Not every cyclist uses chamois cream – but for many rider’s it’s an absolute necessity, especially on 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.
A long day in the saddle is tough going on your undercarriage – pedalling is a repetitive motion which can case 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 are anti-bacterial and they’re all designed to be used exclusively on 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.
Padded shorts are designed in such a way that you don’t need to wear underpants, 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…