I thought I had hit a home run on my latest purchase of bike shorts. They had this new high tech foam padding for chamois and were extremely comfortable. I had even ridden them on several long rides and they did pretty well. The took care of some comfort issues I was having in the sit area.
I liked my former shorts but the chamois was pretty basic and my sit area tended to get a little numb and uncomfortable on the really long tough rides.
I used the new shorts Monday and unfortunately I now have a horsehoe shaped "outline" on my rear of where the outer edges of the padding where the stitches connect the foam to the spandex. The label bragged about the flat stitching and it seemed and sounded like a really good idea.
I'll heal up soon and recover and I know it was due to simply being in a seated position while plodding along climbing the last 3 hours. The shorts might just be a tad on the large size as well as I noticed as I was pedaling the shorts didn't slide with me on the saddle-but I was moving a little inside the shorts!!! So, the rubbing definitely left it's mark!!
I've never had to use creams for rides and I really hope to avoid them but I suspect they might have helped a little on Monday. Fortunately I don't have those types of rides but once a year. Live and learn.
I've probably just started a whole nother Bib discussion!!!!