- Shave my arse (for long ride, ahem)?
DO NOT DO IT!!!
Speaking as someone who made the mistake of having a Brazilian a week or so before SITS as a pair one year, it is a mistake to think that removal of the hair will reduce friction. It just exposes the skin to more direct friction. It will leave you with all manner of unpleasant ingrown hairs and infected follicles, even with minty arse lard, it’s a nightmare. I reckon the hair gives protection and reduces chafage. I’d check the fit and quality of your chamois as your shorts should contour round from the inner thigh to groin and not allow those two sides of the ‘crease to rub together. THough I’m not a bloke, I’ve just asked my other half and he agrees with the fit issue.Posted 8 years agodruidhMember
A wee trick I used to deploy whilst hillwalking/backpacking on hot days was to roll up a small towel around the small of my back. This will reduce/prevent any sweat from trickling down off your back.
Are you applying the MAL to your body and the padding in your shorts?
I’d also recommend trimming, but not shaving, to reduce the amount of hair sweat has to dry on to.Posted 8 years agoPsiMonkSubscriber
OK, so stop laughing at the back there.
I’m doing the Dunwich Dynamo in July (120 miles of road from Hackney to Suffolk through the night). And when I recently did the London-Brighton NCN route as a training ride (80 miles all in – longest ride I’ve done so far), I had only one problem – my arse. Legs fine. Backside so painful I had to ride last few miles standing up.
I used minty arse lard. I had on nice padded shorts. And a BG saddle that I’m very well used to.
On the other side of the coin, it was a very warm day. And I’m a big, hairy bloke.
The bits that hurt were the points where my legs and groin rub together. So I’m thinking hair + sweat + high mileage = ouch.
I’m figuring shaving my arse would cut down on friction. But I’m loathe to do it this close to the ride if it will actually end up hurting more etc.
Anyway, I’m rambling. Bring on the sarcastic comments (and hopefully some actual advice from people who’ve actually applied a Bic down there before).Posted 8 years agoalpinMember
don’t do it.
mate done the whole shaving between the cracks because of some girl’s comment about his hairy harris.
he couldn’t stand up, sit down, walk due to the re-growth; “a thousand rose bush thorns” pricking your cheeks.
would guess that the in-growing hairs would be very unpleasent. tricky one to ask the dr. about too.Posted 8 years agoAdamWMember
Watch out for ‘Veet for Men’. My partner used it to remove a few stray straggly hairs on his chest and it got very itchy.
As a hairy bloke I wouldn’t; you will end up with really painful hairs and loads of spots where they break through the skin. Perhaps something like waxing would be better (a la ‘back, sack and crack’) as the hairs grow back naturally and not as a sharp edge? Sounds ferkin’ painful though!Posted 8 years agoDeanoTMember
The Dynamo is at night and almost entirely flat so you ought to sweat a good deal less. Did you actually apply the MAL to the area that was problematic? Get a good application all around the area in question.
I’m all for leg-shaving, but shaving what’s going to be chafed against a saddle sounds like a very bad idea for the reason’s mentioned above.
Not done the Dynamo for a few years – it’s a lovely ride once you escape into the country and start spotting candle-lit jam-jars. Have fun.Posted 8 years agowalleaterMember
I did a whole season of XC guiding around Whistler and didn’t even bother with padded shorts let alone shave my arse. I’d slap some cream down there but I found that padded liners and the like just added to the sweating / irritation. Good fitting underpants stops stuff from bouncing about, and baggies allow everything to breathe. I guess my anal beard did it’s job admirably and my arse just got used to taking a good battering.Posted 8 years agoPsiMonkSubscriber
Thanks all for the advice.
BigDummy, Dunwich Dynamo’s night of 4/5 July. See http://www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk/dunwichfaqs.htm
So, I guess it’s more liberal use of MAL, no shaving and grin and bear it!
Si MPosted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Also, as well as avoiding silly ideas like shaving yer bum ‘ole, try a different chamois cream.
Assos is OK, but it tends to become less thick than it starts out, especially on hot days. Try udderly smooth, which is thicker (and you get more of it for less money than Assos).
Technique for chamois cream for me is to get a good coating all over the chamois, including “up front”. Then also make sure you get an equally good coating all over you (and that includes your sack and crack and in between).
Sure, you feel a bit squidgy 😯 but you’ll thank all of us at the end.
Oh, and buy some decent (bib) shorts. My current faves are the Giordana Tenax.
Enjoy the Dynamo – it’s on my list for next year.Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
Without wishing to sound repugnant, make sure everything is as clean as possible down there before you start riding. 😯
I’ve never done the DD, but if it’s like the South West version (the Exmouth Exodus) you’ll be more worried about fighting off the invisible bats and not crashing into a hedge when you fall asleep than any arse-based discomfort.Posted 8 years agoDimmadanMember
DONT DO IT!
The grow back itching is really not worth it.
I would suggest a groin wax/ bikini line but nothing else.
You sit on your arse at work for 8 hours a day and the 5 days after you shave it is hell!
I know as I did it and it was the stupidest thing I have ever done!Posted 8 years ago
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