No-Hands Way to Apply Chamois Cream on the Road

Today's QT comes from RBR contributor Sheri Rosenbaum, who offers a great solution to applying extra chamois cream while on the road – without the need to clean off your hands afterward. Here's what she says:

With the bike season about to hit high gear and longer rides, including brevets and centuries, taking place, it's important to stay comfortable.

When it comes to applying chamois cream on the road – assuming it's an organized ride with at least a couple rest stops – here's a tip to keep you lubed up and your hands clean.

On rides longer than 75 miles, I put a single application of Chamois cream in a snack-pack sized ziplock baggie. Then, when it's time to reapply, I head to the closest port-a-potty, simply turn the baggie inside out and apply.

The baggie acts as a rubber glove, keeping your hand clean. Then just toss the baggie out and you are done. If you are riding something longer than a century, just take multiple baggies filled with single applications.

This solution is better than those little single packs of chamois cream for a couple of reasons:

  • Those single-application packets cost far more than a big tube of chamois cream.
  • The single packs still require you to use the hand-on-skin application process, leaving your hand a slippery mess.

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—John Marsh & The RBR Team

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