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Spandex Rash


A skin irritation caused by wearing cycling shorts made with spandex.

Example usage: I had to take a break from cycling because I developed a bad spandex rash.

Most used in: Cycling circles in North America and Europe.

Most used by: Cyclists who wear spandex shorts.

Popularity: 7

Comedy Value: 4

Also see: Chamois Cream Rash, Saddle Sore, Bicycle Shorts Rash, Friction Rash,


What is ‘Spandex Rash’?

Spandex rash is a common condition among cyclists, typically caused by cycling in tight-fitting clothing. It is a type of friction burn which can be uncomfortable and cause skin irritation.

This condition is also known as ‘bicycle shorts rash’ or ‘cyclist shorts rash’, as it is usually caused by wearing tight-fitting cycling shorts. These shorts are usually made from a spandex material which can cause friction between the skin and the clothing, leading to irritation and a rash.

Spandex rash is a common problem, with a study finding that at least 40% of cyclists suffer from the condition. It is more common in cyclists who ride for long distances, as the constant friction of the clothing against the skin can cause the skin to become irritated.

The best way to prevent spandex rash is to wear cycling shorts made from a breathable material which will reduce the amount of friction against the skin. It is also important to ensure that the shorts fit properly, as too-tight shorts can cause more friction and lead to irritation.

If you do get a spandex rash, it is important to treat the condition quickly to reduce discomfort and prevent it from getting worse. Applying a soothing ointment or cream can help to reduce inflammation and irritation, and wearing breathable clothing can help to reduce the risk of further irritation.


The Rise of the 'Spandex Rash': The History of Cycling's Most Unfortunate Skin Condition

The term 'spandex rash' is a relatively new one, but the skin condition it describes is one that has been around for years. It is a condition caused by the rubbing of tight-fitting cycling clothing against the skin, leading to redness, irritation and sometimes even infection.

The earliest recorded use of the term 'spandex rash' was in the early 2000s, when it was used by cycling enthusiasts in the United States. It quickly spread to other countries, and is now used widely across the world.

The condition is especially common among cyclists who have recently taken up the sport, as they may not be aware of the importance of wearing properly fitting clothing while cycling. As well as causing discomfort, the rash can also lead to infection if it is not treated promptly.

The best way to prevent spandex rash is to ensure that your cycling clothing fits you properly. If it is too tight, it will cause friction and irritation, so it's important to make sure that you buy the right size. It is also important to wash your cycling clothing regularly, as sweat and dirt can contribute to the problem.

Spandex rash can be an unpleasant and sometimes painful experience, but it is one that can be avoided with a little knowledge and care. By taking the right precautions, you can ensure that you can enjoy your cycling without having to worry about uncomfortable skin conditions.

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