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What are Saddle Sores?(4 posts)

What are Saddle Sores?TrekMan
Aug 21, 2001 2:04 PM
Strange question I know but it's been bugging me for a while now, so here goes.
What are saddle sore's, how do you get them, and how can you stop yourself from getting them?
Boils...MrCelloBoy
Aug 21, 2001 2:43 PM
Hard, painful, red spots where the crotch contacts the saddle. They persist for a number of days then subside (in my limited experience) after treating them with a warm compress.
I haven't gotten them for years. Used to get them while using old style real Chamois shorts training for DC's on hard saddles.
I think maybe the better seats and shorts liners being synthetic may be helping these days. Udder Butter or similar creams applied before an epic ride, showering afterwards, wearing loose (AIRY) shorts after a big ride all will help to avoid these buggers.
Saddle SoresTig
Aug 21, 2001 4:13 PM
A good way to prevent them is to wash your shorts after each ride to get rid of bacteria. I just bring mine in to the post ride shower with me and wash them with liquid anti-bacterial soap. As said above, the old natural chamois pads were notorious for getting them. These boils are caused when bacteria get pressed into pores and infected. I guess you can still get them with synthetic chamois if you spend enough time in the saddle. Combine repetitive motion of cycling, sweat, heat, and bacteria, and you can see how it all gets started. I sure don't miss them!
Additionally...Lone Gunman
Aug 21, 2001 4:21 PM
they can come in all forms. Sort of like a brush burn in the crotch, or a hair follicle that gets infected. They seem to be associated with long distance riding. I guess the key to prevention is cleanliness, good shorts and seat combination that create minimal friction/skin abrasion, using a creme on the chamois and skin(chamois butter, Nalini relief creme both sold through bikejerseys.com, udder creme, bag balm) The jury is still out on bag balm, it stains light colored clothing and does not have the staying power lubricity that chamois butter does. In other words you still should feel slippery in the shorts after doing a century or long ride. Again cleanliness after the ride, and lastly try using a medicated powder such as gold bond or generic equivalent after the ride is done. As a preventive, might even spread some neosporin on the contact area as a precaution. If you get an open saddle sore, your tour may be done if it gets infected. This is a very strong reason to make sure all the equipment works well together before a long successive day rides begin.