This post could be borderline tmi, however, if you’ve ever ridden a bike, or trike, for any extended duration, I’m pretty certain you can relate!
When I first started riding my recumbent, I encountered a pretty bad tailbone chafing situation. Weird, never a problem I had previously, at first I thought it must be my shorts, and the seam right up the middle, so I found some different shorts, no chamois pad (http://www.benditcycling.com – review coming later). Better, but that didn’t completely eliminate the issue.
And then there was chamois cream! Sometimes I’m a little slow, this should have been my first thought. Starting out, I tried the Chamois Butt’r Original, which worked great, and quickly solved my tailbone chafing issue. Ever since my heel blister and full pressure ulcer from the shoes (I talked a little about that in the review of my Sidi shoes) has healed up, I’ve also found it highly beneficial to apply this to my heels, and toes before riding as well.
Summer came around so I decided to try the Chamois Butt’r Eurostyle. “Chamois Butt’r Eurostyle is specifically formulated to produce a cooling and soothing effect…” That sounded great, and indeed, was even better than the original!
Talking with my brother, who is an avid up-right road cyclist, he mentioned that he liked dznuts products when it came to chamois cream, with the warning that the black tube is for in the shorts, the red tube is for the legs, outside the shorts, and to not, under any circumstances, get them mixed up.
So, not unhappy with the Chamois Butt’r products, but curious to try something new, and with winter coming, I ordered a tube of the dznuts high viscosity cream, as well as dznuts InHEAT embrocation cream.
Again, amazingly great products! I’ve been loving the In-Heat Embrocation cream for my winter rides, that stuff applied to my legs, in combination with my fairing, I’ve been able to rock the shorts, rather than having to pull on the fleecy bibs. Well, okay, I have still suited up with those when the temp drops below 40. For the really cold rides, I’ve also found that applying the embrocation cream to my feet before socking up, helps as well. I will note that Greta hate’s the smell of the embrocation cream, not sure why, I think it smells pretty close to cinnamon chewing gum.
Honestly, I really can’t tell too much of a difference between these two company’s products, and I don’t have enough to go on to endorse one over the other. I’ve yet to try the Chamois Butt’r Embrociation cream, so I think my next refill will go back to their company to give that a whirl, and, their prices are a little lower, and I’d like to try their GoStik for my armpit swim chafing.