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Chamois Cream 101*
You put
this stuff
WHERE?!?
*Everything you wanted to know
about chamois cream but were
afraid to ask
So what exactly IS chamois
cream and why do I need it?
OK guys…this is where you might want to step off the bus. It’s not that we don’t love
you. It’s not that you won’t benefit...
Chamois [sham-ee]: noun
A soft, pliable leather from any of
various skins dressed with oil
Back in the good ol’ days, the chamois pads in cycling shorts were
made with leather. You know, the buttery-soft variety u...
But we all know what happens to that chamois after you dry your car off and it
dries out…it gets as hard as a board and as...
That’s EXACTLY what cyclists “back in the day” discovered. Once the chamois
got wet from sweat and washings, it would dry ...
Thankfully, the modern chamois is no longer made of leather (nor of raw meat,
for that matter!). Most are made from high-d...
BUT…
…just because your chamois is a soft as a she-mouse’s belly does NOT mean
you can get away without using chamois cream.
Let’s be frank.
Us gals have a
LOT going on
“down there”.
Our delicate
“petals” take a
beating when
we’re on our
bikes.
HEAT
FRICTION
BACTERIA
SWEAT
All of which can cause
PAIN
CHAFING
DISCOMFORT
SADDLE SORES
Yep…all stuff that can ruin a
per...
So what’s a
girl to do?
By applying a dollop of chamois cream before you ride, you’ll be MUCH
more comfortable and can avoid painful chafing and s...
So right about now, you’re probably
thinking, “OK, this chamois cream stuff
sounds great…but how do I use it?”
Unlike the chamois creams of yesteryear,
today’s chamois creams are designed to
be applied directly to your body, anywhere...
You guessed it. Chamois cream goes
DOWN
THERE
Yep, you apply it straight to your
Girly Bits
Crotch
Nether Regions
Hoo-Hoo
Flower
Cookie
Privates
Lady Parts
Junk
Bum
Boo...
Now that you are sold on chamois cream,
you are probably wondering, “How much
do I use?”
How much to apply is a really personal choice based on length of ride,
cream ingredients, skin type, moisture level, and f...
Longer rides might warrant applying a bit more…
(Helpful hint: some riders like to reapply chamois cream during rest stops...
…same goes if you sweat a lot.
“I should
have
applied
more
chamois
cream!”
…Or if you will be riding in the rain.
“I should have
applied more
chamois cream!”
But don’t overthink this part. Just grab a little dollop, smear it on your
girly bits, and get on your bike. Within a few ...
Right about now, somebody always asks,
“But can’t I just use petroleum jelly?
Seems like it would work pretty well…”
NOPE.
Or at least we don’t recommend it. (We also don’t recommend bathing cats, but
that’s the subject of another discussi...
Why not?
Petroleum jelly is derived from…you guessed it…petroleum. The fossil
fuel variety. It’s considered a by-product o...
Petroleum jelly can actually suffocate your pores. It can also “seal in”
any dirt or bacteria on your skin since it puts u...
For many cyclists, just the mere thought of heading out on a ride without
applying chamois cream is the equivalent of ridi...
Once you start using chamois cream and realize how much more comfortable you
are on your bike, it’s hard to ride without i...
The End.
Start clean. Ride happy. Finish fresh.
Discover the Petal Power Joy Ride
System…the only before, during, and
after ride ch...
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Everything you ever wanted to know about chamois cream, but were afraid to ask. Every woman cyclist should use chamois cream when they ride to stay healthy and comfortable on the bike. Chamois Cream 101 tells you more about it and how to use it.

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  1. 1. Chamois Cream 101* You put this stuff WHERE?!? *Everything you wanted to know about chamois cream but were afraid to ask
  2. 2. So what exactly IS chamois cream and why do I need it?
  3. 3. OK guys…this is where you might want to step off the bus. It’s not that we don’t love you. It’s not that you won’t benefit from the information. There’s just going to be a good amount of girl talk, and we know how much you love that kind of stuff. Sooooo…continue reading at your own risk!
  4. 4. Chamois [sham-ee]: noun A soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil
  5. 5. Back in the good ol’ days, the chamois pads in cycling shorts were made with leather. You know, the buttery-soft variety used in making car cleaning products.
  6. 6. But we all know what happens to that chamois after you dry your car off and it dries out…it gets as hard as a board and as scratchy as sandpaper. Would you want to perch your privates on that thing and ride into the hills for a couple of hours?
