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Any secret weapons I don't know about?(16 posts)

Any secret weapons I don't know about?Troyboy
Nov 7, 2001 9:13 AM
Once you're chafed, what do you do? I keep the area safe from infection and further irritation with Neosporin type stuff. Anyone have any better ideas? Especially tough is the day after getting chafed prepping for another 4 hour ride.
two wordsantag
Nov 7, 2001 9:23 AM
Ben Gay
Haven't chafed in years, but friends say . . .cory
Nov 7, 2001 9:38 AM
Actually they don't say much, because we don't talk about their crotches. But on a long tour a few weeks ago, two of the guys were smearing on huge gobs of Vaseline. I mean a blob the size of a golf ball--just reach down in there and moosh it around. When it soaked in or melted and ran into their shoes or whatever, they'd repeat the application.
Ick. For some reason I haven't had to worry about that in a long time. Maybe it's the Brooks saddle...
LOL Yuck!cioccman
Nov 7, 2001 9:47 AM
I think I'd rather find pleasure in the pain than go that route!
re: Any secret weapons I don't know about?Chen2
Nov 7, 2001 9:58 AM
Surely you're not wearing underwear are you?
Chamois But'r...........Len J
Nov 7, 2001 9:59 AM
I apply before every ride. In addition if I do start to get a chafed area, I will apply some to the affected area after my post ride shower. It helps with the healing.

Chamois But'r...........morey
Nov 7, 2001 11:48 AM
I use Udder Butter.
Dump the neosporinjtolleson
Nov 7, 2001 11:55 AM
unless you think you've got an infection. Moisture, even antibiotic ointment variety moisture, is not the friend of chafing.

While healing, the area must be clean and dry. Loose fitting clothes, no undies.

Save the ointments for when you are ON the bike, then try Chamois Butt'r, Assos Creme, Bag Balm.
preventive secret weaponET
Nov 7, 2001 11:56 AM
Stop the chafing from coming in the first place. Try better-quality lycra shorts, and possibly a new saddle as well. What are you currently wearing and riding?
That's the best advice here!jtolleson
Nov 7, 2001 12:02 PM
Good shorts and good saddle, plus one more element...

when that ride is over, get out of those shorts. That fabulous chamois becomes a wet diaper and a recipe for irritation (or even infection). I'm not so hardcore to change by the car at the end of a club ride, but I know many people do. But I don't sit around in 'em at a post-ride lunch, whatever.
and of coursefred!
Nov 7, 2001 1:04 PM
make sure your Trek is measured properly!
LOL! That was my next suggestion. :-) (nm)ET
Nov 7, 2001 2:30 PM
Nov 7, 2001 12:15 PM
For those interested, nope, no undies. Shorts are: Voler, Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, Trek. Saddles are Vetta Manganese and another is Selle Italia SLR. The chafing is not from the seat or the shorts. I'm not about to detail it, but it's not the shorts or the seat.

Of course, preventing it is best. That's why I mentioned in the post "once chafed....." It's extremely rare for me which is why I asked. I usually use an ultraglide product for long rides, just forgot this once.

Would using baby powder be recommended?

Thanks for the help.
Thanks!Lone Gunman
Nov 7, 2001 1:41 PM
Try a bonded, medicated type powder like Gold Bond or the Chain Drug Store offering if you go the powder route. You might also try some creme that has hydrocortizone in it as the active ingrediant. Have also heard of acne medication to clear up saddle sores.
Skip the Salves and this ain't saddle soresjtolleson
Nov 7, 2001 3:13 PM
All you'll do with an astringent acne creme is irritate the chafed area, and I've already told you to skip the hydrocortisone.

I think that there is a common misunderstanding of the difference between chafing and saddle sores. Very different problems, treated very different. But if you follow the guidance above, you'll never get a saddle sore and won't have to go down that road...
it's gotta be seatcyclopathic
Nov 9, 2001 7:08 AM
I had Vetta which I didn't like too round (oach!) and I've heard complains about SLR straight side cuts causing chafing
(there's nothing better then Bonti FS2000 if you ask me)

Shorts? had good luck with Voler (Castelli were giving trouble on 10hr+ rides) and Voler fixed it.

Sometimes chafing is caused by excessive sweating (I get big blisters from gloves on long rainy rides)

Try Balm Bag, I usually carry some in 35mm film container
wash area well and apply before ride, then reapply as need

PS speaking of baby powder.. off the bike try diaper rush ointments like A&D with zink good luck