Cycling with a saddle sore
April 25, 2014 1:32 PM Subscribe
I'm training for my first cycling tour, a 7-day trip between Pittsburgh and DC on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal paths. The tour is in a month, and I've been working up to longer rides in the past several months, hitting about 50 miles the last two weekends. I think I'm getting a saddle sore on my inner thigh and want to know what I can do to prevent it from becoming a problem.
posted by megancita to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Right now it's just a bump that isn't very painful and I can't feel it when I ride, but it also doesn't seem to go away even if I go several days without riding. It is on my inner thigh pretty close to my groin. I am self-diagnosing a saddle sore based on the Google images I've seen.
What can I do now to treat it? The Internet tells me to use antiseptic cream, tea tree oil, and/or diaper rash cream.
The Internet also tells me to stop riding my bike for a few days, which I'd rather not do since I'm gearing up to ride every day to get the feeling of being on my bike on consecutive days.
Today I rode with a blister bandage over it, but that didn't prevent the sore from appearing larger and more irritated at the end of the ride.
My saddle is wide and women-specific, but I do plan to go to my shop and try one with a more narrow shape to see if that helps. I am about 50 pounds overweight so I have a lot of thigh in contact with my saddle. Right now I use an anti-chafing cream instead of chamois cream which seems to work pretty well.
Cyclists of MeFi: how do you treat saddle sores if you want to ride every day?