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    Saddle help for my wife

    My wife's back to cycling after many years off and (almost) loving it. Started back in April with her old aluminum 7 speed (with a triple) road bike. We're riding the mountain roads in Western North Carolina. The saddle really killed her the first 3 1/2 months. It is a Terry Women's Liberator X Gel Bicycle Saddle. It hurt her soft bits and created a sore spot on her upper thigh. My guess is the saddle was too soft.

    After talking with them and getting measured for sit bones, our LBS recommended a Women's Oura RBX Expert Gel size 155. The sales person (a woman) uses it and loves it. This saddle is much firmer than her old one and has a huge space in the middle.

    After riding with the new saddle all of her OLD problems are gone!
    HOWEVER, now she's getting a swollen lump under the skin just to the mid-body side of the left sit-bone. It happens during each ride and each ride it gets worse and is staying for days.

    Any experience or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Cyst....time to see a DR.
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    We've had great luck with Koobi Saddles. http://www.koobi.com.

    Multiple choices for firmness, full length cut outs and good sitbone support. Also on the better models, elastomer vibration absorption.

    Saddles are sold direct to you, you'll get it in two days and they expect you to try it out for 30 days or send it back. Call them, Phil there is a great resource on saddle issues. Happy to talk you through the problem and figure out solutions.

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    Time for a bit of a layoff. Those nodules sometimes respond to rest and then steroid shots but often require surgery. They apparently result from too much pressure on the soft tissue trapped between the saddle and the bones, leading to a loss of circulation and tissue death.

    During the layoff, I recommend some strength training, particularly leg extensions with low weights and huge repetitions, but also fast walks up hills. My reasoning is that the best way to relieve stress on the saddle is to take it up with your feet on the pedals. Stronger legs can apply more force to the pedals, thus less force is left for the bum to deal with.

    When she returns to the bike, keep the rides short and intense. Don't do distances that force her to fatigue and thus put more pressure on her bum.

    Good luck.

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    I doubt it,,a cyst doesnt come and go

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeeee View Post
    I doubt it,,a cyst doesnt come and go
    Yes they do.........

    I had one removed...Now I am sitting on another one that goes Up/Down.

    See a doctor. They can become infected and spread to other parts of your body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Yes they do.........
    I would agree with this. I have had one on the back of my leg for SEVERAL YEARS before it finally up and disappeared and it would *come & go*

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    It's an infection of the skin the bacteria that is always present on the surface , finds a Hair follicle

    to move in grow and die , the dead bacteria buisd up . ind that is perhaps, that cyst/carbuncle..


    Have a Dermatologist to consult ? I'm just a guy that has ridden my bike on long tours

    Clean skin and clean bike shorts Daily were found to keep my backside comfortable , even on a Brooks saddle ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeeee View Post
    I doubt it,,a cyst doesnt come and go
    Probably a good thing to see a doctor anyway, go for a nice long ride, until it shows up, then see the doc, while it's active.... It could be something that was always there, that the new saddle irritates.

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    Of course saddle preference is a personal thing, but FWIW: my wife tried a bunch and really likes the Selle Italia Diva. She's met a few other women who've had success with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Cyst....time to see a DR.
    Unfortunately most likely... because I tend to ride more on one side (the left) of my groin I am prone to pressure cysts (always in the same spot so I suspect there is something there that doesn't go away). I have been to the doctor. Bottom line keep the area clean. If really painful,the doctor will lance it but they prefer not to. Really nothing else can be done but to stop riding. She probably does need to move around more on the saddle. I've started that and now get cysts less often. Also chamois cream is a real help.
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    Just got my wife a Terry Butterfly. Its still kind of soft, but not as much as the Liberator

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    The cyst thing should be considered for sure and action taken if necessary. In the mean time, however, you may well find that a change of saddle is all it takes to stop the problem from recurring. If her saddle is almost perfect, look for others that are close to it in shape. You'll see some saddles flare out and have a "hard" dropoff at the edge while others are more rounded. Some sit bone areas are shaped differently. Some are a bit more narrow. There is a huge variation and often a very subtle change is all it takes. My very best advice is to keep trying new saddles....one after the next after the next and again and again. It's the only way to find the best saddle for you. If none of them work due to the cyst issue then it's time to see a doc, but operating on it will put her out of commission for quite some time (potentially). Some cysts can be quite deep and great care has to be take post operative. Best of luck.
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