Chamois cream round-up.
If you spend any serious time in the saddle and want to avoid chaffing and/or saddle sores, you pretty much have to use some sort of chamois cream. Last October I developed two saddle sores/ingrown hairs where the saddle rubs the top of my inner thigh, and those little sores were incredibly painful. They took months to finally heal.
I never want to go through that again, and now I use chamois cream on every single ride–even short ones. There are several products on the market that are specifically designed for this purpose, as well as a few general purpose products that work well.
Here is Dave Zabriskie demonstrating the proper way to apply his product DZ Nuts while channeling Elvis. Probably not safe for work.
I really like DZ Nuts, but at almost 20 bucks for just 4 ounces it’s way too expensive, IMO.
Chamois Butt’r (Eurostyle) is excellent, too, and I prefer it over the non-Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r. The Eurostyle Butt’r tingles and has a cooling sensation that the slightly less expensive non-Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r lacks.
Chamois Butt’r (Eurostyle) is less than 20 bucks for 8 ounces, so it’s about half as much as DZ Nuts. This is what I’ve been using for the past few months, and I feel it’s an excellent product with a fair price.
Assos is another good product, but it’s more than $20 for just 4.7 ounces.
Quite a few cyclists, including my friend Mike, use a product called Bag Balm. Bag Balm is a multi-use product that has a very strong following in the cycling community. About the only potential negative that I’ve seen relative to Bag Balm is some concern that its petrolatum lanolin base can prematurely wear out the chamois, but most of the cyclists who use it say that’s nonsense and their bib shorts are threadbare long before the chamois wears out. Mike loves it.
Bag Balm is very inexpensive: about 8 bucks for 10 ounces, making it by far the least expensive of the products I’ve seen. You can even get a 4.5 pound pail for just $35.00 on Amazon! That’s about what you’d pay for just 8 ounces of DZ Nuts.
I’ve decided to give Bag Balm a try. Because I ride about five or six times per week, chamois cream is becoming a non-trival expense.
Feel free to post your thoughts on these products, or others not mentioned here!