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A skin irritation caused by rubbing from cycling shorts or other cycling clothing

Example usage: 'I got a nasty cycling rash from the chamois in my shorts.'

Most used in: Cycling circles around the world.

Most used by: Cyclists who have experienced the discomfort of cycling rash.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Chamois burn, Saddle sores, Monistat rash, Friction dermatitis,


What is Cycling Rash?

Cycling rash, also known as saddle sores, is a common skin condition experienced by cyclists. It is caused by friction between the cyclist’s skin and the saddle, and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms of cycling rash include redness, swelling, itching, bumps, and blisters. In more severe cases, it can lead to open wounds and infection.

Studies show that up to 90% of cyclists experience some degree of cycling rash. While the condition is more common among beginner and intermediate cyclists, even experienced cyclists are not immune. The best way to prevent cycling rash is to make sure your saddle is properly fitted and to wear cycling shorts with a chamois. Additionally, riders should take regular breaks, adjust their saddle height, and apply a lubricant to their skin.

Cycling rash is an uncomfortable but manageable condition. With the right prevention and treatment strategies, cyclists can reduce their risk of developing this condition and continue to enjoy their ride.


The Origin of the Term 'Cycling Rash'

The term 'cycling rash' was first used in the late 19th century in the United States. It was used to describe skin irritation caused by the friction between the cyclist's clothing and their skin, which was caused by extended hours of cycling.

The term was coined by Dr. George F. Shrady, a physician and cyclist from New York. He was the first to describe the condition in his book 'Cycling: Its Physiology and Hygiene' published in 1895. In the book, he described the condition as an 'irritation of the skin, due to the constant friction of the clothing'.

The term 'cycling rash' has become popular among cyclists and is still used today to refer to skin irritation caused by cycling. It is also known as 'bicycle rash' or 'cycling dermatitis'.

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