly?
I know it's a proper newbie question.
Dub
2010 Specialized Rockhopper
2012 Bianchi Infinito

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  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    oh i do love it on a couple of buns....:)
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  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,207
    it reduces friction, chafing and the chance of developing saddle sores

    apply generously to the bits of you that are in contact with the saddle, i.e. around the sit ones and the bits in-between, you can also put some on the pad itself

    on shorter rides it's not needed, but on longer ones it does make a difference, especially if it's really hot or if you're going to get drenched

    i like the assos one, but there are many others on the market
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • Simon MastersonSimon Masterson Posts: 2,740
    What Sungod said.

    It hearkens back to when cycling shorts would have a real leather chamois in, which - being leather - would have to be nourished. You can still use chamois creme on your synthetic pad - in fact Assos recommend that you do - but primarily it is designed to prevent chafing in the saddle area.

    I don't use it currently, but I probably will invest at some point. I currently use Sudocrem afterward if I have any trouble. Some people use Sudocrem or vaseline as cheap chamois creme substitutes, but apparently they can stain your shorts; hence I have declined to do so myself.
  • DubcatDubcat Posts: 831
    Thanks guys. I was wondering about the rubbing it on the pad. Surely the pad just soaks it all up. I am training for a marathon and most of the runners I know use bodyglide to prevent chaffing. I wonder if Assos type stuff might be nicer.
    2010 Specialized Rockhopper
    2012 Bianchi Infinito
  • duglissdugliss Posts: 235
    I`ve used that bodyglide before but prefer friction zone as it comes in a tube so is easier to get it exactly where you want it, the bodyglide is a bit awkward to get round the undercarriage
  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,207
    Dubcat wrote:
    Thanks guys. I was wondering about the rubbing it on the pad. Surely the pad just soaks it all up. I am training for a marathon and most of the runners I know use bodyglide to prevent chaffing. I wonder if Assos type stuff might be nicer.

    apply to skin is first step, as you get it in the right places

    you apply generously, some is absorbed by the skin, the surplus will go into the pad

    but if it's a long ride, after a few hot or wet hours the cream gets dissipated, so applying some extra on the pad itself extends the comfy time
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • me-109me-109 Posts: 1,369
    dugliss wrote:
    prefer friction zone as it comes in a tube so is easier to get it exactly where you want it


    :shock:

    And I thought chamois creme was for chamois. :roll:
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