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Old 07-16-08, 10:37 AM
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Problems with new saddle

About a week ago I replaced my Terry Fly saddle with a new Fizik Arione Carbon CX. I love the fit of my new seat for the most part, but yesterday's two-hour ride has yielded a pair of welts on my backside-- which are bad enough to case me to eschew my road bike in favor of my TT rig until I heal.

My question is this: Did I make a mistake with my new purchase, or is it reasonable to expect some discomfort until my rear end gets used to the new saddle? I haven't had a new saddle since I replaced the Bontrager ass hatchet that came with my bike with the Terry a few years ago-- but back then, I didn't ride the distances that I do now-a-days so I didn't happen to have any issues at that time.

The Fizik feels great up until the skin is worn raw. Weird, huh?
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About a week ago I replaced my Terry Fly saddle with a new Fizik Arione Carbon CX. I love the fit of my new seat for the most part, but yesterday's two-hour ride has yielded a pair of welts on my backside-- which are bad enough to case me to eschew my road bike in favor of my TT rig until I heal.

My question is this: Did I make a mistake with my new purchase, or is it reasonable to expect some discomfort until my rear end gets used to the new saddle? I haven't had a new saddle since I replaced the Bontrager ass hatchet that came with my bike with the Terry a few years ago-- but back then, I didn't ride the distances that I do now-a-days so I didn't happen to have any issues at that time.

The Fizik feels great up until the skin is worn raw. Weird, huh?
Where, exactly, are the welts? Aft of the sit bones? If so then they are most likely caused from chafing. I could be wrong, though.

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Did you use chaois cream and shower right after your ride?

That's made the biggest difference to avoiding sores for me.

Had no problem with my arione.
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and shower right after your ride?

That's made the biggest difference to avoiding sores for me.
After I shower and dry I scrub the area with an antibacterial wipe. Haven't had a SS since I started doing so.
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After I shower and dry I scrub the area with an antibacterial wipe. Haven't had a SS since I started doing so.
After a long/sweaty ride I shower then mix some butt butt'r and Neosporin together and apply it to any sore areas.
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Can I ask why you replaced the Terry Fly?
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I have the Fizik Arione and I only have about 100 miles on it and I find it very comfortable. On one ride I put 50 miles on it and had small red marks on my butt, but that was it. I did use a cream though and that was with new bibs. I'm hoping it will get better as I put more miles on it. Anyway good luck, I know how you feel.
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Charlie and Mongo--- of course I shower after each ride! To do otherwise would be gross! The irritation is clearly from friction rather than bacteria. The welts are where the back of my leg meets my posterior, and I had innitaill thought the culprit was the seem of the chamois in the short and bibs that I wore (a couple of new Sugoi bibs proved this wrong). It never occurred to me that I would need to condition my skin for a new seat-- but apparently that is what needs to be done. The strange thing is that the Arione feels so good prior to blistering. I feel pressure on my sit-bones (if i feel anything at all) and that's it. by contrast-- the Terry feels somehow restrictive with each downstroke of the peddling cycle. I get the impression that the new seat yields a more efficient turn.

JMT114-- you ask why I replaced the Terry Fly? Well you know how it can be... sometimes one just has spend money on one's bike! If I had the dough for a pair of 404's then I would have likely bought them instead. I'm being honest here. BUT the thing about saddles is that you never really know how they feel until you've put at least 500 miles on 'em. On a whim, I borrowed a test Arione from my LBS and it felt good. Different, but good. Was there anything wrong with the Terry? No-- but I had a vague notion that my situation could be better with a new saddle and that I would never know unless I experimented.

The lesson to be learned here is that one should never fool around in this manner in the middle of prime cycling season. This is no time for a setback!

Edit: to address another point brought up-- no, I don't use chamois cream and never have. Is it really worthwhile?

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Edit: to address another point brought up-- no, I don't use chamois cream and never have. Is it really worthwhile?
I you consider the solution to your problem worthwhile, then yes!

Chamois cream prevents the friction and has aloe, vitamin E etc. to soothe the skin.
Get some Butt Butt'r or Assos and give it a try, apply a layer to the chamois and a little extra to the parts that are getting sore.
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The side "wing flex" panels on the Ariones need time to be broken in properly (from everything I've read).
You might consider using extra chamois cream there while it's breaking in.

Also, consider showering or using a baby wipe to clean your nether regions before the ride
to eliminate any possibilty for bacteria related saddle sores.
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