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Old 06-28-20, 12:47 PM
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Chamois

Pay attention and don't wear your kit after riding. Change as soon as you can. I know this rule but did not follow it. I ended up with a fungal infection in my privates. Antibiotics and creams will cure it but it is painful and a mess.

Big question- The doctor said I needed to throw away all my contaminated chamois's (bibs) and buy new. Well you know how expensive that would be because good bibs are $100 to $250 a piece. I ride a lot and have 5 bibs.

Does anyone know if you can sterilize the bids to rid them of spores/contaminants? Help??
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Old 06-28-20, 01:06 PM
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Pay attention and don't wear your kit after riding. Change as soon as you can. I know this rule but did not follow it. I ended up with a fungal infection in my privates. Antibiotics and creams will cure it but it is painful and a mess.

Big question- The doctor said I needed to throw away all my contaminated chamois's (bibs) and buy new. Well you know how expensive that would be because good bibs are $100 to $250 a piece. I ride a lot and have 5 bibs.

Does anyone know if you can sterilize the bids to rid them of spores/contaminants? Help??
Doctor happen to own a bike shop? Seems like there's a way to clean them.
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Old 06-28-20, 01:24 PM
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I toured for months 3 pair of bike shorts with a synthetic Chamois (no european mountain goats were killed)
always had a clean pair on every day, had no issues, apart from 1 hot spot ,
but topically applied Neosporin at night fixed that
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Old 06-28-20, 01:56 PM
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I wash all my gym and cycling clothes in OxyClean which will definitely kill any bacteria or fungus. Everyone in the US knows this product. It just plains works wonders on clothes especially athletic clothes.

”sodium percarbonate
One of the active ingredients in OxiClean is sodium percarbonate(Na2CO3•H2O2), an adduct of sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This breaks down into hydrogen peroxide when dissolved in water.”
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Old 06-28-20, 02:05 PM
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wash them......don't throw them...that is probably advice that he is spewing out to cover his butt.
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Old 06-28-20, 05:02 PM
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I read this while laying on the ground in my bike shorts an hour after getting home from a metric century....

Needless to say I ran off to the shower and changed lol
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Old 06-28-20, 05:24 PM
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I know this is un-cool and sacrilege in the cycling community, but, why not just wear underwear under your bike shorts. That way, you keep a clean piece of material between you and your bike shorts. I wear a pair of quick dry polyester/spandex underwear under my bike shorts. Never had a chafing/saddle sore issue. They only time I ever had a chafing issue is when I did not wear underwear. BTW, I do change out of my bike gear as soon as I get home.
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Old 06-28-20, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by aspalmat View Post
I know this is un-cool and sacrilege in the cycling community, but, why not just wear underwear under your bike shorts. That way, you keep a clean piece of material between you and your bike shorts. I wear a pair of quick dry polyester/spandex underwear under my bike shorts. Never had a chafing/saddle sore issue. They only time I ever had a chafing issue is when I did not wear underwear. BTW, I do change out of my bike gear as soon as I get home.
Because the chamois provides padding also and if you drop the chamois a new saddle is going to be needed. I had to stop using a chamois because of a reaction to the material, I just use 100% nylon under my shorts now and I had to get a more padded saddle to make up for the chamois padding.
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Old 06-29-20, 02:28 AM
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Fungus can be killed although it is stuborn and will likely take a few cycles to clean them fully. Double strength vinegar is a powerful antifungal. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful antifungal. Don't mix chemicals though and read the instructions if you have them.
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Old 06-29-20, 05:55 AM
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I will definitely look into this. Thanks
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Thanks for this tip. I will look into this....
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Old 06-29-20, 05:59 AM
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Everyone-thanks for the responses and/or suggestions! Don’t sit around in your kit after riding. (LOL)
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Old 06-29-20, 06:27 AM
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What would be the theoretical difference between sitting around in your kit for an hour after riding, versus if your ride had just been an hour longer than it was?
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Old 06-29-20, 06:45 AM
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Kucharik sells chamois separately or you can have him sew in the replacement:

https://www.kucharikclothing.com/rep...b29afe1b8181a3
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Old 06-29-20, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
Fungus can be killed although it is stuborn and will likely take a few cycles to clean them fully. Double strength vinegar is a powerful antifungal. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful antifungal. Don't mix chemicals though and read the instructions if you have them.
Yup, we have OxyClean laundry powder here in the states. Keeps gym and cycling clothes in great condition.
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Old 06-29-20, 08:57 AM
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What about the saddle- should that be thrown away?
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What about the saddle- should that be thrown away?
pure evil!
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Old 06-30-20, 09:32 AM
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What about the saddle- should that be thrown away?
Definitely not.. the saddle goes in the upper rack of the dishwasher next to your helmet.
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You don't have to throw anything away (I used to be a medic in the Army, and have had to treat every kind of fungus you can imagine). Fill your bathtub halfway, put in half a cup of household bleach, mix the water with your hand to distribute the bleach in the water, then throw all of your shorts in the tub. Let them soak overnight. Then wash and dry them as normal, any fungus or bacteria will be removed.

If you live in a place where there is regular sunshine, dry your shorts on a clothesline after washing, the sun does a very good job of killing fungus and bacteria.
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