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Ouch, my nipples.(11 posts)

Ouch, my nipples.Ian
Aug 26, 2001 12:10 PM
I know this been discussed before, but it has been a while, and I didn't have much of a problem back then. Every once in a while (usually a century) I would rub a nipple raw and get a little bleeding. Lately it seems to be happening every time I ride. The jerseys I wear are not as tight as a second skin, but they are not flapping in the breeze either. I know I probably need an ointment of some kind, I'm just not sure which. Suggestions?
re: Ouch, my nipples.SamDC
Aug 26, 2001 1:01 PM
Ask some buddies who run marathons. I've seen people put band-aids on their nipples so there jerseys don't rub them. Maybe a combination of Vaseline and band-aids.
re: Sports bra?cyclopathic
Aug 26, 2001 1:20 PM
band aid and/or vaseline usually work
Different fabric?Kerry Irons
Aug 26, 2001 3:54 PM
In cold weather, I occasionally experience tenderness (but nothing that lasts after the ride) but only with certain jerseys. Look for jerseys that are soft inside - i.e. not the same fabric surface as the outside.
Follow upIan
Aug 26, 2001 5:16 PM
I will try Band-Aids, but I fear they won't stick through the ride. I sweat A LOT and I live in Florida so I sweat even more. Jersey material, right know I am wearing high-end Pearl Izumi jerseys, but have had this happen with other brands.
Follow upStimpy
Aug 26, 2001 8:25 PM
Try Bodyglide, or Bag Balm. It's a thick vaseline-like lube that comes in a antiperspirant-like stick. Hope it helps.
Have you tried an undershirt?mike mcmahon
Aug 26, 2001 8:39 PM
You may want to spend $20-$25 for an undershirt from DeFeet, Pearl Izumi, or another manufacturer. They're generally made of pretty soft material and may be the solution to your problem. I wear the DeFeet shirt in all weather. It helps keep me warm in winter and wicks sweat away from my body in summer. Good luck.
NipGuards dude!MB1
Aug 27, 2001 4:40 AM

They work great.
Aug 27, 2001 6:11 AM
This happen to me a couple of time, good old fashion vasoline does the trick. They make it in little toobs so you can keep in your back pockets.
Aug 27, 2001 8:56 AM
The problem with vaseline and ointments in general is they stain your jerseys over time. I never have nipple abrasion problems roadbiking, but mtnbiking is a different story. There I always wear just a simple 1" or so strip of 1/4 inch first aid tape, the clear waterproof kind that comes in a self-dispensing roll with a cutting tool built in. It's cheap and effective. BTW I sweat profusely and have never had this stuff loosen up--in fact the main drawback is it tends to pull hair when you do take it off (but so do bandaids). If you're really into bandaids the kind to get are the Johnson & Johnson round ones--I use those for marathons and long runs.

The trick with making tape protection work is to put it on in the house before you even begin to sweat. Once you sweat it ain't gonna stick.
DFeet shirtReformed
Aug 27, 2001 2:02 PM
A DFeet undershirt has kept mine just fine. You will actually start to feel cooler on warm days and warmer on cool days by wearing one.. Just try it!