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by Anne-Marije Rook
July 2, 2015
Photography by Photography by Drew Dunlop and Chas Mackinnon
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
Whether you only ride to work or 400km weekly, chances are you will experience saddle sores at some point.
While there are many theories out there on what saddle sores actually are –infected hair follicles, cysts or boils –one thing is for certain: they’re a total nuisance and can be quite painful.
Luckily, they are somewhat preventable and usually, treatable at home.
I’m by no means a medical expert, but I do spend a lot of time in the saddle. As such, I have had my fair share of saddle sores –everythingfrom irritated little bumps to bloody blisters (TMI? Sorry!).
Saddle sores are largely caused by chafing, so you are as likely to get them from an hour spin in jeans as you are from a long day in chamois.
The best treatment for saddle sores is preventing them. Here are a few simple steps that can diminish your chance of getting them:
If you do get saddle sores: