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Re: [RC] jeans - Barbara McCrary

I ride in jeans all the time except during competition.  I put half-chaps on over them and I don't really have any trouble.  Mine are not new and not the 15 oz. denim usually featured in men's jeans.  They are women's jeans, probably about 12 oz. denim with just enough lycra to give them a bit of stretch.  I don't have trouble with 
rubbing behind the knees, as long as I smooth out any wrinkles as I put on the half-chaps.  I can ride about 25 miles in jeans, but wouldn't want to take chances with longer mileage.
As for rubbing, I once rode a rough horse, 5 consecutive days, on a narrow twist English saddle.  Oh, talk about pain!  Fortunately, I had a jar of White's A & D ointment, a Vaseline based product with cod liver oil (I think that's what's in it.)  It's very soothing and is used extensively on babies with diaper rash.  It's the ONLY thing that saved my life, and of course it oozed through my cotton-lycra riding tights.  A mess for sure, but I could not have continued without it.  And we do this for fun?
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Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 6:38 PM
Subject: [RC] jeans

Beth, put an all over sheepskin cover on your saddle.  It works.  I usually wear riding tights when I do distance just because I am not taking a chance on rubs.  However, with the sheepskin cover, I can ride in jeans and I have ridden about 15 miles.  But if your jeans get wet, you just might get rubs.  Jeanie

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