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Saddle soresshirt
Jun 21, 2002 8:07 AM
I'm sure this has been covered here before, but I never paid attention since it didn't concern me.

Until now. Anybody have any advice on how to make one go away? Other than staying off the bike, of course (Yes, I always wear clean shorts. Thanks, Mom.)
here's an excerpt from an earlier discussionlonefrontranger
Jun 21, 2002 8:38 AM
some here may recognize this :)

Saddle sores, geez am I ever the expert on that one :P Saddle sores are horrible things, and next to unavoidable if you do a lot of long, hard rides in hot weather. They are the bane of a stage racer's / ultra rider's existence. Women are particularly "sensitive" to this issue; most of the gals in my field at Platte Bridge were in the same boat I was, meaning we collectively rode something like 40 miles of Monday's 44-mile stage standing up! :( I fondly recall Frankie Andreu's hilarious diary entry on this matter, where he likened the latter stages of the Tour to being a cat trying to get comfy on a pillow; he claimed that each morning he had to squirm around "kneading" his saddle for some 20k to find the right spot to sit.

Saddle sore cures that have worked well for me:

1) Liberal and regular application of Bag Balm, Chamois Butt'r, Brave Soldier or similar antiseptic products to both shorts and naughty bits. Stick with antiseptics and avoid things like Noxema (too much "burn" for open wounds, not that antiseptic) or Vaseline (great breeding ground for nasties).

2) Yes, I know it's been said before but it can't be mentioned enough: scrupulous cleanliness to both your shorts and your bum; this means wash the affected area and dress it twice daily with clean balm and/or burn dressing (if it's a large chafe-type sore), just as you would road rash. If it's abscessed, however, scrupulous cleanliness, loose clothing and lots of air circulation are key (see #3). This scenario is a good argument for honoring any dubious Scottish heritage you may possess by wearing a kilt to work.

3) If you do get an abcessed one (i.e. ishmael's groin zit), hie thee to a qualified medic to have him apply Lidocaine and *thoroughly* drain it in a sterile environment, immediately. Don't wait, and fergawdsake don't try to DIY! The sooner these are properly cleaned up, the faster they'll heal, and screwing around with them only causes situations I fear to describe. Suffice to say that something like a nuclear meltdown of the tush occurs if you attempt to sit on anything remotely resembling a bike seat, and snug skivvies are out of the question (yes, even women wear boxers when they're truly desperate). A strong course of oral antibiotics is sometimes the only way to roust the stubborn ones.

4) Try to limit mileage or else ride a more compliant frame for the healing period. I rode my 'cross bike for a week after Platte Bridge.

5) Even when properly treated, it usually takes a week to ten days to heal all but the most minor of chafes.
My two cents...Wayne
Jun 21, 2002 10:07 AM
my saddle sores come in two varieties the chaffing type ones that kind of just rub the skin raw and then the actual sores that form a "pimple". For the latter, I've found the best cure is a mtn bike ride or bumpy road ride. They hurt like hell until they're popped and then bang, pain free. I've found that for the latter type if I avoid riding they just persist and hurt for awhile. For the general chaffing than a break can do wonders. In between rides/before rides, I apply liberal amounts of hydrocortisone cream to fight the inflammation.
Wayne, you're a Nut! And I'll never buy a saddle from you! (nm)shirt
Jun 23, 2002 6:16 PM
Wayne, you're a Nut! And I'll never buy a saddle from you! (nm)Wayne
Jun 24, 2002 3:40 AM
My saddle sores have nothing to do with my saddle. Normally I'm fine, but if I increase my mileage alot, mtn bike alot more or race alot then I tend to get them. I never get them unless there is increased stress so I think my saddles are fine.
Wayne, you're a Nut! And I'll never buy a saddle from you! (nm)shirt
Jun 24, 2002 1:27 PM
No, I mean if you're riding until your sores pop, I don't want one of the offending saddles. Gross.
Try changing saddlesbikedodger
Jun 21, 2002 12:08 PM
I've had good luck with using a different saddle. This seems to remove the pressure from the sore and allows me to ride pain free. One the sore is gone, I can switch back and not have any problems.

re: Saddle soresdtm
Jun 25, 2002 9:50 AM
For the boils or cysts, I found a treatment I like.

If it looks ready to pop, lance it with a flame sterilized needle. It will feel instantly better. Clean it up and put some triple ointment on it. Go to the drugstore and get corn or callous pads...small round donut adhesive pads. Before the next ride, clean it up, put a pad around the sore, apply a tiny bit of triple and go.

If it's not ready to pop, but starting to hurt, put a callous pad on it before riding.

I've got a sore on my left cheek that's started regressing since I've been using a pad for the last three days.