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Old 04-21-10, 03:36 PM
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Saddle Sores

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I have been commuting again seriously after some time off (between finishing uni and getting a job), I do 9.5 miles each way and I find I am getting saddle sores at the base of my bum cheek (sorry if this is too graphic!) right when my sit bones contact the saddle. I have a brooks B17 and wear padded shorts - I have checked and the area I am getting saddle sores in have no seams and are in the middle of the chamois. I shower immediately after my ride in and again when I arrive at home. My job does however involve sitting down all day and this can aggravate them.

Should I be sitting on a different part of my sit bones - i.e. should my hips perhaps be rotated towards the back more?

Cycling is my only way of getting into work - is there something I can do to help while still cycling (I have been putting vaseline on the area to try to help it - but it hasn't worked yet).

My b17 has had about 400 miles on it and I can see it getting an impression of my sit bones. I also had this problem with my old (selle royal viper) saddle - which is why I changed it.

My saddle is at the correct height and I regularly stand while riding. I feel some discomfort at the beginning of my ride but it disappears after a while riding - not sure why!

Any suggestions?

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Old 04-21-10, 03:38 PM
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hmm.. wish i could help.. that sounds like it sucks.. i would sit father back on the saddle.

never had that happen to me
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Old 04-21-10, 04:00 PM
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I had this problem for a while too. Do you have showers at your work?

My problem is that I would arrive at work with a light layer of perspiration, and then spend the next 4-5 hours sitting in my own foul crotch-sweat (sorry if that is too graphic).

Bring a hair-dryer to work and find a secret spot where you can use it to dry your tingly-parts before sitting down to work.

Also, try some cyclist-specific chamois-creme, like Assos or Butt'r. It's far superior to Vaseline--usually got some astringent properties, which are great for avoiding saddle sores. I read somewhere that the guy who invented petroleum jelly died in his 90's and claimed he ate at least a tablespoonful of the stuff every single day of his adult life.

Good luck and safe riding!


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Old 04-21-10, 05:26 PM
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I would sit in a shallow epsom salt bath nightly, ride with no saddle or seatpost for awhile(i know it sounds crazy, but it beats not riding-plus your legs will get super strong) and take your vitamins(advice my pops gave me). It will eventually go away. You could also have them lanced if you're feeling ambitious.
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Old 04-21-10, 05:27 PM
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baby powder works great and doesnt leave you feeling greasy.
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+1 to baby powder. Used that for years with no problems
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Old 04-21-10, 07:07 PM
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I've never had them. However, saddle sores are a bacterial infection. Clean up! Baby wipes work great if you don't have ready access to a shower after riding. Fresh shorts for every ride. How are you washing your shorts? Maybe they're not getting clean enough.
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Old 04-21-10, 11:50 PM
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are they sores, like bleeding, pussing, etc. or chafing like dry, callused, maybe a little blood? if chafing then i recommend the chamois butt'r. feels like a shart in your pants but seems to work well...i wouldn't think 9.5 miles would be long enough for chafing tho, but maybe, are the roads rough? could be vibrations / bruises....
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I do have showers at work.

The roads are pretty bad, and I do get a lot of vibrations. They aren't bleeding and feel more dry and calloused. Like spots with no head. Shorts are washed in a washing machine.

Might give baby powder a shot.

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Ok update, I can best describe the feeling as my sitbones rubbing against the saddle as I pedal - this is probably what is causing the sores. What part of my sitbones should be on the saddle (i.e. closer to the front - more leaned over posture, or closer to the back - more upright posture)?

This is really annoying and I'd love to find the cure! I have commuted this distance before without any issue.

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Not all saddle sores are infections. They start as mechanically damaged tissue inflammation. Rivbike.com has an interesting article about saddle sores written by a cycling physician. Comes up if you google "saddle sores from biking."
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
Not all saddle sores are infections. They start as mechanically damaged tissue inflammation. Rivbike.com has an interesting article about saddle sores written by a cycling physician. Comes up if you google "saddle sores from biking."
https://www.rivbike.com/article/misc/saddle_sores
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Old 04-24-10, 02:58 PM
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Thanks, I had actually read that one
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If your sitbones are rubbing across the rear of the saddle, that sounds like your seat is too high, causing you to rock your hips (and thus your sit bones) in order to make the pedal stroke.
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Other potential source is that your saddle doesn't fit your backside. Might want to try some other saddles. Many shops have a demo program.
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Old 04-24-10, 04:17 PM
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I'll try adjusting the fore and aft position and the height tomorrow.

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