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LegShaving..hate to ask but.....(21 posts)

LegShaving..hate to ask but.....VeryHarry
Apr 9, 2001 6:58 PM
..I'm curious. Does anyone not shave their legs?

Is there any REAL reason other than for cosmetic reasons? Is it basically some unofficial form of initiation?

Is it a total pain in the ass? Especially you naturally hairy people. How often do you have to shave? Does it itch very bad?

What are the best methods?
It is what you make of it, really.boy nigel
Apr 9, 2001 8:18 PM
Lots of people shave their legs for different reasons. There was a similar thread here a couple of months back that started a minor war. Some people (like myself) say, "If you want to do it, then do it; it grows back (quickly) if you don't like it." Others called shavers "posers" who wanted to LOOK like they were real-deal (read: racers, possibly?).

Some reasons for:
- Virtually every road racer does it; many reasons.
- Makes cleaning road rash (if you do wind up skin-side down) cleaner, easier, less painful, and more sterile (no hair to trap dirt, debris)
- Facilitates leg massage (important for recovery between workouts and/or weight training, and helps muscles grow/heal more quickly, flushing out lactic acid) and recovery
- Makes you FEEL fast
- Feels GREAT against pants/sheets
- Some of our wives/signif others LOVE it
- A way to "devote" yourself to the sport (for some)
- A motivator (I'm shaving my legs, so I'd better go out and ride to justify the odd behavior)
- Shaved legs just feel nice
- Some say for aerodynamics

I personally don't race, but ride road a lot, spend decent money on equipment, and enjoy it immensely. I've started shaving for many of the reasons above (Can't you tell?). I used to do it when I raced years back, and actually found the process relaxing. Sure, it itches a little here or there, but nothing intolerable. Using skin lotion to soften the freshly shaven skin makes things comfortable for me. The initial shave takes a bit of time (and take care not to go over the same area more than a time or two for irritation's sake--and be extra careful behind the knees and near the ankles), but subsequent shaves (about once a week, depending on how fast your hair grows) are MUCH easier. Use a fresh razor (blade) the first time, especially; you may need to go through two of them only the first time to avoid having to drag the blade over the same spot again and again. Also, shaving cream/gel works fine; some just use soap. I try not to use too much cream/gel so it doesn't clog the razor.

If you're not sure, then test a small area that your shorts would cover (not in the open); it'll only take a few seconds. You'll get an idea of how easy/tough it'll be--and how nice it'll feel.

Be careful, and enjoy the smoothness. (I'll now await the attacks from the hairier masses after this post; you just watch.)

Life's too short; if you want to do it, then do it and enjoy it.
Re: roadrush and aerodynamicscyclopathic
Apr 9, 2001 9:24 PM
roadrush: hair's known to trap viruses/infection, so when you get roadrush it actually helps to infect it.

aerodynamics: hair actually helps to reduce drag. Similar to bird feathers: traps air and causes air-to-air friction vs air-to-body.

I think you nailed it: esthetics (feel nice) and practicality (cleaning road rash). Pers I am too lazy to maintain it, grew beard for the very same reason ;-)
one morecyclopathic
Apr 9, 2001 9:28 PM
if you decide to shave, shave high enough so you dont look weird in swim suit illustrated
I mean on the beach and when you get naked
Just to add...SimpleGreen
Apr 10, 2001 6:37 AM
Shaven legs are nice and smooth, so it is also easier to apply sunblock and lotions (warming oils etc).

There are lots of bonuses!

Sunblock lotion.E3
Apr 10, 2001 7:21 AM
Now there's a shaving excuse I can hang my hat on. Armed (legged?) with this excuse, I may have to shave this weekend.

I've resisted shaving because I never could find a compelling enough reason to do it. I demonstrate my committment to cycling by riding a lot.

To ease the transition from winter white to summer tan, I've been applying sunblock, but it's difficult to smear around properly with all that hair.
re: LegShaving..hate to ask but.....dustin
Apr 9, 2001 10:21 PM
i'm just wondering if any cyclists shave their arms too. i see a lot of shaven legs, but with hairy arms...why not go all the way? i was also going to ask about legs, but varyharry beat me to it. but i was going to include that i thought of shaving the legs as a way of stating "yes, i am a cyclist. a bada$$ cyclist." so my question was going to be "when can i consider myself a bada$$?" 'cause i want to do it, but i don't want to be a poser. posers are bad.
Apr 10, 2001 6:09 AM
As far as I'm concerned, it takes ALOT more than smooth legs to become a poser. Not only that, but if someone calls you a poser simply because you shave your legs then he/she is the poser. In fact, that's one of the prime examples of poser behavior.

As for shaving arms, I don't do it. My arms aren't very hairy though. I've seen it done.
Apr 10, 2001 5:20 AM
This may or may not be accurate, but my explaination to friends re: why a grown man shaves his legs is Velcro. I say: "Do you know that sound velcro makes when it rips apart?? Well that is the same affect as a set of hairy legs on asphalt - RIP!! " It may not be true, but it shuts them up. They then nod their heads and think I'm nuts. It works.

