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About one year ago, when I first started cycling, I noticed that during long trips (60km or more) I get skin burns on the inside of my quads. That is when I decided to buy myself a nice pair of cycling shorts with nice padding.

I read in several forums that in order to minimize the friction, one needs a very tight fit of the shorts and also underwear was a no-no.

However this remedy has stopped working for me. Now I am going to try to put some Kinesio tape on the skin, when the most friction is applied.

Is not wearing an underwear a bad idea? What can I do to prevent skin burn in that delicate area?

Clarification: I have always been using my stock GIANT saddle, that I would categorize as a medium size.

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Have you considered swapping in a narrower saddle? Some saddle cuts are too wide for guys with narrower pelvises and will chafe regardless of how much material is between your skin and the saddle. –  WTHarper May 18 '13 at 1:32
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On long rides, I use a lubricant on the pad of the shorts to prevent chafing. Assos Chamois Cream is my favorite, Chamois Butt'r is another popular brand. Chamois Butt'r is also available in small individual packets that you can easily take on a long ride with you. –  Johnny May 18 '13 at 3:01
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"this remedy has stopped working for me". Did it work at one point? If so, what's changed between then and now? For example, did you change your saddle? Have you gained weight or muscle mass? Changed pedal width or saddle height? All of these could be contributing factors. –  Neil Fein May 18 '13 at 8:52
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Neil Fein - I did gain muscle mass (about 6kg) in the past 4 months. –  Ivan P. May 18 '13 at 9:52
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Use butt butter -- and don't scrimp on it. And no underwear. –  Daniel R Hicks May 18 '13 at 10:20
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There are a number of changes you can make that can help, and I've found that it is a matter of personal preference what solution you ultimately choose.

Creams and lubricants are very effective at preventing this rash, but they can be messy. Something as simple as Vaseline will work, though there are a number of other options out there.

It could be possible that you need to trade out your old seat, but this solution can tend to be hit-or-miss. If the seat is the problem, then replacing it will of course work, but there could be any number of potential issues that are causing it. It might be better to look into some more versatile solutions instead of spending money on a new seat only to find that it wasn't your problem in the first place.

Another option you can look into is synthetic underwear. It can aid in the dissipation of moisture, and provide an extra layer to help reduce the friction on your leg. I personally swear by the ExOfficio briefs, and have had no problems since switching over to them.

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Since it's on the inside of your thighs, it's a good bet that our seat is too wide, or not properly adjusted.

A chamois crème will help, but I think the saddle change is a better idea.

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