自行車短褲:舒適性vs細菌/真菌?


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幾年前,我開始了耐力自行車運動(騎行30-100公里),並買了幾雙加墊的萊卡短褲,因為這就是要做的事情。我每次騎行後都要洗一次-至少要在淋浴間用肥皂洗一下,如果機器負載不正確-但我發現每次騎行需要一兩天才能清除後,我仍然會突然燃燒jock itch藥物。

在過去的一周裡,我一直在嘗試沒有加墊萊卡的騎行實驗。只是普通的短褲,沒有任何癢感。我也很驚喜地發現,我對護墊和無墊的舒適性沒有真正​​的區別。我想我的坐骨已經變硬了:)

問題:

  1. 這是正常的/預期的嗎?
  2. 還有什麼我應該做騎乘減少騎手癢的事情嗎?
  3. 帶襯墊的萊卡有什麼意義,值得忍受感染嗎?
  4. 我應該扔掉我的萊卡,穿簡單的跑步短褲嗎?
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Well, Im not super experienced with road biking, but I know a fair bit about it. There's a lot of standing in endurance cycling, so that could be on reason youre not feeling the difference. As for the jock itch, try using Chamois Cream if youre not using it already. If you are using it, maybe try changing the brand or formula, it might be a allergic reaction. Sorry I cant help more.


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Definitely not normal nor expected. Do you wash it in any sport specific washing gel or powder? There are such detergents that are designed for the sport clothes that are often washed at lower temperatures (90° would be good against the fungus but would damage the clothes). Some are even manufactured by brands connected with disinfection, rather than laundry (e.g. Sanytol).

Try to have multiple pairs so that you can wash them thoroughly and let dry fully. Try antibacterial chamois cream, but it may not be effective against fungi. There are antifungal preparates that you can use to disinfect your shorts (other than during washing). Some are based on hydrogen peroxide, that could also damage the fabric. Better test on a small spot first.

I used to use normal shorts for a long time, but they are simply not that comfortable. It is a personal choice though, no one can force it into padded lycra. Bad padding can be worse than no padding (by rubbing the inner thighs, for example).


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Normal detergent should be enough even with cold water. I do have sports wash but don't use it every time. Getting stuff properly dry (ideally not machined-dried if you want it to last) is crucial though, and keeping it dry for a while seems to help too. Some sports fabrics can feel dry when they're not completely. Washing stuff out in the shower is a bit of a last resort - OK when touring but not really enough, and hard to get the pads dry in a reasonable timescale. I'd rather wait a day until I've got enough stuff to fill the machine.

I didn't bother with padded shorts until I was doing 70km pushing hard, and now up to about 4 hours saddle time even cheap foam-padded ones are adequate. You seem to be in a similar position, so you could try buying another cheap pair or two, and always thoroughly (machine) washing them and thoroughly drying them. Store your existing shorts thoroughly washed and dried. If you start pushing the distance further you might find you need (gel) padding after all.


0

I had some similar problems and in the end it turned out to be a problem with the seat position.

As I started to ride longer tours I got more problems like you describe. I started to use Chamois Cream and it was much better.

I met another road-biker who was similar in height, but had a lower seat position. After doing some web research and some measuring I lowered my seat by 2.5 cm. Last week I did a 80km ride without chamois creme without problems.


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Another thing that should be mentioned here is butt hair. A significant part of the process of "toughening up" the buttocks is yanking out the butt hair. As you ride it gets tangled together (obviously a bigger problem for guys) and then gets pulled out, and this, of course, causes "irritation" in the area near the butt hole. This might be mistaken for a fungal infection or allergy, and the problem is apt to be better or worse depending on the construction of your riding shorts and your bike saddle.

Eventually most of the hairs in the problem areas get pulled and the butt is considered to be "toughened up", even though the skin is not substantially tougher.

A "cheat" to avoid/reduce this problem is to use a hair trimmer to trim the hairs down there, especially those that are close to the center. (Trimming the scrotum area is generally not necessary.)


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Ditch the riding shorts, if you're not having health issues when you don't wear them you've answered your own question. Best of luck to ya!