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rash from shorts


A rash caused by friction between the skin and the fabric of cycling shorts.

Example usage: 'I had to take a break from cycling because I got a rash from shorts.'

Most used in: Cycling communities around the world.

Most used by: Cyclists who ride long distances.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Chamois rash, Saddle sores, Perineal dermatitis, Groin chafing,

What is 'Rash from Shorts' in Cycling?

Rash from shorts, also known as saddle sores, is an uncomfortable and sometimes painful skin condition that cyclists often experience. It is caused by friction between the skin and bike saddle, and usually occurs in the genital and perineal area.

This type of chafing can be caused by cycling in poor fitting shorts, or shorts that are too tight, as well as by riding for long distances. Other factors that can contribute to saddle sores include weather conditions, poor saddle choice, and not taking enough breaks during a ride.

Rash from shorts can be incredibly uncomfortable and can cause irritation, itching, and pain. In some cases, the sores can become infected. Studies have shown that up to 70% of cyclists will experience saddle sores during their cycling careers.

To prevent saddle sores, cyclists should make sure that their shorts fit correctly and are made of a breathable material. It is also important to take regular breaks during long rides, and to adjust your saddle height and angle to ensure that it is comfortable.

The Origin of 'Rash from Shorts' in Cycling

The term 'rash from shorts' was first used in the context of cycling in the late 1970s in the United States. The rash was caused by the chafing of the inner thighs against the saddle of the bicycle.

The first mention of the term was in a 1978 article in the Bicycling Magazine, which described it as a 'common problem' among cyclists. The article recommended that cyclists wear padded shorts to reduce the risk of the rash. Since then, padded shorts have become the standard for cyclists in order to prevent 'rash from shorts'.

Today, the term is used to refer to the chafing caused by the saddle of the bicycle, and is a common problem among cyclists. Padded shorts and creams are used to alleviate the discomfort.

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