Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: Tender Nipples?

  1. #1
    Senior Member mattface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Montpeculiar, VT
    My Bikes
    Soma Rush, Fuji Cross, Raleigh Technium Mtn Bike, Ross 10 speed with Shimano 600.
    Posts
    3,951
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tender Nipples?

    I don't usually post in this sub-forum, but I have no idea where the appropriate place to ask this question would be. So here goes. I ride short distances every day, and longer rides occasionally. Lately when I go on longer rides 20+ miles, my nipples seem to be getting tender. It's not really that problematic, but I wonder what it's about. Has anyone else had this happen? Any idea about what the cause might be?

  2. #2
    grilled cheesus aham23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    8675309
    My Bikes
    2010 CAAD9 Custom, 06 Giant TCR C2 & 05 Specialized Hardrock Sport
    Posts
    6,933
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    sensitive nipples can lead to bloody nipples. could be from jersey friction? i suggest some type of BodyGlide for friction control if its a real issue for you. later.

  3. #3
    mateo for short mateo44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    1,973
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    sensitive nipples can lead to bloody nipples. could be from jersey friction? i suggest some type of BodyGlide for friction control if its a real issue for you. later.
    +1. And/or you might a nice soft base layer under your jersey, for example:

    << no sig at this time >>

  4. #4
    Senior Member mattface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Montpeculiar, VT
    My Bikes
    Soma Rush, Fuji Cross, Raleigh Technium Mtn Bike, Ross 10 speed with Shimano 600.
    Posts
    3,951
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah it might be my new Jersey. I was wearing it both times I noticed this. I usually wear cotton T-shirts when riding. Maybe my nips are objecting to the 100% poly

  5. #5
    Pain is Temporary
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    2010 Cannondale CAAD9-1, 2003 Cannondale R800
    Posts
    139
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    vasaline will do the trick
    Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records.

    -------------------------

    2003 Cannondale R800 l 2010 Cannondale CAAD9-1

  6. #6
    Senior Member dingodog's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Martinsburg, WV
    My Bikes
    05 Allez Comp Cr-Mo Double
    Posts
    88
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can also use bandaids until they heal. Is this new jersey the right size?

  7. #7
    Videre non videri
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    My Bikes
    1 road bike (simple, light), 1 TT bike (could be more aero, could be lighter), 1 all-weather commuter and winter bike, 1 Monark 828E ergometer indoor bike
    Posts
    3,202
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    First - don't wear cotton!

    A couple of tips for you, from a fellow sufferer...

    Always cover your nipples in vaseline when you take a shower or go for a swim. As soon as you get out of the water, use a good moisturising skin lotion to keep your nipples from going dry. Regularly apply lotion if you don't shower daily.

    Doing this will keep your nipples in good health, but you could still experience soreness sometimes. I solve that by using smooth and soft fabric closest to my skin, without any seams on or near the nipples. Also, avoid being in water at least in the 2-3 hours before any ride, as the nipples often are too dry still then.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
    Posts
    1,329
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    I don't usually post in this sub-forum, but I have no idea where the appropriate place to ask this question would be. So here goes. I ride short distances every day, and longer rides occasionally. Lately when I go on longer rides 20+ miles, my nipples seem to be getting tender. It's not really that problematic, but I wonder what it's about. Has anyone else had this happen? Any idea about what the cause might be?
    Have you changed clothes washing soap/detergents? Changed fabric softener? Changed bleach/color-safe bleach? When washing your jersey/shirts, towels, sheets? Changed body soaps/washes?

    Have you worn something new lately directly on your skin without washing it first?

    I once changed fabric softeners, but not my clothes soap and experienced teeny-tiny blisters of the contact dermatitis sort in a very personal area. . .
    I . . can . . . doooo . . . it

  9. #9
    Senior Member mattface's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Montpeculiar, VT
    My Bikes
    Soma Rush, Fuji Cross, Raleigh Technium Mtn Bike, Ross 10 speed with Shimano 600.
    Posts
    3,951
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by foehn View Post
    Have you worn something new lately directly on your skin without washing it first?
    Yeah it's a new Jersey, but it's been washed. I think maybe it's the fabric.

