Friday, July 17, 2009


Buck Wolf’s Weird News Central: Cyclists Grease Their Crotches

BURLINGTON, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Just like hookers, cyclists can tell you one thing: A little lubricant goes a long, long way.

Buck Wolf of About.com’s Weird News Central is in Iowa along with 10,000 other cyclists for RAGBRAI, a week-long, 447-mile ride across the state known as one of America’s wildest biking traditions.

Some go to RAGBRAI just for the parties. You wake at dawn, furiously pedal 75 miles, drink all night, and do it all over again the next day.

Then there are entire families who make the trek, along with a few newsmakers.

But no matter who you are, you’re slathering your crotch with oily lubricant known as “chamois butter,” to keep from getting chaffed and blistered in the most sensitive of places.

Wolf says, “The same companies that make chamois butter also make the leather conditioners you rub into shoes, belts, and baseball gloves to keep them soft. It’s practically the same thing.”

A well-oiled Wolf will be reporting on RAGBRAI through July 25.

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