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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-25-08, 03:18 PM   #1
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If it's not one thing...

it's another.

Just getting back on the bike after a chest infection. I really missed the cycling and had about 11 days out of the saddle.

I was testing out the Brooks Imperial saddle a few weeks ago and had some problems. The cut out damaged a strip of skin on my perineum. This developed a boil, which eventually burst (yuck). Anyway - this has left a small open wound, about 3mm across and 7mm long.

It's not really healing very well - when I got back on the bike, it just reopened the small wound. There isn't really any pain, and luckily no infection, but it's not really healing.

Can anyone suggest something to help me heal up?

BTW I use assos cream and change shorts after every ride ect.
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Old 06-25-08, 03:27 PM   #2
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it's another.

Just getting back on the bike after a chest infection. I really missed the cycling and had about 11 days out of the saddle.

I was testing out the Brooks Imperial saddle a few weeks ago and had some problems. The cut out damaged a strip of skin on my perineum. This developed a boil, which eventually burst (yuck). Anyway - this has left a small open wound, about 3mm across and 7mm long.

It's not really healing very well - when I got back on the bike, it just reopened the small wound. There isn't really any pain, and luckily no infection, but it's not really healing.

Can anyone suggest something to help me heal up?

BTW I use assos cream and change shorts after every ride ect.
Rest, you need to epidermal and sub-dermal tissue heal.
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Old 06-25-08, 03:29 PM   #3
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Sorry about the gash on yer taint, I'd just skip riding until it's fully healed.
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Old 06-25-08, 03:37 PM   #4
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Rest, you need to epidermal and sub-dermal tissue heal.
I have a good friend who chronically deals with this problem (he's 5'9" 280 - that's alot weight leaning forward on the saddle). It got so bad he almost gave up riding. He discovered, and his doctor advised over and over, the only way to deal with the problem is to let his skin heal. Keep it clean, and covered, use an antibiotic oilment but allow it to heal fully before you ride again. I know that sucks but the alternative (no more riding) is worse.
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Old 06-25-08, 03:43 PM   #5
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Not what I really wanted to hear, but thanks for the quick replies. I'll bite the bullet on this one.

Doesn't really help that I have a brand new road bike, with only 50 miles on the clock. I did buy a Specialized Toupe gel saddle too, to test out - it'll have to wait.

I only have a 1.5 mile commute to work, I wonder if I can do it standing up!
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Old 06-25-08, 04:28 PM   #6
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maybe we need to see some pics...lol
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Ride standing, seriously. Wait until the wound closes though. Then ride standing for the next few rides. once the wound calluses then you will not experience this problem again.
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sorry to hear about the continuing problems, maybe a sits bath would help with the healing. They sure helped with the old h'roids
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I only have a 1.5 mile commute to work, I wonder if I can do it standing up!
1.5 miles? Why don't you walk to work until the wound heals. Great way to stay fit. Better workout too!

Sitting in a warm bath with Epsom Salts will help with healing.
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Can anyone suggest something to help me heal up?
Yes. Keep it clean, wear loose-fitting clean cotton underwear, don't bandage it unless it's draining, and stay off the bike until you've got intact skin. If it shows signs of infection, see a doctor.
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Day 1 off the bike, I've already ordered a new set of handbuilt wheels - Amrosio Excellence rims onto Ultegra hubs - 36 / 32 spokes. Shopping therapy will keep me sane, either that or I'll soon be broke!

BTW - thanks for all the comments, they have really been helpful
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hi, with the new toupe saddle hopefully they measured you for it so you have one that fits (they come in different sizes. If you didn't get measured then go to a Specialized dealer and have them size you for the saddle. Doesn't matter what size you think you are it depends on the size that you actually are (me I got a skrawny rear end, but specialized said I needed the 143 (medium) seat ).

Oh and walk until it heals up.

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You might want to call the Doc anyway about maybe getting some Silvadene Creme. (Silver Sulfadiazine). It's prescription only, but is a great preventive for infection with open wounds in the groin area. Silver Salts kill bacteria very nicely and don't breed resistant bugs. It will also serve as a protectant and speed healing. It's other major use is treatment of burns.

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