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What are the "real" reasons for shaving our legs?(21 posts)

What are the "real" reasons for shaving our legs?Mabero
Jun 28, 2001 12:57 PM
I do it but just because I want to see definition in my legs...what is the real reason? Is it just in case I scrape or cut my knee that it won't get infected as easily? Or is it like swimmers with drag? Is it just fashion? Or is it just that the elastics pull on leg hair so we shave them!

Either way...I don't know the real reason...
Two real reasonsCima Coppi
Jun 28, 2001 1:02 PM
1. The aid in the healing of road rash. I wound on a shaved leg is easier to clean at first, then its much easier to apply new bandages later. No hair to get pulled when the old bandage is removed. This promotes faster healing

2. Leg massage is much better on shaved legs. One can rub the muscles much deeper than on hairy legs. This obviously aids in getting better circulation through the muscles, so they will not become "knotted"
The REAL reason we all do itonrhodes
Jun 28, 2001 1:10 PM
1)Because we want to be diffenrent from our "normal" friends
2)It is easier to keep clean like mentioned in previous post
3)Peer pressure from our fellow racers
4)Every girl I have dated has liked it
5)Why not?
its all about the girls!!!!! (nm)jayz
Jun 28, 2001 1:11 PM
no no no the Real Reason really is...Mabero
Jun 28, 2001 1:14 PM
NUMBER 4 in the previous reply!

They do love it.
Pure Vanity! (nm)keith m.
Jun 28, 2001 2:40 PM
So I don't look like a hairy legged tourist in thight shorts.STEELYeyed
Jun 28, 2001 3:03 PM
Plus it feels pretty cool.
re: What are the "real" reasons for shaving our legs?RAC
Jun 28, 2001 7:21 PM
One day I went on a ride and there was a fierce head wind. The skin on my legs hurt like hell from the hair basicly being pulled in one
direction for an hour. After that I started shaving. NOw...

My wife loves it when we snuggle.
My wife and her friends think I have gorgeous legs(vanity)
I dont have hairs weaving their way into my skirt, I mean trousers
and getting yanked out.
And If any one has a problem with it or a red neck stares at me,
I'm also usually twice their size and much more secure.

Think about this. Why is it not considered efeminate or strange to shave your face of wax your chest?
Since you don't have a problem being "efeminate,"...boy nigel
Jun 28, 2001 9:11 PM
take Typing and English 101 classes, big guy. Does being "twice [someone's] size" MAKE you secure, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

Oh yeah, and it's "redneck." One word.

Thanks for calling....
dang man, calm's all good....dustin73
Jun 29, 2001 12:20 AM
calm the tiger calm the tiger (nm)Mabero
Jun 29, 2001 5:58 AM
Since you don't have a problem being "efeminate,"...Gest
Jun 29, 2001 11:48 PM

LOO k Whoo is insequre anD MaYBE A beet Angree

Me, insecure? Heck no. Far from it...boy nigel
Jun 30, 2001 2:06 PM
but I just hate the whole meathead/jarhead/knucklehead mentality of "I'm so much bigger than you, so don't mess with me." Means jack-all--unless, of course, you're in the WWF.

Not angry, either, "Gest." Just trying to help a friend.

Luv 'n' hugs,

since i know you are smallishmael
Jun 30, 2001 12:05 PM
maybe that has to do with your attack...take it easy...this seems to happend often with you...
not that it's effeminate or isn't (as if), but chest waxing?Haiku d'état
Jun 29, 2001 8:32 AM
i've heard of it, but never heard of anyone having it done. what's the purpose in this (besides for swimmers)?

just curious.
re: What are the "real" reasons for shaving our legs?got2ryd
Jun 29, 2001 7:17 AM
i agree with all the reasons mentioned. i found a new one, though, just this week. was competing in mtn bike race and some how came off the back of the saddle a bit making contact with my knobbies with the inside of my left knee.....ouch! burned the skin right off. it hurts like hell and is right where the knee flexes. i imagine it would be worse if i had hairy legs. happy riding!
Since you mentioned the MTB...biknben
Jun 29, 2001 7:55 AM
Here's one: Shaved legs are less likely to pick up ticks. If you do happen to get one they are much easier to spot.

But who we kiddin...It's all about getting the girls!!!
Personally, I never understood why...Jim Burton
Jun 29, 2001 7:58 AM
..mountain guys have such an aversion to shaving thier legs. I am fifty times more likely to get cuts, scrapes and scratches, and more likely to just plain crash when I race MTB than road. I have even heard people say, "If you're not crashin', your not racin'!" in reference to MTB racing. I just recently did a Hi Tec adventure race, and came away with TONS of sores and even some poison oak (and the course wasn't technical at ALL). I would hate to think what healing would be like with hair! And, there is the situation described in the post above. That also happens to me, mostly when descending a nasty section and my bike is twisting and turning underneath, while I'm off the back of the saddle. Plus, after the race the mud, grease and grime comes off much easier with shaved legs. Notice too, everyone, that most of the pro MTB racers DO shave!
re: My wife says!!!Steve A
Jun 29, 2001 9:17 AM
Men are not supposed to have better looking legs than women! its a point
the biggest reasonishmael
Jun 30, 2001 12:09 PM
im suprised that no one mentioned wind drag...months ago someone came up with a figure for the amount of seconds saved in a 60 mile race and it was quite substantial...i dont know how you would come up with such a number but im sure wind drag is a major reason many shave..ive never done it because im too scared itll be a pain in the ass to mantain...
wind 'drag'steveuk
Jun 30, 2001 6:38 PM
umm...wind no but 'drag' yes! ALL cyclists who shave their legs are cross dressers. I KNOW this to be true ishmael so DON'T be tempted - you will end up batting for the other side.