Not every cyclist uses chamois cream – but for many riders, it’s an absolute necessity, especially for longer excursions.
Chamois cream is essentially a lube for you and your bike. It may sound a little odd, but it can make a huge difference to your riding comfort by reducing friction around your undercarriage.
A long day in the saddle is tough going on your body as pedalling is a repetitive motion which can cause chaffing and irritation to those already sensitive bits. Chamois cream helps prevent that problem by reducing the friction between your bits and your shorts.
Many chamois creams have anti-bacterial properties and they’re all designed to be used exclusively in those sensitive areas. So there’s no need to worry about being irritated in other ways. They’ve been known to help reduce the number of in-growing hairs and contain cooling properties which help with inflammation and the reduction in saddle sores.
Padded shorts are designed in such a way that you don’t need to wear underwear, they are your second skin layer so the chamois cream can be applied directly to the lining of your shorts, or to your skin. There is no right way, it’s all down to your personal preference. Just ensure you cover those areas which come into contact with the saddle, or areas that are prone to rubbing: thighs, soft tissue and creases.
We’ve rounded up a selection of cycling chamois creams for you to try yourself…