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  1. #1
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    I have a saddle sore :(

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    ...after only 10 miles of riding my new bike. Fail! The saddle is at the correct height etc.

    I do not have padded shorts - I blame this for getting the saddle sore.

    I have an itchy, zit-like thing between the crease of my cheek and my upper thigh. I'm a bit worried it could cause further problems?

    Should I *blech* pop it or leave it alone...?
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

  2. #2
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    I have good luck with your basic "zit" cream in treating saddle sores in that location. Just be careful what you wear when using it. It will bleach most fabrics.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

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  3. #3
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    Thank you. We have antifungal cream...but no zit cream in the house as I don't generally suffer from acne to any great extent. DH has some Chamois cream, I think...
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

  4. #4
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    Well, the zit cream works because it will kill at least some bacteria. Chamois cream is a lubricant good at preventing saddle sores in the first place, but it won't really heal anything IME. And a saddle sore isn't a fungal infection, so I doubt it will help either. You might try something like Neosporin, but I've never had any luck with that either.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

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  5. #5
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    I don't have neosporin, either, as I don't believe in it. LOL

    I wonder if a saline soaked pad made with kosher salt would help? I've used that numerous times to heal wounds etc. Hmmm

    Can you recommend padded shorts for a chick on a serious budget? Buying the road bike cleaned us out.
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

  6. #6
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    I guess you could try it. You might do a search on TE for "saddle sore" and see if any other home remedies have been suggested. All I know is that I tried just about everything else, and zit cream worked within 24 hours. For a few dollars, it might be worth getting.

    As for shorts, check out Performance.com or Nashbar.com for some good deals. Of course, TE is a great source, too, and is offering a sale right now. A lot of TE's shorts are admittedly on the high end though.
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

  7. #7
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    if you got a sore in 10 miles it's not the lack of padded shorts, it's either the fit of the saddle or the saddle itself. Try to wear shorts and underwear with less prominent seams.
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  8. #8
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    I just wore tights without underwear. They are MEC tights incidentally - not expensive.

    My new steed has a Bontrager Affinity meant for chicks.:/
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

  9. #9
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    Years ago a new bike saddle was giving me saddle sores. I corrected the problem by going to a more narrow saddle. That took care of the issue for me.
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  10. #10
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    Interesting...
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

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    It may be "designed for women", but if it doesn't work for you, that means nothing. I got sores in that area from a saddle that was the wrong shape--good width, but too gradual a transition between the nose and the back. I still get them from a narrower, better-shaped saddle, but not nearly as often, and only with one pair of shorts. (Check the saddle threads for more.)

    As for shorts: Check the for-sale section here on a regular basis, and Performance or Nashbar.
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  12. #12
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    I just use soap and water for saddle sores. I don't have many problems with them. Make sure you change into clean dry clothes as soon as possible after a ride.

    The affinity is pretty t-shaped, but it comes in 3 different widths so it might be the wrong size.

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

  13. #13
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    the one that came with my Trek Madone WSD 3.1..it says "U22" underneath.

    I have never measured my sitbones, nope. I have ridden my 20 year old unisex MTB all over the place and never had this issue. :/
    2011 Trek WSD Madone 3.1
    Asama Luddite (cheap hybrid) 2008 or 2009
    Kuwahara Savage MTB - early 90s

  14. #14
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    can you try your other saddle on this bike?
    I like Bikes - Mimi
    Watercolor Blog

    Davidson Custom Bike - Cavaletta
    Dahon 2009 Sport - Luna
    Old Raleigh Mixte - Mitzi

  15. #15
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    I think the stock saddle is 144 mm, but I could be wrong.

    Since the shop where you bought the bike is a Trek dealer, they will have a measuring device that you can sit on to find out if the saddle you have is the correct width.

    What saddle is on the MTB?

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

 

 

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