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Old 04-06-10, 09:40 AM   #1
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Chafing issue: Could a narrower saddle help with this?

I didn't want to hijack the Brooks-alternatives thread currently active in this forum, but some of the recommendations there for narrower saddles got me thinking.

I've tried many different saddles over the years, and have found several that pretty much solve my most serious problem -- perineal pressure and numbness.

But I have not found any that have completely alleviated a certain type of chafing/saddle sore issue I have. That is, I get chafing and blistering sort of at the top of the inner thigh, kind of at the crease where the leg ends and the torso (or butt) begins. If the inner thigh is 9 o'clock and the front of the thigh is 12, I'd put the affected areas at around 7 or 8.

The one thing most all of the saddles I've tried have in common is that they've all been wide -- at least 155mm. When I bought my first road bike I had a very bad experience with the narrow no-name saddle that came with it, so I've been afraid to try something like a Terry Fly which is, I think, around 137mm.

So, in general, does my problem sound like the kind of thing that a narrower saddle might help with, or am I on the wrong track?
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Quite possibly; but you might try some type of chamois cream (if you haven't already). Some have been mentioned in the other thread...I'm presently working my way through a tin of "Bag Balm". It's cheaper than buying a new saddle
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