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Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...(13 posts)

Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...Tail Wind
Aug 14, 2003 6:00 AM
Ok, I'm new to road biking, long time MTbiker... anyhow, in my third week of road riding, just over 300 miles later, I can't seem to get the "taint" region to stop bleeding... I'm riding a 97 Lemond Maillot Jaune OCLV and I'm using the orignal Rolls seat (not the redesign) seat fits GREAT... I'm wearing Nike's $90 road shorts... I don't get it... any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

Tail Wind
re: Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...sievers11
Aug 14, 2003 6:07 AM
I don't think you seat fits "great" if you are having this saddle sore problem. But try this first.

Bag Balm...find it search it out and rub it on you bag. It is a ointment for the utters of cows and comes in a green tin. Alot of LBS cary the stuff. You can all so look for "Utter Butter" basically the same stuff, but I like the Bag Balm because it is an antibiotic as well. I have gotten saddle sores from bad shorts and this stuff healed the wounds and kept me on my bike, I wasn't 1 day off my bike. It 1) heals the area 2) keeps you lubed up reducing friction.

I like the Selle Italia Flite Trans Am. You can buy me a $6000 Colnago with matching saddle and I will throw out the saddle for mine own.
Bag Balm... a big DITTO there. (nm)JFR
Aug 14, 2003 10:34 AM
Perineum problemninelittlepiggies
Aug 14, 2003 6:11 AM
Chamois Butter, Bag Balm, Utter Butter will stop that problem.

Welcome to the world of skinny tires
Don't get discouragedspluti
Aug 14, 2003 6:15 AM
give it a chance to heal, watch out for infection, soon you will be able to stay on the saddle all day!
re: Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...jtolleson
Aug 14, 2003 6:24 AM
I agree with others who question your saddle fit if you are having this problem. You may need something with a groove so that you don't have much saddle contact in the perineal area and instead support yourself totally by the sit bones.

Good luck and PLEASE let it heal. Don't push. If you get it in sorry shape it can mess you up for months.
re: Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...Ian
Aug 14, 2003 6:40 AM
First, try a different brand of shorts. Sometimes a small change in the chamois can make a big difference. When iP came out with their Microsensor shorts a few years ago, they flew off the shelves. 99% off the people loved them. But every once in a while I would hear from someone who started to be rubbed raw, or bleed because of the different chamois.

And next you should also try a differnt seat. Just because that one feels comfortable, does not mean it fits your body.

And in addtion to the others, I would recommend Body Glide. It prevents friction and I use it on quite a few places to prevent being rubbed raw.

different angle - how does your bike fit?stratoshark
Aug 14, 2003 7:14 AM
Could be any number of issues here, such as seat too high or top tube/stem length too long, bars too low, etc. Any of these or in combination may put you in a stretched out position that could cause too much movement between the "taint" and saddle. Get an LBS you trust or an experienced rider to check you out if the other suggestions above don't help.

And good luck, don't give up. I'm just starting mountain biking after 15 years of being a roadie, so I know it's a tough adjustment going from one to the other.

different angle - how does your bike fit?Tail Wind
Aug 14, 2003 8:17 AM
Thanks everybody for the help. I work part time at a bike shop, and have never realy dove into road biking until the owner gave me this bike... I never thought about nut cream we've got Assoss (SP?) instock, I'll give that a go. I came from the "extreme" side of MTB, downhill. At first I would have never given a road bike a second look, but the speed (that origanly attracted me to DH) has got me hooked. I'm a big fat man. 6'1" 230lbs and I like to go fast. Next adventure... getting out of SPD MTbike shoes into roadie shoes...

Thanks Again.
Tail Wind
The Assos is good stuff. It will help.KG 361
Aug 14, 2003 9:38 AM
Might want to try another pr of shorts, too. Expensive is not always the best.
Don't be such a sissy.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 14, 2003 8:35 AM
What's a little pain compaired to the joys of getting in shape and really spanking the road. A little clean sand in your shorts will help toughen up your soft areas.
GF - Do you need a Female NAPKIN??Tail Wind
Aug 14, 2003 9:33 AM
The GF asked if I needed a "female" napklin! and followed that up with "Sack up!"

Perhaps I swing by the beach on the way home and get some sand.... then again maybe not.

Tail Wind
re: Stop the bleeding I don't want to get off...Sao
Aug 14, 2003 10:26 AM
I second the Chamois Butt'r. It's great. I had all kinds o' chafing and such last year until I bought that for those "special" areas. If you are hammering away, it's even more likely to help.

I learned that seats are, indeed, totally personal to the rider. I've tried about 5 of them in the past year and a half. The worst was the Selle Trans Am. Ouch. But again - totally depends on the person. Another person might say it's like a lounge chair.

Bodyglide works, I guess, but something about the smell of it....kinda rank, especially after a ride. Phew!