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Old 08-21-11, 09:33 AM   #1
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Recovering from Chaffing

Did a ride yesterday and used chaffing cream but still got chaffing a little. Decided to go out this morning, used chaffing cream and got a lot of chaffing (or perhaps the area was irratated).

My question.... is there something you can use overnight that will help heal the area so you dont get the issue the next day?
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I use Diaper Rash cream to relieve chafing. It makes life tolerable and sometimes seems to work in a day.

I've been fortunate not to have chafed to badly from bike riding. I did 60 miles on Friday and had very little chafing. I used the diaper rash cream after I showered following the ride and was comfortable enough to ride again Saturday.

However, I have chafed so badly from working in wet jeans after it rained that I've bled. That is when I found out about the Diaper Rash cream. Of course that time was so bad I had to wrap my legs in gauze for a couple of days.

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Old 08-21-11, 11:13 AM   #3
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i use diaper rash cream to relieve chaffing. It makes life tolerable and sometimes seems to work in a day.

I've been fortunate not to have chaffed to badly from bike riding. I did 60 miles on friday and had very little chaffing. I used the diaper rash cream after i showered following the ride and was comfortable enough to ride again saturday.

However, i have chaffed so badly from working in wet jeans after i rain that i've bled. That is when i found out about the diaper rash cream. Of course that time was so bad i had to wrap my legs in gauze for a couple of days.

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Old 08-21-11, 11:36 AM   #4
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What kind of pants/shorts are you wearing?
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Try a cream with zinc oxide (diaper rash cream) in it.
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Old 08-21-11, 12:20 PM   #6
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Corn starch will work in a pinch.

And please, people, the word is chafe. Chafe, chafed, chafing.
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Old 08-21-11, 03:04 PM   #7
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Simple Neosporin works for me.
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Old 08-21-11, 03:04 PM   #8
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sorry craig.... not the best speller. I might not be able to spell well but I could cook circles around ya!
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I have used anti monkeybutt powder. But I've never been chafed so badly I was uncomfortable riding the next day.

Oh yeah. And the chafing I get depends very much on what I am wearing. Plain cotton/lycra exercise shorts from Walmart (no longer available, darn) and JUST the shorts are fine. Cotton underwear is right out unless the ride is 10 miles or less.

When I rode an upright bike, any of the bicycle shorts I tried (Mt. Borah, Terry) were just fine and caused no problems. Now have no need of padding and I like very much lycra shorts from Aero Tech.

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I use Lanacane and have never had any chafing issues. For me it works better than the other chamois creams I have tried. I have also used it after getting some painful chafing while walking on the beach, it soothed the irritated area considerably.
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Old 08-21-11, 05:34 PM   #11
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Did a ride yesterday and used chaffing cream but still got chaffing a little. Decided to go out this morning, used chaffing cream and got a lot of chaffing (or perhaps the area was irratated).

My question.... is there something you can use overnight that will help heal the area so you dont get the issue the next day?
A & D Ointment. But time off the bike helps.
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I use Aquaphor both as chamois cream and treatment for a rash when I forget to use it. Something my triathlete son put me on to a few years ago. Works great.
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Old 08-21-11, 06:41 PM   #13
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I could cook circles around ya!
Even with my handy corn starch tip? Seriously, I have no doubt you could, though I do pride myself on my chili.

As far as spelling goes, when only one or two people misspell something I won't say anything - god knows I have my own spelling issues, especially as I get older. But when 5 or 6 or more do it regularly, it begins to get on my nerves and the pedant comes out in me.
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Old 08-21-11, 06:43 PM   #14
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Another vote for Aquaphor as a treatment. Also works great for road rash, and most bike related scrapes.
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Old 08-21-11, 06:44 PM   #15
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As far as spelling goes, when only one or two people misspell something I won't say anything - god knows I have my own spelling issues, especially as I get older. But when 5 or 6 or more do it regularly, it begins to get on my nerves and the pedant comes out in me.
A grammar pedant who reads Ayn Rand. You must be my long lost brother.
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Might be worth checking out your saddle placement, I had to get an extra long setback seat post to work with my Brooks due to the short rails. You bike has a bit more aggressive geometry than mine so I see that as a possible issue.
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Old 08-21-11, 07:43 PM   #17
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The short rail problem comes into play with people who can't get their seat far enough back to get the knee over the crank in the proper position. In Isaac's case his knee is spot on in relation to his crank arms.

I think the chaffing is from the combination of a somewhat new and not fully broke in Brooks saddle, a 43 mile PR combined with a 20 mile ride the next day without proper recovery.
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Desitin... i'ts very sticky white creme used for diaper rash.

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The short rail problem comes into play with people who can't get their seat far enough back to get the knee over the crank in the proper position. In Isaac's case his knee is spot on in relation to his crank arms.

I think the chaffing is from the combination of a somewhat new and not fully broke in Brooks saddle, a 43 mile PR combined with a 20 mile ride the next day without proper recovery.
I'll trust your judgement on this one. I found that it always seemed like I was sitting on the back edge of my saddle and that it was too wide (causing chafing). When I got a seat post that let me move it a little bit further back the saddle seemed to work much better. This very well have been an indication that my knees were too far forward and moving the saddle back helped correct that.
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When I got a seat post that let me move it a little bit further back the saddle seemed to work much better. This very well have been an indication that my knees were too far forward and moving the saddle back helped correct that.
In your case it sounds like you realized that you were sitting on the back of the saddle. Once you got the setback seatpost you were no longer sitting on the back of your saddle and were properly positioned on the saddle.

Some people run into the short rail issues during bike fitting's when they're properly positioned on the saddle but can't get the seat back far enough to drop a plumb from the tip of the knee to the end of the crank arm, or soft notch of knee through pedal axle(depending on which method you use).
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I use Bag Balm, which is widely available here in the midwest. It is used for preventing chafing to the udders and teats on cows. It's kind of messy but sure does the trick. It does take the regular wash cycle to get it out of your chamois. I usually buy it at Orscheln stores.
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I think the chaffing is from the combination of a somewhat new and not fully broke in Brooks saddle, a 43 mile PR combined with a 20 mile ride the next day without proper recovery.
I second this. And, not to pile on the Iron Chef, but I think a lot of his other complaints are from not allowing enough time to get used to the bike. For example, the once a week complaint about his quads being sore. I think the Iron Chef is allowing his enthusiasm to write checks his body finds difficulty in cashing.
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Gold Bond is a wonder drug.

Since I've been back out there marching and drilling on the weekends, my thighs have sent me to the store for that little yellow bottle of relief.
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