Wednesday, June 25, 2008

BCC Product Reviews

If you read CyclingNews or PezCycling, you already know how awesome some $1200 cranks are and why you need them. But if you are reading our blog, rather than buying or, heaven forbid, riding on some $1200 cranks, it may be because you're curious to find out how BCC rolls. Well, here is the first of the BCC Unendorsed Product Reviews. We at BCC buy our own stuff. Sometimes we get it at a discount. Sometimes we get it as a gift or find it on the street outside of a bar. But the products reviewed here are things that we are not paid to endorse.

To kick things off, here are my Essential Three Fluid/Semi-viscous Products.

Most people already know about the awesomeness of chamois creme. There's not much to say about how great it is, but there is plenty to say about if you don't wear any and go on a long bike ride in July in crummy Nashbar shorts and a poor-fitting saddle. Being without can make running a marathon in jeans shorts sound like heaven. In any event, I like this kind:

It may be the only Assos product you will ever be able to afford (unless you worked there, like Brian), but it is worth it.

But cyclists are often overly concerned about things below the waistline and forget about the rest of the body. And because skin cancer sucks and because cycling tan lines are kind of cool to certain other cyclists but are very uncool in any other social setting, there is suntan lotion. I am a big fan of the Nutrogena Ultra Sheer suntan lotion. Maybe because it sounds like Nutella, but more because it doesn't get totally pore-cloggy and seems to work well.

Finally, there is this:

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and have not experienced the raw power of Fluticasone Propionate (Flonase), you better get with the program. Okay, so that sounded boastful and aggressive. Let me rephrase: Fluticasone Propionate is useful for snotty-nosed, itchy-eyed guys like me. Breathing is awesome and VO2max is irrelevant if you can't get any O2. The people who make this should totally sponsor us. We accept products and large bags of cash.


DukePirate said...

I'd like to also put in my vote for BodyGlide:

I know that it sounds like a sex product, it's great at preventing chapped nips, as extra protection for saddle sores, and to prevent chafing on the inner thighs. (Come to think of it, maybe it is a sex product.)

Somebody needs to give Brian some extra sunblock, as he always gets those weird sleeveless jersey tans.

felonious said...

Flonase? Breathing? Your secrets have been revealed!