As for the real feels cool, my wife loves it, the muscles stick out, and it shows a dedication to my beloved sport.
Apr 10, 2001 11:33 AM
No, I don't shave my legs, I can't be bothered. But, I am fair-haired and don't have much hair on my body anyway. You would have to be within 3 feet of me to see that I have any hair on my legs. For those of you with hairy legs, go ahead and shave. It doesn't bother me any.
And another tornado head
Apr 12, 2001 7:04 PM
Out where I live is a fair amount of farms and open country. Discovered another reason to shave your legs - gnats. Frequently I'd look down and find my legs covered with stunned gnats stuck to my leg hair.

This year, I'm shaving.
To Each His Owngimmeaminute
Apr 10, 2001 11:33 AM
Nearly legendary, this question. I say shave enough to look good in a speedo, or don't. My shaving habits ebb and flow, and I have to agree with the healing from injury position, both road rash and massage therapy. I like the way shaving looks and feels. Use a good sunblock! True to form, last year I didn't shave, just to be different.

I am pretty hairy so I use clippers for the big stuff then to the shower, soap only, and a single blade razor. Single blades clog less for me. Negotiate with your spouse when to stop going North. Have no fear......

Posers? Anyone who calls you a poser because you shave your body is a bonehead.

Attachment just in case. Maybe I'll try the stuff....
Apr 10, 2001 11:39 AM
Apr 10, 2001 12:00 PM
i've been tempted to order nads as well. every time i see the infomercial im reraching for the phone when my wife gives me that look ... the look that says, not again. another of your wacky plans.
and some women...junebride
Apr 10, 2001 11:55 AM
find it sexy. um, not that i'm looking or anything. ;)

personally find it to be a bit of a pain. never been able to commit to anything more than bi-weekly maintence myself.
re: LegShaving..hate to ask but.....messenger69
Apr 10, 2001 12:31 PM
One thing all riders have to realize:


Unless you are riding a stationary trainer.

Anything to make the clean-up and healing process easier and less painful is fine by me. "Poser" comments should be responded to with silence. Just get on your bike and ride off. I liked the velcro response, perfect.

Me: in the shower with a can of shaving cream and my gillette. Takes about 10 minutes and I dont sweat it if I miss a few hairs here or there; I will get them next time for sure. After riding as a messenger for 8 years it is as normal as shaving my face. Now that I do triathlons, it works for the water also.

Looks good and women like it also.
re: and how often you go down?cyclopathic
Apr 10, 2001 4:37 PM
'cause I never did on road bike.

On my mntbike different matter, I can crash 5-6 times a ride if it gets too hairy. Still you get so much stuff picked up shave wouldnt help.

I only shave the part around to apply bandage.

here's good reason not to shave: it takes 10-15min, and you have to do it twice a week
re: and how often you go down?messenger69
Apr 10, 2001 4:59 PM
Ride as a messenger for 5 days a week 8-12 hours a day in between cars in all kinds of weather. Then add the weekends doing whatever you do in your sparetime. Everyone goes down.

Riding only on the weekend I can see why you only went down on the weekend. Try riding everyday.
re: weekends? I commutecyclopathic
Apr 11, 2001 7:51 AM
18mi oneway

still comes short of your milage, I would hate to be a parcel boy. how many times have you been hit?
Just can't do it.Ian
Apr 10, 2001 5:07 PM
I started mt. biking 6 years ago and road riding 4 years ago. I watched all of my friends that I started riding with shave. The other last hold out gave out a year ago. I still refuse to do it. Why? Because like your screen name, I am very hairy. If I start at my upper feet / ankles, I can't stop until I hit my lower neck. And I really refuse to cut off at the upper thigh area. I don't even want to think about how stupid I would look. No one has ever given me a hard time about having hairy legs, so I really don't think it is much of an issue.
Did you ever see that Seinfeld episode....runstevierun
Apr 11, 2001 5:25 AM
when Jerry decides to shave his chest and then can't
stop himself because it feels so good to be hairless?
Kramer brings him to his senses by confessing to be a former
shave-a-holic and then exposing himself (and his extra-hairy body) to Jerry. The thought of being even more hairy when he stops shaving drives Jerry from the razor. (It was a pretty funny episode...)
In the 80's, I raced seriously for about six-seven years and since then do triathlons a couple times a year. Although it made (and makes) me feel like an "outsider" due to all the shavers out there, I've never shaved. I think all the "reasons" to do so (infection from road rash, massage, aerodynamics, blah, blah, blah)are pretty much bunk. Except, if you think it looks cool (which to be honest is the main reason people do it) then do it. What the heck, your new attitude might make you faster. Me? I'm afraid I'd look like a gorilla once I stopped shaving.