Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-09-09, 11:40 AM   #1
rogerfisher
Member in good standing
Thread Starter
 
rogerfisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Madisonville, Kentucky
Bikes: Specialized Allez Elite
Posts: 38
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ugly sores and scars on legs

I need advise. I want to ride with shorts during the nice hot days; however I have some sores and scars on my lower legs from a recent medical condition. My legs are clearing up, but they still noticeably grotesque.
Any suggestions or thoughts?

Thank you,

Roger
rogerfisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 12:58 PM   #2
JimF22003
Senior Member
 
JimF22003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern VA
Bikes: 2008 Trek Madone 5.5, 2009 Cervelo R3SL tdf edition, Cervelo R5 with Di2
Posts: 2,654
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Ignore it if you can. Everybody else will.

I have a large dark patch on one outer calf from a case of cellulitis I had almost 15 years ago. It's not going to go away. I also have some scars on my inner thighs from where I had excess skin removed after losing a great deal of weight. Also my calfs are a bit saggy from the same cause.

I don't really think of it anymore. I've never once had anybody comment or even notice as far as i can tell.

You could try makeup or something I guess, but I'm thinking that would get pretty messy or runny when it gets hot and you start to sweat.
JimF22003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:14 PM   #3
Panthers007
Great State of Varmint
 
Panthers007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
Bikes:
Posts: 7,479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yep^^^ - ignore it. You're a cyclist, not a male fashion-model. Anyone who'd have a negative reaction to such is no one you'd want to know.
Panthers007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:19 PM   #4
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,714
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
Don't worry about it. I'm suffering an excema attack this week and my legs look like hell too. Ride hard. Show them your legs as they shrink into the distance.
caloso is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:20 PM   #5
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
If anyone asks- it was when you had an off at 50mph on a rocky descent on the $5,000 Mountain bike.

My legs are covered with scars- from hitting rocks- brambles and road rash. I never notice them and neither does anyone else.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:21 PM   #6
Bander
Son of Fred
 
Bander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Think up a fun and grotesque story you can tell to people that ask about the source of the scars and sores. Something involving a car hitting you or a run in with a hostile wild animal should do. Then act proud of the scars as you tell the story, and people will think you are tough and cool.
Bander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:54 PM   #7
travelmama
Senior Member
 
travelmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Long Beach,CA
Bikes: Kona Ute, Nishiki 4130, Trek 7000, K2 Mach 1.0, Novara Randonee, Schwinn Loop, K2 Zed 1.0, Schwinn Cream, Torker Boardwalk
Posts: 1,410
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Don't sweat it and go out to get your ride on.
travelmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 08:54 PM   #8
coldfeet
Senior Member
 
coldfeet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, what they said. Either that or a pair of thin spandex tights.
coldfeet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 09:07 PM   #9
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid
Posts: 2,638
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogerfisher View Post
I need advise. I want to ride with shorts during the nice hot days; however I have some sores and scars on my lower legs from a recent medical condition. My legs are clearing up, but they still noticeably grotesque.
Any suggestions or thoughts?

Thank you,

Roger
Ignore it.. You could be like me and have a hasty 2 inch scar on your shin from falling down a casement while on a pantie raid.
Sirrus Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 05:37 AM   #10
rogerfisher
Member in good standing
Thread Starter
 
rogerfisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Madisonville, Kentucky
Bikes: Specialized Allez Elite
Posts: 38
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks all! I will take your suggestions and come up with an awsome (beyond belief) story for them to "chew on". I can say...it was when I rocketed off at 50mph on a rocky descent on the $5,000 Mountain bike when a car hit me and I had a run in with some kind of hostile wild animal. I thought it was the Tazmanian Devil!

Yeah, that might work!
rogerfisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 06:52 AM   #11
jdon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,239
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Have you seen cyclists legs? Nobody walks away without scars and wounds of some type. As above, have fun with it and enjoy the ride!

Oh... stick to wild boars. Unless of course your story takes place down under!
jdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 11:16 AM   #12
Booger1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Gaseous Cloud around Uranus
Bikes:
Posts: 3,717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
I know exactly how you feel.I've been in a few car accidents and was attacked by dogs.I've tried wearing shorts but it scares the women and children.Believe me,they notice my legs.When they get tan,it looks like 20 miles of white railroad track with some bomb craters mixed in.It's bad enough that people have to see my arms.
Booger1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 11:29 AM   #13
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogerfisher View Post
Thanks all! I will take your suggestions and come up with an awsome (beyond belief) story for them to "chew on". I can say...it was when I rocketed off at 50mph on a rocky descent on the $5,000 Mountain bike when a car hit me and I had a run in with some kind of hostile wild animal. I thought it was the Tazmanian Devil!

