Sore Bum

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runat
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Re: Sore Bum

Postby runat » 9 Feb 2011, 10:30am

Jonty wrote:Seriously, toughen up your buttocks and other major muscle groups by tensing the muscles and bashing them quickly with closed fists or open hands like rapid and sustained karate chops.
Do it for 5 minutes twice a day.
Martial arts enthuiasts do this and it works. It toughens and strengthens muscles and bones and gets rid of fat.
jonty


Are you serious, this helps?! It sounds almost like you're trying to pull our leg :D

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Re: Sore Bum

Postby eileithyia » 9 Feb 2011, 11:36am

A few things come across in your post.
1. Tandem stoker
2. Getting worse over last 2 years.

Have you always stoked tandem and are you using the same saddle, have you recently switched from solo riding to riding tandem.
What is different with your position on the solo to the tandem.

Are you male or female and lastly where is the soreness? that might sound like a daft question but from chatting to others the soreness can be bruised ischial tuberosities (the bony bit you sit on) or further forward; perineum or, if female + dare I even mention the word, the softer parts and or/the clitoral region.

Obvious things to check;
Shorts
Position
Saddle
Bacteria
If female there is a rare condition where the skin in this region becomes very thin, I don't recall the name but I know someone was asking about it on here a year or two back.

If you are developing sores the last but one is quite a key point, you may have something else going on that is causing sores to develop.
I always soak shorts in napisan before washing. You might need antiseptic creams or a trip to the doc for a course of antibiotics to clear up an infection.
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horizon
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Re: Sore Bum

Postby horizon » 9 Feb 2011, 1:09pm

eileithyia wrote:A few things come across in your post.
1. Tandem stoker
2. Getting worse over last 2 years.

Have you always stoked tandem and are you using the same saddle, have you recently switched from solo riding to riding tandem.
What is different with your position on the solo to the tandem.



Agreed - this wasn't made clear. Bouncy saddles (springs, suspension etc) are great but only help with the bumps.

Are we looking at (a) bumping (b) skin chafing (c) pressure bruising?

I am not a doctor but the answer to (b) and (c) isn't a spring. Generally the answer is slow adaption (the skin and flesh becomes stronger) unless there is another specific problem. For that reason, I would also have thought that changing saddles is the problem, not the solution.
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Re: Sore Bum

Postby Dr.Doo » 12 Feb 2011, 7:18pm

Jonty wrote:Another option is to condition your buttocks by having them gently beaten. :oops:
An officer's cane covered in leather is excellent.
jonty



A pair of smoked dragon canes are rather good implements for this job. I can confirm that this method does indeed give the recipient the hide of a rhino after a number of 'conditioning' sessions. :lol: