Stories From The Saddle

Chamois Butt’r® | Butt’r Branded Products Make Cycling Better

Chamois Butt'r® Team Gear worn by professional cyclists

Chamois Butt’r® Team Gear worn by professional cyclists

No matter where your cycling interests take you, your trip will be better with Chamois Butt’r branded bicycling products!  Check out our line of branded products right here at chamoisbuttr.com!  Our easy-to-navigate shopping cart and fast shipping will get you on your bike enjoying the ride better than ever before.

 

Chamois Butt’r® Brand Cycling Clothing

Whether you are a new enthusiast, a long-time avid cyclist, or a pro, cycling specific clothing like ours will offer both comfort and function while on your bike.

Chamois Butt’r® Team Kit Cycling Jerseys and Shorts are designed to provide both comfort and function:

  • Strategically placed seams
  • Flexible materials that allow a full range of motion
  • Technical wind blocking and breathable fabric
  • Reduced air resistance
  • Strategically placed padding in shorts for both men and women

 

Chamois Butt’r® Team Kit Cycling Socks keep feet cool and dry while on the bike:

  • 60% Nylon, 39% Coolmax EcoMade, 1% Lycra
  • Aireator mesh weave instep is light and speeds drying
  • Lightweight, durable and soft on the inside for extra comfort

 

Chamois Butt’r® Team Kit Cycling Caps provide both form and function:

  • Traditional short brim to shield the eyes from the elements
  • Functional cool and comfortable fabric
  • Stylish clean lines
  • Easily stuffed into a jersey pocket when not needed

 

Chamois Butt'r ® Logo Products

Chamois Butt’r ® Logo Products – T-Shirts and Trucker Hat

Chamois Butt’r® Brand Cycling Accessories

 In addition to Team Kit clothing, Chamois Butt’r® also offers these cycling accessories.

 

All Chamois Butt’r® cycling products are manufactured to the toughest standards to meet and exceed the rigors of professional and enthusiast cycling. Get yours today – it’s always cycling season!

 

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Chamois Butt’r® | Bike Paths Offer Cyclists Fun & Safety

Photo of the Katy Trail

The Katy Trail Bike Path – Photo Credit: GlenArborSun.com

Bicycling is a great way to get cardiovascular exercise while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but riding along busy streets can be tricky and should not be done without first learning the rules of the road.

Bike paths are a safer alternative to riding along the road and are typically located in large city parks, along lakefronts, or in rural areas. These paths are a great place to practice your skills before heading out into busy streets. Paths are usually level, making the ride perfect for families and enthusiasts of all levels.

One of the longest trails was started by The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, and is called the Katy Trail. This trail spans across nearly the entire state of Missouri, covering 237 miles. The scenery offers a great afternoon ride or even a tour as it weaves through small towns and passes by historic outlooks and wineries.

Other well-known and often traveled bike paths across the USA include:

Before you hit these beautiful paths, though, make sure you’re prepared! A helmet, gloves, water, and – of course – Chamois Butt’r are all essential! Also be sure you know and follow the proper etiquette for a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Be courteous to others – pedestrians, other cyclists, and motorists
  • Maintain a straight path whenever possible, and be sure to look before changing lanes or direction
  • Don’t block the path/trail
  • Stay on the right side
  • Pass on the left only, and be sure to announce your move before you do – you will often hear riders call out “On your left!” just before passing
  • Use hand and audible signals when stopping or turning – riders will often call out “Slowing!” or “Right turn!” to let others around them know what they are about to do

Bike paths and trails are a great way to enjoy bicycling.  Have fun riding, and let ChamoisButtr.com know of other great trails and paths you’ve experienced in our comments section!

 

Bike Path Resources

TrailNet

Great Rivers Greenway

Adventure Cycling Association

Chamois Butt’r® | Inside the Ride – RAGBRAI 2013

stuff-croppedRAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) started in 1973 as a 6-day ride by two Des Moines newspaper columnists and their friends. Forty-one years later, it’s still going strong as a 7-day bicycling celebration across the state.

The 468-mile event is a ride – not a race – that draws recreational riders from across the United States and overseas. Food and special events are hosted by the towns along the route.

As fun as it is, the ride can be tough on riders, averaging about 67 miles per day in the Midwest summer heat.

Here are some great tips for first time RAGBRAI Riders compliments of RAGBRAI veteran Joshua Schamberger, 
President of the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Five top things you do NOT want to forget

  • 2 to 3 spare tubes
  • Extra pair of bicycling gloves (It’s not fun wearing sweaty gloves the next day.)
  • A full tube of Chamois Butt’r, Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r or Her’ Chamois Butt’r
  • Ziploc® bags and trash bags (If you’re using the RAGBRAI luggage truck and it’s a rainy day, you’ll want your gear in a trash bag inside your wet bag. Ziploc® bags are great for phone and wallet protection while riding.)
  • Headphones (Several on my team snore very loud, so I find that a good play list of Buena Vista Social Club or Leonard Cohen makes me sleep through it.)

Items to never go without during RAGBRAI

  • Headphones (For the exact reason I stated above – I had a couple miserable sleepless nights.)
  • Extra set of gloves (I’m particular about starting each day with dry gloves.)
  • An extra portable phone charger (Something I can plug my phone into for power while riding.)
  • Zinc (It doesn’t take long for your nose and lips to get hammered on a sunny and stronger headwind day.)

Best time of day to ride

Morning or later doesn’t matter on RAGBRAI as it is always busy. You will never be the first to town or the last. The key is to just pace yourself and spend time in the pass-through towns. It’s not a race and you have all day to get there. If you ride early, you can get most of your miles in before it gets too hot.

Riding safely in a large group

Be predictable and very vocal to your other riders. “Car up,” “car back,” “rumbles,” “biker off,” etc. Always stay to the middle or right side of the road. No matter how fast you think you are there are others who like to ride faster. The left side of the road should be clear the majority of the time. When riding in a line, do not get too close to the person in front. You touch tires and you will lose. The person in front hardly ever falls, but you are guaranteed to, and it will not be pretty. Only get in a pace line with people you know and feel comfortable riding with. Knowing their style and all. That’s a big one. Always, ALWAYS, try to pull off to the right. I’ve seen a few nasty accidents when someone from the right sees a friend on the left and just decides to veer over and get off. I’ve seen one of these people take out a pretty good pace line.

Pre-ride plan

Figure out with our team which pass-through towns we are going to meet up at for breakfast, lunch, and beer garden. That’s pretty much about it. Well, and which pie I haven’t yet eaten.

Pacing the day’s ride

Our team of about 10-12 riders all go at a different pace. This is why we pre-determine the meet up towns. We always eat together and leave the towns as a group. Just ride at a pace that is comfortable. It’s funny how good or bad your legs feel at different parts of the day or week. My legs will feel shot one morning and then feel great a few hours later. It’s a long week, and with any heat or headwind, it can be a really long week. Drink tons of water. Actual water, not just Gatorade or beer.

Beating the heat on long days

You just have to pound the water. There is no other way around it. I didn’t learn this last year over those three ridiculously hot days and paid for it. I was drinking too much Gatorade and not enough water. I spent an afternoon in the Marshalltown ER getting IV fluids for something called rhabdomyolysis. No joke. It hurt. Pound the water. I have found that a cool towel or washrag on the back of the neck helps. Keep a third water bottle on hand in your jersey pouch and use that one to regularly douse the towel. Head/neck cool = body cool.

Keeping comfortable in the saddle

I have used Chamois Butt’r® since my very first day of cycling and never had a reason to change. It is actually good for chafed nipples as well. Ha. I’m not kidding. Happened to me several years back after a few long and windy dry heat days. The cream helped a great deal.

Thanks, Joshua! Be sure to come see us at the RAGBRAI expo on Saturday, July 20th!

Be sure to check out these additional RAGBRAI 2013 Resources:

Chamois Butt’r® | Bicycling is good for your health

 Health Benefits of Bicycling Photo

Bicycling is good for your health

Bicycling is a great way to exercise and can be done almost anywhere.  It doesn’t require a lot of skill to get started.  All you need is a bike, a safe place to ride it and you’re all set.

Studies show bicycling offers lots of benefits to riders ranging from muscle toning to reduced stress.  One 15-year Denmark study indicated a 40% reduction in mortality for both men and women at all ages.

 

Bicycling health benefits include:

  • Strengthening and building muscles in both lower and upper  body
    muscle groups.
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness, and decreasing the risk of coronary
    heart disease by up to 50%
  • Approximately 300 calorie per hour metabolic rate, which helps aid weight loss
  • Reducing stress and improving overall mental well being

 

Before you start riding, as with any type of athletic activity, consider the following:

  • Consult with a doctor
  • Start slowly and then increase activity level
  • Be safe – wear a helmet, bright clothing, reflectors, lights and don’t forget the Chamois Butt’r!

 

For more information on Health Benefits of Bicycling:

Chamois Butt’r® | Bicycle Sharing Is Fun, Economical and Environmentally Friendly

Bicycle Sharing Program in Minneapolis

Bicycle Sharing Program in Minneapolis

Bicycle sharing programs have been around since the 1960’s starting in Europe to help individuals navigate busy streets and to provide transportation to public transit systems.

The concept, though simple, provides riders a way to use a public bicycle at a minimal cost for short distance rides through urban areas, thus reducing traffic congestion, noise and pollution.

Bicycle Sharing Benefits Include:

  • Bicycles can be picked up at one location and returned to another
  • No capital or maintenance costs to riders
  • Easy, cost effective and environmentally friendly

The benefits of Bicycle sharing have been recognized throughout the world, and programs have been started in both U.S. and European cities.  As of May of 2011 there were approximately 375 bicycle sharing programs around the world, made up of roughly 236,000 bicycles, with the largest programs in China, Paris, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Initially planned for a July 2012, New York City launched the largest bike-sharing program in the U.S. called Citibike in June 2013.  Its success has been phenomenal, with bicyclists traveling 1+ million miles in less than one month.

The Citibike program features demographically placed stations that address transit needs and touchscreen self service kiosks.

The experience is similar to renting a movie from a Redbox kiosk. You unlock a bicycle from a station and ride the bicycle wherever you want, and then return it to any station when you’re done. The program offers thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan 24/7/365.

Additional U.S. cities have launched bicycle-sharing programs, including:

  • Chicago
  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Boston
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Denver
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Houston
  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Long Beach, N.Y.
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Minneapolis
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA

Bicycle sharing is a great way to commute to work, the train or bus station and to easily visit city sights while traveling on vacation.  Let us know your thoughts and/or experiences in our comments section!

Bicycle Sharing Resources

Chamois Butt’r® | Inside the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix Bicycle Festival

Photo of the kids race at the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix Bicycle Festival

2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix Kids Race

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in several activities at the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix held in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. This five day stage race, which is part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, draws top pro/elite racers from all over the country.

My plans included getting together early Friday for a group ride with our friends from Jelly Belly Pro Cycling and a few members of FCS/Rouse Racing.

I was happy to see that we also were joined by 50 or so of Minneapolis’ finest cycling enthusiasts – from young teenagers on their first road bike to seasoned adults who have been riding longer than I’ve been alive. We rode through the city slowly, chatting and meeting new friends. As we rode, I noticed something different about this city – it was full of other people riding bikes – lots of them! Every turn revealed another street with a bike lane. And every bridge we crossed over the Mississippi had ample room for motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The infrastructure along the river for recreation of all sorts is second to none. I had heard that Minneapolis was a great bike city, but until you see it, it’s hard to understand just how good it is.

