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Old 09-05-08, 09:20 AM   #1
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BIke Shorts and Chafing

I've gotten the saddle situation under control, and the only discomfort I now have is chafing right where the leg meets the body, on the front, just to the side of the boys (don't make me post a picture!).

With the new lower-priced bike shorts I got it looks like the edge/seam of the "chamois" is right at this point. The chamois also barely covers the sit bones. I will probably send them back.

I'm not chafing against the saddle. The problems is less with other shorts that I have, but still there.

Anyone deal successfully with this problem? I'd like to avoid buying bibs at this time.
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Old 09-05-08, 09:25 AM   #2
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Well, I don't have quite the same problem but I do see a big difference between my less expensive/more expensive cycling shorts. The padding in the shorts is important. I usually buy Pearl Izumi shorts and love them.

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Old 09-05-08, 09:27 AM   #3
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Same problem here, but with bibs that are getting old. They used to be fine but the same problem as you have described it exists.

I suspect that this is what you pay for in the expensive stuff. (larger chamois, better longer lasting material?)
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TromboneAl,
Money doesn't always solve this problem. I have a pair of Specialized "expensivo's" shorts (forget the exact model but they were about $150) and also a pair of Descente in the same price range. The Specialized are fantastic but the Descentes (I generally like their products a lot) get me in the same manner you describe .

I also have some much less expensive Izuma Pearls's (less than half the price) which are among my favorites for all but the longest rides. I notice that a lot of people in my club wear the IP's. The expensive Specialized are the best for me so far.
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Old 09-05-08, 10:14 AM   #5
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I think bike shorts are as personal a fit issue as the right saddle. I have tried a lot, but my favorites are Giordana. I have shorts and bibs, and prefer the bibs, but the chamois is the same. They're not the cheapest, or the most expensive, but they work for me, and hold up well, too.
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Old 09-05-08, 01:01 PM   #6
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I think bike shorts are as personal a fit issue as the right saddle. I have tried a lot, but my favorites are Giordana. I have shorts and bibs, and prefer the bibs, but the chamois is the same. They're not the cheapest, or the most expensive, but they work for me, and hold up well, too.
Giordana's seem to be getting a few fans amongst the 50+ers . I recently changed to a pair of Tenax bibs and there is more to shorts fit than the padding. Theses fit me perfectly and I wonder why I never bought a pair before.
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Old 09-05-08, 03:57 PM   #7
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Stapfam and I are always touting Giordanas. I have three pair. Some sort of butt butter may help, too.
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Old 09-05-08, 04:04 PM   #8
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.... Some sort of butt butter may help, too.
+1 on the lubricant cream. I've also found that with the same brand and size there can be slight difference in where the seams fall and how the garment fits. If you can return them, that's what I would do.
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Old 09-05-08, 05:18 PM   #9
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As Beverly said, it's all about the fit . . . I agree on PI . . . Look for shorts that are made so there is nothing resembling a seam in the crucial areas . . .

And going comando is also essential . . . for the same reasons . . .
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Old 09-05-08, 09:24 PM   #10
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You have uncovered a useful piece of data. You now know of a specific model of shorts which does not work for you. Buy something different next time. If you are lucky, you'll find something that works without too many misses.

In the meantime, some sort of lube should help. Things I have used which worked for me include Vaseline, Bag Balm, Chamois Butt'r and Queen Helene's Cocoa Butter Cream.
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Old 09-06-08, 05:27 PM   #11
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I know that I am going to commit heresy on this site, and probably will be banned by the mods, but I don't wear lycra bicycle shorts.(omg!!!) I wear shorts purchased in the thrift store.



There, I said it. I feel much better.
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Old 09-06-08, 05:38 PM   #12
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I got a feeling it's the saddle.
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My advice is when you find shorts you like, buy them like they are going out of style. Because they are. If you wait a year to buy another pair they will be subtly different and maybe not in a way you like. My wife has the same problem with running shoes. She finds a pair she likes and 6 months later they "update" it and it doesn't fit her as well. I found an inexpensive saddle I like at Performance. It was on sale and I bought 4 of them. Since then I have picked up a couple of older bikes from Craig's list and the first thing to go on them is a saddle I like.

The lube cream is great. I use it for long rides, but it is not a substitute for a good pair of shorts or the right saddle.
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Old 09-09-08, 10:48 AM   #14
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If you can affort Pearl Izumi, they are great shorts. The Attack shorts are not bad, but the Ultrasensor shorts have a better chamois.
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After buying shorts from a variety of companies, I've settled on PI Ultrasensor as the most comfortable, for me. I no longer buy anything else.
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Its may be your underpants?

HI,
I have to be crude but those riding pants do work best without cotton briefs in the way.
My B17 seemed to fix all my chaffing.
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For what it might be worth I just ordered a set of Pearl Izumi T-fleece tights with chamois from Colorado Cyclist for $119 plus shipping - total was $131. Best price I was able to find by a large margin.
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My advice is when you find shorts you like, buy them like they are going out of style. Because they are. If you wait a year to buy another pair they will be subtly different and maybe not in a way you like.
The lube cream is great. I use it for long rides, but it is not a substitute for a good pair of shorts or the right saddle.
I have found this to be true with my beloved Giordana Tenax shorts. My second pair was "upgraded" by using the chamois from the previous year's more expensive shorts and the lycra was different. They are still great, but not quite as great as my orginal ones.

I have almost stopped using Butt Buttr, now only on rides I now will be hot and over 50 miles. It is, first, because of good shorts, second, because of lots of TITS (time in the saddle).
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Giordana's seem to be getting a few fans amongst the 50+ers . I recently changed to a pair of Tenax bibs and there is more to shorts fit than the padding. Theses fit me perfectly and I wonder why I never bought a pair before.
I totally agree re: Giordana. I have Giordana shorts, and bibs, and they are both great, very comfy even on long rides (yeah, double centuries, you know I had to say that!).

I do use "lube" too, mostly Bag Balm but also Chamois Butt'r.

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