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saddle sore?(4 posts)

saddle sore?BikeViking
Oct 23, 2002 4:51 AM
I'll start by saying that I change shorts after every ride, I wash thoroughly in that "area" and I use Butt'r before each ride.

Are saddle sores similar in appearance to larger pimples? If so, are there any treatments that don't involve staying off the bike?

It developed in an area where there is saddle pressure. THe saddle is a Specialized BG Pro and it's 3 years old. I have never had a problem with them and my cycling habits have not changed (no new shorts/saddle or extreme weekly mileage increases).

I know there have been threads about this before, but I had not seen one in a while and I thought it would be informative for more people that just me.

Thanks in advance,

Some things that have worked in our house.dzrider
Oct 23, 2002 5:30 AM
Hydrogen peroxide clears up the occasional saddle sore I get that sound like the one(s) you describe. Just put some on a cotton ball and apply it to the sore.

My wife got a bunch of them in 2001. She changed her saddle, soaked every chamois in hydrogen peroxide and they stopped. Her theory was that bacteria had colonized her shorts and\or her old saddle causing the problem.

I use Body Glide rather than greasy products to cut friction. I can't say for sure that it helps with saddle sores since I get them less than once a year. It works way better for me in preventing chafing.

You may want to get out of your bike shorts as soon after the ride as possible if you don't do that already.
re: saddle sore?LLSmith
Oct 23, 2002 5:54 AM
I had the same problem last year.The one thing that allowed me to continue to ride was dropping the nose of the saddle just a fuzz.Until I did this it would get irritated every time I rode.It eventually cleared up.
no help at allUofAracer
Oct 23, 2002 2:11 PM
It's a pimple under the skin. It can get bigger if you ride on it or after a mangled attempt to pop it. It can spread into an oval shape, and seem to bury itself deeper. Quite often, you'll get them directly beneath the sharpest part of the sit bones.
Too many people confuse a rash with saddle sores. I think creams help with the rash, but sores can come from nowhere, even when you take all the precautions and with the same saddle and brand of shorts. I've never ran across a cream that can help make an existing sore disappear.
I think the one poster who said bacteria colonize in the chamois might have something there. In my experience, I think some people are just more prone to getting them. You hear about pros like Kelly and Fignon having problems, while you never hear about it from dudes like Museaw, etc.
Some people never had them and then develop a series of them.
I've never heard of any method that works 100 percent. The best you can do it take all the normal precautions:
1. Find a comfortable saddle. Know the exact position of your saddle, in mm's, so that if you change seat post or get a new saddle, you can replicate the position exactly.
2. When you ride, get out of the saddle at regular intervals.
3. Find shorts that are comfortable.
4. Get out of the shorts within five minutes after a ride.
5. Wash the shorts before wearing them again.
6. Wash yourself within 15 minutes after a ride. When I finish a ride, I hang up the bike, undress, wash down there with a wash cloth within 5 minutes of getting in the door. I don't rest, surf the internet, eat, or do bike maintenance until after I'm clean.