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andrearae132011-08-29 03:20:14 +0000 #1
I have significantly increased my number of miles this summer and it has been going great! Except I've experienced some debilitating chaffing. I rode 45 miles last Thursday and when I was finished my backside was totally swollen. When the swelling went down, it looked like I had rug burns. The chaffing occurs along the seam of my bike shorts. In particular where I contact the saddle. I currently wear the same shorts I've worn for the past 4 summers of riding (I only ride in summer) and I've never had this problem. I thought that maybe my shorts were worn out so I bought another pair (same ones I have now--PI Attack Short). However, I'm very worried that this won't solve the problem since all the seams are in relatively the same location, regardless of short.

Please help, I'm at a loss for what to do and it is so sad! Thank you in advance!
indysteel2011-08-29 03:32:55 +0000 #2
Are you using any chamois cream when you ride? No matter how good or well fitting my shorts, for rides past, say two hours, I need chamois cream. I used Chamois Butt'r in particular, but any number of brands are on the market. Apply a generous amount of the cream to any and all areas that feel like they're getting chafed. Reapply during rides as necessary.
OakLeaf2011-08-29 03:44:32 +0000 #3
I'm thinking if there's a seam between you and your saddle that isn't on the outside of the chamois, a different pair of shorts might be better. There really shouldn't be a seam there.
ny biker2011-08-29 03:59:39 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by oakleaf

i'm thinking if there's a seam between you and your saddle that isn't on the outside of the chamois, a different pair of shorts might be better. There really shouldn't be a seam there.

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andrearae132011-08-29 03:50:06 +0000 #5
Thanks for your responses...

Yes, I was wearing Chamois Butt'r, but I didn't add any after we started riding. And I put the Butt'r right on the seam that is irritating me.

It is the seam that is on the outside of the chamois, the one that connects the chamois to the lycra. Also, there is a seam running up the back of the leg but doesn't seem to be an issue.

Other thoughts? Thanks for your help. I can't understand why after four years of summer riding only now this is an issue. I did lose about 10 pounds during the winter, which I've kept off, but I don't think I can get shorts that are any smaller.
OakLeaf2011-08-29 04:06:08 +0000 #6
If you're too small for any easily available shorts, then your 10# weight loss must've been over 10% of your body weight, and that is DEFINITELY enough to make your shorts too big!

But if your hips measure 32" or bigger, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to find shorts to fit. Have your measurements ready and call TE for suggestions ...
Muirenn2011-08-29 05:59:00 +0000 #7
Maybe she meant she didn't think she could go down a size because she wasn't that much smaller? 10 lbs is a lot though.

But if XS are too small, I saw some nice looking children's shorts in a Terry flyer the other day. Hmm. I think Sugoi run small too. Not positive, but I've tried other Sugoi apparrel that required me to size up.

Oh, and Louis Garneau Neo Power shorts are tight as well. They are a little pricey though.
andrearae132011-08-29 03:50:08 +0000 #8
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Maybe she meant she didn't think she could go down a size because she wasn't that much smaller? 10 lbs is a lot though.

Yes, I meant that I didn't think I could go smaller than my size small Pearl Izumi attack shorts. there doesn't seem to be any extra "slack". I guess I'll just have to heal totally from this last chaffing injury and then try out the new shorts...

My next bet will be to call TE. Any thoughts that maybe the weight change might have made the saddle effect me in a different way?

Thanks!

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