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  • scottmanning

    My personal thoughts are chamois cream is a waste of time if you have proper fitting, good quality cycling pants/chamois and saddle. Also remember they don’t last forever so chuck the pants out when the chamois starts to go. I ride 10-15hrs a week including occasional all days rides and sores are rare.. Probably twice a year. Before I found my current saddle that was not the case. Maybe I am just the rare lucky one.

    Having said that, THE cure I have found is paw paw ointment.. Rub it on several times during the day and within a few days it’s gone even when I continue to ride.

    • Mark Framness

      Chamois cream is not a waste, a good fit and saddle certainly increase the time you can ride without it, but there is still a limit. When I got on a true road bike and saddle last year I stopped using chamois cream, now any ride over 80K I use some of the stuff. Maybe that number can be higher now that my long rides are pushing 160 K.

    • lefthandside

      Paw paw ointment FTW. Amazing stuff.

  • Yancey

    Hemorrhoid cream with a steroid (hydro-cortisone) and local anesthetic is a good over the counter treatment for minor sores.

  • Jessy Vee

    A comment on the FB link from the awesome Joel N (a brilliant long distance rider, but also a man with 0% body fat) made me realise something about my own occasional saddle sore. I find I get a saddle sore when I have larger thighs (be it from sprinters muscles, or extra doughnuts!). Good quality kit doesn’t seem to matter; I got my first of the Winter season whilst I was wearing brand new MAAP kit – quality riding gear that I’d put right up there with Rapha. The only difference being that I’ve gained a little extra Winter weight, and hence more chaffing.

    I also believe that chamois cream is wonderful stuff. I try not to use it on any ride under 50km, but it’s fantastic and I recommend all women try it if their tender areas are a little too tender during a ride. I don’t like the line that a lot of male riders tout that you should put up with discomfort until your undercarriage ‘hardens up’ and gets used to the time spent on a bike… I just don’t think our soft tissues need to deal with that amount of smooshing and discomfort, regardless of whether we’ve correctly dialed in our saddle and chamois needs. ;)

    • A

      Maap is currently a men’s chamois, it’s underrated how much better life is with a women’s specific chamois. It’s cut differently with padding in the areas we need it. Everyone is different though, and some are fine with men’s.
      They’re working on their women’s bibs though, so fingers crossed they are released soon!

      • Jessy Vee

        I guess it’s the same as some women being able to ride “men’s” saddles without any bother. :) Oh, but without too much TMI, the saddle sore wasn’t in the chamois area, but more the inner thigh, so I’m not putting the blame on the male specific chamois this time.

        Tea tree oil works a treat to clear things up.

        • Jessi Braverman

          Loving this conversation. Thanks for sharing and weighing in!

  • Damien C

    Always enjoy ‘both sides’ of CT. Doesn’t matter that i’m a bloke enjoying the women’s side of things. BUT. Can we please keep it Aussie. Diaper-rash cream. Really. Nappy is the word. Not the end of the world but lets be ourselves and use our language. Yep I know the girls are USA based so perhaps they could be given an Aussie dictionary. On the matter at hand…..or nether regions. Have a go at Nappy Goo. As the name suggests designed for baby bums but gret for us riders. Made by Royal Childrens Hospital in Melb and available in chemists.

    • Jessi Braverman

      We do our best to keep it Aussie! Really – we do. They’ve done their best to educate us (yes – there is a mini Aussie style guide), but please have patience when the occasional American giveaway slips through the cracks. Will change this one now! Thanks for reading and the Nappy Goo suggestion.

  • Spider

    I used to suffer saddle sores for years; these are my learnings:

    I’m another vote for nappy cream. Sudocreme is the brand I like, which was so much better (for me, we’re all individuals) than the Assos or Quoleum products I used until I became a father. I tried nappy goo but sudocreme was slightly better and less expensive. It even works if you eventually do get a sore!

    I’ve also used an antiseptic lotion after rides which were wet and grimey…those conditions make the body very suseptable to chaffing and therefore sores.

    also, fresh new shorts no matter what the ride….even a short commute counts.

    Wash shorts pad out (in a washing bag) and dry pad out too…I used to hand wash all my kit but then got told that the poor rinsing (in the shower) left detergents which can cause chaffing….so switch to the sports wash on the machine.

    I’ve used to hand wash with wool wash…but then switched to sports detergents like Asko/Penguin/Miele. Have no opinion on performance with those!

  • Ioan Nicolae

    After the ride, I’m using baby powder (Johnson) or a similar talcum powder and the skin recovery time is faster.

  • Derek Maher

    Hi all,Sore nether regions.Okay my tips.If commuting/shopping and wearing jeans or similar seamed garments.Get yourself padded underwear designed for cyclists both male and female types available as either shorts or briefs style,In Europe you can buy these items at a very reasonable price at various stores.Aldi and Lidl often sell them.Plus they help if you carry your shopping in a back pack which can put a lot of weight/pressure on your bum.
    If you feel a bit sore after a ride (assos cyclingbody red skin repair gel)is an excellent product to prevent a full on sore developing.Most good bike retailers will stock this item.
    Chamois cream is an excellent product,Rub in extra on any stitching on the chamois edgeing.This helps to stop the chaffing at the top of your inner legs and bottom parts.
    Finally moist face wipes are excellent.Use them before a ride to keep the nether regions clean and bug free and also they help to keep your padded underwear or chamois nice and clean.

  • Jillita

    After 25 years of riding I had a recent revelation about saddle sores – wear the correct size bibs/shorts. After driving a few hours to a ride I started changing into my kit only to discover I forgot my bibs. I had to borrow my teammate’s (clean) bibs that were 2 sizes smaller (the seams held!). After a few hours I noticed there was no chaffing at all. It makes sense that bibs not sized correctly, or even too old and stretched, would create more friction and create sores. In general women have a tendency to buy clothes that are too big for them, so reversing that way of thinking to understand compression-fit bibs are better may help others with saddle sore issues.

  • ginga_ninja

    Great article on a subject that is not often talked about freely – think you’ve covered it all! I totally agree about saddle fit – find one that fits you not one that someone else has suggested and you’ll be off to a great start. A chamois cream with tea tree is great and while some people can get away with no cream, as a lady I find it indispensable, especially for longer rides. We just have different soft tissue, sorry fellas. Good to know the paw paw tip, is there nothing that stuff can’t do?!

  • Shane

    Paw Paw is the man or woman

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