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A form of skin irritation caused by friction between the cyclist's body and the bicycle saddle.

Example usage: 'I have to take a break from cycling because I'm getting chamois-rash.'

Most used in: Cycling communities around the world.

Most used by: Cyclists who ride long distances or who ride frequently.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Saddle sores, Butt burn, Hot spots, Chafing,


What is Chamois-Rash in Cycling?

Chamois-rash is a skin irritation on the inner thighs and buttocks area caused by friction between the body and the chamois padding of the cycling shorts. This type of rash is very common among cyclists, with approximately 90% of cyclists experiencing some degree of chamois-rash during their cycling career.

Chamois-rash is caused by sweat, friction, and bacteria that can build up on the chamois pad of the cycling shorts. As the cyclist pedals, the chamois pad rubs against the skin, causing irritation and inflammation. This can be very painful and can cause itching, burning, and even bleeding.

In order to avoid chamois-rash, cyclists should use shorts with a chamois pad that is not too thick, as well as using a chamois cream to reduce friction and moisture. Additionally, cyclists should ensure that their shorts fit properly and that they are not too tight in order to reduce friction. Finally, cyclists should make sure to change out of their cycling shorts as soon as possible after a ride to reduce the chances of bacteria buildup.


The History of 'Chamois-Rash' in Cycling

The term ‘chamois-rash’ has been used in cycling since the early 1900s. It originated in the French Alps, where the chamois leather was used to line the saddle of bicycles. The term came into use to describe the irritation caused by the chamois leather, which rubbed against the cyclist’s skin.

Chamois leather was chosen for its softness and absorbency, but it was also very abrasive against the skin. As cycling technology advanced, the chamois leather was replaced by synthetic materials, such as foam and gel, which were less abrasive and provided more cushioning.

Today, the term ‘chamois-rash’ is still used to describe the irritation and soreness caused by cycling, although it is no longer associated with the chamois leather that was once used as a saddle pad. It is now used to refer to any type of irritation or soreness caused by cycling, regardless of the material used in the saddle.

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