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    Padded or unpadded

    I've just recently started riding a leather saddle. Rivet Cycle Works Pearl. The reason was that on the TD this year I ended up with a terrible heat rash that made it impossible to sit on a saddle. Heck sitting on a plane heading home was extremely uncomfortable.
    In the postmortem of my ride I believe that one of the factors that lead to the issues that I had was heat, moisture and salt concentration in my padded shorts/bibs.
    So I now ride without padding on a leather saddle.
    Anyone else do that?
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    Sounds like you should just get some butt paste for heavy in the saddle days

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
    So I now ride without padding on a leather saddle.
    Anyone else do that?
    I don't wear diapers on any ride. Plastic or leather saddle. I just wear my regular synthetic boxer briefs.

    On my plastic trail bike saddle I can do ~7hrs/day for 4 or 5 days before I get any irritation.

    On my leather saddles [Brooks and Selle Anatomica] I'm good for 12hrs+/day [longest day has been 18hrs] for pretty much forever. As the days get longer duration and more in a row I find butt hygiene is pretty critical to avoiding any problems.

    I don't use any lotions or potions on my butt while riding either.
    Safe riding,


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    Professional riders who spend way more time in the saddle than any of us always use quality bibs with a padded chamois. A good fitting hard saddle with quality bibs is the best combo IME, and always wash them asap after a ride.
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