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post #1 of 15 Old 07-19-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Heading out for my first 7 day run on my Vee

I leave tomorrow for a 7 day ride from Calgary to Montana, Idaho, Washington and back. This will be the longest bike trip I've taken, and the first one on my 07 Vee. I was looking at the forecast for Montana and Idaho and it looks like it's going to be a hot one. My question is, what do you do to prevent butt rash and chaffing? My Vee has a stock seat and I'll be wearing Draggin cargo pants. I don't want to spoil my ride with something that could be prevented, or at least kept to a minimal. Any tips?
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Bicycle shorts and a beaded seat can make hot weather more bearable. In this heat though I wouldn't expect to much from anything. Standing periodically can cool the butt too.

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+1 on the Anti-Monkey Butt Powder. I found it at my local Rite-Aid. The original container is pretty big, but you can dump some in a smaller container for your trip.
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I have never suffered from so-called "monkey butt". Can someone tastefully but graphically describe this? I've only done day trips of up to 6 hours a day in broken up intervals (every hour and a half to 2 hours), but soon will be doing a 3+ day tour (my first multi-day ride) and want to be prepared.


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^ this helps. It's wierd at first, but comfy. Take breaks, and bring some baby wipes and talc powder and apply generously before the ride. Keeping dry back there helps.

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Thanks for the words of wisdom. A friend also suggested Vaseline, some of his road racing buddies used it. I guess it's all part of the experience, finding the problems and then solutions.
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I have never suffered from so-called "monkey butt". Can someone tastefully but graphically describe this?...
+1.

Is it a rash caused by sweat? Or is it bruising from friction (sliding around)? .. or maybe some kind of thrombosis or something?

FWIW, I've always ridden on a sheepskin seat cover, which puts a bit of air between your backside and the vinyl. Warm in winter, cool in summer.

I'm wondering if that's been saving me from MB all along.
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