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K'Tesh
07-08-2009, 11:47 AM
If serious discussion of male anatomical issues offend... Now would be a really good time to go somewhere else.

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Ok, the topic is irritaion of the testicles, but this could also be a place where we could talk about groin pain if necessary.

I'm a large guy... Larger than Performance's 2x sized bike shorts, and I can't seem to locate large men's biking clothing (I'll admit, my research has been very limited). I often ride wearing some of the Great Northwest (Cotton) shorts (with the 100% elastic waistband) and commando.

Often on long rides I've experienced chafing, and now that I'm facing 7 days of long rides, I'm getting very nervous. I don't need my boys getting rubbed raw on the first day of the tour, and having to drop out. I want to ride the whole thing.

Any help would be appreciated.
K'Tesh

Bent Bloke
07-08-2009, 12:36 PM
REI sells some padded cycling underwear that might be beneficial. I've got a couple of pair of their briefs, and they work pretty well. They also have boxer style.

http://www.rei.com/category/4500003_Cycle+Clothing/q/Cycling+Underwear

K'Tesh
07-08-2009, 01:03 PM
My private(s ;)) male... (oops ;)) mail has gotten a bit busy...

Links sent to me:


Shorts discussions:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=123425
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=233811

http://www.schnaubelt.com/bigsize.htm#topshelf

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigsize.htm
(no warranty expressed or implied)
chamois buttr
bag balm
lantiseptic



Thanks for the links!
K'Tesh

zpl
07-08-2009, 03:49 PM
You definitely need to get some lycra shorts (or bib shorts, which I highly recommend for anyone who has a gut - myself included). For long (50+ mile) rides I also combine that with some chamois cream. I've used Chamois Butt'r and the Performance brand chamois cream and both work fine.

I can personally recommend the Aerotech Designs bib shorts. Despite the cheesy web site they have, the make decent quality products and many of the Clydesdales on bikeforums.net are fans of their shorts. I have one pair of their bib shorts in XL (they make several sizes larger than that) and they are very comfortable.

Scott

canuck
07-09-2009, 12:26 PM
Bontrager is producing shorts up to XXXL.

Should be able to get them from Bike Gallery.

Also Bag Balm works wonders. Doesn't sweat off.

And if you can't get the size in bib shorts, suspenders work well at keeping the shorts from rolling down.

Bent Bloke
07-09-2009, 02:09 PM
Ha ha ha! I can't stop laughing over the product name "Bag Balm!"

drosen
07-11-2009, 09:39 PM
Chamois Butt'r is what I use, mainly for longer rides. It took the chafing away and I never have a problem.

Oldguyonabike
07-17-2009, 10:39 AM
bag balm's great stuff. Been around a loooong time. Original use was by cattle ranchers for cow utters; hence the name. Many uses now in the home health skin care world for elders with incontinence and other intact, skin irritations.
I'm not a large guy. What I have discovered that works very well for me is Ironman undershorts under padded Lycra shorts. About as close to commando as you can get, but keeps the package together well without seams or rub irritation from the padding