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rash from cycling


A skin irritation caused by cycling for extended periods of time.

Example usage: 'I got a bad rash from cycling on my last ride.'

Most used in: Areas with a high cycling population or in areas with hot climates.

Most used by: Cyclists who ride for long distances or in hot climates.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Chafing, Saddle Sore, Road Rash, Bicycle Boils,


What is Rash from Cycling?

Rash from cycling, also known as saddle sores, is a common cycling-related issue caused by friction and pressure from the saddle. Saddle sores are painful, red, and itchy bumps on the skin, caused by chafing, that can appear on the inner thighs, buttocks, and groin area.

The severity of saddle sores can range from minor irritation to serious infection. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to 25 percent of cyclists may experience saddle sores at some point. This is especially true for cyclists who ride long distances and spend more time in the saddle.

Fortunately, saddle sores are preventable with the right cycling apparel and gear. Padded bike shorts and a good quality saddle can help reduce the risk of developing saddle sores. It is also important to keep the area clean and dry, and to take breaks from cycling to give your skin a chance to recover. If you do experience saddle sores, it is important to seek medical attention if the rash persists or worsens.


The Origin of the Term “Rash From Cycling”

The term “rash from cycling” was first used in the late 19th century to describe the skin irritation and chafing that cyclists experienced from riding bicycles. The term was first used in the United States in the 1880s, when cycling became a popular pastime and the number of cyclists increased dramatically.

At the time, most bicycles were made of steel, and the saddle was made of leather or a combination of leather and springs. This combination caused friction between the cyclist’s body and the saddle, which caused irritation and chafing of the skin. To alleviate this problem, cyclists began to wear padded shorts and other clothing to protect their skin.

The term “rash from cycling” became widely used in the cycling community to describe the skin irritation and chafing that cyclists experienced from riding bicycles. The term has since become a part of the cycling lexicon, and is still used today to describe the skin irritation and chafing that cyclists experience from riding bicycles.

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