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Age Old Problem - Saddle Soreness(7 posts)

Age Old Problem - Saddle SorenessJOM
Jun 2, 2002 2:24 PM
All,
Once again as I put the daily miles in, I have to take time off because of saddle sores. I have tried everything: expensive shorts, new saddles, saddle positions... I have been able to minimize the problem by using Palmer's Cocoa butter, a nice Selle Italia seat, and supersuede spandex. However, I still cannot beat it.
It's depressing when your legs and lungs say go but your butt says stop.
Any help, advice, or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
JOM
re: Age Old Problem - Saddle Sorenessitsme
Jun 2, 2002 3:33 PM
Fit and results vary, so my advice may not work for you, but I have noticed that the Technifine series from Sugoi is much more comfortable for longer rides than other price-comparable brands I have tried:
http://www.sugoi.ca/product.asp?year=2002&season=Spring&id=2215&s=0&c=2&a=0&p=Shorts&Style=38276U&g=3

I've never tried Palmer's, but Paceline Products makes a personal lubricant if you haven't tried it:
http://www.pacelineproducts.com/menu%20pages/products/chamois.htm

Hope that helps.
-Doug.
Standard adviceKerry
Jun 2, 2002 5:51 PM
You didn't mention that you were doing this stuff, but can we assume you are?
- clean (not just rinsed in the sink) shorts on every ride
- take your shorts off as soon as the ride is done
- shower/wash ASAP after you get off the bike
- use an anti-bacterial soap (like Dial, etc.)
- keep your rear dry at all times
- good bathroom hygiene
- immediate treatment of sores (antibacterial cream, popping/lancing, hot soaks)
Standard adviceJOM
Jun 2, 2002 8:12 PM
Kerry,
Thanks for the feedback. Yes to all. Except, keeping your butt dry by using powder before the ride makes things worse.
JOM
re: Bag Balmcyclopathic
Jun 3, 2002 10:29 AM
clean and apply before ride. It's also good to cure sores.
Putting aside I'll bet you need a different seat and shorts.
Many (including me) seem to have good luck with Voler.
m2¢.coonass
Jun 2, 2002 6:27 PM
It could be that your saddle is too soft...this is just a personal experience & opinion, but (no pun intended) after about 25 miles in the saddle, the soft saddles (gel included) seem to be very 'bothersome'..such as not being able to find a comfortable sitting position for more than a minute or two....I switched to the Brook's Swift (Team Pro is another popular style) and have never been bothered for saddle comfort...it seems that the longer the ride, the saddle comfort is less of an issue....(Previously, I spent every season looking for a 'better' saddle.....now that is history) If you haven't tried the Brooks, I'll warn you right now, it is leather and
very hard and it will take about 200m or less for you to forget that you're not even thinking of saddle-woes....after that the saddle
won't be an issue of your biking :)) (Why do the Major saddle mfgrs. keep coming out with new models every year if their latest saddle is not satisfactory??????.....Not wanting to start a 'Saddle War' here, just MHO.
What kind of Saddle Sorenesselviento
Jun 2, 2002 7:28 PM
If chafing, then get some of those butter, if pressure/numbness, then it's got more to do with bike setup and riding position than the saddle. It takes quite a bit of testing for your butt to "figure it out". "Everyone has a different butt" is techinically true but I suspect it's been abused by saddle marketers and leads people to hastily rush to get a new $150 body geometry saddle with a "fart crack" instead of optimizing body position and bike setup.

I used to have saddle soreness, but after lots of riding, most saddles on the market seem reasonably comfortable for me, from the miniscule SLR to the stout Prolink. Every new saddle I get, my butt can find a sweet spot after tweaking a little bit. The most comfortable one is actually the good old Flite. Standard version.

Also if you are not an experienced rider, try not to do very long rides. Another observation is the harder you ride, the less pressure you have on the butt.