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Old 05-22-10, 11:35 AM   #1
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You have a saddle sore and you still have to ride

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I like to take weeklong trips and will get the occaisonal saddle sore.

I know how to treat it (tons of posts on that subject) and there's no substitute for rest, when you can.

If you need to ride the next day or so, what is the best way to bandage or cover it up to get you through the remaining days?
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Old 05-23-10, 11:04 AM   #2
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Remove the saddle and seatpost, and ride standing up! I did it for six weeks once to let a sore heal. Hard as hell, but beats not riding.
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There are some adhesive wound coverings you can get that are sometimes sold as blister pads or "advanced healing" or some such. They are an all in one kind of thing, the whole surface is adhesive, and it just goes straight on the wound. I've never used them for a saddle sore, but that's what I would try. They are designed to stay on for a few days, and usually do. I find then useful for wounds on the hand etc, because they don't get messed up as easily as regular stuff when you wash.
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Saddlesore? As in actual open sores? Yowch! Normally I like reading about saddle problems, but I'd never wish THAT on anybody! Keep it clean & apply antibiotic. It's gonna hurt no matter what.
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There are some adhesive wound coverings you can get that are sometimes sold as blister pads or "advanced healing" or some such. They are an all in one kind of thing, the whole surface is adhesive, ....
This works fairly well, but there's a trick: If you just slap the padding (sold as moleskin; look in the foot care section of the supermarket; Dr. Scholl's is one brand) over the wound, you'll still be pressing on it when you ride. You can buy the stuff in "donut" shapes or in sheets and cut your own so it surrounds the wound, but there's a hole over the owie itself to relieve pressure. Helps moderately, anyway, though after awhile the increased pressure around the wound may start to cause trouble.
When you MUST ride, a local anesthetic (Lanacaine is one) can deaden the nerves, though the damage will continue
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This works fairly well, but there's a trick: If you just slap the padding (sold as moleskin; look in the foot care section of the supermarket; Dr. Scholl's is one brand) over the wound, you'll still be pressing on it when you ride. You can buy the stuff in "donut" shapes or in sheets and cut your own so it surrounds the wound, but there's a hole over the owie itself to relieve pressure. Helps moderately, anyway, though after awhile the increased pressure around the wound may start to cause trouble.
When you MUST ride, a local anesthetic (Lanacaine is one) can deaden the nerves, though the damage will continue
That could work too, but wasn't what I was describing. Here's a link to the brand I first used in the UK.

http://www.jejamescycles.com/compeed...s-id41090.html

You can find these as a "BandAid" brand, blister or wound patch, and they're now available in various store brand versions as well. the biggest version I've seen locally is about 2.5" x 2" and oddly enough, that one has the original name "Compeed" printed on the protection paper. I've used a couple of those overlapping to cover a patch of gravel rash on my thigh. Worked well. When applied, the area with damage turns the plaster soft and white, ( absorbs moisture from the wound ) with a padding effect, really helps to relieve pain from any knock or abrasion.
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Keep it clean & apply antibiotic. It's gonna hurt no matter what.
This + nut up.

Enjoy
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Diaper Rash Cream.
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Thanks folks for input.
I didn't get a chance to pick up the moleskin or adhesive tape, so I settled with covering it with a mixture of zinc oxide and vaseline.
I helped a bit, but it was a long 4 hours.
Thanks again
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