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    MEN ONLY: Curing a nasty rub

    Ladies you have been forewarned. This is not a female topic.

    I warned them.

    Okay this past summer as I was riding, long rides(100+ milers) I started having a problem. First I will admit I was wear cutoff blue jeans at the time, not cycling shorts. The problem was very simple. I kept getting rubbed(shall I say) the wrong way...and definitely in the wrong place. I kept getting rubbed right on the ring of the peanus, aka the widest part of the peanus just before it starts to funnel down to the point. It would get nice and sore for a couple of days and even turn red in color after doing a long ride. I didn't have any kind of problems on shorter rides. I had no chaffing of any kind or anything else. I just kept getting rubbed raw on the body side of the peanus.

    Finally in August I bought a pair of cycling short and I figured the problem was over. It was...for 1.5 months or so and then it came right back, even while wearing cycling shorts.

    After it had happened on the first couple of rides this spring I got to thinking on one of the rides about needing some kind of protection. The crazy thought of a condom came to mind. Then the crazy thought of just using saran wrap to wrap the peanus before the ride came to mind. I tried it out before the next long ride I did, a 207.8 miler. It worked great. Didn't have any trouble at all. Normally even now I can eliminate the possibly of the problem coming up by wrapping the peanus with saran wrap. The problem though is getting the saran wrap to always want to stay on. Last week on a 100+ miler it kept coming off all the time. I hadn't had that problem until last week. Today on the 100 miler I did I was trying out the idea of wearing a full body wetsuit for cold weather protection and even with a much loser clothing fit down there I still ended up getting rubbed raw yet again. I didn't try wrapping it today though.

    Has anyone else had the problem and found a way of eliminating it? This has definitely gotten to be a royal pain in the .............

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    Between this and your wetsuit thread in the winter forum I'm really starting to wonder.

    But in case you are serious, have you tried chamois cream? Though it doesn't sound like its the chamois that's rubbing.

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    You might try a rubber band to hold the saran wrap on. But be careful, that's how they make steers. In case you don't know, a steer is a castrated bull. So seriously, don't do this.

    Seriously (in case this is serious), you need to 1) learn how to spell an important word and 2) buy some chamois cream.
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    peanuts?
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    Sounds like commando isn't for you.
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    Me thinks he needs a wetsuit for his peanuts.

    *edit* please post a link to the wetsuit thread!
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    Give this man a Darwin award NOW.
    1. Stop riding until your raw and abused scrotum heals up.
    2. take a look at your riding position, esp saddle layback, height and angle.
    3. Check your saddle, does it fit you. If not, try another.
    4. Dont ride in jeans.
    5. Dont ride long distance until you have conditioned yourself. You need to extend the distance very gradually.

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    Are you wearing underwear under your cycling shorts? Underwear is a BIG NO-NO!
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    Ah, melted dick syndrome. Know it well

    One solution. Bib shorts. Keeps the fabric from rubbing in the wrong places

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    Saran wrap doesn't "breath" and could potentially lead to a fungal infection. You think it hurts NOW?

    Okay, are you sure the rubbing is from the bike ride, or some other activities?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    Ah, melted dick syndrome. Know it well

    One solution. Bib shorts. Keeps the fabric from rubbing in the wrong places
    I've never had that particular issue. Runner's nipple on the other hand...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Saran wrap doesn't "breath" and could potentially lead to a fungal infection.
    You get the same problem with prepuces. They don't breath and you can get yeast infections, but they are protective against abrasions while riding.

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    I ride in 'normal' clothes all the time -- for me, this means jeans. I know this problem. Some individual pants are worse than others, some are OK when I'm 'slimmer' but not when I'm 'fatter' or vice-versa. Tried spandex-style underwear, with little help. What works reliably is an old-fashioned, gradeschool gym class type, jock strap. Not the most comfortable thing, but it eliminates the even more annoying rubbing problem. For comfort's sake, I'll pack along some normal underwear and do a 'phone-booth' change when I reach my destination.

    There is a reason the most popular brand is (was?) BIKE. Wikipedia: "The word jockstrap has purportedly been in use at least since 1888, a likely contraction of 'jockey strap', as the garment was first designed for bicycle riders, or 'bike jockeys'. The Bike Jockey Strap was the first jockstrap manufactured in America in 1874."

    (Edit 5/18/13): Still a problem, maybe even worse lately as parts of me change size and shape with increasing age. The jock strap isn't reliable - works sometimes but not other times, I don't know why this is, maybe has to do with hydration level changes throughout the day. I do NOT want to wear professional grade bike clothes when I'm just bopping to the store & work, etc. I've hit on a solution of sorts. Bought Johnson & Johnson gauze roll that had some slightly tacky substance. Rolled it around the end of my p**** so it adhered to the shaft and covered the tip well enough so clothes didn't contact the tip. Don't want to go through rolls and rolls of this stuff, so tried to reuse it but soon the tackiness diminished. (Failed instructions deleted).

    Edit 6/23/13: Still wrapping with the Johnson & Johnson Hurt-Free Wrap, a high-tech gauze. Several laps around the penis, starting on the shaft & then bending up to cover the glans & then back to the shaft. The first use it stays pretty well, but the tacky substance wears off quickly. I tried Elmer's Rubber Cement to restore the tackiness on the gauze but that soaks in & doesn't work for long. What's working is beads of DAP 100% Silicone Rubber Sealant lengthwise; this remains tacky & also gives mechanical relief that helps everything stay in place. And, a rubber band that's not too tight, just need to keep the roll from unraveling. Need to find the right-size rubber band; size chart here: sizes of standard and common rubber bands, rubber band sizes, rubber band measurements. (Note: Some retail shops may use a different sizing system.) If the economy rubber bands that you find in office-supply stores are too tight, consider 'high quality' rubber bands which stretch farther for a given force.

