I’ve got some not so pretty news for you all.
In fact, when you really think about it, it’s quite disturbing.
Cycling shorts may be a friend to you bum, but not so much anywhere else. In fact, I’d like to say that they mutilated my legs over the past two weekends in a way that no one warned me about. I’m not talking about funny tan lines, chafing, itching or any of the regular complaints. I’m talking about something worse. Wait for it…
They can literally COOK your skin.
Excuse the horrible photo (awful angle, gross bumps and cycling shorts don’t flatter ANYONE), but it doesn’t even do the strange rash/burn that I got justice.
My past two long rides have been in the heat and when I got it the first time two weekends ago, I thought it was strange, but didn’t think much of it. However, after this weekend’s 110 miles, the rashes were bad. Real bad. They were only on the front part of both legs, areas in which the sun would easily reach for hours on end.
After the ride, I worked up the guts to ask Coach Paul what it was (while he was eating a burrito, mind you). I was afraid he was going to scream, “RABIES! RUN!!!” Instead, he laughed and told me some quite disturbing news…
The silicon lining on edge of the bike shorts, the “sticky stuff” that prevents cycling shorts from riding up, was melting in the heat and COOKING my skin! WTF?! Granted I have really sensitive skin, but I feel like if this is a known issue, they should probably warn people from cycling in these shorts, in the heat, for long periods of the time.
The red bumps eventually went away, but it’s now Tuesday and my skin is still discolored. Super sexy stuff right here.
Has this happened to anyone else?