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DESPERATE - Need help needed with "delicate" chafing problem(9 posts)

DESPERATE - Need help needed with "delicate" chafing problemLee M
Mar 29, 2001 8:25 PM
I have a problem with severe chafing after about 30 minutes of riding my road bike. It happens between the skin on the inside of my thigh and the . . . . er . . . . er . . . outside of my . . . er. . .scrotum. Seems to have turned up at the start of last season when I changed to a Terry Liberator saddle from a Terry TFI saddle I also changed to mid-quality LG shorts from another brand. Can a particular saddle cause chafing? Can a change in saddles cause it? Should I change saddles? Is it my shorts? Should I be using a chamois cream on my skin to easy the skin-to-skin friction? What can i do?
re: DESPERATE - Need help needed with "delicate" chafing problemLC
Mar 29, 2001 9:16 PM
Get a narrow saddle and put a ice cube in your shorts. That should shrink things down and get rid of your problem.
Some advise...CSOL
Mar 30, 2001 2:31 AM
Loose the Terry saddle with the hole... those things often exasserbate the problem. Most of them are useless marketing BS... making somebody rich...

I suggest a narrow "ramped" saddle, like a Flite or Concour Light, which allow you to push back, and put more weight on your pelvic bones, thus relieving pressure on the groin area.

Also... Yes, it can be your shorts... Never skimp on shorts... and NEVER wear them twice without washing. And as soon as you are off the bike, get out of them. And if possible, wash with soap and water. There is no bigger sign of a FRED, than the guy who stands around in his cycing shorts after a ride.

Quite often these issues are not just friction related but also bacterial.

As far as chamois cream (sports skin lubricants)... yes, use them always... Use cream on your pelvic bones, and a little between your scrotum and thigh. Also, I suggest applying some antifungal cream there as well. Do not apply it to the shorts, apply it only to your body.

If you have a rash, treat it with the antifungal cream until it goes completely away before you start riding again.

I use the this mix of antifungal and chamois cream always, and never have a problem.

Good luck...
Any Suggestions on Chamois CreamLee M
Mar 30, 2001 7:22 AM
Thanks for the detailed reply. Any suggestions for chamois cream and a mail order shop to get it from. I'm in Canada and shops I've asked here don't carry it? (We have great cottage breweries but no chamois cream.) Any suggestions for good quality shorts?
Chamois Cream and shortsnigel
Mar 30, 2001 7:39 AM
For the cream, try They sell Cafe Chamois Cream which is great -- and more reasonably priced than the Assos brand (which they also sell).

Try better shorts like Pearl Izumi's Microsensors or another brand's high-end models. Bib shorts are, by popular consensus (including me), more comfortable than regular shorts, since they also move less and stay put better. All the pros use them, and they MUST know best.

Good luck, and take care of that problem. I'd also suggest getting a "solid" saddle like a Flite that doesn't have that hole in it. Most people have never had problems with regular saddles; the hole thing has been considered by many to be manufacturers' hype, and unnecessary. Depends on you, though.

Mar 30, 2001 8:01 AM
available in any pharmacy or grocery store
Now that's just mean (nm)tommyb
Mar 30, 2001 8:48 AM
I would think it's the saddle.Highgear
Mar 30, 2001 6:49 PM
I have seen guys with that saddle and the edges around the hole look a little sharp. If you insist on a saddle with a hole in it, you should try the Koobi, some people swear by them. I think the quality and fit of the chamois is very important. The chamois should be tight against your skin as not to bunch up or shift. I use chamois cream on long rides and prefer a thicker one than the Assos. I'm down to my last tub of Relief (from Italy). I have heard great things about one called Chamois Butter? Not sure on the correct name. Good Luck
Chamois Butt'rmoneyman
Apr 1, 2001 7:21 AM
Available at REI for $12 (at the retail store in Ft Collins, CO) Try their web site,

I use it on EVERY ride. I squirt it on the chamois, grit my teeth (because it's cold) and pull up my shorts. I won't ride without it, and neither should you. It works very well.