The best lo­tions for pro­tect­ing your nether re­gions from cy­cling-re­lated skin ir­ri­ta­tion

Bikes Etc - - HEALTH -

Many moons ago, pads in cy­cling shorts were made of gen­uine chamois leather and needed reg­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tions of cream to keep them soft and sup­ple. Th­ese days, al­though we still call them chamois pads, they’re made of syn­thetic foams and gels, yet creams and oint­ments re­main pop­u­lar. Af­ter all, no one likes sore­ness when rid­ing a bike, es­pe­cially not if it’s sore where you sit. Not to put too fine a point on it, there are two main rea­sons for ir­ri­tated skin, pre­sum­ing you have a good sad­dle and well­fit­ting shorts, and th­ese are fric­tion or in­fec­tion. And that’s just where chamois cream comes in. All of our fea­tured creams cover the ba­sics, first by pro­tect­ing the skin from fric­tion against the chamois pad in your shorts, but se­condly by pro­tect­ing at a mi­cro­bial level too, with their an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties. We’ve rounded up seven dif­fer­ent ver­sions that give a great spread of what’s avail­able ei­ther on­line or in shops and then we’ve put each one through its paces to see how they per­form…

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