Who Wants Saddle Sores?

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Getting or having saddle sores is probably something us cyclists would like to keep to ourselves, right?  I don’t get them very often, but here I am publicly announcing that I just so happen to have a couple right now and they sure did make today’s ride a little uncomfortable.  Yeah, it’s a nasty subject to talk about so I’ll keep things very short.

My Cycling 360 co-hosts and I recently did a show all about saddle sores….including what causes them and a secret remedy to cure them (trying that one out myself right now).  It’s worth taking the time to listen in so that you can be sure to prevent this painful experience from happening to you this summer.

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  • Bongo

    Okay, so this is slightly off topic although possibly related. I’ve read several articles about saddle sores but I’ve yet to find anything about another bothersome issue that I hope I’m not the only guy to experience, that is sore nipples. Seriously, does anyone have suggestions on how to treat, and even better prevent, them?

    • http://twitter.com/noteon Keith Snyder

      This may be a dumb question, but are you wearing a base layer?

      • Bongo

        I do wear a base layer of the mesh variety – a Specialized 1st layer.

        • Nick

          Try the first aid section at the chemists – they sell white tape in 1cm wide rolls, I think for securing bandages. For running, I just use a little square of that.

          • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

            Good tip, thanks Nick.

  • koifla

    That pic makes me say ouch. I don’t get saddle sores never had don’t know what one is and I rode for over ten years without bike shorts. Maybe I don’t ride enough. Sometimes the seam on the pad chaffes my balls just on the outside. TMI? When I shower I think how did I get STD but then realize it was from the tri suit. Unless that is a saddle sore then STD means Saddle Testicular Disease.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Dude, you crack me up. Hope you never get any saddle sores….or STD’s.

  • Gregger

    No thanks. I’ve had saddle sores before and dont’ want them again. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but it has been a long time since I’ve had any.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I’ll cross them for you as well, Gregger.

  • http://twitter.com/dudeonabike Ross X

    Good post. For a natural alternative product, try rubbing coconut oil all over the area, perhaps even with a little lavender essential oil (or maybe tee tree essential oil for extra anti-bacterial/anti-viral protection–in addition to that already possessed by the coconut oil).

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Ross…..I’ve never heard of the Coconut Oil treatment. I have some of that in my kitchen right now.

  • http://twitter.com/noteon Keith Snyder

    The secret that many randonneurs (ultra-distance endurance cyclists), including myself, pass on to newbies is Lantiseptic Daily Care Skin Protectant: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=lantiseptic&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=10634406114163518665&sa=X&ei=01qxT5jeN6mY6QGi8d2tCQ&ved=0CPEBEPICMAg#ps-sellers The stuff is magical. Better than chamois creme, better than Bag Balm, neither of which I use anymore. I swear by it. It’s awesome. I’ve finished a 300K with my butt in better shape than when i applied the stuff after the first 150.

    I agree about friction problems being a sign that something else is wrong–however, randonneurs are people who ride up to 90 hours straight, so you can get in trouble even when everything seems properly fitted.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Keith….great tip, thanks for sharing it.

  • Dennis

    Perfect timing for me as well. I’m listening right now for the secret formula to get rid of these pains in my butt.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Great…..let us know what you think of the podcast.