7 Ways To Prevent Saddle Sores

Saddle sores can be a real pain in the butt. Here’s how to prevent these painful blighters from developing in the first place.

– By Jeroen Swart

An annoying side-effect of cycling that most riders have experienced at some time or other, saddle sores can seriously hamper your ride. Prevent these blighters from developing in the first place by following these 7 golden rules.

1. Ensure that your saddle height is set correctly (your pelvis should be stable).
2. Get the correct saddle width for your pelvis (get measured using the Specialized Assometer or Bontrager Inform Sizer).
3. Make sure the saddle has adequate padding (gel if possible), but not too soft. (You should be able to compress the foam a few millimetres with firm finger pressure).
4. Ensure your core strength is up to scratch.
5. Use a good-quality pair of shorts with a well positioned chamois.
6. Apply a high-quality chamois cream under the sitting bones before rides (this is a lubricant, not an antimicrobial cream).
7. Get out of your shorts and into dry clothing soon after finishing the ride.

Dr Jeroen Swart is a sports physician and exercise physiologist at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

5 Responses to 7 Ways To Prevent Saddle Sores

  1. Gert Botha March 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    where can i buh chamois Cream
    Gert Botha

  2. Gert Botha March 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Where can I buy Chemois cream

  3. Gert Botha March 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

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    Gert Botha

  4. marquese May 13, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Thanks for the info, I’ve been bicycling for a long time and I never heard of this, I usually bike for a long distance until I noticed a sharp-sense pain in the groin area after a ride and I didn’t know what it was until now, thank you again and since I am aware I’m gonna follow these steps in getting rid of it.

  5. David Garrett January 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    I am so happy about this.I have one the size of my fist.I just have to get rid of it.

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