Saddle sores

Saddle sores

Post by Stephen E Tayl » Thu, 27 Jun 1996 04:00:00


I'm slowly learning to ride; at this point one big problem is
lack of condition.  I can ride around the block, with several remounts,
but it leaves me huffing and puffing.

But now that I can handle this (still short) distance, I have a new
big problem.  The inside of my thighs gets chafed, and yesterday
when I got home I discovered I'd broken the skin and have a ***-looking
boo-boo.  Maybe I won't ride today to get a headstart on healing, but
 1) Am I doing something well-known to be wrong?
 2) Would wearing any particular style of trousers help?  Yesterday I
    was wearing jeans.  I've been experimenting with different pairs of
    shorts; none of them seems like the answer, but the jeans aren't either.
    Bicycle shorts could be an idea but I don't own any and hesitate to
    buy a pair for a possibly unsuccessful experiment.  
 3) Assuming I'm not the only one with this problem, are there some
    favorite palliatives or cures out there?

Stephen Taylor

 
 
 

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Post by P.Lis.. » Fri, 28 Jun 1996 04:00:00

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>  1) Am I doing something well-known to be wrong?

You're probably putting too much weight on the pedals. Life is much easier if
you can support your weight on the saddle.

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>  2) Would wearing any particular style of trousers help?  Yesterday I
>     was wearing jeans.  I've been experimenting with different pairs of
>     shorts; none of them seems like the answer, but the jeans aren't either.
>     Bicycle shorts could be an idea but I don't own any and hesitate to
>     buy a pair for a possibly unsuccessful experiment.

Jeans tend to have very chunky seams; I found that not only are they bad for
chafing the legs, but they'll also destroy the saddle cushion and themselves
in fairly quick order.


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Post by Wolfgang Stroessn » Fri, 28 Jun 1996 04:00:00

At my first attempts of riding longer distances (about 1 to 4km at
that time) I had just the same problems, Stephen discribed in his
mail. There are 3 things I want to point out.

At first, the clothes are essential for not getting a sore butt. Bike
shorts are the best by far I have ever tested. Of course you haven't
to wear pants to achieve an optimum comfort. When riding with jeans
my ***starts to get sore after about 10 to 15 km. With bike shorts
I can do 70km and more without any soreness.

The second point you should consider is the saddle you use. Some bad
(mostly cheap) seats are not very comfortable. Perhaps you should
reread my article about the tour over the alps about 2 weeks ago.
There I described in detail some methods to modify a seat for more
comfort. Don't forget to adjust the seat correctly (height *and*
angle).

The last thing I want to mention is the fact that soreness becomes
less when getting more used to long distance riding. It dosn't
disappear at all. But you will learn to change your position on the
seat time by time. So different areas of your ***will carry your
weight while the other ones can recover meanwhile. When beeing on
tour, I make a small break (1 or 2 minutes is enough) about any 10km
for recovering my butt. That sounds ridiculous, but it is very
usefull when doing large trips (I think of 50km or more) even if you
think after the first 10km you don't need this resting. After another
20km you will regret not having had it.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
   Wolfgang

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Post by Alberto Rui » Fri, 28 Jun 1996 04:00:00


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>>  1) Am I doing something well-known to be wrong?

>You're probably putting too much weight on the pedals. Life is much easier if
>you can support your weight on the saddle.

>>  2) Would wearing any particular style of trousers help?  Yesterday I
>>     was wearing jeans.  I've been experimenting with different pairs of
>>     shorts; none of them seems like the answer, but the jeans aren't either.
>>     Bicycle shorts could be an idea but I don't own any and hesitate to
>>     buy a pair for a possibly unsuccessful experiment.

>Jeans tend to have very chunky seams; I found that not only are they bad for
>chafing the legs, but they'll also destroy the saddle cushion and themselves
>in fairly quick order.


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After you get the balance you must learn to relax.
Put your weight on the seat, not on the pedals and keep repeating to yourself
Relax,  relax,    relax.
It is the tense muscles that exhaust you and make your legs crush the seat.

Alberto Ruiz

 
 
 

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Post by Ken Fuch » Fri, 28 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> 2) Would wearing any particular style of trousers help?  Yesterday I
>    was wearing jeans.  I've been experimenting with different pairs of
>    shorts; none of them seems like the answer, but the jeans aren't either.
>    Bicycle shorts could be an idea but I don't own any and hesitate to
>    buy a pair for a possibly unsuccessful experiment.

Please do buy a pair of good quality padded bicycling shorts.  Do not
wear anything under the shorts - that would defeat the purpose of the
shorts.  It will save your hide.

Sincerely,


 
 
 

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Post by Cutm » Sat, 29 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
> I'm slowly learning to ride; at this point one big problem is
> lack of condition.  I can ride around the block, with several remounts,
> but it leaves me huffing and puffing.

