*** WARNING *** Can be a bit graphic and breakfast aspirating.
I've been riding for quite a few years now, and am still in the uberClyde club, but that doesn't really bother me much. What does bother me is that I've been plagued with saddle sores the entire time. I really enjoy bike commuting all year long and mountain biking (what little I do) but this issue is getting me to the point to where I dread getting in the saddle some times (alot of times actually).
Being a *really* big guy I've always had issues here and there with chafing and other dermal issues on the inner thighs, but that comes with the territory, but I don't ever recall in all of my life having constant boil-like sores there, and these things sometimes bleed and ALWAYS hurt, it even hurts to sit on a stool here at work.
I've tried every treatment I can think of, using baby powder before rides, baby whipes with alcahol after each ride, clean shorts every day, vaseline, bag balm, udderly smooth, etc. I've even tried a dozen different saddles, a few different bikes, and many different riding positions... nothing seems to do the trick. It's a shame really, I've been totally car free (for my part, wife still drives) for a few years now and just recently have been looking to purchase an automobile so that I can stop riding the bike(s) because of the pain. And it saddens me really, something I enjoy doing so much is causing me so much pain, I guess I know how junkies and gambling addicts feel.
I'm tired of the pain.
I'm tired of purchasing/trying new saddles every other month or so.
I'm tired of being tired of this.
I am at my wits end here. Is this a common issue with us bigger folks? Is it fixable? Am I doomed?