  7. 7. That’s EXACTLY what cyclists “back in the day” discovered. Once the chamois got wet from sweat and washings, it would dry out, making it unbearable to ride on. By rubbing a moisturizing “chamois cream” into the leather, the chamois would stay soft and supple…and the riders would stay comfortable and happy on their bikes. Fun fact: Before the leather chamois, long-distance riders would place a slab of raw meat in their bike shorts to help relieve pressure!
  8. 8. Thankfully, the modern chamois is no longer made of leather (nor of raw meat, for that matter!). Most are made from high-density foam and covered with a plush fabric that stays soft without rubbing any sort of cream into it.
  9. 9. BUT…
  10. 10. …just because your chamois is a soft as a she-mouse’s belly does NOT mean you can get away without using chamois cream.
  11. 11. Let’s be frank. Us gals have a LOT going on “down there”. Our delicate “petals” take a beating when we’re on our bikes.
  12. 12. HEAT FRICTION BACTERIA SWEAT All of which can cause PAIN CHAFING DISCOMFORT SADDLE SORES Yep…all stuff that can ruin a perfectly good bike ride!
  13. 13. So what’s a girl to do?
  14. 14. By applying a dollop of chamois cream before you ride, you’ll be MUCH more comfortable and can avoid painful chafing and saddle sores.
  15. 15. So right about now, you’re probably thinking, “OK, this chamois cream stuff sounds great…but how do I use it?”
  16. 16. Unlike the chamois creams of yesteryear, today’s chamois creams are designed to be applied directly to your body, anywhere chafing may occur…
  17. 17. You guessed it. Chamois cream goes DOWN THERE
  18. 18. Yep, you apply it straight to your Girly Bits Crotch Nether Regions Hoo-Hoo Flower Cookie Privates Lady Parts Junk Bum Booty …or whatever you prefer to call it.
  19. 19. Now that you are sold on chamois cream, you are probably wondering, “How much do I use?”
  20. 20. How much to apply is a really personal choice based on length of ride, cream ingredients, skin type, moisture level, and feel. We recommend starting with a quarter-sized application and adjusting from there.
  21. 21. Longer rides might warrant applying a bit more… (Helpful hint: some riders like to reapply chamois cream during rest stops on longer rides. You can fill a small plastic jar (like a medicine bottle or cosmetic jar) with chamois cream and reapply as needed)
  22. 22. …same goes if you sweat a lot. “I should have applied more chamois cream!”
  23. 23. …Or if you will be riding in the rain. “I should have applied more chamois cream!”
  24. 24. But don’t overthink this part. Just grab a little dollop, smear it on your girly bits, and get on your bike. Within a few rides, you’ll get your ideal “dollop size” figured out. Hey, I’m a little dollop!
  25. 25. Right about now, somebody always asks, “But can’t I just use petroleum jelly? Seems like it would work pretty well…”
  26. 26. NOPE. Or at least we don’t recommend it. (We also don’t recommend bathing cats, but that’s the subject of another discussion.)
  27. 27. Why not? Petroleum jelly is derived from…you guessed it…petroleum. The fossil fuel variety. It’s considered a by-product of the oil refining process. Yep, the same stuff that goes in your car. Ewww!
  28. 28. Petroleum jelly can actually suffocate your pores. It can also “seal in” any dirt or bacteria on your skin since it puts up a barrier between your skin and the air. Not good. Also not good: petroleum jelly can stain or discolor your clothing and bicycle saddle. It can also break down the foam in your chamois, reducing its lifespan. Hey, bike shorts aren’t cheap. Don’t ruin them doing something as silly as using petroleum jelly in place of chamois cream! (Note that petroleum jelly is also called “petrolatum” and is used in many skin-care products, even some chamois creams. Be sure to read your ingredients!)
  29. 29. For many cyclists, just the mere thought of heading out on a ride without applying chamois cream is the equivalent of riding with a piece of sandpaper in their shorts. Sounds like more fun than a barrel of monkeys, right? Not!
  30. 30. Once you start using chamois cream and realize how much more comfortable you are on your bike, it’s hard to ride without it. Remember…nothing takes the joy out of your ride faster than sore nether regions. Keep smiling…ride further…do the right thing…use chamois cream! PS…Spread the word. Friends don’t let friends ride without chamois cream! Guess who FINALLY started using chamois cream?!?
  31. 31. The End.
  32. 32. Start clean. Ride happy. Finish fresh. Discover the Petal Power Joy Ride System…the only before, during, and after ride chamois cream system made specifically for women. www.petal-power.com

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