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    Preventing chaffing and gaulding, do bike shorts help?

    I heard certain kind do,the ones lined in sheep wool or something.I doubt I could afford those.What about certain cremes,will they do the trick? I sweat something awful around my groin area and some times get gaulded. It is very painful,especially the next day when I have a hard time walking.Any solutions? Showering and using body washes don't seem to ease the pain.They do provide temperarly comfort,but not the morning after. What can I do to provent this?

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    bike shorts and a heaping lathering of good chamois cream in your crotch ... I use Chamois Butt'r and specifically the "single use" packs. I can stuff a couple in my seat bag or jersey and reapply as needed

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    Bike shorts and some of this from the dollar store.
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    Yes, shorts help, at least in my experience. But all I use are lycra shorts and bibs, with synthetic chamois, and some folks (particularly C/As) feel a little too self-conscious in them. Those that can get past that psychological hurdle and try them love them. To me, the important thing is that they fit snugly around your legs and crotch, otherwise you get a lot of friction between fabric and skin, and that's not a good thing. Some folks ride comfortably in loose shorts, but I'm not one of them.

    I understand that budgets are different for everyone, but there are reasonably priced bike shorts out there. Check out Performance, Nashbar, Love2Pedal. Eventually what you want is enough pairs to be able to wear them once, and only once, between washings.

    As for creams and butters, I've never found them necessary myself.
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    This stuff is great.. available online or at most truck stops..

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    Get something water soluble like Chamois Butt'r or Belgium Budder or Monkey Butt.

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    For me it's a distance thing. Anything under 15-20 miles I am usually okay with just my bibs. If it is over 20 then I use A&D creme. I have tried Desitin but it doesn't seem to do the same thing as the A&D. I got a free sample of the Chamois Butt'r so I will give it a try but I can't see the added expense of the bike specific stuff when the infant/diaper stuff works.
    The only problem I have is getting it applied. If I am at a charity ride I don't want to apply it at home so I wait until just before the start. Then I have to find a place where I can get some amount of privacy since there is no easy/modest way of sticking you whole arm down the front of your bibs to get at the application area.
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    So eschew the modesty ... it's not like we'd all not know what you're doing

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    Chamios Butt'rX2

    I use some Pearl Izumi they are great, offer great protection.

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    Bike shorts make a giant difference for me. I feel it more off-the-bike and after the ride, than on the bike, though.

    Don't get gel shorts. Those hurt even worse.

    I like really thin pads. Thinner pads also dry out a little bit every time you stand up.

    The only time that I use creams, is if I have a chafing problem. I'm pretty hairy, and sometimes get an ingrown hair during the season.
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    Chamios Butt'r all the way. I was getting gaulded bad last year and guy at LBS turned me on to it. I will not use anything else, as other have stated washes off great and no more problems here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    As for creams and butters, I've never found them necessary myself.
    Same here. With a decent pair of shorts (I'm a big fan of the ones from Love2Pedal.com) and a good saddle, I've never found the need for messy creams...

    BTW, if you're self-conscious about being seen in lycra shorts, wear them under a pair of regular walking or workout shorts. Preferably, something light-weight and breathable to help minimize sweating.

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    Bibs and Chamois Butt'r or DZ-NUTS.

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    I use a few sest of Performance Century Shorts & MTB shorts, which have a thick layer of padding. Have not had a single issue with anything other than sore hip bones. Once you ride with padded bike shorts, you will never go back.

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    I know I tried different things before finally buying a couple pair of bike shorts. Being the cheap ass I am, I tried wearing sports shorts with no underwear, the boxer brief underwear, lol, none if it every got really comfy. I could tolerate it and some days I'd be fine. I finally bought a pair of the Performance Century (non gel) shorts and wow, what a difference. Just the smoothness of the tight pants really made my bike rides more comfortable. Those shorts coupled with my new Brooks B17 has made me a really happy camper.

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    I had this problem too for a while. I get chaffed more so when I run than when I cycle. I found a seat that fit me better, and kept my legs from rubbing together so much. After that I haven't had much of a problem, and I wear boxer briefs / tighty whities with gym shorts. Admittedly, I usually ride less than 15 miles at a time, and do all my rides when its cool in the morning, but the seat seemed to help the most for me.

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    A good pair of bike shorts can make even the absolute longest rides chafe-free and they are worth the money you will spend. As for cream I have something called Bag Balm (used for cow udders) which was suggested to me by a cyclist friend as a great chamois cream and inexpensive compared to most specialty brands. Unfortunately I think I have only used it once as I have never really seen the need for it once I started using a good quality short.
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    Chafe, people. Chafe, chafed, chafed. Likewise it's gall, galled, galled, and not gaulded.

    And since I'm sure to be labeled a spelling or grammar cop, I might as well point out that it's pedal, not peddle. Unless you're selling your bike.

    Whew. Sorry but that's been building for some time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Chafe, people. Chafe, chafed, chafed. Likewise it's gall, galled, galled, and not gaulded.

    And since I'm sure to be labeled a spelling or grammar cop, I might as well point out that it's pedal, not peddle. Unless you're selling your bike.

    Whew. Sorry but that's been building for some time now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Chafe, people. Chafe, chafed, chafed. Likewise it's gall, galled, galled, and not gaulded.

    And since I'm sure to be labeled a spelling or grammar cop, I might as well point out that it's pedal, not peddle. Unless you're selling your bike.

    Whew. Sorry but that's been building for some time now.

    No apologizing necessary - I did not proof read before posting. You also may want to add chafing to the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTSCDS View Post
    Then I have to find a place where I can get some amount of privacy since there is no easy/modest way of sticking you whole arm down the front of your bibs to get at the application area.
    Privacy?!?! Modesty?!?!?! Does Dave Zabriskie need privacy or modesty to apply chamois cream? NO!

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    Bike shorts definitely help. I find bib shorts are great at keeping the shorts up in spite of my stomach's best counter-efforts. I have some with a fairly heavy gel pad; feels like I'm wearing a diaper when I walk but at least I can walk after a ride. I was decidely self-concious the first time I put on a pair, especially since friendly local racer said to wear nothing under them (again, to prevent chafing from cloth rubbing on skin). I'd avoid the uber-$$$ trendy ones and get a nice serviceable pair of washable black bib shorts as your 1st. I think you'll like 'em.
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    Another vote for the bike specific short helping. But, you must realize going in that no one brand/style fits everyone. I don't know how many glowing praises I have read for the Pearl Izumi shorts. I already had a pair of bibs that I liked but wanted to see what I was missing. I bought a pair and got one 15 mile ride out of them. They went straight back to the store. I hated them. The only ones I have found that I absolutely love are a pair of discontinued, bargain rack Nike bibs. Every time I put them on I have a little bit of regret knowing that I'm 1 ride closer to them going away.

    So, the moral of my story is twofold: First, get some padded shorts/bibs. Second, if you don't like them the first time out, don't give up on them. You may need to try a few different ones to get it right. But, when you get it right you will know why we all wear them!
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    i ride in cycling shorts. For rides more than 50 miles, I use a cream - walmart generic eucerin. A thin layer of cream helps reduce both heat and galling caused by friction.
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