've been wearing cycling shorts for several months now, but only on my longer weekend rides, not my 45 minute rides around my neighborhood. I've also been increasing the length/distance as I get ready for a couple of centuries. Last week I rode 60 miles along a local MUP; most of the trail is gravel and the ride took over five hours. When I got home and peeled off the shorts I had a rash all over my abdomen and *ahem* cheeks. It was not chafing...it was an itchy, blotchy, red rash.
I never had any sensitive skin issues in the past with any type of fabric, or with the shorts on shorter rides.
Has anybody ever heard of such a thing? I have two pairs of shorts, both are polyester/Lycra blends (93%-7% and 88%-12%). I had no problems wearing polyester in the 1970's...well, other than the obvious problem of looking like a dork while wearing a leisure suit ...so I'm pretty sure the culprit is the Lycra.
Is there such a thing as hypo-allergenic cycling shorts? How about some sort of liner (hmmmm...silk would feel good ). I'm going out tomorrow, and plan on doing close to 70 miles, about 6 hours in the saddle. Should I just douse myself with Gold Bond baby powder and see if it happens again? Any thoughts?