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    New summer shorts for my stoker, ideas?

    OK, up front, we are roadies, we wear lycra, it works, we like it, black lycra shorts! Like most roadies.
    My stoker wife has a challenge, heat rash! Now, here in Colorado we can avoid the heat for a good part of the year, but extended exposure to sun and heat causes a horrible bright red rash to develop on her upper thighs We used to hold it at bay somewhat with the old” lifeguard” zinc oxide sun protector, yuk, what a mess, or more recently we found some white leg “coolers”. They really do the trick, but where the coolers end on her upper thigh and the shorts begin, presto, rash!
    Doesn’t someone manufacture a “decent” women’s white short, or at least a white legged short? By decent, I mean modest enough one can’t see through to the the embarrassment of the rider?
    It seems to me black shorts are the best choice as it is about the only color available in shorts but it seems to me black is hotter in the sun’s rays.
    Anyone else have this challenge or ideas to help?
    R&J

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    My wife switched to mountain bike shorts for the looser fit and longer legs.

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    Assos shorts my wife swears by them Expensive but durable and extremely well made. I also ride them and they are the best shorts I ride in period. Most stores sell out of them as they are popular

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    I suffer from the same problem. My rash even extends under the white sleeves, or if I ride without them it extends 2 to 3 inches below my shorts. On a really hot day and a 4 hour ride, my rash can be six inches long by about 4 inches wide.

    I still haven't eliminated the problem, but I have made a few observations and improvements:

    I found a pair of very cheap, thin bib shorts that are actually a little too big for me in the thighs. I can almost avoid the rash entirely when I wear these. It seems to me that the newer high quality shorts really exacerbate the problem and I think one component of this is that that they really grip my legs tightly. I get the rash much worse on my right thigh and that leg is significantly larger than my left.

    I've been wearing my higher quality shorts under my tights this winter and I still get the rash on my right leg. The rash seems to follow two veins, fortunately it is much less than in the summer. I think this supports the theory that the amount of leg compression from the shorts is a significant factor (at least for me).

    I noticed that I seldom had this problem until we got a new "high-efficiency" clothes washer. I think that it doesn't do as good of a job in rinsing the soap out of the shorts. We started using less soap and putting the shorts through two rinse cycles and I think this has helped.

    And one last thing that seems a little unbelievable, but has really helped me. I developed a skin condition in my mouth called "lichen planus". Some research revealed that removal of mercury fillings adjacent to the condition resolves the problem in more than 90% of people. I slowly had all of my mercury fillings replaced and fortunately the problem resolved for me as well. I started taking chlorella and MSM to help with eliminating mercury from my system. If I take a dose of chlorella and MSM after a ride, the rash usually goes away in a few hours. If I don't take the chlorella and MSM the rash can linger for a few days. This makes me wonder if the rash has something to do with mercury in the system, but I really don't know.

    Good luck and if you find anything that eliminates the rash for your wife completely, please post and let us know.

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    OK, thanks for everyone"s ideas, We will do some shopping.
    and Bornco, we agree on the washing machine idea, been there in the past. Her rash doesn't follow veins but we are taking note on the compression theory.
    R&J

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    My wife likes Sugoi shorts a lot and they come in colors and she also has some high end Pearl Izumi shorts with white legs. The heat rash issue is new to me, but could be actually dermatitis that is only triggered by hot conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowJoeCrow View Post
    My wife likes Sugoi shorts a lot and they come in colors and she also has some high end Pearl Izumi shorts with white legs. The heat rash issue is new to me, but could be actually dermatitis that is only triggered by hot conditions.
    +1 on the Sugoi RS and RSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowJoeCrow View Post
    The heat rash issue is new to me, but could be actually dermatitis that is only triggered by hot conditions.
    Ah, more ideas.Dermatologist feels heat is what pushes my wife's breaking out, not sun, and for what its worth, cutoff temp coming down is about 86 degrees. As I said, in CO we can do many of our rides below that temperature, but if we get caught, she suffers.
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    In that case. A well ventilated helmet is most important. Second would be white cycling clothes.

    On really hot days we fill my wifes jersey pockets with bags of ice or cool packs.

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