After 6-8 road miles, I usually get some saddle sores or irritation and then use various potions to treat it later.
This week, I applied A+D Original Diaper Rash Ointment liberally to all sensitive areas BEFORE the fact, and have had zero irritation.
(also available in small tubes, and of course ymmv)
haha we use this in the ER a lot.
Now that’s lateral thinking! Good job working out that solution.
I’m a little surprised that they let you ride your unicycle there.
Just FYI, it’s Lanolin and Petroleum jelly. I use the exact same mixture to stop squeaks in piano pedals! Works great!
You might also try “Chamois Butt’r,” which won’t stain your clothes permanently like petroleum jelly will. It’s a product made for the exact purpose you describe.
Thanks for the tip! I’ll take stained riding shorts over saddle sores any time.
Just checked the roadie forums and saw that CB is indeed popular. Also lots of votes for Noxzema (much cheaper, generic versions, non-staining, and anti-bacterial).
Chamois Butt’r vs. Noxzema vs. A+D, anyone?
I tried all those products but didn’t have much luck. They were ok but still had chafing issues.
Then I got a sample of:
…at a bike show and gave it a go. I haven’t had chafing issues since! It doesn’t take much so a tube lasts quite a while.
I started out with A&D ointment, since we had some in the cabinet. (When I started riding longer distances, and started feeling discomfort.) It was pretty good, but I bought a tube of Chammois Butt’r and now prefer it, and apply it before every ride of any distance more than a few miles.
I’ve never tried Noxzema.
Antiperspirant deodorant (solid stick kind) works far better than anything else I’ve ever tried. It lubricates while preventing sweating in the area. I also put it on my hands underneath my motorcycle gloves to prevent blisters when I ride motocross.
Thanks for all your suggestions, everyone. I’m going to stick with the A+D until it stops working.
I use Anti-Monkey Butt, powder and cream.
I haven’t used any of the others so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I tend to use the cream only when it gets sensitive. I use the powder before all rides.
I’ll definitely remember the antiperspirant thought, in case I’m ever away from home without my AMB.