Saddle sores prevention and treatment

What do you so for preventing or treating saddle sores? I ride Audaxs so long periods in the saddle. I have found over time that a particular hair folical on my butt can, on occasion, become infected and turn into a saddle sore. Worst case was a few months of the bike.

I try to prevent by looking after myself, good bibs, saddle, diet, rest etc. At the first sign i dab tea tree oil on the spot daily because of its anti biotic properties.

I also resist the temptation to squeeze it and burst it. I learnt that makes them bigger and worse. Indeed on one 600 audax it got so bad I asked a companion if he’d mind squeezing it for me, he declined the request quickly.

I also have used tea tree oil on my bib chamios to kill any bacterial build up.

They dont happen often but when they do they can have a huge impact on training and riding pleasure.

I’d find it helpful to gets some insight into what do people do and use to prevent and treat them?


I used to be a sufferer but after less time than you. The usual list of things is bike fit, shorts, hygiene, chamois cream, saddle options. You seem to have most of those covered. The breakthrough for me was getting an Infinity Bike Seat. It simply doesn’t put any load on the areas where I was suffering saddle sores. Good luck with finding a solution.


I feel your pain!!

Not much different to what has been mentioned, I tried out a lot of different shorts, tested saddles (2nd for Infinity Bike Seat!), and use chamois cream. I use sudocrem post ride if I have any issues.

One of the biggest learnings for me was changing shorts when they got wet with sweat. This isn’t always practical, but can make the difference.

Hope you get this resolved!


Thanks kickacsa.

I’ve just purchased a sella anatomica and thus far am impressed at the comfort and it was great on a 200 last weekend.

I suspect the saddle sore is from a harder, not quite fitted, saddle on the turbo trainer. I’d like to get rid of the sore as soon as possible as my events are now building up. Maintaining a discipline about cleaning my kit, anti bacterial etc will be key as well as altering the turbo saddle.

I’d love to purchase your saddle but my partner would raise an eyebrow, or two, at yet another purchase. Maybe one may come up on ebay, hopefully

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No doubt a pain many of us have felt at some time or another!

Whilst i am disciplined on events you have made me think an issue may be the shorts i use on the turbo trainer.

I save good bibs for events and use okay shorts for turbo sessions, sometimes they arent fully dry after a wash (wash them after every session).

You’ve made me wonder if the very slightly damp shorts and the not quite right fitting of the saddle on the turbo are the causes?


I use Dermol 500 lotion as it is antimicrobial and moisturiser before and after riding. It can also be used as a soap substitute. It was a product recommendation from a pro cyclist.


Another for sudocrem here!

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Hi Kevstorr, I’ll look into Dermol. I see it can be ordered online in the Uk at a reasonable price so it is worth a shot.

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I’ve tried Sudocream a few times and have found it quite claggy, despite that i still keep it handy in my after ride kit. Maybe I’m laying it on too thick - there again maybe that my whole approach to life!

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Well things have improved significantly. One was making sure my cycle nicks were totally dry after washing.

Another was to replace the saddle on the turbo trainer. I went from a wide specialised power saddle to a narrower saddle that had longer rail adjustments.

Finally I dabbed the spot with tea tree oil a few times a day.

Did any specific one do the trick? I really don’t know. The saddle on the turbo felt significant. Like many of these things its a combination of solutions coming together.

Thanks to the blog and all the responses i now have a much wide range of strategies for the future.

On the audax bike I’m still bedding in the new Sella Anatomica. It is a long time since I had a leather saddle. I imagine it’ll take a few months to bed in. So far I’ve done one 200 on it, last weekend, and the saddle sore didn’t get worse and has now gone. I’ve got quite a few 200s lined up for the remainder of the year so I’ll know by Christmas if its going to do what i hope - give me a happy backside.


Glad you are feeling better mate!!

Another here for Infinity Bike Seat and Sudocrem (afterwards only and yes, lay it on thick!).

I picked mine up from the Pharmacy in Tesco by me.

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I just ordered an Infinity Bike Seat. I have a lot of chafing/soreness on rides longer than 40-50 miles, in spite of good quality bibshorts, liberal application of Chamois Butt’r to the chamois and myself, and a recent bike fit. Hope the new saddle is the answer.

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Great, I’m town this afternoon so will check out Boots. If not i can keep an eye for large Tescos as I head up to Alnwick for an Audax. My son used to suffer bad excimia? and it wouldn’t surprise me if time we some in the house.

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Im going to try to get hold of the Dermol 500 cream recommended by Kevin. Chaffing can get so painful, how has it been since all the changes?

My brother suffers badly on the big Audaxs, I think he has found the investment in sella saddle and assos bibs is paying off. He has Perth Albany Perth in October, a 1000km audax, that will really test his approach.

He is much more disciplined than me and uses spreadsheets to track how each item works. i tend to chuck stuff on and grit my teeth. I’ll put a post on when he is done and what he used, may be of use for some of us who have posted on this topic.

Test the saddle again this weekend so fingers crossed. Best of luck with your solutions. Mike


UPDATE - all is well in the rear. Have changed the turbo bike saddle. I now make sure cycle nicks for turbo work are properly dry before sessions.

Did a 200km audax two weekends ago with assos bibs (only brought out for special rides) and all is well, the saddle sore never returned. Still on the hunt for dermerol but will eventually find some.

Thanks everyone, the discussions and sharing have been really helpful.