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Offline geary

Biking Shorts
« on: March 25, 2004, 02:58:56 pm »
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.

Offline jimmcw

Biking Shorts
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2004, 03:06:39 pm »
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.

Offline wanderingwheel

Biking Shorts
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2004, 04:05:59 pm »
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

Offline geary

Biking Shorts
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2004, 07:21:44 pm »
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)

Offline judyrans

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2004, 08:29:34 am »
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!

Offline pmspirito

Biking Shorts
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2004, 01:59:45 am »
Just something to think about, but those of us that ride recumbents don't chaffe, need lotions or salves or special shorts. At the end of the day our backs, butts, neck and hands don't hurt. We also get to see all of the country side and don't spend any time head down staring at that yellow line.  Read the first paragraph on page 25 of March Adventure Cyclist Magazine.  Just something to think about.

Peter Spirito


best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Offline driftlessregion

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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2004, 12:40:07 am »
I haven't had any saddle sores since I had a professional bike fit for saddle position and took up rigorous hygiene. Good luck!

Offline geary

Biking Shorts
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2004, 02:26:59 pm »
My problem is not personal hygiene but rather either the type of seat or the biking shorts that I meantioned earlier. At least thats what I believe.

So I was wanting info on the biking shorts that you use. Mine have a seam that tends to rub me raw and I have no experience with the seamless shorts.

Offline driftlessregion

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2004, 12:03:34 am »
Glad you understand the benefits of hygiene! I didn't for a few years, trying to wear shorts for two rides before washing etc.  Shorts are a personal matter but I have loved my Pearl Izumi, Hind, and Cannondale shorts. I'm tall and the Jackson/Gibbens have legs that too short for me. Good luck!

Offline Donna

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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2004, 09:20:45 pm »
Its not just the shorts(any shorts will rub) I have been using a lubricant called body glide(buy it at a running store) apply lots of it to you body parts before ride. It work great! I have been using it for several years on all lengths of ride. Also wide seats tend to cause more chaffing because you don"t change your riding position as often an a wide seat as well as riding a seat that is too high because it forces you to rock back and forth thus rubbing you raw. Also beware of seats that are too soft same problem you don't move around on them to change you position.  Good Luck

Great Cycling Donna
Great Cycling Donna

Offline racerm305

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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2004, 11:24:27 pm »
I haven't had any problems but I know others who have.  My favorite shorts are Castelli with the synthetic cham. It's smooth and doesn't abraid, I also have a pair of the Colorado Cyclest top end short that I like.  Their a little cheaper and also have a smooth cham.  After trying several seats I found the Terry Fly to be the most comfortable.  I was amazed at the differance.  I didn't realize how different areas were being affected until I changed.

This message was edited by racerm305 on 6-16-04 @ 7:25 PM
Happy Riding,

Offline bogiesan

Biking Shorts
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2004, 06:47:10 pm »
Bakc when I needed such specialized gear (I'm on a
recumbnet now) I wore these exclusively:

These cost as much as twice almost every brand on the market and my
butt was ever grateful for the extra attention in the seaming and gel

"Chamois Butter" is an excellent product if you can tolerate lanolin. It is


go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."
I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent

Offline janetanorth

Biking Shorts
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2004, 08:09:32 pm »
a narrower saddle and silicone cream to the inner thighs.

Offline scrantr

Biking Shorts
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2004, 06:00:19 pm »
I had some chafing trouble with the Liberator saddle due to the amount of padding on it.  The chafing disappeared when I went to a BG Alias (155), which has very little padding.  Sinking into the Liberator too much seemed to be the problem for me.