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    Chafing of the twig (not the berries)

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    I am having a somewhat serious issue. Whenever I ride any distance farther than about ten miles I experience chafing on the underside of the tip of the business. I have determined that this chafing is the result of the tip of the twig rubbing the border of the chamois, i.e. where the chamois stops and the lycra begins. I am 6'6", about 215lbs. I have a pair of Pearl Ultrasensor, and a pair of Nike Elite shorts. The Nike shorts are a bit better but in no way good. This totally sucks. Does anybody have any serious advice? I would really like to get some shorts that don't cause this problem. Thanks.

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    Believe it or not, I solved that problem by getting a cheap pair of Canari shorts. They have some kind of fabric pad but the fit is firm and nothing, uh, wiggles around in there...

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    that is definitely a serious problem

    there is a direct, inverse corelation there...

    the more chafing of the twig....the less polishing of the dolphin
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    Wow, only a twig? I'm sorry to hear that bro'.
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    I solved that problem with a nice pair of Castelli shorts. Too bad the retail on them is somewhere around $150. I got them on clearance for $80. They have a nice felt front portion that give teh junk a comfy spot to chill while your out riding.

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    Not to get nasty here but er.. try some vasaline. Ok, all jokes on that aside, it does help seriously cut down on the chaffage. Just use two fingers and scoop a little in to the undergarments. Then apply a little to the trig before putting on the pants. Get the smallest vasaline bottle/tube you can find (50g is what I have for my chapped lips) so whenyou have to go to the loo to do you business you can reapply a little vasaline to the trig before you set off to ride again. Err.. it's best to use the enclosed loo when reapplying the vasaline else you'd be gettng a lot of odd stares.

    Hope that helps. BTW I've never done this before however I've had someone that used this method and they has relief.


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    PI and Nike don't fit you. Try some other brands; My Performance Century Bibs do the same thing, but not their Ultras or Nalini or Santini bibs.....

    (and I dunno if switching to bibs would help, but it can't hurt!)

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    Wear a condom? In severe cases, you can get chain-mail condoms...

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    I wear a cheap pair of Trek shorts, and I never had that problem. But anyway, I'd pull the shorts up high, and tuck Mr Happy upwards. Or Danno's idea. That was my first thought.
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    Above all, make sure those shorts are clean.
    That's when I notice the most chafing (nipples too, with a dirty jersey)

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    Hmmm, maybe the shorts are too loose? They should be tight enough so that when you pull everything up, the parts stays up and out of the way with minimal movement when you're riding.

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    most creative naming convention since I read this post http://bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p...4&postcount=14

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    My first thought is that your shorts are the wrong size.

    If you can't find a pair that works, try a bit of chamois butt'r on the equipment before you go ride...
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    Lube it up with some Chamois butt'r. And put it in a different spot in your shorts, just move it off to the side or something.

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    Go to your birthing doctor and DEMAND your foreskin back, after all, he never had YOUR permission to remove it in the first place.
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    cover it with a tube sock
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    Quote Originally Posted by pj7
    Go to your birthing doctor and DEMAND your foreskin back, after all, he never had YOUR permission to remove it in the first place.
    maybe his birthing doc doesn't have it. maybe his mom kept it as a souvenier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma
    Not to get nasty here but er.. try some vasaline. Ok, all jokes on that aside, it does help seriously cut down on the chaffage. Just use two fingers and scoop a little in to the undergarments. Then apply a little to the trig before putting on the pants. Get the smallest vasaline bottle/tube you can find (50g is what I have for my chapped lips) so whenyou have to go to the loo to do you business you can reapply a little vasaline to the trig before you set off to ride again. Err.. it's best to use the enclosed loo when reapplying the vasaline else you'd be gettng a lot of odd stares.

    Hope that helps. BTW I've never done this before however I've had someone that used this method and they has relief.


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    Vaseline may not work as well as you think. It is petroleum based which means while it will not burn it may get uncomfortable if it heats up. You may want to try a non-petroleum based product other the vaseline. What you need is some sort of lubricant between your penis & the seam. What may work well are the products used that are rubbed into the chamois itself, the chamois creams, etc. Just apply it to the front area rather then the back where it would normally go. You also may want to use a product called Bag Balm to treat the area when you are off the bike to help it heal. Bag Balm may also work like the Vaseline suggestion. I think there is also a product called Udder Butter, that may work too. What ever you use, read the label.

    Why can't anyone say the word penis? Why refere to it as twig & berries & junk, especially in this context. We're not talking about something sexual here, we're talking about a matter of comfort & I thought were adult enough to handle it.

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    Why can't anyone say the word penis? Why refere to it as twig & berries & junk, especially in this context. We're not talking about something sexual here, we're talking about a matter of comfort & I thought were adult enough to handle it.

    PENIS!!!!!!!????????? i thought the twig was his big toe and the berries were his little toes!?
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    If your stuff is on a seam, then you should try to change your positioning.

    A penis is an alarmingly flexible object, and can be placed in many directions...although some are less favorable than others.

    I've had this problem myself as wll, and the fix IS to experiment with placement options....keep track of what works and what doesn't, then pick the one that works and feels the most comfortable (so long as it's not distrubingly obvious...please do not make it point straight up if it shows...even among other roadies, it makes them uncomfortable to be around someone with it positioned like that).
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    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    If your stuff is on a seam, then you should try to change your positioning.

    A penis is an alarmingly flexible object, and can be placed in many directions...although some are less favorable than others.

    I've had this problem myself as wll, and the fix IS to experiment with placement options....keep track of what works and what doesn't, then pick the one that works and feels the most comfortable (so long as it's not distrubingly obvious...please do not make it point straight up if it shows...even among other roadies, it makes them uncomfortable to be around someone with it positioned like that).

    ...you mean like this? Oh, the horror!!

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    Wow! Sure put the skids on this thread!

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    No two bike shorts are the same, I strongly recommend going shopping and find a pair that works better. I had a different issue and I found a pair of woman bike shorts that are amazingly comfortable (the pad is hour glass shaped rather then a rectangle in case you were going to ask. And no one knows they’re woman’s shorts unless I tell them.)
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    Making adjustments to positioning and to the type of shorts can help; you may also benefit from using a good penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains ingredients designed to help address chafing issues: shea butter and vitamin E, for example. Good luck!

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