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Been using Assos for quite a while, but have seen quite a few recommendations for Aussie Butt Cream on some different threads. For those who have used either, what are your thoughts?
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Yes, I have used both, and they are equally as good I think.
But save yourself some money - buy generic sorbolene cream from the chemist. Around $7 for a 500gm tub.
I never used to use it but have now reached the point where I wont leave home without it. A tub of Assos lasted me ages and had no issues with it other than the price, similar to OP had seen praise for Aussie Butt so gave it a try. Price wise not a lot of difference but Aussie Butt is a bigger tub. Usage IMO not even close to similar, AB is a lot thinner and I find it rubbing off on hot days after a few hours which made me use a lot more of it, also there is no tingling cool feeling you get with Assos. Currently have Morgan Blue solid and Udderly Smooth awaiting use but I'm off the bike for a few weeks so I can't give feedback on either other than they were both half the price of the other 2 brands mentioned, the Udderly Smooth looks a lot like Bryll cream and the Morgan Blue solid is like a wax.
Experiment a bit, I just use it on the body but I think people use it on both. It provides a waterproofing and lubrication of the area of the skin.
I like Aussie Butt over assos, though I also have a large container of Cetaphil and find that it works well. I usually daub the contact points liberally prior to and if a long ride, every couple of hours during.
Tried the Aussie Butt, went back to Elite Protect. T7 has it on special from time-to-time.
Every time I don't use enough cream, I end up with persistent saddle sores, so I'm particular about having a product that works.
Edit: "Elite Ozone Protect Cream".
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ABC because its good and its made in Wagga Wagga (one of my) old home town(s)! And it has so many uses. Aussie Butt Cream, the versatile chamois cream.
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A bit of a thread revival but after running out of Udderly Smooth I thought I would try the cheap pure Sorbolene. Not particularly impressed, infact I don't think it's effective at all. I don't remember my 1hour commutes being so uncomfortable (getting Saddles Sores) tbh.
I have Morgan Blue solid, but I can't afford to use that 8+ times a week.
So I'm still looking for a cheap and effective solution.
ABC aint cheap either, so if anyone has any thoughts... please share!
I wouldn't mind trying the budget sorbolene option, but I think everyone's skin can be different.
Whilst I keep a tub of Udderly smooth at home, I need to look at carrying some sachets or similar on the longer rides. Few months back I got a bit wet on a 200k Brevet and that rinsed out what I had on. Was a bit tender, so I grabbed a small tub of Vaseline at a General Store en-route. Ooooh.... made things worse for a while. Wouldn't recommend.
After all is said and done; a lot more is usually said than done.
Some of the budget brands of sorbolene are quite thin. It's cheap - apply it generously.
Usually I use QV cream. It's not as cheap as the generic stuff, but still a lot cheaper than the bike shop brands.
Yes I used considerably more today and didn't have any discomfort.
I have both the small 100mL tube that comes out like tooth paste, and the 500mL pump bottle which has the consistency of shampoo... far too runny imo.
I've been using Neat's 3B Action Cream for years. It's available from the Chemist for around $10-12. It works a bit different to chamois cream as it's more of a protective, anti chaffing cream. It seems to last all day. I've used it on a lot of 6 and 12 hour mtb races and just did about 18 hours of a 24 hour race without re-applying. I came away from the 24 with no chaffing or sores. Give it a try if you're looking for something a bit different that works.
I use paw paw ointment, and I have found to be OK.
It is quite thick, so I doesn't tend to rub off. And it is relatively inexpensive.
There are small tubes available, so it can be carried very easily on a long ride.
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