I haven't really had a need for chamois butter - but fellow-riders find it (or something like it)helpful. Applied directly to the shorts.
Sometimes extra thick padding is more irritating/causes sore spots than a thinner pad. Or, different manufacturers and styles of shorts can rub differently. I personally am not comfortable in Pearl Izumi shorts (wish I was!). So you might want to consider another brand.
Rebecca, I'm glad the cotton worked for you....most people find riding with just shorts to be the most comfortable (once they can get over it mentally) - but really it comes down experimenting and finding whatever works!
One tip I've learned is to never ride in shorts twice. That is, always wash 'em in between rides.
One last thought on the subject, as a joke I got my husband (also a road rider) some Anti-Monkey Butt Powder. Here's the link - I found it in my local bike shop: http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/ And now he SWEARS by the stuff. It's got some powdered calamine in it, and it really seems to help with keeping dry and chaff free.
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I am getting it for my next ride because my shorts have a super thick chamois and they were great for my contact points but I had some rubbing in the front in an area that wasn't even on the seat and the discomfort after about 30 miles was awful!
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i hadnt used it until this year. i went to a womens bike clinic with Trek and the rep (female) recommended it. she said put it on the camouis not on your body, any were that you make contact. i hadn't really had much problem with chafing, but sometimes i could get a little tender in certain areas. it seems to help some. i have friend that uses A and D ointment. so i guess it depends where the soreness is. i have had no ill effects from it.
I've never used it, though we sold it at the bike shop. I enjoy a lot of long road rides but haven't had a problem. I think it's a bit of an individual thing. Some folks are more touchy/tender than others. And it depends on how long in the saddle... I can do 5-6 hrs of riding and be totally fine without any creams.
If you are experiencing discomfort or think you could make things a bit more comfy down there, give it a shot and see whatcha think.
Edited by: MTNBIKENV at: 6/3/2008 (13:23)
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i use assos chamois cream for most rides. it has a nice cooling effect that i appreciate. i think it is helpful to use if you have a lot of friction (you tend to sweat a lot more) or if you have shorter hair (unless you like the feeling of sandpaper in your spandex).
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