Later that afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the Optum VIP party, hosted in a building along the final stretch of the race course. From the big bay office windows streetside, I had a perfect spot to view the races that evening. Before the start of the women’s race, I  checked out the extremely busy bike expo and an incredible BMX demo setup. BMXers were launching themselves in every direction from a ramp set up next to the expo. Wisely, a large area was roped off around them so that innocent spectators would not be clobbered by a loose bike.

Around 6 pm the racing got underway. Pro women were first, and we were pleased to see Optum p/b KBS deliver Jade Wilcoxson to the line for the win. These women are close to unstoppable this year.

After the women’s race came a real treat – the Nature Valley Grand Prix kids race. I was not expecting this and was totally blown away by it. Kids were lined up according to age, from 16 all the way down to 4 years old, and the line of racers was four blocks long. There must have been at least 200 kids in this race! It was hilarious watching them speeding by, many with parents struggling along behind them to clean up any downed riders. There were definitely a bunch of dads second guessing the flip flops they chose to wear. After all kids were accounted for, the pro men’s race was set to staging. Unfortunately, Chamois Butt’r® did not have one of our sponsored riders on the top step, but Mike Friedman (Optum p/b KBS) was able to keep the yellow jersey (overall leaders jersey).

Saturday’s racing took place in Menomonie, Wisconsin. I was excited to make the trip, but was a bit nervous because I was racing that day and was unsure of what to expect, having never been there before. Amateur criterium races are hosted on Saturday and Sunday before and between the pro races. Unfortunately, my race ended almost before it started, as I got caught up in an early crash and wasn’t able to catch back on to the main field. (I did finish, however!) Not long after I finished, the men came into the finishing circuit of their 93-mile road race. As they came into the final circuit, Optum was on the front – all of them protecting their overall race leader Mike Friedman. Elbowz Racing took the stage win, but Optum held on to the overall.

About the time the men finished, the rain showed up. As did the wind. By the time the women hit the finishing circuit, conditions were pretty bad. These girls are tough, no doubt about it! Team Tibco had a rider just over a minute ahead of the main field coming into the finale. It was nervous moments for the Optum ladies chasing, as the Tibco rider was within striking distance of the yellow jersey in the overall race classification. As it turned out, the Tibco rider won the stage and moved up to second in the overall race classification – only 1 second behind Jade Wilcoxson. Unfortunately, the following day Jade suffered a bad crash in the finishing laps of the race, and lost the overall lead and the coveted yellow jersey. We wish her a speedy recovery!

It was a great weekend of catching up with friends and racing. I’ll be ready to do it again next year. Hope to see all of you there!

 

Guest Blogger:

Ben Woodbury, Marketing Manager for Paceline Products

Nature Valley Grand Prix Media:

Photos: Visit Nature Valley Bicycle Festival to view images of  the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix Photo

Chamois Butt’r® | The 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 – An Endurance Race Like No Other

The 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 River Crossing
The Dirty Kanza 200 – the Premiere Endurance Gravel Road Race (www.dirtykanza200) held each year in the Flint Hills of Kansas, is not only a physical challenge, it is also mental, emotional, and at times, almost a spiritual challenge. For me, the DK is like a wrecking ball that repeatedly smashes against my human façade until I yield or transform into whatever type of animal I have to become to finish. It gets raw.

My preparation for this year’s DK was less than ideal. I injured my right knee in January. By late February I was on the operating table for surgery to remove my medial meniscus. This left me with only 2 months to prepare for the DK. I adjusted by following a stricter diet, lost 7-8 pounds, and tried to monitor my training to get in enough miles, but avoid getting fatigued and broken down. Less training meant that I needed to get everything else right if I was going to repeat as Master’s Champion and a top 25 overall finisher.

As the “Captain” of the Chamois Butt’r Cycling Team, I have the privilege of helping our 16 team members prepare for race/touring events, in particular the Dirty Kanza. Over the past 3-4 years as I have prepared for the DK and successfully finished it, I have developed a few “rules” to follow that I feel are the most critical in order to achieve success. I have preached them on many long rides and over a few cold beers, so I should know them quite well, and I should not have a problem applying them either. This all sounds reasonable enough, except I didn’t follow my own rules, and this is how not following these rules affected my day.

Curt’s DK Finishing Rule #1 – Don’t go out too fast. It’s very easy to get caught up in the early race excitement of 650 riders rolling down the main street in Emporia, KS, but don’t do it.  Pedaling effort should be moderate, don’t get caught up in the early surges and reckless use of glycogen stores. I didn’t go out too fast for the first 10 miles, for me it was that after the leader separated from my group, we still pushed a “chasing tempo” for an additional 20 miles. I found myself pushing hills harder than I should have, and with the pace we were going, I didn’t take care of my next 2 rules. Mistake #1 in the bank.

Curt’s DK Finishing Rule #2 – Drink a bottle of fluid per hour. During the first section the temperature was cool and we had a tailwind, but the humidity was pretty high. I realized about 2 hours into the race that my jersey was pretty sweat soaked and I had consumed less than 1 bottle of the 3 bottles I was carrying. When I came into the first check point, right around 3 hours, I still had 1 full bottle. Mistake #2 in the bank.

Curt’s DK Finishing Rule #3 – Eat something every 30-40 minutes. I had packed more than enough food and energy gel to keep my energy level sustained, but I didn’t consume enough of it or in the right frequency. At the first and second checkpoints, I had too much food left in my jersey pockets. I can bluff not eating enough for 100 miles, but the second 100 is where that mistake is amplified and your mind and body begin to shut down. Mistake #3 in the bank.

Curt’s DK Finishing Rule #4 – Control your speed on the down hills. I have been a gravel road rider for about 15 years, finished 3 DKs and multiple other 100-mile gravel events, so I have seen a lot of flat tires. In my experience and observations, most of the time flat tires occur right after a fast downhill section. Slowing down reduces the risk of a flat from hitting a rock and either pinch flatting or cutting a tire. As the DK wore on, I started rolling faster and faster on the downhills until I was not controlling my speed at all. On a rocky downhill around mile 170 I cut a tire on a rock, which resulted in a flat that would not seal, so I had to put a tube in my tire to get rolling again. Mistake #4, in the bank.

Curt’s DK Finishing Rule #5 – Know where you are on the map, do not just follow the riders in front of you. This is a basic warning that is in the DK Rider’s Bible, is stated in the Racer’s meeting, and is repeated over and over many times during the event. At approximately mile 137 I followed a group of riders past a turn, the markers had been removed for some reason. I didn’t know where I was on the map, so I didn’t know to look for that corner. I was blindly following the herd and added 8 miles of riding to my day. Mistake #5 in the bank.

The DK was once again another great experience. I completed it for the 3rd time. Placed 4th in the Master’s Category and 30th place overall out of 331 finishers with a time of 13:57, but it was not easy. It’s never easy. It’s 200 miles on rocky gravel roads with approximately 12,000 feet of climbing, 25 mph winds with numerous water crossings, long stretches of isolation, and too many other variables to list here. But due to the mistakes (my poor judgment) during the race, I added at least 30 minutes to my race, suffered a lot more due to cramping from dehydration, was on the edge of bonking for a lot of miles, and had a mechanical situation that could have been avoided. If I’d followed my own 5 basic rules, I believe I would have been 45 minutes faster, which would have placed me in the top 15 riders, and I most likely would have defended my Master’s Championship. My wife Stacie captained a great support crew. They were like a NASCAR pit team each time I entered a checkpoint, so zero time was lost in that part of the event. Thank you Stacie, Colin, Parady, and Steve for your support.

I haven’t decided on DK 2014 yet, but I do know that if I take this event on again, I will do a much better job of following my own rules!

Guest Blogger:
Curt Shelman, Operations Manager and Chamois Butt’r Cycling Team Captain

 

2013 Dirty Kanza 200 Media:

Photos: Visit Adventure Monkey to view images of the 2013 Dirty Kanza 200

Video: 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 inspiration video

Chamois Butt’r® | Bicycle Touring is a great way to have fun and see the world

Bicycle Touring is a great way to have fun and see the world.

