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Probably a stupid question, but have any of you tried this. I was thinking of using bag balm on me and gold bond on my bibs. I'm having a bad time with heat rash. You know it's pretty hot in south Texas and a lot of times I wish I were back up north, but that's another story. When I get back from riding I am 5 pounds lighter from sweat. Riding in shorts that are soaked are killing me. I hang my cloths up until dry, before I put them in the hamper. That takes at least 4 hours to dry. I was wondering if any of you tried this mixture. I thought it may gum up, but really don't know. I'm almost afraid to try it, but I wonder if it would work. I know if it doesn't I'll be off the bike for a week, that's why I thought I would run it across you guys. Or maybe try the gold bond by it's self. Any ideas.
 
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I've used bag balm (a/k/a udder butter)....................

for years now. Still sweat heavily (Iowa + Summer = 90 degree temps and 90% humidity......sound familiar?) but never been bothered by saddle rash since. Apply it heavier than you think and wait 20-30 minutes before riding. About a quarter the price of chamois creams.

No input on the Gold Bond products + cycling. Great stuff off the bike, though.
 

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Vaseline = goodbye Chamois!

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Has anyone tried plain vasoline? I used some today in that taint area and it seems to work great but I only did 23 miles today.
Don't use Vaseline at all. It's petroleum and will destroy synthetic chamois. DZ Nuts, Assos and Chamois Butt'r seem to be the best.
 

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billium said:
for years now. Still sweat heavily (Iowa + Summer = 90 degree temps and 90% humidity......sound familiar?) but never been bothered by saddle rash since. Apply it heavier than you think and wait 20-30 minutes before riding. About a quarter the price of chamois creams.

No input on the Gold Bond products + cycling. Great stuff off the bike, though.
So you really put it on and wait 20-30 minutes? Really? why can't you just get on the bike and ride? I couldn't imagine using a product that would waste 20-30 minutes of my day.
 
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Camilo said:
So you really put it on and wait 20-30 minutes? Really? why can't you just get on the bike and ride? I couldn't imagine using a product that would waste 20-30 minutes of my day.
I can only venture a guess as to why it makes a difference, but it my experience it does (YMMV). I apply the balm to my bum, not the chamois. I can't remember what held me up from riding - but I noticed a bit of a difference the first time I was delayed. I experimented a bit and found I could tell a real difference if I applied a pretty thick layer of balm, put on my bibs and other gear and then filled water bottles, pumped tires, wiped down drive trane, etc. By the time I'm clipped in, I've usually killed 20 minutes. Additional benefit is that most of the balm has been absorbed by bum and/or chamois and I don't have to deal with the greasy feeling once on the saddle.

Too much information? Probably so.

Still, next time you know you're going to spend more than a couple hours in the saddle in particularly hot/humid weather, give it a try.
 

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You can use Vasiline intensive care. It comes in 4 oz squeeze bottles and cost about $3. It's basically 30% white petroleum, I apply it with a large cosmetic pad to my sit bones on up. Also it doesn't hurt to clean your sit area with a cosmetic pad and alcohol, letting it completely dry before putting whatever lubricant on.
 

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Thanks for the replies everybody. I don't have DZ NUTS and I have been using Bag Balm, but maybe I'm not putting enough on . I'm going out in a few minutes so I'll lay it on and see what happens. We have a heat index of 88 already and the humidity to match.
 

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Care and feeding of the unmentionables

I have raced for 25 years, and used to have problems with saddle sores until I fell into a routine. That is:

ALWAYS ride in clean shorts. One ride, and then shorts go into the wash.

Lube up pre-ride with Noxema. I am sure other stuff works, but Noxema is cheap and readily available. The availability is important to me, because if I run out away from home, it is easy to find at any food store or even convenience stores.

Post ride clean up. Take off the wet shorts ASAP. I carry a wash cloth in my kit and swab down with alcohol. It can sting, but I feel like it kills the nasty stuff that wants to grow. After the alcohol, I put on baby powder. The post ride cleanup buys time until I can get to a shower. Sometimes it can be hours from when a race finishes until I can get to a shower.

Shower as soon as you can.

Wet cycling clothes go into the wash.
 
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