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Epic ride comfort vs. saddle sores - help please!?!?(3 posts)

Epic ride comfort vs. saddle sores - help please!?!?jjdbike
Sep 5, 2003 7:25 AM
I have used a new Selle Italia SLR Flow saddle for the whole season w/out a problem. Now that my training load & miles are up, I am getting saddle sores for the first time ever!?! I have tweeked my position on the bike including saddle heigh, stem, saddle fore & aft, and saddle angle to where I am satidfied that I can not get dialed in any better. I have been using Performance elite shorts. I am going to buy a pair of either Castelli PY2, Santini twist, but am leaning towards Pearl Izumi Ultrasensors (unfortunatly I am on a limited budget). I am hopping that this will help. What is "Bag Balm" and would it help? I have double century comming up & want to finish it minimal trauma to my perineal region (generally reffered to as taint)! Could you experienced veterens please offer any advice?
THANKS MUCH!
JD
'Taint' no problemrollo tommassi
Sep 5, 2003 10:36 AM
Probably nothing wrong with upgrading to some cushier shorts, but for saddles sores (as opposed to just a sore butt) I use a triple antibiotic cream, liberally slathered. If you can say that three times fast, that is also good!

The other thing is to scrub well in the shower - use hibiclens or similar. Get out of those stinky sweaty hot riding shorts as soon as you can!
Bag BalmJFR
Sep 5, 2003 12:10 PM
It's an ointment found at your local drug store (and some LBSs), they often keep it with the hand lotions.

Find some, it comes in a green square tin. Take two fingers, scoop some out, and put it directly on one half of your personal contact area, repeat for the half, then pull your shorts up. Feels pretty nasty walking around, but wait till you ride. It will help heal your sores and prevent new ones. (FYI, some people prefer to apply it to their chamois where it will contact them.)

You can also search this board for "bag balm" and find more info/testimonials.