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A skin rash caused by constant friction between the body and the bicycle seat.

Example usage: I had to take a break from cycling because I developed cycle rash.

Most used in: Cycling communities worldwide.

Most used by: Road cyclists who spend long hours in the saddle.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Chamois rash, Saddle sores, Friction dermatitis, Bicycle butt,


What is Cycle Rash?

Cycle rash is a skin irritation that cyclists commonly experience that is caused by friction and heat from cycling. The irritation usually occurs on the legs, arms, neck, and chest and can be quite uncomfortable. It is most common in cyclists who ride on a regular basis or for long distances and is caused by the combination of clothing, saddle, and cyclist’s body weight pressing on the skin.

Cycle rash can range from mild to severe and is often characterized by redness, itching, and burning sensation. In some cases, the rash may be accompanied by blisters or even open wounds. If left untreated, it can lead to infection, so it is important to take care of cycle rash as soon as it appears.

The best way to prevent cycle rash is to wear cycling shorts that are designed to reduce friction and wick away moisture. Additionally, cyclists should ensure their bike seat fits properly and is adjusted to their body to minimize contact with the skin. Lastly, it is important to take breaks during long rides and apply a lubricant to any areas that are prone to chafing.

Cycle rash is a common problem among cyclists and is estimated to affect up to 70% of all cyclists. If you experience cycle rash, it’s important to take steps to prevent it from happening again. With the right clothing, saddle, and lubricant, you can reduce your risk of developing cycle rash.


The Origin of the Term 'Cycle Rash'

The term 'cycle rash' was first used in the early 1900s in the United Kingdom to describe the skin irritation cyclists experienced due to friction between their skin and clothing when riding a bicycle.

Prior to the invention of padded cycling shorts, cyclists would wrap their legs in bandages or cloth to protect their skin from the chafing caused by the saddle and the pressure of their legs against the frame of the bicycle.

The term 'cycle rash' was first documented in a medical journal in 1903 and is believed to have originated from the phrase 'bicycle rash' which was used by British cyclists to describe the skin rashes they experienced while riding their bicycles.

Today, cycle rash is still a common issue amongst cyclists and can be prevented by wearing properly fitting cycling shorts and ensuring the bike is the correct size for the rider.

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