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Skin abrasions from a bicycle crash.

Example usage: I got some nasty roadrash when I crashed my bike.

Most used in: Countries with a large cycling population.

Most used by: Cyclists and mountain bikers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: Road Rash, Gravel Rash, Skinning, Road Rash Scabbing,


What is Road Rash in Cycling?

Road rash is a term used in cycling to refer to abrasions or cuts that are caused when a cyclist falls and slides along the pavement or road surface. It is a common type of injury that cyclists suffer when they have an accident. Road rash is also known as abrasion, friction burn, or road burn.

Road rash can range from minor scrapes to deep wounds that require medical attention. The severity of the road rash is often determined by how quickly the cyclist was travelling and the friction of the surface upon which they fell. In extreme cases, road rash can cause nerve damage and even infection.

According to a study published in the journal Injury Prevention, road rash is one of the most common injuries reported among cyclists. The study revealed that approximately 18% of cyclists involved in crashes experienced road rash. Of those, 10% reported moderate to severe road rash.

It is important for cyclists to wear protective gear such as helmets, elbow and knee pads, and gloves to help reduce the risk of road rash. Additionally, cyclists should always wear clothing that is suitable for the terrain they are riding on and avoid riding on surfaces that are slippery or wet.


The History of “Road Rash” in Cycling

The term “road rash” has been used for decades to describe the scrapes, cuts and abrasions that cyclists suffer when they crash and skid along the road. The phrase was first used in the 1970s in the United States, and soon spread throughout the cycling world.

The phrase “road rash” is thought to have originated from the motorcycle racing scene, where it was used to describe the abrasions that riders would get from skidding along the ground in a crash. The phrase was then adopted by cyclists, who used it to describe the scrapes and cuts that they would get when they crashed.

The term “road rash” has become a part of cycling culture, and is now used in many countries around the world. It is a reminder of the potential dangers of cycling, and a reminder of the importance of wearing protective gear when riding.

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