Saddle sores - prevention and treatment


There are so many reasons why we get saddle sores… below are just a few:

  • Bike fit
  • Types of bibs/shorts
  • Not using chamois cream (tip: it’s good to re-apply it during a long ride!)
  • Saddle type

The post below has some good insights and tips. Spending too much time on a trainer indoors seems to make it worse since we don’t move around as much.

What is your way of preventing and treating saddle sores? What are your favorite cycling shorts/bibs? Chamois cream? Please share below!


Here is what works for me (for the most part anyway) for preventing saddle sores:

  • Washing the area with Hibiclens soap before every ride
  • Assos shorts are my favorite
  • Assos chamois cream- re-apply as needed during long rides
  • Move around periodically during long sessions on the trainer

My saddle isn’t awesome, however. I am still having problems with it. I have the ISM Adamo.

This is how I treat saddle sores:

  • Warm baths with Epsom salt 2-3 times/day
  • Let area air dry by wearing lose fitting clothes