Feeling raw down there after your last bike ride? Open wounds in personal places don't have to be part of cycling. If you suffer from saddle sores, read on for expert tips from endurance cyclists on how to prevent and treat cycling saddle sores.
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Too high, too low, rotated to one side, tilted too far up or down... Tiny adjustments in saddle position can have a surprisingly big impact on saddle sores.
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Those diaper-like cycling shorts aren't just for fashion... A well-fitted chamois can protect sensitive areas and eliminate pressure and seams in bad spots. The wrong chamois, unfortunately, can make things way worse.
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If you've tried everything and still get saddle sores, you might need a new saddle that fits your sit bones, riding posture, and soft tissue anatomy. The stock saddles that come on new bikes are often intended to be replaced.
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This is related to your saddle position and bike fit, but also your body's strength and flexibility. A strong core and good mobility will help keep your pelvis still on the saddle, reducing friction and chafing.
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If you already have saddle sores, help them heal faster with these tried and tested tricks: Stay clean and dry. Change out of cycling shorts immediately after riding, wash and dry your body, wear breathable underwear. Diaper cream, aloe, witch hazel, and tea tree oil can all help sores heal faster so you can get back on your bike sooner.
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