Battling Saddle Sores with Don Powell

When you sit on a bike saddle, that's a lot of weight on a very small surface area, the weight of the torso, the way the helmet, the weight of the upper body, the arms, it's all focused into this relatively small point, and then we're going to add friction, and that's generated by the movement of the legs, where the motion of pedaling becomes focused into a very small area.

Saddle Sores and Chamois Construction

So many of my clients have questions and run into issues related to saddle sores, and man, when you get a bad one, it can be really bad. I have actually had a couple clients that suffered so severely, they had to have surgery. 

When you sit on a saddle, that’s a lot of weight on a very small surface area. There’s the weight of the torso, the weight of the helmet, the weight of the upper body, the arms — it’s all focused into this relatively small point. Then we add friction generated by the movement of the legs. With so many moving parts there is so much that can go wrong which can lead to undercarriage issues for the rider.

Today, I’ve also got a special guest that we’ll get to in the second part of the podcast. Don Powell is the creator and owner of Panache Cyclewear. He’s been designing and creating his own cycling gear there for 12 years. We’ll hear a bit from Don about the construction of chamois and fabrics and technical details in the second part.

RESOURCES: 

Panache Cyclewear: 20% discount code: Alignment 

Kaerwell store for Liposomal Glutathione: 10% discount code: Pearce10

Detox Pathways blog post

Chamois cream

Dr. Bronner’s soap

Weleda soap

Trainer platform

Inside Ride Trainer platform for KICKR

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