Bicycle Touring is a great way to have fun and see the world.

Bicycle touring has been around since the 19th century and involves long distance rides ranging from days, weeks, months or even years traveling across cities, states or countries.

Some of the first documented tours include two adventurous cyclists setting out on a 14-month journey in 1896 on safety bikes riding 19,237 miles through 17 countries.

Luckily bicycle touring has evolved dramatically since then.  New bicycle advancements include features to make touring enjoyable for beginners and experienced riders alike, including:

  • Strong, lightweight frames made predominantly of aluminum or carbon fiber
  • Ergonomic handlebars, bar ends, and saddles
  • Multiple gear drivetrains
  • Side-pull or disc brakes
  • Low maintenance components
  • Tires for various surfaces
  • Aftermarket accessories such as high quality cycling shorts with synthetic chamois, gel lined riding gloves, heat molded cycling shoes, and of course Chamois Butt’r®.

Preparedness is paramount in touring to make the ride safe and comfortable.  Here are some tips from experienced touring riders.

  • Use a touring bike vs. a road bike.  It may look like a road bike, but subtle differences in design make it more comfortable on your body, and it’s properly equipped for carrying loads over long distances.
  • Eat a relatively large meal 1-2 hours before you ride. Oatmeal or rice with eggs are great pre-ride meals. The idea is to pack in a good serving of carbohydrates and protein.  On the road, pack items such as bars, liquids with high electrolyte content, bananas, small sandwiches and lots of water. Eat and drink small amounts more often than you think you should.
  • Tune up the bike before you go, examining the frame, tire pressure, check that wheels are true (spin evenly), brakes, chain, cassette and shifters.  Make sure everything works properly.
  • Prepare by riding shorter distances at first, gradually working your way up to something close to what your daily mileage will be on your tour.

The best way to stay comfortable on your bike is to protect the contact points between your body and your bicycle.  Along with good quality shoes, shorts and gloves, Chamois Butt’r® and eurostyle Chamois Butt’r® are a must for touring cyclists to help prevent chafing and improve riding comfort.

To replenish your supply of Chamois Butt’r® and eurostyle Chamois Butt’r® while touring or traveling, visit our Chamois Butt’r® Retailer Locator.

For more information on bicycle touring, please visit:

Chamois Butt’r® | New Cycling Products from Chamois Butt’r®

Four New Chamois Butt'r® Cycling Products now shipping

Four New Chamois Butt’r® Cycling Products now shipping

We are happy to announce that we are now shipping four new cycling products in our Chamois Butt’r® and Eurostyle® product lines. Read on for more detailed information

and check in with your local bike shop or online retailer to inquire about making a purchase.

Each of these new products has been developed through extensive testing and real-life product feedback from recreational and professional cyclists.

The new Chamois Butt’r® and Eurostyle® products include:

  • Her’ Chamois Butt’r® – Her’™ utilizes premium ingredients including aloe vera, green tea leaf extract, tea tree oil, shea butter and lavender oil for their naturally occurring beneficial properties. All Chamois Butt’r® products are safe for women and men, but Her’™ is pH balanced for women.  More

 

  • Eurostyle® Sports Skin Wash™ – When a shower is not available post ride, Eurostyle® Sports Skin Wash™ leaves skin feeling clean, cool and refreshed while also reducing the warming effects of embrocations.  More

 

  • Eurostyle® Sports Kit Wash™ – Is a cleanser designed for hand washing cycling kits, swimsuits, wetsuits and other high quality sport technical fabrics.  More

 

  • Eurostyle® Chamois Butt’r® 8 oz Tube – Our ever popular Eurostyle® Chamois Butt’r® is now available in an 8 oz Tube! More

 

Chamois Butt’r® | Cycling Professionals Embrace Chamois Butt’r Products

Professional riders across the country reach for the exclusive Chamois Butt’r product line every time they train, participate in a race or simply clean up after an event.

