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Technical FAQ: Chafing and chamois

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Dear Lennard,
I am having a lot of problems with chafing. I think it comes from the chamois getting thicker and thicker and wider and wider on today’s cycling shorts. Or maybe I am sitting too far forward on my seat,causing my legs to rub the sides of the saddle rather than resting on my sit bone on the wide part of the seat.Do you have any suggestions? Chamois cream? A particular brand of shorts?

Dear John,
I am a big fan (and regular user) of chamois cream. Brave Soldier, As Master, Chamois Butt’r and Assos I can all recommend, and there are many brands I have not tried. I think anything is better than nothing when it comes to friction.