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Old 09-17-08, 08:50 PM
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Hey everybody!

Okay, story:

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.

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Old 09-17-08, 08:57 PM
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Hey everybody!

i'm not interested in chamois butter or any other products.

thanks, team.
That's a shame. Chamois butter is specifically for chafing and it works.

Get some better bike shorts or a different saddle. I'm rather hairy too, haven't noticed a chafing problem due to it.
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For me it's not whether hair is coarse or not. It's the pinch and pull effect made worse when adding some perspiration.

I have a few pairs of shorts and some are better than others. I make sure I have the right pair on for long and sweaty rides.

<edit to add . . .>
BTW, hair growing back in can be mighty uncomfortable, too.
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Old 09-17-08, 09:26 PM
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Try some chamois butter before you reject the idea.
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Cycling in jeans is part of your problem.
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. . .hesitant in shaving 'cause if it makes it worse. . .
After 48 years of intensive motion in the saddle, in the rain, in the humidity I've never had a problem of any kind where the skin meets the seat that could not be ascribed to seams or overdoing it or gritty dirt. That said, in the humid seasons that rubber wrist band on the watch and HR receiver make the hair follicles under 'em erupt with staph infection. For three seasons of the year, shaving the wrists where the band rings 'em is a routine.
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No one know if you use butter but you. (Usually).
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as i said, the problem is usually not there. this ride was different due to rain... my saddle and shorts are fine on long rides when dry. when everything is soaked through things change. i'm not interested in using the chamois butter.

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so generally the answer is... yes, shaving is good? (aside from those telling me to use chamois butter)
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If you're not going to use chamois butter, I have no other suggestions. The stuff works and no one will know but you. I don't know why you're so resistant.
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Interestingly, humans tend to grow hair in places where there is motion and skin-on-skin friction - groin, armpits - and in my experience, keeping the hair there helps a lot with friction problems. (Of course the hair also serves as a scent-catcher so take from that what you will...)
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Sounds like you are just trying to find an excuse to shave your legs. Just do it! If that doesn't help your problem it probably would be time to try the chamois butter.
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If you're not going to use chamois butter, I have no other suggestions. The stuff works and no one will know but you. I don't know why you're so resistant.
+1

I doubt the hair makes any difference. I've ridden with hair and shaved. Jeans are a pain if they are too tight. For me, best fit is size 33 but fresh out the dryer will kill me on a bike so I usually get size 34 to avoid having to wear bike clothes to work and carry a backpack with a change of clothes.
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Originally Posted by Fremdchen View Post
Interestingly, humans tend to grow hair in places where there is motion and skin-on-skin friction - groin, armpits - and in my experience, keeping the hair there helps a lot with friction problems. (Of course the hair also serves as a scent-catcher so take from that what you will...)
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I have always held the theory that hair is natures lubricant. It grows in all of your 'high friction' areas.

But I agree with the other suggestions as well. Lose the jeans. The really thick seams in jeans can not be very pleasant, especially in the crotch where you've got about 100 layers of denim meeting in the middle.
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Old 09-24-08, 03:45 PM
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Try Body Glide.
It's meant for runners but should work fine for you.
I don't need it on the bike, but I do need it when i run 10 miles or longer.
It really works well and it goes on/looks like a deodorant stick.
Give it a shot. At least until you heal.
Also, why on earth are you biking in jeans?!?!
At the very least wear some thing bike shorts under your jeans instead of underwear.
You weren't wearing underwear under the bike shorts, were you? I don't see how some rain was the cause of your chafing since it shouldn't be any different than sweat.
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Try Astro Glide.
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well i'm fine now; just let myself heal. i knew the reason the chaffing happened was because of that ride. i just made the thread 'cause i was curious to know whether the hair actually "helps" the body when it comes to rubbing.

i ride in jeans when commuting 'cause the only thing i wear longer than shorts is a pair of jeans, and it's starting to get cold in the mornings. i also wear 'em whilst mountain biking for the protection from the stinging nettles, fire ants, mosquitoes, and things i scrape against. when i decide to go for a road ride, yes, i wear the cycling shorts (skinny jeans over top of the shorts if it's cold out.)
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i'm not interested in chamois butter or any other products.
Screw that stuff. I tried it once or twice some years back because everyone said how great it was, but I did not find it helpful and it keeps your skin from breathing.

Shaving does help, but in your case, the real problem is riding in jeans.
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