The Savvy Cyclist’s Grooming Tools
Traveling for race day? A well-stocked dopp kit is your secret weapon.
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There’s no excuse for slacking on race-day grooming, even when you’re on the road. Just a handful of choice essentials won’t weigh down your bag, but they will keep you chafe-free, aerodynamic, and smelling super fresh—so all you have to focus on is being the champ that you are.
Because Doc’s Natural Chafe Stick ($13) contains nothing but natural ingredients like olive, coconut, rose hip, and jojoba oils instead of a bunch of chemicals, we’re OK using it on our sensitive bits.
Shaving with soap and water is akin to lubricating your bike chain with Drano. Instead, slather on Sportique shaving cream ($18), which has shea butter and coconut oil for a smoother shear.
Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal soap ($10) makes smoky gray suds that look strange but cut the oil and grease from sweaty workouts. Tea tree oil leaves you tinglingly clean.
A stack of three blades on the Gillette Body razor ($9) make quick work of coarse leg hair and, in a pinch, work great on your face, too.
With its bracing blend of rosemary and lemon oils and soothing aloe, Rapha Post Shave lotion ($30) leaves legs feeling almost as good as a session with a gifted soigneur.
Specialized Kit Care
Don’t trust the hotel laundry with your expensive race kit. After you’re all cleaned up from an event, fill the tub and add a splash of Assos Active Wear cleanser ($23) to wash and deodorize gear.