saddle sore

FreelikethewindFreelikethewind Posts: 37
edited November 2018 in Women's cycling forum
Anyone get sores down below?
I've actually stopped cycling because of it :(

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  • figbatfigbat Posts: 678
    British Cycling eradicated saddle sores in the women's team and won a sackful of Olympic medals as a consequence (so this article would have you believe).
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  • It doesn't seem to be talked about. Do all those women clocking up the miles on Strava just not get them? Or do they just put up with them?
  • When Mrs Totale did LEJOG she did the same thing us guys do, buy some quality bib shorts, find a saddle that agrees with your bottom and use chamois cream.
  • amrushtonamrushton Posts: 573
    Are you getting sores or is it your labia getting sore? It all comes down to pressure/saddle and position. My wife suffered for years doing long rides and thought it was normal. As usual throwing money at the situation worked. It came down to going to Cyclefit in London and getting a saddle mapping. High quality shorts also helped (Assos or Rapha)
  • JaymeJayme Posts: 48
    As the others have said, high quality shorts and chamois cream are key. Also, make sure you're not wearing pants underneath your shorts.
  • Jayme wrote:
    As the others have said, high quality shorts and chamois cream are key. Also, make sure you're not wearing pants underneath your shorts.

    Angle of saddle or pressure in a certain area can also contribute
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,349
    The right saddle, the correct angle, the right shorts (&padding) and the right bike setup ...

    plus

    ... a bit of "wearing in" getting your body used to it... some are lucky enough to get there fairly quickly, others take longer. Eitherway, saddle sores or just discomfort down there are telling you that it's not the right setup for you.

    (just as a really basic one - you don't wear anything under your padded shorts do you ... you don't need to answer here - we don't need to know)
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,189
    I don't suffer from saddle sore. However, my knees, my back, my shoulders, my neck... that's a different matter. :roll:

    Keep trying. Don't give up. It takes time and a bit of experimenting to get the right saddle/short combo. Find a LBS with a bike fit facility, it's worth it or a bit of DIY just to get the basic angles and set up right.
    The saddle sore is usually a symptom of a problem.

    https://wattbike.com/gb/bike-fit
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  • cld531ccld531c Posts: 517
    If you can try and pinpoint where you are sore/getting sores you should be able to work out whether its
    -shorts etc rubbing
    -saddle position/style/size
    -bum needs hardening up
    I find I need a saddle that goes slim pretty quickly, the more tapering ones kill me. Bought one that I thought would be OK bearing in mind where sores were and comparing saddle shape to old one and pretty much sorted.
    Dont let it put you off, you will get it sorted if you stick at it.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,189
    Some Selle Italia outlets do a body fit where they measure the distance between your 'sit bones'.

    You may find an outlet near you:

    https://www.selleitalia.com/en/idmatch/
    S - The Brazilian beach volleyball team
    W - Wiggle Honda
    "This year will be harder than last year. But that is good news; this year will be easier than next year."
  • jfwjfw Posts: 41
    I reckon there are 2 main types of "sore"

    1. abrasion/ pressure - where you get rubbed/chafed especially on a long ride

    2. a mini local infection - either from previous abrasion, or more commonly for me associated with a spot/ infected hair follicle like a mini boil (nice!)

    For (1) Good fitting shorts, right saddle, right position on the bike (eg reach - how far you reach forward can rock you off your sit bones and on to your "bits") can have a big impact. I don't normally use chamois cream - but consider it for multiple days long riding, and if you have to ride with a wet censored (which can make 1 and 2 more likely). Often this will be short lived - and go away quickly

    For (2) there is a bit more element of chance - you can reduce the risks by getting changed out of your shorts as soon as you finish (especially if wet), shower with gentle wash etc, wear nice cotton pants after

    if you are struck down - you can stick a bit of savlon on and try soaking in a hot bath (to bring it to a "head") - though I have read some people consider long soaks in baths in general could increase likelihood of getting a sore (I also think there is an element of hormones in when i might be more likely to get a spot like sore). You don't want to hot wash your expensive lycra shorts - but consider a sports wash to kill of bacteria.
  • SarahSSarahS Posts: 15
    OMG i have this issue, I bought some chamois cream and lowered the pressure in my tyres and it seemed to make a big difference this weekend.

    I was so close to giving up and going back to mountain biking where it never was a problem.
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