    Edit 9/22/13: The above approaches work, but the fastening to the penis is unreliable - sometimes it stays put, sometimes it pops off, a very inconvenient thing to have to adjust when in a populated area. Still seeking, area of investigation is improving the tackiness of the bond to skin, and trying to find a fabric that's soft and comfortable yet not prone to rolling over and working off. Bought some silicone scar sheets. They adhere well but too small and too stiff to be totally reliable in this application. Have high hopes for & have placed an order for '3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape'. Also still experimenting with the DAP silicone (see above), applied to swatches of cotton from old underwear, but thinly & weighted against smooth plastic during cure so it's a flat uniform surface that may adhere better to my skin. The DAP silicone is somewhat tacky but maybe not quite tacky enough, still need a precision rubber band to hold it on (one that's not too big, not too small, not too much pressure). Seeking the sort of silicone used in these scar sheets & tapes, but it appears the mixing & curing may be an industrial-only process. 3M engineer on their new (2012) medical silicone pressure-sensitive adhesives: New Silicone Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tapes - YouTube . Dow-Corning white paper on medical silicone adhesives: http://www.dowcorning.com/content/pu...52-1057-01.pdf

    Edit 2014: 3M 'Kind Removal' tape is the answer. I cut it to the right size & shape. I add little paper circles made by a hole punch to decrease the tack in places it's not needed. The only problem is it picks up pocket lint &c if you don't pack it well when you take it off. And it eventually picks up enough dead skin cells &c that the tack falls short. I remove some of the paper circles to restore enough tack to get me home. I will try & make a custom holder for it (a stiff piece of plastic?) & remember to take it every time.
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    I rode for months, 3 pair of cycling shorts changed daily.
    problem 1 OP wore Cut off Levis. thick seams
    bike shorts chamois liner is made to feel seamless.

    wear the bike shorts under some other bike baggies , perhaps.
    also made to minimize seam locations where you sit.
    And modesty, to not be so showing the 'mini-me' so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Saran wrap doesn't "breath" and could potentially lead to a fungal infection. You think it hurts NOW?

    Okay, are you sure the rubbing is from the bike ride, or some other activities?
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    I've never had that particular issue. Runner's nipple on the other hand...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    Give this man a Darwin award NOW.
    1. Stop riding until your raw and abused scrotum heals up.
    2. take a look at your riding position, esp saddle layback, height and angle.
    3. Check your saddle, does it fit you. If not, try another.
    4. Dont ride in jeans.
    5. Dont ride long distance until you have conditioned yourself. You need to extend the distance very gradually.
    1. First off I will say whenever I get the problem I just use the saran wrap for a couple of days and it heals right up.
    2. This could be some of the problem. I'll have to do some testing to see if it is or not.
    3. It's the same saddle I've used for years. When I used to ride a lot back in the 90's I never had the problem...using the same saddle.
    4. It doesn't matter if I'm in jeans, cycling shorts or a wetsuit.
    5. I've ridden around 9000 miles so far this year. Including 3 200 milers and I've had at least one 100 mile day each of the past 14 weeks now. Some weeks I've had as many as 3 100+ mile days.

    About the only I do is biking that or I'm sitting in from of the computer.

    It's not on the clothing(cycling shorts/jeans/wetsuit) side of the body where the problem happens. It's on the side that faces the body. The only thing I can figure that I might be rubbing against is hair. I can't figure out why that would create a rubbing situation like this though. I've never had the problem until this year and yes in 1994 I rode 7-7,500 miles that year including several 100+ milers.

    Runner's nipple...if this is what I think you are talking about...I got it several times this summer as well. It seemed like if I was ever stupid enough to put a shirt on and go riding for any kind of distance when it hot and a bit humid out I would end up getting sore nipples that would last about 2-3 times as long as the sore nuts. Most of the time I was just smart enough to ride without a shirt on at all. I don't think I ever got the problem without shirt but I might be wrong. If so it would have been toward the end of the summer.

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    I would put some horticortisone ointment on it and remain nude from the waist down in the evenings, for a few hours. I would absolutely keep that area dry, at all other times. After the ointment treatment in the evenings, I'd try baby powder during the day.

    If it gets any worse, you might have to seek proper medical attention.

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    For noodle chafing: Ointment or lube for prevention. I use diaper rash ointment; A&D, or Butt Butter. There are others. For treatment I use A&D. Also, it's important to have tight enough shorts to keep things in place. Avoid bikini waxes too because the nubs can be murder.

    For runners nipple, a band-aid works well.

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    I wear long pants so I just tuck it in my sock.....

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    Are you riding with a belt? I find that sometimes when riding with a belt the buckle will find the worst place to sit to is is constantly digging in or interfering with the free movement of my penis. Also make sure the pants are pulled up all the way... that will help keep your penis up and out of the way, and prevent the front top from bunching up uncomfortably.

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    I had the same problem several years ago. I found that a babies sock works great. It's breathable. Putting an ointment on the rash first helps to stick the sock in place also. I would bring along a handfull of socks on a long ride and change it out when needed.

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    I can't believe I read this thing. Kept looking for the punchline.

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    Ask your girl friend if she has a fungus.
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