Several years ago, I developed a case of the “dreaded chafe” that lasted nigh-on to two seasons. At one point, the irritation became so painful, it was difficult to ride more than two days in a row.
Along the way, I tried every kind of cream, ointment and lubricant known to mankind, rising to the level of “carnival grease”, in a desperate attempt to remedy my condition.
While some products helped, my “undercarriage” continued to resemble a St. Paddy’s Day brisket after each ride, with no relief in sight.
After battling this condition for two seasons, I slowly began to get it under control. At the time, I found powder to be the most effect means of combating friction, while most forms of embrocation continued to clog pores and simply act as a topical agent.
Some products like Udder Cream and Bag Balm proved to be the worst, as they would eventually dry and cause even greater friction between my skin and the chamois pad.
Yet, as effective as powder turned out to be, I discovered over time, that hot temperatures and excessive perspiration would sometimes cause even the finest cornstarch to become granular during long rides.
For that reason, I decided to set-out this season in search of a chamois cream that would provide me with lasting comfort and protection for those longer days in the “saddle”.
Slowly, I worked my way through a few new products, to include falling back on some old ones to see if they could yield better results, now that I had the “chafe” under control.
The product which has stood-out the most so far, is Zevlin’s Super Crack chamois cream, which the funky name alone won points with me, as it conjures the title of a 1970’s exploitation film.
In any case, Super Crack comprises a list of all-natural and organic ingredients that would satisfy even the most scrutinizing cast of characters found at your nearest Whole Foods. In fact, Zevlin even offers Super Crack in a glass jar, so said characters don’t have to fret over damaging the ozone layer or effecting climate change either. I kid!
Put into action, Super Crack provided a barrier between “sack and saddle” that surpassed any chamois cream that I’ve used to date, offering a perfect blend of smoothness and consistency that never felt squishy or broke down even during the longest rides. Moreover, the Hint O’Tingle comes courtesy of all-natural peppermint oil, which not only gives off a sense that the cream is “actively working”, but combined with a pleasant scent, provides a feeling of freshness that lasts until one can hit the shower.
Other chamois creams that I’ve used in the past offered a similar cooling effect, but most felt artificial by comparison – like having a York Peppermint Pattie tucked in your bibshorts where the sun doesn’t shine.
Zevlin also offers Super Crack without the tingle as well, that’s simply called Crack Chamois Cream, which is wise on their part, as I could see how the cooling sensation might prove to be too much during cold weather riding.
Zevlin offers both creams in either an 8 ounce or 2 ounce container, and it’s made right here in the USA.
Now that’s making both America and my “undercarriage” Great Again!
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If you’re cycling every day or taking on longer rides, you should consider using chamois cream. Our Super Crack chamois cream will help to minimize friction between clothing and skin, which will help to prevent discomfort, saddle sores and abscesses. The new high mileage formula is anti-bacterial, has a refreshing tingle (hence the Hint O’ Tingle) and comes in a delicious mint scent. Made in the USA, vegan and available in a jar.
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