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The scrapes and cuts caused by falling off a bicycle

Example usage: 'I took a nasty spill and ended up with some skin-abrasion.'

Most used in: Mountain biking circles, especially in technical courses.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and downhill racers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Chafing, Saddle Sore, Road Rash, Chapping,


What is Skin-Abrasion in Cycling?

Skin-abrasion is a term used to describe the friction that occurs when a cyclist's skin rubs against their cycling clothing or equipment. This friction can cause irritation, redness, and chafing of the skin, which can be painful and uncomfortable.

Skin-abrasion is most commonly experienced in the areas of the body that are in contact with the cycling clothing or equipment – such as the arms, legs, and chest. It is especially common in wet and humid conditions, as the moisture can increase the friction between the skin and clothing.

According to a survey by the National Athletic Trainers Association, skin-abrasion affects nearly two-thirds of cyclists. It can be prevented by wearing proper cycling clothing, such as shorts and jerseys made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics. Additionally, using lubricants or creams can help reduce the friction and irritation.

Skin-abrasion can be a painful and uncomfortable experience for cyclists. However, with the proper precautions, it can be prevented and managed.

The Origin of Skin-Abrasion in Cycling

Skin-abrasion, the act of purposely scraping away skin on the body, is a popular practice among cyclists. The term was first coined in the early 1980s in the United States. It was primarily used by mountain bikers who wanted to reduce drag and increase speed.

At this time, cycling equipment was not as advanced as it is today. Mountain bikers would often shave their legs to reduce wind resistance, as well as make it easier to remove dirt and debris. This technique was known as “skin-abrasion” and was adopted by other cyclists, eventually becoming a widespread practice.

Skin-abrasion is still popular today as a way to reduce air resistance and increase speed. In addition, many cyclists find that it helps them to stay cool in hot weather and makes it easier to clean and maintain their bike.

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