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Saddle Sores(15 posts)

Saddle Soresphilg
Aug 9, 2001 1:34 AM
Anyone know any good tricks to cure saddle sores. Only seem to get it on one side, and have only started getting them recently after years of cycling, however it does coincide with a new bike, hence new saddle, and some new shorts.
What causes them, and what cures them? Anyone know?
re: Saddle SoresDCW
Aug 9, 2001 3:51 AM
If they are the result of chafing, try using Chamois Butt'r (from or perhaps Desitin powder for prevention. A light application of each to your nether regions just before your ride will reduce friction considerably.

It's also important to keep that nether region clean, along with your shorts, and to remove your shorts soon after you ride.

Once you have them, you'll probably have to stay off the bike awhile to avoid exacerbating the problem. In the alternative, you might try using a large patch of molefoam or moleskin, much as you would for a hiking blister. Keep the area as clean as possible. (The advisability of this is questionable if the sore is in a hairy area. If it is, removing the molefoam could transport you to an as yet unvisited pain dimension.) I don't get sores often, but when one starts, I find wearing loose shorts that allows air to the region speeds healing.
What do they do in the TDF?Largo
Aug 9, 2001 1:53 PM
Thats a lot of time in the saddle, and even after you have lots of miles, you can still get them.
Wonder how they do it?
re: Saddle SoresLargo
Aug 9, 2001 4:22 AM
Cleaning the area affected religously with rubbing alcohol is key.
Baby powder helps when riding.
Good luck
ah! the constant battle!Haiku d'état
Aug 9, 2001 5:27 AM
for me, perhaps it's the shorts, as i'm using the best nashbar had to offer in-house last year, and i'm thinking increased saddle time coupled with the saddle (spec bgc) and shorts might be a big combined problem.

cure: take care of your butt and have a few days off the bike.

realistic cure: take care of your butt and have a few minutes out of the saddle every 20.

new sores: alcohol + neosporin
not new sores: witch hazel + neosporin

though i use bag balm during the ride, i find that this stuff works wonders post-shower overnight if applied liberally. it's nasty, though, and hard to wash off your digits.

of course, clean shorts every ride, wash shorts well, don't waste time getting out of your shorts post-ride, shower soon as possible, you know all this stuff, yes? some here swear by baby powder down your pants, others like an extended hot bath after a ride, find what works for you. good luck!
quick fixJonnyV
Aug 9, 2001 5:53 AM
ben gay or similar product
Ben Gay? Are you serious?Steve Davis
Aug 9, 2001 6:40 AM
The thought of Ben Gay on my nether region scares me. No thanks!!!
re: Saddle SoresRusty McNasty
Aug 9, 2001 6:02 AM
Never get any on my Brooks saddles. They breathe, so sores don't form.
Brooks Advertisingjtolleson
Aug 9, 2001 6:16 AM
Rusty, I've sensed your desire to plug Brooks as much as you can. Fair enough. But no particular saddle can prevent saddle sores! They have more to do with friction, bacteria, and dampness inside chamois.

They "breathe?"
yes, they doRusty McNasty
Aug 9, 2001 7:46 AM
The seat is a big slab of leather. Leather is the hide (skin) of a cow. Skin is pourous. Plastic is not. Sounds like haiku?
sure they doak
Aug 9, 2001 11:03 AM
from many a night in a club wearing tight lether pants...lether doesn't breathe much. If it was still on the cow walking around I'd give you the benefit of the doubt, but then I'd be making fun of you for trying to ride a cow instead of a bike. anyway, as someone already mentioned, a breathing saddle (even if it did) wouldn't keep you from getting saddle sores. yes, leather allows small molecules to pass through the surface, but so does a cheese grater. I'm not about to go mounting one on my seat-post. If you want a saddle that breathes more, try one with a hole in it.
especially with a plastic shopping bag on them!D'Ohhh!!!
Aug 9, 2001 12:55 PM
brain deadBond
Aug 9, 2001 6:25 AM
saddles that breathe? gold!
Bacterial InfectionPaulCL
Aug 9, 2001 7:07 AM
"Saddle sores" are a bacterial infection. Prevent them by rinsing your shorts after every ride, cleaning yourself after every ride, and not lounging around in sweaty shorts after a ride. Change'em.

Chafing can be prevented by a good saddle, good chamois (don't skimp on shorts or the bibs), chamois butter or bag balm or ???, and don't sit during your entire ride.

How to get rid of the sores? If you aren't riding for a few days, then keep the area clean, wear baggy clothes (air circulation) and zit cream helps. If you are riding the next day...this is gonna hurt...I've lanced them with a sterile needle. OUCH! Then an anti-bacterial ointment like neosporin and/or zit cream. Still hurts like hell, but eventually goes numb. Generally, I try to stay off the bike for a couple days when one of those little buggers appear.

Hey, I rode seven days in a row last week without any saddle sores! I am truly amazed at my good fortune.
re: Saddle Soresphilg
Aug 10, 2001 1:36 AM
Thanks for all the advice.