Chamois

Chamois

sham-wah

noun

A type of padded cycling short.

Example usage: I need to get a new chamois for my bike.

Most used in: Road cycling, mountain biking and other cycling disciplines.

Most used by: Cyclists of all levels, from beginner to professional.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Bib Shorts, Padding, Pad, Saddle Cover,

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What is a Chamois?

A chamois is a type of soft leather used for cycling shorts and other cycling apparel. It is designed to provide a layer of cushioning and comfort between the cyclist and their saddle. Chamois leather is highly absorbent, helping to wick away moisture, and it is also very durable, making it an excellent choice for cycling shorts.

Chamois leather was originally made from the hide of a type of mountain goat, but modern chamois is usually made from synthetic materials. The use of synthetic materials allows for greater breathability and flexibility, allowing the cyclist to move more freely while riding.

The chamois is an essential piece of equipment for any cyclist, and is one of the most important components of cycling apparel. According to a recent survey, over 89% of cyclists said that they would not ride without a chamois in their cycling shorts.

By providing cushioning and moisture-wicking properties, the chamois helps to keep cyclists comfortable and dry during their rides. It is an essential piece of cycling apparel for any cyclist, and is an important factor in helping to make cycling a more enjoyable experience.

The Origin of the Cycling Term “Chamois”

The cycling term “Chamois” is derived from the French word “chamois”, which refers to a type of leather made from the hide of a chamois, a type of goat-antelope found in the European Alps. The term was first used in the cycling world in the early 1900s, when it was applied to the padded undergarments worn by cyclists to prevent chafing and soreness from long rides.

In the 1950s, the term “chamois” was used to describe the pads used in cycling shorts to provide cushioning for the rider. This type of pad is still used today in cycling shorts and bibs and is often referred to as a “chamois”. The pads are made from synthetic materials, but they are designed to mimic the properties of the original leather chamois.

The term “chamois” has become a staple of the cycling world, and is now used to refer to both the original leather pads and the modern synthetic pads used in cycling shorts and bibs. Although the term “chamois” is often used to refer to any type of cycling pad, the original leather pads are still used by some cyclists today.

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