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Rubylvr2012-08-07 02:25:27 +0000 #1
Hi All-

Have been lurking around this web site getting great info, and finally joined! Yea! Anywho, I have had two bike fittings, one at the bike shop where I bought my beautiful Ruby Expert, and one with a professional fitter from Portland last Friday. He is fully amazing, and put my seat down and put on a new stem. Riding less aggressively now until I get stronger, but there is still one problem... the dreaded saddle sores. I am on a Specialized lithia saddle,

have tried 4 different creams and 5 types of shorts. I pay close attention to my form, but still got the sores Saturday after a 40 mile ride. FYI, they are on both sides, where the legs meet the pelvis, right near the sits bones. Have tried 5 different saddles also. I am scheduled to ride STP in two weeks, and I am worried. Going back to Portland fitter, but would really appreciate any advice from people who have dealt w this.

Thanks a million
Grits2012-08-07 02:29:44 +0000 #2
If you can figure it out, let me know. Traditional wisdom here will tell you that the saddles are too pear shaped and you need to go to a more t-shaped one. I have tried so many I have lost count (most recently the Specialized Jett - supposedly one of the most t-shaped - will be putting up for sale soon!) and have not found one yet that was comfortable for riding and did not chafe in the same place you described. I plan to keep looking - maybe the Turbomatic next. No kind of cream or powder helps either. In the meantime, since the area affected on me is not soft tissue or very close to soft tissue, I have used various types of bandaids (blister band aids, heavy duty sports strips, tegaderm) or liquid bandaid and just cover the areas up before a ride. It is always the same place on me. I take along extras just in case I need it. That is working for me as a stop gap until I can find a saddle that works. Good luck.
Muirenn2012-08-07 02:42:51 +0000 #3
The Lithia is quite squishy. Can you try a Ruby (saddle) and see if it changes? It's possible the padding is causing problems. That's the reason something like that happens for me. For a lot of people, yeah, it's due to being to wedge (pear) shaped. But the Lithia is more T-shaped.
murielalex2012-08-07 02:49:32 +0000 #4
I know everybody has what works for them, but have you thought of trying a Brooks saddle? After a couple hundred miles, the leather starts to more or less become your saddle with your butt imprint right there for you to see. Other than the expected sore sit bones when I was first getting used to riding and breaking in the saddle, and now on only longer rides, I've had zero issues. I don't wear Chamois cream, though have recently become fond of Lady Anti-Monkey Butt Powder. I've been riding about 100-200 miles weekly since I got the saddle, and although the longest ride I've done so far is 52 miles, there's a reason these saddles are used by most everyone (okay, mostly men) for touring. It might be worth a shot. I got mine from Wallbike, and they have a 6-month return policy.
Rubylvr2012-08-07 02:55:47 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Grits

If you can figure it out, let me know. Traditional wisdom here will tell you that the saddles are too pear shaped and you need to go to a more t-shaped one. I have tried so many I have lost count (most recently the Specialized Jett - supposedly one of the most t-shaped - will be putting up for sale soon!) and have not found one yet that was comfortable for riding and did not chafe in the same place you described. I plan to keep looking - maybe the Turbomatic next. No kind of cream or powder helps either. In the meantime, since the area affected on me is not soft tissue or very close to soft tissue, I have used various types of bandaids (blister band aids, heavy duty sports strips, tegaderm) or liquid bandaid and just cover the areas up before a ride. It is always the same place on me. I take along extras just in case I need it. That is working for me as a stop gap until I can find a saddle that works. Good luck.

Thanks for the input. The boils I just got were right where the sits bones are, so the seat might not be quite wide enough. Have you tried the Brooks saddles?
Grits2012-08-07 02:55:45 +0000 #6
We might have completely different issues. Mine saddle doesn't cause boils. It is really chafing or sometimes almost a cut in the crease where my legs meet my glutes below my sit bones. I haven't tried a Brooks yet, but that might need to be the next step! Have you sat on the Specialized butt-o-meter to see what width is recommended? Plus there is a long thread on here about saddle selection and sizing. If you do a search on saddles you will find it.
Aquila2012-08-07 03:03:46 +0000 #7
Are you shaving the area? Some folks get ingrown hairs and chaffing from shaving and riding.

Have you tried the "glide" sort of products that runners use?

When you're done riding for the day, how do you treat the area? (I find if I have chaffing, neosporin cream seems to help a lot over night.)
Rubylvr2012-08-07 05:28:06 +0000 #8
The treatment I use is either an acne cream called "Differin" or a homeopathic cream recommended on another bike site called "Traumeel". The combo usually clears it up in about 3-5 days. The problem is, I want to ride MORE!!

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