It get's better the more you practice. The more you ride the fitter you
get and the more efficient your riding becomes. When I first started I
could ride perhaps 100 yards and then i was knackered and fell off.
About a month ago I did a ride along side bike riders and if I'd been
realy going for it I reckon I could have beaten most of them cause they
were unfit. Pure and simple. As it was I had to wiat for Duncan Castling
and his daughter. I was on a 20" but they were riding 26"'s Duncan was
fine but Lisa was on her first long ride with a 26" so we were going
slow..
Anyway, the point is that I am now able to ride further than I used to
due to practice..

Phew!

Quote:

> But now that I can handle this (still short) distance, I have a new
> big problem.  The inside of my thighs gets chafed, and yesterday
> when I got home I discovered I'd broken the skin and have a ***-looking
> boo-boo.  Maybe I won't ride today to get a headstart on healing.

Ouch, that hurt's don't it..
Been there and done that, get some padded cycling shorts fast. If you
get a set of good quality ones they'll give the most protection - it's
worth it. Were them under a pair of light cotton shorts and you'll find
that this should rlieve the problem. Jeans are the worst thing to ride
in as the material is loose weave comparatively, you get the friction of
the matterial and the wind get's through and chapps your leggs if it's
windy. Also it's ***y cold when it rains..

If you really want to wear jeans then things to look for are:

1: Make sure that the join of the two leg and crotch seams is not big
and nobbly where you are going to be sitting on it..VERY painful...

2: Look for a very fine weave with small threads instead of the thicker
heavy jeans you get.

3: Get ones with thin legs and big deep pockets..

I'd still go for the shorts if I were you..

 
 
 

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Post by Marc Esp » Sat, 29 Jun 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Please do buy a pair of good quality padded bicycling shorts.  Do not
>wear anything under the shorts - that would defeat the purpose of the
>shorts.  It will save your hide.

Also change frequently, like once every two or three hours. My bicycling
shorts tend to be *soaked* after a good session, and this also defeats the
purpose of the shorts :-)
Chaffing also depends upon your saddle. A good saddle, with naturally
conforming thighs, tends to be much better than a cheap model.  Depends a
lot upon unicycling frequency, though... stopping at times and practicing
some other skill (juggling comes to mind :-) is a good idea.

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Post by Mary Marlow » Sat, 29 Jun 1996 04:00:00

We all wear inexpensive bike shorts. None of us are male, but since your
question is about inner thighs I feel qualified to comment :D That has
made a huge difference - jeans are too stiff and the seams chafe; swim
suits offered no protection, either. Spandex works for us.

As for skin injuries, we just discovered a product called Transderm. It
looks very much like Handi-Wrap; it is transparent and slightly stretchy.
It comes in sizes somewhat larger than Band Aids and can be worn over
non-weeping wounds for up to 7 days! You can wear them in the shower
without having them come off. The price was a little steep, but the
roadburns over my daughters ribcage healed painlessly in about 5 days (no
remaining scab, she was riding again the 1st day). They are made to
breathe, but keep the stinging air away. Super product.



Quote:
> But now that I can handle this (still short) distance, I have a new
> big problem.  The inside of my thighs gets chafed, and yesterday
> when I got home I discovered I'd broken the skin and have a ***-looking
> boo-boo.  Maybe I won't ride today to get a headstart on healing, but

(snip)
 
 
 

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Post by John J Le » Sat, 29 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> I'm slowly learning to ride; at this point one big problem is
> lack of condition.  I can ride around the block, with several remounts,
> but it leaves me huffing and puffing.

> But now that I can handle this (still short) distance, I have a new
> big problem.  The inside of my thighs gets chafed, and yesterday

[...]

I may well have said all this before, but:

Get a decent saddle!  I have *never* had any problems with my Sem saddle,
but within 5 minutes of getting on Stu's unicycle (Stan Charisma to this
newsgroup) at the Edinburgh convention, I could hardly walk!  Stu seems
to manage; I can't understand how anyone could use it for more than a
couple of minutes without serious chafing, abrasion, smarting, pinching
and grating(nothing is quite as descriptive as 'chafe').  This object-
pretending-to-be-a-saddle is made of grippy plastic, I spose that's the
reason.  It does seem to be possible to get used to almost any saddle,
though, with time, unless you're going for a long ride.

If you're interested, the one on my uni is I think a standard Sem saddle
(leather, at least that's what it looks like; plastic end things to stop
the saddle getting scuffed).  I've been using this same uni for 5 years,
, no probs apart from the bolts going rusty from being left in a damp
room for a couple of years (except right at the start, when
i put the cranks on the wrong way round despite the clearly-labelled 'L'
and 'R' !).

John

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