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Chafing problem, HELP!(8 posts)

Chafing problem, HELP!TNRyder
Sep 7, 2003 6:26 AM
Since I have been riding the road bike more and for longer distances, I have come across a problem that I never have on the MTNbikes. I am chafing down there. It always seems to happen on my left cheek just inside of where my sitbone is. I have tried three different saddles (original on 20yr old Torpado), Body Geometry from Specialized, and a Serfas Torrent so far with the following results.

Torpado saddle had no chafing but very uncomfortable for my manly parts with unmentionable side effects.

BG and Torrent=chafe.

I have been using Assos chamy butter and that does help some. I have this same problem with all three pairs of shorts that I have, Performance cheapos, Trek 6panel, Louis Garneou 8panel. My newest pair of shorts being over 2 yrs old.

My a$$ will appreciate any help you can offer. Sorry about the poor spelling:(.
narrower saddle??C-40
Sep 7, 2003 7:42 AM
It's a common misconception that a wide, soft saddle will always be comfortable. Often a narrower saddle will help. I use Banana Boat after sun lotion to prevent chafing. Apply liberally to the affected area before riding.

Better shorts might help. I've had good luck with Performance top of the line shorts.
Hard saddle, narrow nose . . .Look381i
Sep 7, 2003 11:58 AM
and Chamois Butt'r (tm). As mentioned above, it's counterintuitive, but soft saddles often cause more chafing and general butt soreness. I went from Flite Ti to SLR, with its narrower nose, to reduce inner thigh chafing.

The Body Geometry saddles probably work for some, but for me and innumerable friends, it was the most uncomfortable saddle we had ever used.
Thats why I went with the Serfas TorrentTNRyder
Sep 7, 2003 1:22 PM
It had a flat top like my Bontrager FS+10 on my hardtail MTNbike. It is actually a bit narrower too. Body geometry was too wide, too soft, and too ouch. My wife didn't like it either.

I was considering some Voler shorts, any thoughts on them?
Start from square 1High Gear
Sep 7, 2003 5:07 PM
Shorts should be snug fitting. Sometimes if you have loose fitting shorts or a chamois that is on the thick side with a well padded saddle you will get some bunching going on. As soon as you feel this kick your knee out or pick it out manually if that is the problem. A few other things to look at is that the saddle hight may be too high and or you may have a leg length discrepancy. Do you feel that your reaching for one pedal more than the other? I do, and I went to the shoe maker and had a 3/16 insole spacer made up. Another thing to look at is that if the saddle is straight. Put a 3 foot level up to the down and top tube and bring the edge up to the saddle about 1" back from the tip. Do this on both sides to make sure it's not pointed more to one way. Let us know what you find.
Volers are excellent . . .Look381i
Sep 7, 2003 6:51 PM
especially for the price. Shorts, bibs, knickers, etc. usually go on sale at varying times of the year. They are well-made, have an excellent synthetic pad and come in a variety of colors.

The company is great to deal with also. Very fast service and they send them with a return mail pouch in case the fit isn't right. Get 'em snug.
Agreed!ECF
Sep 8, 2003 4:34 AM
I just got a pair of Voler's after the recommendations from this board. I wore them for the first time yesterday. All I can say is WOW! I rode 40 on Saturday and followed up with 34 yesterday and I was actually less saddle sore after Sunday's ride than after Saturday's ride. I attribute this to the new shorts. They are longer in the legs and higher on the torso than my previous pairs, but they still felt so gooood.
butt'r cream -cheap and works nmandy02
Sep 8, 2003 5:27 AM