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Blisters from Flite Gel flow seat. Newbie question.(4 posts)

Blisters from Flite Gel flow seat. Newbie question.whacker
Jun 12, 2002 3:28 PM
Has anyone else gotten blisters and sores on the inside of their legs/scrotum, which I believe is due to the stitching on this Flite Gel Flow seat. If so, what can be done about it before I buy a new seat. I have ridden about 1500 km on it and it keeps hurting me. While I am at it, my seat is about 2.25" higher than my handle bar would this cause sore neck/shoulder muscles? The muscle pain came after my second day coming back from the Rideau Lakes Tour in Ontario, which is 177km each way. I guess it could also be from not having enough hrs in the saddle. The overal reach frame size and saddle height are perfect according to the" Wrench Science Sizing System". I am new to the sport and loving it, I have been learning lots on this site and will keep learning how to improve myself thanks to you guys.
Saddle Sores - All You Need To Knowjose_Tex_mex
Jun 12, 2002 4:43 PM
Newbie,
What you are describing sounds a lot like saddle sores which can be caused my a number of factors. I have recently conquered the problem myself and will list what I did below. Also, scroll back through some of the old messages for other ideas.

Althought the problem can be bacterial due to a hygiene problems it is more than likely due to friction/chaffing. You need to ensure the contact areas are lubricated. Vaseline Intensive care is no good as it quickly goes away. Many people talk about Chammy But'r and other products. Go to your local CVS and pick up a 3.5 oz tub of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula - it works great for me. Not only use it liberally before the ride but also on days you do not ride (if need be). Just walking around during an off day can agravate the situation even more.

A few more points which you MUST consider. Keep in mind that many of these factors are based on opinions and body types - so take the "science" with a grain of salt:

1) Saddle Height: I use the same you have and for me it is the best. Make sure your saddle height is correct. If you are reaching too much this make things worse.

2) Stem length/height: Make sure your stem isn't too long or too low. Try making the stem at least level with the seat or a bit above. I would not go lower for a while. If the stem is 2.25" lower than the seat definitely go higher. This should help your back.

3) Saddle Level: make sure your saddle is level. Try making the top most parts of your saddle and stem in-line and level.

4) Frame Size: If you do not fit your frame (if it's too big) this could be a source of the soreness - I hope it is not. Can you stand over your bike and lift it an inch?

5) Forget the science and go with what feels best for now. As your butt gets tougher you can adjust positioning later.

6) Saddle Positioning: Make sure your butt sits nicely on the fat part of the saddle and that you are not straddling the skinny part - more saddle surface area = less pressure and less sores.

7) I have heard that some people use a thing called black salve also known as an Ichthammol(up to 10%) ointment. This is supposed to help with blisters but is messier.

8) Buy a damn good pair of spandex. You should be able to find a nice pair at performancebike.com or anywhere else for 40 - 50 dollars. You might want to try a set of bib shorts as the straps help (a little) keep the shorts from moving and sliding around.

To keep it simple: use the Palmer's, check the saddle height, lift the stem, and heck the stem length... If all these are optimized this should take care of 99% of your problems.

Best of Luck
Saddle Sores - All You Need To Knowlegs
Jun 13, 2002 9:04 AM
and get out of your cycling gear as soon as you get home.. never lounge around in your gear after the ride.. bacteria farming supreme...
don't take sores lightlytarwheel
Jun 13, 2002 4:31 AM
Get some antiobiotic salve or ointment to put on the blisters/sores right away because they can get infected. One of the local riders in my area got meningitis and had serious medical complications resulting from infected saddles sores. I think he eventually lost one or both legs or became paralyzed.

If you don't have some good cycling shorts, buy at least a couple pairs. You need several pairs so you can wash them after riding and keep them clean. If you only have one pair, rinse them out well and/or wash them after every ride. Also get some Chamois Butt'r or something equivalent. Some people say Udder Butter and Noxema works just as well. Utter Butter has an antiobiotic in it as well.

I would definitely raise your handlebar if I were you. Most bikes are set up these days with handlebars too low for comfort and proper fit because everyone is trying to emulate the racers and get more aero. Believe me, you will feel much better and will be able to ride much longer with higher bars. After a while, you can experiment with moving the bars lower, but I wouldn't start out that low. A good starting point is even with the saddle height to 1" lower. In addition to comfort, a big advantage to raising your handlebar is that you will actually be able to ride in the drops. Many cyclists have their bars set ridiculously low and consequently never ride in the drops, negating the whole purpose of using drop bars.

Your saddle problem might also be due to just not having enough riding time yet. It takes a while for you butt to get used to riding in a road saddle, and it's best to start out easy and gradually increase your mileage. You also might find that you need a new saddle. Although some people get lucky and find the perfect saddle on their first try, most of us experimented with a number of different saddles until we found the right match.