Sweat, tight pants, and a tiny seat...a problem combination for sure. If you bike, you probably know where I'm headed—chafing! Okay, there, I said it. Chafing of the bum, bottom, backside, buttocks. Whatever you want to call it, it ain't no fun. Probably a close second to a runner's chafed nipples. Ouch!
I'm RunnerDude, so you've probably figured that I'm a runner. Well, every now and then I do hop on a bike and go for a ride. One thing that has always been a killjoy for me when biking is chafing of the backside. Yes, I have bike pants that fit properly. Yes, my seat is fitted properly for my size. Yes, I change positions frequently when riding. I do all of these things to no avail.
My problem is I sweat, sweat, and sweat some more. Moisture and tight pants are not the friend of a cyclist. As a runner, I know that there are products like Body Glide that help prevent chafed nipples, so I looked for some similar products for a chafed booty. I discovered several different kinds of lotions, creams, and salves, but sitting in goo just didn't appeal to me. I finally ran across a powder called Anti Monkey Butt. It pitched itself as a "Sweat Absorber and Friction Fighter." Just what I needed! Plus "Friction Fighter" sounded kind of superhero-ish, so I decided to give it a try.
The idea of pouring powder down my pants brought back memories of diapering my three kids, so this method wasn't all that appealing either, but it was better than sitting in goo, so I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't take a lot and it really did seem to work. I still sweated like a pig, but the Anti Monkey Butt powder created enough of a barrier that I didn't experience any chafing. Not sure what would happen on an extremely long ride, but I was pleased with the results I had on a moderate ride, in 90°, in 80% North Carolina humidity. Can't get a better test location than that. Well maybe Florida.
Actually it worked so well, that I've even used it on a few runs and it worked just as well. So, if you have chafing problems, be a FRICTION FIGHTER like RunnerDude and give Anti Monkey Butt a try! Man, does that sound like an infomercial or what? I've discovered that the makers of Anti Monkey Butt have some pretty hilarious ads. Check out the one below.