  10. #10
    Sheep Fondler SwollenYak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Jersey
    Posts
    100
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)



    Got 'em for a friend of mine... he gets bloody nipples.
    Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
    Posts
    1,329
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    Yeah it's a new Jersey, but it's been washed. I think maybe it's the fabric.
    It could very well be the fabric. I love the polar-tec fabric and I have pullovers made from it; I think it is wonderfully soft. My husband thinks they are too scratchy and won't wear them at all.
    I . . can . . . doooo . . . it

  12. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 on the band-aid idea. I buy a jumbo box of the cheapest I can find and then tear off the sticky part at each end and just use that. You only need one per outing and they are much cheaper than the nip guards.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    1,941
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    I don't usually post in this sub-forum, but I have no idea where the appropriate place to ask this question would be. So here goes. I ride short distances every day, and longer rides occasionally. Lately when I go on longer rides 20+ miles, my nipples seem to be getting tender. It's not really that problematic, but I wonder what it's about. Has anyone else had this happen? Any idea about what the cause might be?
    Not to freak you out or anything, but tender nipples and/or enlarged male breasts can be a warning sign of testicular cancer.
    Eric

    2005 Trek 5.2 Madone, Red with Yellow Flames (Beauty)
    199x Lemond Tourmalet, Yellow with fenders (Beast)

    Read my cycling blog at http://riderx.info/blogs/riderx
    Like climbing? Goto http://www.bicycleclimbs.com

  14. #14
    KDB
    KDB is offline
    Senior Member KDB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    Posts
    325
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 to what others have said. The problem, as you can tell, is actually very common for cyclists and runners and much has been written and discussed about it.
    Quotes I Like:
    By convention, indicators should have pattern coefficients (factor loadings) of .7 or higher on their latent factors.
    Statnotes from NCSC

  15. #15
    Senior Member cantdrv55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,301
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Man, just reading this thread make my nips hurt.

    I always wear a base layer shirt under my bibs. Those straps rub me raw.

  16. #16
    Je pose, donc je suis. gcl8a's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Odense, Denmark
    Posts
    1,463
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    sensitive nipples can lead to bloody nipples.
    Heh. Yes it can...


  17. #17
    bac
    bac is offline
    Senior Member bac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    My Bikes
    Too many to list!
    Posts
    7,487
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gcl8a View Post
    Heh. Yes it can...

    That picture made MY nipples hurt! (okay, I just wanted an excuse to type "nipples")

    ... Brad

  18. #18
    Je pose, donc je suis. gcl8a's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Odense, Denmark
    Posts
    1,463
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bac View Post
    That picture made MY nipples hurt! (okay, I just wanted an excuse to type "nipples")

    ... Brad
    Titillating, isn't it?

  19. #19
    Yes, No, Maybe, WTF...
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Sol, Earth, North America
    My Bikes
    '87 Cannondale ST-500, '70s Nishiki steel framed
    Posts
    13
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    http://www.gemplers.com/ you can buy a box of 100 1" wide cloth band-aids for a pittance. I've tried everything mentioned and found cloth band-aids to work the best. I end up putting the pad over my nipples because I'm sensitive enough that just the cloth strip doesn't work. Loose soft shirts are a requirement for me.

  20. #20
    Senior Member littlewaywelt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,509
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Many runners get this. The common cure is a pair of bandaids. In my experience body glide doesn't work very well for this issue.
    One Less Car
    Conservation begins with you.

  21. #21
    Senior Member damnpoor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Monterey Bay Area
    Posts
    478
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This happened to me for the first time today. It was hot, I was going uphill in a soaked shirt, and sure enough I had some chaffing issues. Once I picked up the pace downhill and got a little more dry it wasn't an issue. Wet cotton = bad news.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Sac/Dublin, CA
    Posts
    1,307
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    happens to me when i run. body glide doesnt work, bandaids fall off too soon, but duct tape seems to do the trick. haha.

  23. #23
    Going once, going twice..
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Oak Hill, VA
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR3 Composite
    Posts
    202
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Moisturize. As soon as you get out of the shower, use some good non-allergenic moisturizer and you should be cool, especially combined with the bandaids (I haven't had to use them since moisturizing regularly). Also, if your skin gets really dry or itchy you might be allergic to the soap you are using. I can't use any moisturizing "body wash" but regular bar soap is great.

    Everyone is different though, so good luck.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •