Question: I’m wearing a turtleneck under my jersey on chilly rides. It’s irritating the heck out of the skin on my neck. What can I do to lessen the abrasion? — Blaine B.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: First, check the material. It might be rougher than you can find in other turtlenecks. Some fabric is easy on skin while other garments are made of what seems like fine-grade sandpaper.
Be sure you wash the turtleneck after every ride, too. Accumulated sweat and salt can turn the softest fabric into a pumice block. It might also help to use a detergent that’s free of dyes and perfumes. They can irritate skin.
Consider using a skin lubricant. I like Body Glide, which comes in a stick like underarm deodorant. A couple of swipes on tender areas before a ride guarantees my neck won’t turn red and glow in the dark.