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The Rub

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udderly_smooth.jpgWhat do you do when the tender bits get rubbed raw by wet bike shorts during a long ride? You are on a multiday ride and taking a day off isn't a good solution.

Well the classic answer is vassoline jelly to protect those raw spots and give them time to heal. But I'm from New Hampshire and we think of two things "Udderly Smooth" and "Bag Balm".

They are both udder cremes and they have worked for years helping to heal chapped and raw cow udders. But they are also very different. Udderly Smooth is a clean white lanolin creme bag_balm.jpgthat won't stain your clothes. Bag Balm is a foul looking and smelling, nasty orange/yellow grease that looks like something a mechanic would use.

A friends from Georgia tells me that introducing him to Udderly Smooth at the local drug store saved his tour and works great.

Personally, I don't find it strong enough. When I get rubbed, I am really rubbed. I use the "High Test" of udder cremes Bag Balm.

Both are available in most drug stores in Quebec, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. But you can also buy them on line, Bag Balm and Udderly Smooth


Written by Roland

May 30, 2006 at 8:30 am

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  1. The Rub – Bag Balm to the Rescue

    What do a cow’s udder and a bicyclist’s tender bits have in common? In New Hampshire, we use udder creme on anything that is chafed and sore.


    May 30, 2006 at 9:03 am

  2. I just got a new 10 oz. can of Bag Balm and it looks like they have toned it down. Now looks a lot like vasoline and strong odor is gone but still feels a lot better than vasoline. It has a nice cooling and soothing feel but is still very greasy like vasoline.


    May 31, 2006 at 6:25 pm

  3. I bought some bag balm at the same time and after one ride found my fancy castelli chamois with an indelible grease stain; not cool. Because of my need for something to help with chafing my other chamoises ended up with a similar stain. I’ve heard Assos or Brave Soldier chamois cremes are good; probably anything designed specifically for bike use is best. Boo to bag balm

    Bag Balm stained my chamoises

    August 15, 2006 at 5:58 pm

  4. Of course it stained your chamois, I said it was nasty and like auto grease. You just won’t be able to take that Chamois to a Dance again.

    But Utterly Smooth is fairly benign if not as strong.

    But if you are hurting enough to be using Bag Balm I doubt that a stained Chamois is really an issue.

    Hope you’d be enjoying the Ride soon … Roland


    August 15, 2006 at 9:15 pm

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