How to Prevent Chafing From a Bike

Bike riding provides an effective form of exercise to build endurance and powerful legs. The fact that riding a bike is a low-impact activity makes it beneficial for people with joint problems. One issue that may negatively affect you when riding a bike is chafing on your inner thighs from the seat. Observing a few basic tips helps to keep your thighs chafe-free.

  1. Wear padded bike shorts to ease the pressure of constant rubbing from your bicycle seat. Experiment with different thicknesses until you find one that meets your needs. Padding is usually made from foam or fleece.

  2. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your inner thighs or the inside panels of your bike shorts before you ride.

  3. Adjust your position on the seat as you ride, so the same part of your thighs isn’t always rubbing against the seat.

  4. Replace your bicycle seat with a narrower version if you feel the width is causing your thighs to chafe from too much pressure.

Things Needed

  • Padded shorts
  • Petroleum jelly

About the Author

Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.