Chamois Butt’r Marketing Manager Ben Woodbury recently caught up with professional cyclists on location, and here’s what they had to say about the Chamois Butt’r line of high performance products designed for use before, during and after your ride.

 

Professional Mountain Biker Sonya Looney of Topeak Ergon discusses the benefits of eurostyle Chamois Butt’r at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic


Professional cyclist Jade Wilcoxson of Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies details the application and benefits of eurostyle Embrocation

 

Cyclocross Nationals 2013 in Madison was extremely muddy. Check out the rider below as he demonstrates an emergency Sports Skin Wash application after his race.

Pro cyclists know that Butt’r Makes it Better™!

Chamois Butt’r® | America’s Best Bike-Friendly States

Wondering where the best places are in the U.S. to ride a bicycle?

Here are the Top 5 2013 America’s Best Bike-Friendly States, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
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  1. Washington
  2. Colorado
  3. Oregon
  4. Minnesota
  5. Delaware

 

Tell us below in the Comments section why your state is a great place to ride!

The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy group that represents the nation’s 57 million cyclists, determines rank based on funding for biking legislation, bike programs and policies, infrastructure, education and planning.

Washington State tops the list for the sixth year in a row. Washington Governor Jay Inslee attributes his state’s standing to embracing biking as a “form of transportation that enhances our quality of life and honors our environment.”

To learn more about Bike Friendly States and Communities view the League of American Bicyclists Interactive Bike Friendly State Ranking or read the full article, America’s Best Bike Friendly States, written by Elizabeth Wise, USA Today.

We are fortunate to have retail partners in ALL states in the U.S. Check out our easy-to-use Retailer Locator to find our Chamois Butt’r®, eurostyle Chamois Butt’r®, Embrocation, and Sports Wash products.

Butt’r Makes It Better™!

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Brianna Walle takes Stage 2 at the 2013 San Dimas Stage Race

Chamois Butt’r® doesn’t sponsor Pro cycling teams only because we love the sport. Our products are developed with input from professional cyclists to bring the best in quality and performance to the everyday rider. We make the cycling experience better for our sponsored athletes with our advanced line of products that help riders before, during and after their ride.

We are constantly reminded that our partnership with professional athletes is one of our most valuable assets in developing premium quality products. Comfortable riders are happy riders, and we receive great input from them all the time.

Here’s a sample of what team riders are saying about our Chamois Butt’r® and Eurostyle products:

“I LOVE the eurostyle Chamois Butt’r®!
I use it before every race and training ride!”

Brianna Walle – Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

“We had some very muddy days racing in Czech Republic, and with just a bit of Sports Kit Wash my clothing came clean with ease. Very good stuff!”
Amy Dombroski – Telenet Fidea

“Day two of testing the Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r® and I’m sold.
This stuff rocks!”

Brian McCulloch – CashCall Cycling

See what other professional riders are saying about Embrocation, Chamois Butt’r®, Eurostyle Chamois Butt’r® and Eurostyle Sports Wash on our recently added Testimonials page. Pro cycling teams know that Butt’r Makes it Better™!

Welcome to our blog – “Stories From The Saddle”

Chamois Butt’r® is pleased to launch our innovative new website chamoisbuttr.com, and to announce our new blog, “Stories from the Saddle.”

Our new website features an entirely new layout and user experience with detailed Chamois Butt’r® and Eurostyle product information. Also included are links to our Chamois Butt’r® social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

Our new “Stories From the Saddle” blog will feature up to date information to interest the entire cycling community, from the casual rider to the avid cyclist. We will frequently post information about events and rides we support, athletes and teams we sponsor, tips on products we use or produce and a variety of other cycling related topics. For example:

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Chamois Butt’r® sponsored athletes capture top three podium places in the 2012 USA Pro Crit Championships!

• Technology
• Races & Results
• Riders & Teams
• Videos
• Photos
• Events
• Nutrition & Fitness
• Our New Product Info
• Product Tips

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