It’s not the most glamorous subject, but if you struggle with comfort on the bike then using some of the best chamois cream can really help smooth things over, especially if you’re riding long distances. Below I’ve listed twelve different options that I’ve got on with, from creams to solid bars, just be very very careful not to mix it up with your embrocation!
The best chamois cream you can buy today
Chamois cream is the final piece in the puzzle that is a comfortable bottom, along with the best road bike saddles and the best cycling shorts. Its purpose is to reduce any friction between you and the chamois pad in your cycling shorts and is one of the key reasons you shouldn’t wear underwear with cycling shorts. Back in the day the pad was made of chamois leather, and the cream was more of a leather conditioner, but now with synthetic pads, it’s much more of a friction reduction cream.
There is an abundance of options out there, with different textures, packaging, and even scents. Some even come in single-serving size sachets so you can top up on the go as required. Have a scroll down to see which my favourites are. The good thing is that not only are they relatively cheap to try out they also last a long time as you don’t need much, as with saddles and shorts it is ultimately a personal decision, so you may need to try a few out before you settle on your forever cream.
1. Happy Bottom Bum Butter
+ Resilliant without being sticky
+ Resealable small tubs available
– No women’s option
Happy Bottom is my go-to chamois cream. It’s more solid than most; more of a paste than a cream, meaning it stays put and doesn’t wear out. It doesn’t have the minty freshness of menthol options, instead smelling of clove oil which, according to the brand, is naturally pain relieving. As well as being an excellent all-rounder, the smaller ‘knobs’ for taking with you come in resealable pots rather than single-use sachets. The only real downside is that the price per millilitre is the highest of the lot, and there is no women’s version with an appropriate pH balance. Despite the higher price, I’ve found you don’t need to use as much, so it goes further than you’d expect.
Best classic chamois cream
+ Menthol tingle
+ Women’s option
– No portable size
Assos Chamois Crème has been my daily option for many years and is what I consider the archetypal chamois cream. The consistency is definitely a cream, but it’s more solid than something like…