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saddle sore question(10 posts)

saddle sore questionkoride
Jul 28, 2003 6:06 AM
I'm suffering from what I believe to be boils in my groin area for the first time. I've always experienced some discomfort in this area after rides (where my inner thigh meets my groin and buttocks), but now that I'm riding more miles (about 120 a week), I'm getting sores (bumps that hurt bad). I've done the following:

-Good saddle that I believe fits me well (Flite Genuine Gel)
-Good shorts that seem comfortable (Peal Izumi Attack shorts with PRT chamois)
-Wash shorts after every ride

Question: Are these a result of a friction problem or moisture/bacteria? Not even sure where to go from here.

My next thing to focus on (after my break to heal) is making sure I get out of the shorts and clean immediately after a ride. This past ride I stayed in my shorts about half hour and then changed but didnt shower for about 2 hours. Could this be my problem? How do I determine if its friction or moisture?


One other thing to do.....newridr
Jul 28, 2003 6:34 AM
I recently experienced the same thing for the first time. One thing I did was to cover the irratated area with Neosporin anti-bacterial gel. It keeps it bacteria free and definitely helps it heal much faster. I was back in the saddle after two days off with no reoccurrence.

Good luck.
Friction gives me chafing, bacteria makes giant zits.dzrider
Jul 28, 2003 7:40 AM
I use BodyGlide to prevent the chafing that sometimes looks like a popped blister. I clean giant zits with hydrogen peroxide after showering for 2, maybe 3 mornings and they're gone.
Bag balm saves livesPBWatson
Jul 28, 2003 9:03 AM
You can get bag balm at your local grocer/pharm, by the hand lotion. take 2 fingers to get a big glob of the stuff & smear everything that contacts the saddle & rubs. You'll be more comfortable & the sores should go away.
Wash with anitseptic (2% triclosan) soap, see a doctor. nmSpunout
Jul 28, 2003 9:15 AM
re: saddle sore questionFender
Jul 28, 2003 9:33 AM
Try using some kind of balm or cream on your butt before you ride. I've used Bodyglide and had great results and just this weekend bought ButtR (at I was surprised how smooth all the contact points where after a 75 mile ride.
Chamois Buttert0adman
Jul 28, 2003 10:53 AM
Is fantastic and they make it in little pouches you can take along on a ride. I used one at about mile 60 on my ride last weekend and it was so soothing. Cool and slippery and my saddle sores are a think of the past.
Yep, those are saddles soresjtolleson
Jul 28, 2003 3:44 PM
Friction can start the process, but saddle sores are indeed caused by bacteria more than anything.

First, get fully healed. Clean and dry are your friends; moisture, tight clothes, or further friction are your enemies.

Next, if you are really certain that you have the right saddle and shorts, then you may just be one of those people who needs to use something like Bag Balm or Chamois Butt'r every time you ride more than 20 miles.
re: saddle sore questionMShaw
Jul 28, 2003 4:12 PM
When I get chafing, etc. it generally means that my saddle isn't quite in the right position for me.

Move it just a few mm, and everything goes away!

Go figure.

One of the things I've learned over the years is that when you're done riding, GET OUT of the lycra as soon as possible.

When you're done washing up, rub the area with witch hazel. Learned from my ex- that its good for "minor skin irritations."

thanks to all! Great info. (nm)koride
Jul 29, 2003 5:46 AM