Tips for Using Chamois Creams
Why use Chamois Cream?
Cyclists love a challenge. Tough terrain, wind, rain, heat, and bone chilling cold all play their part in the make up of a great ride. Unfortunately what makes a ride great can also put us at risk at of chafing and saddle sores, which can be the making of one of your least enjoyable rides. The pressure your weight in the saddle, constant movement, heat and moisture create friction and open the pores to bacteria.
Which is the best Chamois Cream for you?
Chamois Creams come in two styles, a lighter style that softens the pad and provides friction relief and anti bacterial / inflammation properties. A hard style is generally petroleum based, and is used for long rides or challenging conditions. Every rider should have both in their ride care kit bag.
Light style anti - chafing
Light style creams should be all natural (Petroleum Jelly stops hard creams from making this claim) and have a lighter cream consistency. Light creams will soften the short pad, provide friction resistance, and contain properties that protect and enhance skin health. For riders that are generally problem free these creams are great to use to ensure continued down under health through increased mileage phases. These creams are also great for running, using wetsuits. Choose these creams for preventative care.
Hard Style Chamois Cream
Hard style chamois creams have all the natural goodness of light creams but with the added petroleum jelly for a thicker consistency. These 'classic' creams are designed to stay where they are most needed with ultimate protection, this can make them hard to wash out. Think riding in the wet, day on day mileage, road surfaces with vibration, the toughest of elements. Any time we know there are challenges ahead we have the classic creams on, you are crazy if you don't! Again they contain all the skin health promotion and protection.
Does everyone use Chamois Cream?
Chamois Cream use varies from rider to rider. Some use all the time, some use on days that they are riding further, or in poor weather, or if they are going to sweat more than usual. Our advice is to use it before you need it, especially if you are new to the sport. Saddle sores / boils and chafing take the fun out of riding so don’t let them.
How do you use Chamois Cream?
Turn your shorts inside out, and on the pad insert of your shorts where you sit, apply chamois cream to any stitching or areas of the pad that have given you discomfort. Apply more liberally where required, or if heading out in the rain. Then apply direct to you skin in key contact locations.
What precautions do I take after the ride?
Change out of your shorts as soon as possible after the ride to reduce your exposure to lingering bacteria. Always wash your shorts after every ride. We recommend hand washing you shorts with PEDALIT REVIVAL Clothing Wash to ensure you remove all the Chamois Cream, and leave the shorts bacteria free for the next ride.
Womans health tip
Ride creams that promote anti fungal / viral and inflammation. Pedalit creams contain tea tree and eucalyptus oils, as well as organic bees wax.