Yeah, that might work!
I believe it already.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 11:39 AM   #14
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,714
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
Yeah... That's the ticket!

caloso is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 11:52 AM   #15
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Bikes: A few.
Posts: 8,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DeSoto leg coolers if you don't feel like the grief and don't want to wear warm pants.
__________________
Mike
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.
CastIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 12:36 PM   #16
Nestor
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The scars are from a collision with a stupid photographer that stepped out to take your picture on the final switchback of the Alpe d'Huez.

Yeah. That's it.

Nestor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 03:34 PM   #17
rwp
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Reno, NV
Bikes:
Posts: 400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogerfisher View Post
Thanks all! I will take your suggestions and come up with an awsome (beyond belief) story for them to "chew on". I can say...it was when I rocketed off at 50mph on a rocky descent on the $5,000 Mountain bike when a car hit me and I had a run in with some kind of hostile wild animal. I thought it was the Tazmanian Devil!

Yeah, that might work!
It was a Python...and it was in Borneo!

By the way, my scars are all from knife fighting in Tijuana!
rwp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 03:38 PM   #18
Kimmitt 
Senior Member
 
Kimmitt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oceanside, CA
Bikes: Electra Townie 3i with xtracycle, Surly Cross-Check
Posts: 952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, unless you're so badly off that you're gonna frighten people with fear of infection, don't worry about it. People get hurt. Wounds take some time to heal up. In informal situations, we all agree not to stare and move on with our lives.
Kimmitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 03:48 PM   #19
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
If you have open wounds/sores, then cover them up. For your sake and ours.
__________________
RANS V3 - Ti, RANS V-Rex - cromo, RANS Screamer - cromo
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-09, 08:08 PM   #20
Rob P.
Fred at large
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Roads of Ventura County Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 640
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rogerfisher View Post
Thanks all! I will take your suggestions and come up with an awsome (beyond belief) story for them to "chew on". I can say...it was when I rocketed off at 50mph on a rocky descent on the $5,000 Mountain bike when a car hit me and I had a run in with some kind of hostile wild animal. I thought it was the Tazmanian Devil!

Yeah, that might work!
Don't forget to mention that all that happened while you were on a cruise.
Rob P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-09, 08:10 AM   #21
borgagain
Oldtimer
 
borgagain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Foothills of the Catskills in New York
Bikes: 1972 Raleigh LTD, 1985 Cannondale SR300 (2), 1986 ROSS Eurotour, 1991 Giant Sedona MTB, 1992 Trek Antelope MTB
Posts: 221
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a 4" x 8" scar on my right shin along with some lesser ones on that lower leg. I got hit by a car while on a bike at age 19 in 1979 and spent a year having my shattered leg put back together. It's nearly fully functional now but the big scar is repulsive. A friend who saw it by accident once, told me it nearly made her barf.

I've been in long pants ever since the accident but I finally got fed up and decided I wanted to be comfortable this summer.

I got a "Compression Calf Brace". This is a breathable black fabric and elastic tube that contours to your lower leg and stays put. Once it's in place I don't notice it's there. It covers the scars nicely. It might look a little funny but I can now wear shorts without initiating the gag reflex in others, well not due to the scars anyway...

I got my Calf Brace on Amazon.com. It came from Alpha Medical and was inexpensive.

You will need to measure around the upper part of your lower leg, 4.5" below your knee. If you are on the border between two sizes, go to the next size up. You aren't using it for a brace, just a cover and comfort is more important than a tight fit.
borgagain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-09, 10:52 AM   #22
JPradun
Pokes On Spokes
 
JPradun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: Pedal Force ZX3
Posts: 824
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


That's what my plastic surgeon gave me for my face after a bad crash. Alternatively, Maderma works pretty well, too.

It will take many, many months for it to fade. Start early while it's still fresh.
JPradun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-09, 06:19 PM   #23
cz2509
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NE Mass
Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, Raliegh M80
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If they are looking at your legs, it means your shorts arent tight enough.
cz2509 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-09, 07:11 PM   #24
Zan
Senior Member
 
Zan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Waterloo, ONT
Bikes: Road: Trek 1.5 (2007). Mountain: Santa Cruz Chameleon (2008). Beater: Peugeot Recorde du Monde (1850)
Posts: 1,417
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
let leg hair grow back in? might work to an extent... you can't see too many of my scars due to my hair.

you said they're clearing up, so perhaps you could stop shaving for a while.

Of course, this is assuming you shave.
Zan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-09, 10:48 PM   #25
Velo Dog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Bikes:
Posts: 3,802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Add me to the list of those who say to ignore the scars. I have a matched set, right leg from grenade fragments and left leg from a helicopter crash (bad couple of days in Vietnam). Granted, I've had 40 years to get used to them, but I quit worrying about them years ago. When I was single, they were a good conversation starter. Most people aren't paying as much attention to us as we think they are.
Velo Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:35 AM.