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Chafing problems(15 posts)

Chafing problemsObiwan57
Sep 5, 2001 2:56 PM
Any roadies out there have suggestions to reduce/eliminate chafing? I changed my saddle to a narrow racing profile, and a different material, but haven't tried the new saddle yet; still healing.
Udder butter...MrCelloBoy
Sep 5, 2001 3:00 PM
Green tin from the salve section of your local pharmacy or supermarket.
Similar to vaselie which I've also used successfully.
I rub some on the 'taint area as well as next to the jewels.
Works great.
Avoid hydro seat pads like HFS. They don't breathe.
Udder butter...Obiwan57
Sep 5, 2001 3:02 PM
Thanks, man, for the quick response!
re: Chafing problemsjtolleson
Sep 5, 2001 3:00 PM
Causes are too varied to count, but you've addressed the main one -- too wide a saddle (or too padded).

Next, good shorts. Real chamois, and TIGHT enough. Extra fabric is a recipe for friction; buying bike shorts is no time to go for the baggy look.

FInally, everyone's got their favorite... Bag Balm, Udder Balm, Chamois Butter. Products that you work into the chamois to make them slippery. You may want to check it out.
re: Chafing problemsRoy Zipris
Sep 5, 2001 3:19 PM
Noxzema or the local drug store generic version; works for me, and is probably cheaper than the other suggested products. Otherwise, I second jtolleson's reply.
re: Chafing problemstr
Sep 5, 2001 3:30 PM
I like Assos chamois creme. Good stuff at any good cycling store.
Ditto on "the Creme".look271
Sep 5, 2001 3:52 PM
Don't ride without it. Yea, it costs $15 a jar, but a jar lasts me 6 months and my comfort is worth it.
Wow.. You guys must be carryingDutchy
Sep 5, 2001 11:41 PM
some serious baggage "down there":-) I have ridden for about 8 years and have never had saddle sore. The longest I ride is about 5 hrs, but I don't get sore at all. I do have very tight shorts though, maybe this helps as they never bunch up. I assume you guys are all "freeballing" (no jocks on) otherwise this could create friction and saddle sores.

Anyhow good luck with this problem.
Wow.. You guys must be carryingchandoface
Sep 18, 2001 11:33 AM
yeah. i'm packing heat dutchy.
Chamois Butt'r from . . .DCW
Sep 6, 2001 5:50 AM

Apply small amount to all areas of your nether region that are subject to friction, especially those that have given you problems before. Applying creams to chamois only may not lubricate an area that is being chafed by your shorts and saddle.

Desitin powder is an alternative and is readily available at your local drugstore or supermarket.

To cure chafing, keep area clean and dry while not riding and wear loose u-trou. Stay off bike if possible until healed.
2nd the Chamois Butt'r, also...Dog
Sep 6, 2001 6:40 AM
I'll second the Chamois Butt'r. I've used it, very liberally, on rides up to 17 hours with practically no chafing. Spread a bunch of it like toothpaste down the middle of the pad and out toward where your sit bones are. For newer shorts, also spread a little around the seams - helps to reduce friction during "break-in". The trick is to then get the shorts on without spreading the Butt'r all over your legs. Nonetheless, this method seems to work better to me than putting it on your skin. It seems to capture more in the pad and last longer.

Also helps to have shorts with a good pad. You may have to try several to find the "best" one for your anatomy.

If you ride daily, get several different kinds of shorts. Each will put pressure and friction in different places, not always concentrating the pressure in the same place.

Smooth surfaced saddles seem to work better to me than rough or grippy surfaces, allowing your shorts to slide smoothly instead of grabbing and bunching up.

3 rd the Chamois Butt'r, also...Len J
Sep 6, 2001 6:50 AM
however never tried sprreading it on the pad. I rode in Alaska 6 straight days, used it liberally on the skin & had zero problems.

I'll try the pad trick, sounds like a winner.

What do you do for rubbing at other areas then the pad?
other areas?Dog
Sep 6, 2001 7:01 AM
Don't recall getting rubbing in other areas. The high friction area for me is right down the middle of the crotch. I use a very narrow saddle, though, a Selle Italia SLR. It's about the skimpiest saddle made, but for some strange reason the most comfortable I've found. Wider saddles, particularly through the middle, tend to bruise my inner thighs and the front parts of my sit bones. If I were getting friction on my thighs, I think I'd try a narrower saddle.

Good point...Len J
Sep 6, 2001 7:07 AM
My problem has been that I can't find a narrower saddle that is comfortable. The Polink I have can rub a little on the inside of my thighs, only noticable after about 70 miles. My solution has been to put the But'r on this area. Since doing this, I have had zero discomfort. I think the real problem is that the inside upper thigh muscles are/were overdeveloped from running. I can't figure any way to reduce these. Long way of saying that narrower saddles don't work for me.

Another example of how personal saddles are.

Try ThisDoubleK
Sep 6, 2001 8:04 AM
I have found that a liberal application of baby powder before I put my shorts on helps. I went through the same thing this summer when I switched to Assos shorts. I use the cream on the pad and baby powder on my crotch and it works great. I ride a Rolls saddle and tried narrower models (Flite, Concor Light) with no success until I found the baby powder. Now I can ride all day in comfort. It made a huge difference for me and I love the shorts now as well. Give it a shot.