I did a century a couple weeks ago. Pouring rain. I was wearing biker shorts. Anyways, i started to get some really bad chaffing happening. The chaffing is a result of the 6+hours on the bike + the pouring rain, not 'cause of saddle position or saddle or shorts. I've done 125km rides dry and been fine.
Anyways, recovery has been slow. I am biking to school regularly in jeans (which... isn't helping), and have been doing my regular cycling route. As well, i go mountain biking with jeans (which helps less).
I'm curious to know: does hair (be it on the legs, inner thigh, rear, w.e.) aggravate chaffing, or help it? I don't know; it could help by acting as a "lubricant" between the two surfaces, and taking the rubbing before the skin... or it could irritate 'cause it's coarse... so is hair bad for cyclists, or good?
i'm hesitant in shaving 'cause if it makes it worse, then obviously i made a mistake... and hair takes a while to grow back.
i'm not interested in chamois butter or any other products.