Forgive me for getting a little personal quite so quickly but how much of a beating do your balls take whilst on the bike? Most people probably don't really think about their undercarriage that much when they're riding the bike unless they apply a little chamois. However we were forced to think again when Below the Belt got in touch with some products for us to test. So just how much love can you give you meat and two veg? It turns out the answer is quite a lot. The company make three products that you can use and whilst they're not cycling specific they tick the right boxes.
The first one I decided to get to grips with was the 'Waterless shower' which is a bottle of ball cleaner that you can use to have a little clean downstairs when you've done a ride that doesn't really warrant a full shower but you probably need to freshen up some key body parts. I found it was a bit like a hand sanitiser that's kinder on the more sensitive skin. I'll tell you now that you can certainly feel it working and it tingles away to keep you clean! I'm usually a fan of a good shower but it makes sense that if you haven't really broken a sweat you might as well take the quick option. My only bit of advice would be that if you do have a little sore downstairs or a cut then the anti-bacterial properties can cause a bit more of a tingle than you're expecting.
The second of the products I was sent was 'sports lubricant'. The pot of lube can be rubbed on the inside of your thighs or between your legs to stop chafing on long rides which can be pretty uncomfortable. It's not got the same anti-bacterial properties as chamois cream but it more than does the job of keeping things moving smoothly so that you're not walking around the house like a penguin after a 100 mile ride. Application of the lube is pretty simple too as you take a small amount and rub it in your vulnerable regions.
The third of the products that Below the Belt make is the "Fresh and Dry Balls" which similar to the groin cleaner aims to make sure that you're keeping clean downstairs. This is the kind of thing you could use after a hot race in the summer when things are a little bit dodgy downstairs. In a medium size tube you can squirt a little bit out and simple slap it on before things get disturbing or a bit smelly on the way home.
I've used all three products for a little over a month now and the groin cleaner and sports lube have become a regular part of my commuter life on the bike. They are really easy to use and great for saving time after a short ride. The other big bonus is they don't leave any weird smells afterwards so nobody else will ever know what you've been doing. I know I've used them for cycling but in reality you could just use them in everyday life or most other sports.
I have also been told they work just as well for the ladies of this world but unfortunately I'm not so qualified to confirm this currently.
Overall they've been great products to use and with plenty to spare I'll continue to use these for my rides and races across the year.