What Causes Chaffing & Saddle Sores?
Chaffing is caused when 2 structures repetitively rub causing friction and heat. You may feel burning sensations, redness, infected hair follicles, raw skin, blistering or lumps. This can be common on the inner thigh, between the butt checks or on any area that contacts your bike seat especially weight bearing areas. If left unchecked or because you are spending a lot of time/consecutive days on the bike these symptoms can turn into what are known as saddle sores.
It is important to identify chaffing early on so be aware during and after rides, check for any symptoms. If you have had any type of change; a new bike saddle, a different set up or bike, change in the frequency or time on the bike… this is the time to be vigilant and do a post ride check in with your body.