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    saddle chafing

    I was wondering if saddle chafing is part of life with bike riding. It seems to me that a lot of people have it and everybody is looking for a fix. I know they sell all these creams and things to prevent it, but not many people seem to have any luck, like me. I don't have sit bone problem with the Toupe saddle, but I do have a chafing problem. I cant get any cleaner and I have been fitted and I tried Gold Bond and Bag Balm. I just tried a little Assos and that didn't do it. Maybe I didn't use enough of the Assos cream.. I just put it where I was getting an abrasion. I bought the Toupe saddle and Hammer bibs and still have the problem. I hope somebody can come up with something, thanks.
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    If you come up with a solution let me know. I am good up to about 10-15 miles. After that I haven't found a way to prevent at least some moderate chafing. I use A+D cream and it seems to help.
    I find myself constantly needing to push myself back onto the wider part of the seat. (This happens on two different bike with two different saddles so I think it is something I do while riding and not a fit issue.) When I am far enough back I seem to be more comfortable but when I start getting too far forward, the perineum gets a pretty good workout on the horn part of the saddle!
    I just did a 30 mile charity ride this past weekend in 100 degree heat. Chafing was not as bad as it has been in the past. My worst ever was a 15 mile ride in a pair of Pearl Izumi Attack shorts! They just DID NOT WORK for me. I have a pair of Nike bibs that I LOVE!!! Unfortunately, they are discontinued and I can't find anymore of them. But if someday I do.... I just bought a pair of Perfomance Elite bibs that I am going to try. Wish me luck.
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    My 143mm Toupe is a little wide for me so I experience some rubbing until my butt breaks in. I use chamois cream pretty generously though. I usually apply it to the entire pad and directly to my skin. Feels disgusting when you're suiting up but after a mile or so you don't notice it and it helps considerably.

    I know in the road forums folks have posted home made recipes for chamois cream that they swear by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I cant get any cleaner and I have been fitted and I tried Gold Bond and Bag Balm. I just tried a little Assos and that didn't do it. Maybe I didn't use enough of the Assos cream.. I just put it where I was getting an abrasion. I bought the Toupe saddle and Hammer bibs and still have the problem. I hope somebody can come up with something, thanks.
    I don't end up with chafing issues until I get past the 70 - 80 mile mark and I don't reapply my chamois creme. Part of the trick is don't be stingy with it. Before you put on your shorts, lather up that chamois pad really good. When you think you have enough on there, smear on some extra. Just a little bit isn't enough to get the job done, I've found.
    Assos and Chamois Butt'r and the like are expensive. Udder Creme is a heck of a lot cheaper, and you can buy it in a bulk tub at the farm & fleet.

    Quote Originally Posted by DTSCDS View Post
    If you come up with a solution let me know. I am good up to about 10-15 miles. After that I haven't found a way to prevent at least some moderate chafing. I use A+D cream and it seems to help.
    I find myself constantly needing to push myself back onto the wider part of the seat. (This happens on two different bike with two different saddles so I think it is something I do while riding and not a fit issue.) When I am far enough back I seem to be more comfortable but when I start getting too far forward, the perineum gets a pretty good workout on the horn part of the saddle!
    Sounds to me like a fit issue on both bikes, actually. If you're sliding forward, you could have your seat back too far, you could be stretched out too far over the top tube, you may just have your saddle angled wrong, but it does sound like a fit/adjustment issue rather than a riding issue.
    The Performance Elite shorts should help, since they have the same chamois as the Ultras I wear. Just follow my advice above and really **** up that chamois before riding. I did 125 miles a couple weekends ago, and only experienced an issue because I forgot to re-apply my chamois creme at the 80 mile rest stop.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. FWIW I've had better luck with the Gold Bond powder my last 40 miler. I just picked up some Gold Bond in the green container, they say it's a little stronger. You're right about the Bag Balm, I probably didn't use enough. I'll let you know what happens in a few days.
    George

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