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Are these Saddle Sores?(14 posts)

Are these Saddle Sores?Raven1911
Jan 23, 2003 8:38 AM
I ride pretty much everyday. Recently I changed my seat for about a week and experienced numbness so I changed back to my old seat because I didn't experience numbness with my old seat. I have started to develop bruising at the groin area with red bumps in that region as well. There is also very dry skin in that area as well. I used Vasoline to help with the dryness and bumps but have only used it one day and not sure if it is helping yet. When I ride it feels like I am really bruised and it takes about 10 minutes before I am comfortable in the seat. Are these saddle sores or something else(just bruises)? Should I change my seat? I have no problems in the perineal area, but I do feel a seat with a cutout throughout the entire saddle is most comfortable for me. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Might be an STD. Change your partners. (nm)onespeed
Jan 23, 2003 8:52 AM
Ha Ha (nm)Raven1911
Jan 23, 2003 8:53 AM
re: Are these Saddle Sores?Spunout
Jan 23, 2003 9:17 AM
Wash your shorts with some disenfectant, Saddle Sores are bacterial. Try 'Boil-Ease' also, settles them down.
re: Are these Saddle Sores?Mike-Wisc
Jan 23, 2003 10:12 AM
Or cortesone (sp?) creme or Cruex or any number of ointments. Also wash/change your daily shorts daily and wash them in hot water. Might not hurt to also run an anti-bacterial mix through the washing machine and then let your clothes air dry for awhile after removing them from the washer or dryer. Winter is prime time for all sorts of indoor critters to act up.
..a capful of Dettol in the washer...nmSpunout
Jan 23, 2003 11:04 AM
Post a picNo_sprint
Jan 23, 2003 10:09 AM
EEEeeww! Geeeze! I can't even think about it! ;-) nmSpunout
Jan 23, 2003 11:05 AM
re: Are these Saddle Sores?Spoiler
Jan 23, 2003 10:30 AM
A saddle sore will usually be a single sore in a single spot, not an area. It will be a well-defined lump anywhere from the size of a pea to the size of a grape. It will be just below the surface of the skin. Ointments work well for rashes that are on the surface of the skin and for preventing sores in the first place, but the only real way to cure an existing saddle sore is to not sit on a bike saddle for 3-7 days. Imagine having a giant zit on your chin, then spending four hours pressing your thumb onto this zit. It ain't going to go away.
re: Are these Saddle Sores?Skidoo
Jan 23, 2003 10:36 AM
Soreness in a general area like a bruised sensation is probably more due to bouncing on the saddle. Check your form and spin without moving your hips.
re: Chamois Butter or ASSO creamMorgan
Jan 23, 2003 11:36 AM
I am surprised that no one has mentioned this yet. It has saved me from many painful rides. I suffered from the same problem until I found out about these products. Also you should own more than one pair of riding shorts. I have collected several pairs just in the last two years. There is no reason that someone who rides seriously should not own two or three good quality pairs of shorts. Also get out of them as soon as the ride is completed.
Little red bumps: Probably.PseuZQ
Jan 23, 2003 11:48 AM
Not sure about the bruising. In addition to using chamois lubes and getting out of my shorts soon as a preventative measure, I've found it helps to clean up with anti-bacterial wet-wipes or soap if it's going to be a while before I get to a proper shower (like if I have a long drive ahead of me). I like Hibiclens soap for that.
ACCK! No cremes!jtolleson
Jan 23, 2003 2:18 PM
Well, that oversimplifies a bit, but here's the scoop.

Cremes like Assos and Chamois Butt'r and Bag Balm are good preventatives to apply for during riding. But after riding, and especially if you already have a saddle sore, you want to be clean and dry.

Not neosporin or any of that (unless you are truly fighting an infection). It needs to breathe and air out. Go commando and loose fitting clothes.

I'm amazed how often people say "I'm getting a saddle sore so I put Bag Balm on it" which, unless you are in the saddle, is exactly what you should NOT be done.

Clean and dry, dry and clean. There ain't no other way.
re: Are these Saddle Sores?Raven1911
Jan 23, 2003 5:49 PM
I clean my shorts (ha ha) after every ride so I shouldn't have a problem there. I own two pairs of shorts and alternate them every ride. I will try to chamois butter tonight on the trainer. I have been taking care of the areas for a couple days now. Seems to be improving but haven't jumped on the bike yet. We'll see, thanks for the input.