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geary:
I have tried the Jackson/ gibson shorts as well as several others and I still have chaffing on long rides. Does anyone no the right shorts or the secret to eliminate this problem?

I sit on a TFI Liberator seat.

jimmcw:
I've found that being extra clean helps a lot. On a longer trip I
most always clean the rash prone area (how's that for a good
euphemism?) in the evening as part my routine. Handiwipes,
diaper wipes, etc. Try to stay away from alcohol based
products - it stings if you have any open spots. The shorts
don't seem to matter for me: I wear heavier padded mountain
biking shorts now, but wore the lighter Jackson/Gibbons for a
couple of years with no apparent problem. Good luck.


wanderingwheel:
Are these long one day rides are multiple rides?  On multiple day rides, I find it is useful to switch between 2 or 3 different brands of shorts so that any sore areas that may develop have a chance to heal in the other shorts.  

If it is a problem on one day rides, take a close look at youe position on the bike and you position on the saddle.  Are you constantly trying to move towards the back of the saddle?  If so, try pushing the saddle back just a little.  Is the saddle straight?  Look at the wear marks on the saddle.  If there is a lot of wear on the skirt, maybe a narrower saddle would help.

Hope this helps
Sean Smith

geary:
Yes, this is a cross country trip and during the first half I experienced this problem. I change biking short every day as for being clean if anything I'm to clean.
The seat may be my problem (a little to wide maybe)

judyrans:
1.   Wear clean shorts every day.
2.   Wash the “rash prone area” with soap and water every day.
3.   Get out of your soggy shorts as soon as possible after riding. (A kilt would work great for drying parts out, but I’ve haven’t seen anyone willing to wear one.)
4.   Use a lubricant/protectant. No, not for your bike, for your fanny. You can buy cycling specific products at the bicycle shop. Examples are Chamois Butt’r, Body Glide, ASSOS Chamois Saddle Cream, and Sixtufit Buttock Crème.  

However, I find it easier and cheaper to use products from the drug or grocery store. So, go to the infant care department and look for some diaper cream, since your problem is probably due to sitting around in sweaty shorts all day. There are dozens of products, allowing every cyclist you know to prefer a different product. Examples include Balmex Diaper Rash Ointment (my favorite), Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment, petroleum jelly, A+D Ointment, Burt's Bees Baby Diaper Ointment, Bag Balm, Johnson's Baby Diaper Rash Cream with Zinc Oxide and similar store brand products.

Find a product that sticks with you, but also feel free to add additional layers of crème during a long day in the saddle. And, you want to be able to wash the stuff out of your shorts, too.

You can use one product by day, and another at night (petroleum jelly works well at healing over night). Also consider an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, Bacitracin or a store brand Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream can be useful, too.

Happy cycling!

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