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Saddle Sore?

Old 08-22-11, 03:08 PM
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Saddle Sore?

Hey guys i believe i had my first encounter with saddle sore type problem. I was out on my long ride 60 miles this weekend and when i got home i noticed that i had some red irritated area almost like razor burn in between my "area" and thigh after some goggling saddle sore was the resolution. Is this anything i should be worried about? Will it go away on its own etc? I have just started incorporating long rides into my regular workout. Also i have an apt tomorrow at my lbs to get fit for a new saddle as the riva that came with my bike is just not working for me. thanks all info is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-22-11, 03:33 PM
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Sounds like a rash.

The only saddle sore I got felt and looked something like this:



There's another thread going on about treatment, but I'm a HUGE proponent for preventive measures with chamois creams. I dig this stuff:
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Old 08-22-11, 06:48 PM
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You'll be fine. No, that's doesn't sound like a saddle sore and yes, it will go away on its own. Go take a shower and wash down there.

Then make sure your bicycle fits and get a decent saddle.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
You'll be fine. No, that's doesn't sound like a saddle sore and yes, it will go away on its own. Go take a shower and wash down there.

Then make sure your bicycle fits and get a decent saddle.
Do this and then put some gold bond / baby powder on when youre all dry, helps me
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Old 08-22-11, 08:15 PM
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It might be chafing from the chamois pad. Could also be fit related. I got stuff similar to that when the reach to the handlebars was too much. Went to a fitter who recommended bars with a shorter reach. That fixed it.

Could also be that your saddle is dying. They do wear out, and don't support as well as when new.

Chamois cream if you're not already using it.
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Old 08-22-11, 08:17 PM
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Polysporin will work wonders. I had one develop a couple of weeks ago and had tried different remedies that did not provide relief. I was at my doctor's office last week and mentioned the saddle sore. My physician also rides and said hit with Polysporin. I also make sure I use something like Aquaphor before my rides too to help reduce friction and irritation.
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Thanks for the responses i also read some other threads that recommended a zinc cream i think it might be fit relatted as I dropped my handlebars to a more aggressive angle or lbs did but didn't change seat height or position. I also think it is my saddle. Should have it all figured out tomorrow. Once again thanks!
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i think it might be fit relatted as I dropped my handlebars to a more aggressive angle or lbs did but didn't change seat height or position
Yep ... you likely have to adjust your seat angle.
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I noticed I had one of these starting, for the first time in 4 years, after changing to a different brand of riding shorts and a new seat. I think the edge of the short padding was somehow rubbing or pinching that area. Not sure it was an actual sore as there didn't appear to be an infection or broken skin, it was more a welt/badly irritated, like when you pinch your skin between something. It's taken a while to go away because I refuse to stop riding. I'd never used chamois cream before but I just started applying DZ Nuts (seems to work well) and Polysporin after showering. Thankfully, it's almost gone but it has taken about two weeks. It was certainly uncomfortable on longer rides but I wouldn't call it overly painful, which is why I think it was just a welt.
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Some really good ideas and practical advice in the previous posts. Getting fitted for a proper seat is a great idea. I live in Florida and do long rides all summer long in 90+ degree days with very high humidity. After one 170 mile, three day trip, I came to the realization that saddle sore is pretty similar to diaper rash. After that, I started treating it the same. I started applying baby powder after putting on shorts, paying particular attention to the areas around the chamois seam. On a ride of more than 50 miles, I stop about halfway, find a restroom, clean up a little with baby wipes, dry off and then reapply the bay power. Haven't had a problem since, including during a 354 mile, six day adventure.
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get good shorts. after rides soak in a hot epsom bath. if you are a new rider you might try a small dab of sports lube where you got the chaffing.
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I got this frequently. I still do on occasion. to be honest I just figured it was normal. maybe I should be taking a better look at my set up if that is the case. I have really good high end shorts and my bike set up is good and I use chamois cream though....hmmm.
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