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saddle sores(13 posts)

saddle soressbrider
Feb 3, 2002 2:29 PM
This is my first season on the bike and with races coming up my training has gotten more intense. The problem is that I am starting to get SADDLE SORES and I don't know how to deal with them. Someone help me out, it's killing me!!
re: saddle soresSanjuro!
Feb 3, 2002 3:20 PM
Assos shorts!

I used to scoff at pricey shorts but I recently bought a pair and they are awesome. I got the riduculously priced Prosline shorts and I am never going back. Seriously, after 1 break in ride, they are awesome.
Standard adviceKerry Irons
Feb 3, 2002 4:46 PM
Ride in clean shorts, wash yourself (get into the shower) with anti bacterial soap ASAP after a ride, dry your shorts in the sunlight to let the UV kill anything the washer/drier didn't get, use mild detergents and/or rinse twice after washing. Second tier advice includes using chamois butter (or equivalent), bag balm, zinc oxide ointment, or other creams; washing before each ride (plus after); antibiotic ointment on the sores; different shorts and/or saddle. I'm a fan of popping the pimples before they turn nasty, while others swear you should never apply pressure (standard advice from doctors) as it can drive the infection deeper. In any event, the key is to treat early and often, as if you let things go, you're looking at some time off the saddle for full healing.
Standard adviceHigh Gear
Feb 4, 2002 2:40 AM
I agree with Kerry Irons. If I get a saddle sore I pop it ASAP and apply one of those small cirular band-aids with a triple antibiotic on it to help draw out the infection. Other things that may cause SS's are loose fitting shorts, too soft of a saddle or even a saddle that is too wide. For some like me , it's a fine balance between numbness and saddle sores. You really have to narrow it down to find the cause. Start with the shorts in the sun thing (I do that too) then maybe try an other brand of short, a high end one like PI or Santini. If thats not it, it has to be the saddle. I find a harder saddle but one that has a soft spot on the nose works for me. I use the San Marco Squadra HDP. They are hard to find now but Ital-Techno has them or the WTB SST saddles work great too. Good Luck
Another vote for Chamois Cream. Pick up some today!nigel
Feb 4, 2002 7:06 AM
I never was one to get saddle sores, thankfully. However, I used to fidget around on my saddle and have to readjust my shorts frequently during rides. (I noticed with displeasure that I was the only one doing this, so I did it at the back of the paceline/pack.) I couldn't figure it out. My saddle was comfortable and at the correct height/tilt, etc.

I then read somewhere about chamois cream/butter. Apparently, the pros use the stuff--as do many amateur racers/riders who put in lots of miles--so I figured that I should try the stuff. I bought some Cafe Chamois Creme from Branfordbike.com, applied some to my nether region, and went for a ride. BINGO! I'm sure that any brand out there would help, since they're all designed to do the same thing.

They're made for a couple of reasons:
1) To form a "bond" between the rider's body and his chamois pad. Rather than a pad staying still and one's body moving around on top of it, the cream allows the pad to adhere (though not in any permanent or uncomfortable way) to the rider's skin so that when the rider moves, the pad moves as well--as if the rider and the pad were one. It was this function that got me hooked. I'd been moving around without my shorts. No more. I've never had the readjustment problem again. Just like that I was "cured."

2) Many contain antibacterial and other hygenic agents to prevent the growth of that nasty bacteria which causes saddle sores and their infection.

The stuff isn't expensive, but it's well worth every single penny for comfort and hygenic reasons. Experienced riders (like the pros) don't use it for nothing. It is sensible, economical, and it works. There are many brands to choose from, and most decent bike shops and mail-order sites/catalogs carry it. Pick some up today!

Best,
Nige
re: saddle soresVelocipedio
Feb 4, 2002 5:20 AM
To avoid saddlesores:

1. Always ride in clean shorts.
2. Change out of your shorts immediately after a ride.
3. Shower immeditaely after a ride.
4. Dry thoroughly, and I mean THOROUGHLY. Use a towell, and if you're not getting IN there, consider using a hair dryer on a low setting. Bacteria theive in warm, damp places. Make them less damp.

If you already HAVE saddlesore, try applying Ihle's paste or a zinc oxide-based diaper rash preparation like Desitin to the affected area. Diaper rashes and saddlesores are very similar.
Am I reading you correctly?Alex-in-Evanston
Feb 4, 2002 10:15 AM
Did you just advise this fellow, in sincerity, to use a blow dryer on his @sshole?

Just having a laugh at your expense,

Alex
LOL........Len J
Feb 4, 2002 10:21 AM
I got this picture of a guy in a public change room with a blowdryer drying his crotch. The looks would be hilarious.

Len
I'm bald, so I don't have a hair dryer. Can I just . . .morrison
Feb 4, 2002 10:26 AM
do a handstand beneath a blower in a public restroom?
Am I reading you correctly?Lone Gunman
Feb 4, 2002 5:16 PM
You laugh but I actually had a short term college roommate that used the hairdryer on his nuts to prevent jock itch. Another good product to keep dry the underworld is the menthol type powders, like Gold Bond or Generic equivalent.
re: saddle soresJs Haiku Shop
Feb 4, 2002 6:34 AM
all good advice. i've found three things that helped me, and i was having some severe problems.

1) different saddle (one wide enough for my arse)
2) saddle adjustment (adjust for riding style)
3) shorts that fit

I finally figured out that my problems really started at the peak of my '00-'01 weight loss (lots of weight), and the XXL shorts with the real chamois that fit when i was bigger, didn't fit anymore. they were way large, and rubbing in the wrong places. one word: voler! i buy whatever is on sale at voler these days. xl is a good, snug fit, and the synthetic pad is just what the doc ordered.

my preference for saddles has gone from body geometry to classic sella san marco models. funny, that.

your problems might also be from a dramatic increase in saddle time...
boil treatment, Part 1Tig
Feb 4, 2002 10:20 AM
There is an ointment that my wife, who is a nurse, uses on patients for boils and similar sores (large infected acne) that heals them up quicker than anything else available. I forgot the name but will post it when I get home later today unless someone else posts it first. It starts with something like "ich...".

This non-prescription stuff costs less than a dollar per tube and can be found in every drug store, but you usually have to ask for it since it is behind the counter. It is black and smells like a petroleum nightmare, but works better than I imagined. I wish I knew of it back when I got more saddle sores in the natural chamois days!

For this product you do not need to lance the boil. Apply it liberally and cover with a Band-Aid. After a shower, do it again. Most boils are gone within 2-3 days.

Prevention with something like Chamois Butter is better than cure, but this is the best treatment I've ever used.
Here it is: Ichthammol 10% ointment, USP -NMTig
Feb 4, 2002 3:16 PM