Chamois cream and riding comfort
Many cyclists suffer from what is known as saddle sore, a chaffing of the skin against clothing fabric whilst riding. This is commonly felt by new riders who are starting out and are not familiar with the seated position contact points. It is also common in racing cyclists and long distance riders.
There are a few reasons why this may occur:
1. The clothing that is being worn is too loose and is moving against the saddle and soft tissue of the groin during riding.
2. The riding position is constant for a long period of time without supported padding within clothing
3. The saddle or indeed saddle position is creating more pressure than is designed / desired.
4. Poor hygiene during a long ride.
Taking these in to consideration there are ways we can reduce the risk of saddle sore. With fitted clothing and padded shorts/leggings the body will be supported and cushioned without excessive movement of the clothing. Combining this with a correct saddle height so that the body does not rock when riding and a saddle that suits your riding style and position.
Using a chamois cream can reduce the friction further and combat the onset of what is effectively friction burn. There are several choices to be had and they can be found on our website here. Chamois cream can drastically improve riding comfort and sooth already inflamed areas. It can be used on any part of the body that is effected by frictional irritation or dry skin.
Paceline have also added a female, PH balanced, product to there range. 'Her' utilizes premium ingredients including aloe vera, green tea leaf extract, tea tree oil, shea butter & lavender oil for their naturally occurring beneficial properties.