Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Blisters with a Brooks saddle!!!
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Well I've recently bought the B17 Narrow saddle; I've told how was it on first few rides here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/712818-Sit-bones-90mm-apart...-which-brooks-will-be-better), butI thought of asking about this in a different thread. Basically the saddle has been comfortable from beginning just that the sit bones had deal with little pain cause of the hard saddle.
26th I went for my 600brevet qualifier, although it was not a good thing to change the saddle before an important event but the comfort difference from the rolls was the reason. Well I did finish my brevet comfortably about 7hrs before finish time & I never got numb crotch like I get on the Rolls. Only that I was starting to have hot spots on but they werent making me uncomfortable; later I realized that these were blisters...small red spots. Is this a common thing??? I do get a little bit of thigh rub on all my saddles because I like to pedal really close to the TT, I use good Bibs like Santini GelIntex & P.I. Quest, could this be due to the lycra rubbing constantly & generating heat?? But more importantly what can be done to solve this problem??
02-27-11, 10:13 PM
Well, that *is* a lot of riding. If you can take it easy for a while, the blisters should turn into calluses. Problem solved.
02-27-11, 10:29 PM
It's a fairly well known condition among the members of my club with Brooks. Clearasil has seemed to work for most everyone. Usually has turned up within the first month or two of moving to Brooks, and once cleared up the first time, tend to not return.
02-27-11, 11:24 PM
Since OP is from Mumbai, explanation: Clearasil is an acne cream.
02-28-11, 06:36 AM
before every my long distance rides,i allways aplying cream/lotion on my ass (lots of it) and in chamois.
or you can use: ASSOS chamois cream it works really great.
no more hot/blistered crotch or balls.;)
Did you try washing the area a few times during the ride ... wash and then dry thoroughly? Sometimes the salt build-up can cause problems.
good to hear that this isn't anything new :) I did apply cream but it wasn't chamois, just a skin cream. I also didn't wash. As I said it was nothing that was painful as such just that a bit of comfort was lost.
Is clearasil cream which the ladies use for Pimples??? then I'm sure it'll be easily available ;)
Yup pimple cream.
That washing bit during a long randonnee is something I forget to do sometimes, and I can pay the price.
I don't use chamois creams, although I might apply some tea tree lotion to chafed areas or hot spots. But generally, I find that the condition of my butt improves in the same proportion as my general fitness conditioning for long distance riding -- that is, if I ride more often, the fitter I get and the more comfortable I am.
Calluses on the butt help.
If you have the luxury of bagdrops or loops that return you to a central point where bags are able to be kept, a clean, dry pair of shorts every 300km or so is a good idea.
By the way, congratulations on the 600. A great effort. Were you the only rider? And who organised it (as in individual or association)?
Hey Thanks, well there were around 10 riders not sure how many managed to finish I & 3 others finished in around 10mins difference. Randonneuring is still in its embryonic stage here, we organize the rides ourselves & call our friends & family to volunteer at controls. While Drop Bag facility is sometimes available I prefer to carry my own stuff. I have a HBB which I use for 600kms, I've also ordered a Carradice bag for the Longer ones.
Your situation sounds very much like how I started out randonneuring in Tasmania. We were largely self-reliant, and even did without family and friends at controls. Fortunately, in qualifying for PBP2003, the state organiser was one of our trio of riders. We had a lot of fun, discovered what we really could do, and made ourselves self-sufficient in many ways. It was a great learning experience.
Not sure I could handle your climate, though.
Are you keeping an eye on the World Cup cricket?
Anyway, a repeated well done.
Thanks :), while my timings may look pretty good but I must tell you Indian roads are a lot flatter than most western countries, infact that's the way most subcontinent roads are, we hardly have large mountain passes. That's why PBP is a bit nerve wrecking.
Cricket was what I used to play when I was in school, now I've lost interest :). The biggest problem with our climate is that there are extremes, heat & rain, cold isn't anything like in the west or down south but the post mid-night temperatures drop drastically esp out in the countryside.
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