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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Your Chamois: A User's Guide | Bicycling






























Myth A chamois is little more than extra cushioning between you and your saddle
Reality Assuming you wear it correctly—i.e., without underwear—a chamois pad not only supports your sit bones, but also prevents chafing by transferring moisture away from your body and moving with you on the seat so your skin doesn't rub.

Myth The thicker the pad, the better.
Reality Your ideal chamois thickness depends on how you sit on the bike. Prefer an upright position? Look for a multithickness pad with extra rear cushioning. If you ride more stretched out, try a pad with even thickness and multidensity foam. Keep in mind that your needs may change over time.

Myth Chamois pads are made from leather.
Reality Before DuPont invented Coolmax in 1986, most cycling inserts were indeed made from animal skin. Riders used chamois cream to keep the leather supple. Today's synthetic pads don't require conditioning, but some cyclists use cream to prevent saddle sores.

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