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Anybody ride without socks? and a Q about shaving(11 posts)

Anybody ride without socks? and a Q about shavingnew guy
Jun 28, 2001 3:14 PM
I like the feel of riding without socks. Is there any reason I should wear socks? I don't get blisters or anything.

Shaving...I always get razor burn after I shave the first time. I was told by a female friend to let it grow out after I got razor burn, so I went back with clippers, trimmed the hair off, shaved and shaved a second time and got razor burn. And it keeps happening this way.
What do I do? and what am I doing wrong?
Thanks folks!
re: Anybody ride without socks? and a Q about shavingLone Gunman
Jun 28, 2001 3:20 PM
You have to put rubbing alcohol on after shaving. Just kidding. Think about this for a second, I put some type of moisturizer on after face shaving. Do the same with legs, lubriderm works well. You are basically peeling off a layer of skin when you shave, moisturize.
Lots of triathletes don't wear socksmr_spin
Jun 28, 2001 4:01 PM
It takes time to put them on after the swim. Seems weird to me, but lots of tri friends do it.
re: Anybody ride without socks? and a Q about shavingboy nigel
Jun 28, 2001 3:31 PM
You needn't wear socks if you're more comfortable without them. Here's the rub, though. 1) Feet may feel cooler without socks (you feel the breeze more), but they actually ARE cooler with socks, since the socks wick sweat away to the outside layer of the sock, leaving the moisture to evaporate from that layer--with the newly dry layer against your feet. Plus, socks provide a bit of a soft cushion, prevent rubbing, and are more sanitary for your feet and shoes. If you don't blister, and you're happy without socks, then by all means ride without them.

About shaving, a couple of tips:

1) Use a sharp razor.
2) Try to press lightly to firmly on the razor.
3) Try to go over each "razor stripe" only once.
4) Before shaving, rinse your first leg with the hottest water you can take (opens up the follicles/pores). Apply shaving cream to the leg, and let it sit for a minute to grip hairs and condition the skin.
5) Go with the flow of your hair, not crosswise. People's hair grows in many different directions, just like on their faces.
6) After each leg, rinse with cool to cold water to close the pores and follicles.
7) After both legs are done, immediately apply a skin cream. I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It's available at most drugstores, and lasts a long time--and, it's inexpensive and soothing.

Hope this helps a lot,
More tips...JamesT.Kirk
Jun 28, 2001 5:17 PM
1. This may not work for you... I can't shave with a brand new razor without getting razor burn and nicks all over. I usually use a new one on the face for a week before rotating it to leg duty for another week.

2. MOISTURIZE!!! Lotion those babies up frequently!

3. EXFOLIATE!!! Don't want bumps and ingrown hairs? Scrub 'em down regularly. I've got one of those poofy, scrubby shower things. Works great. Give the legs a vigourous scrubbing in the shower. Also keeps from getting that unsightly rough skin on the knees. Moisturize!

4. Shave more often. It's kinda like a newbie with a sore butt. The more you ride the tougher your rear gets. Same with the legs, shave often and take care of them and they will toughen up.

5. Have them caressed regularly by a beautiful woman that likes hearing you ramble on about bikes. You won't care about razor burn. trust me.

Maybe this will help some folks...

Has anyone tried:

looks dangerous...
Socks? Shoes?Rich Clark
Jun 29, 2001 7:20 AM
I ride in Shimano SPD sandals. When the weather gets hot, accept no substitutes!

No socks for meScottH
Jun 29, 2001 7:27 AM
I've been riding without socks on the road bike for a few years now mostly because my shoes are a little small. Other than the occasional blister, I haven't had any problems.
May I suggest the Gillette Mach 3?9WorCP
Jun 29, 2001 10:07 AM
The Coupe De Ville of shavers. Also, socks will help keep your shoes from smelling. Easier to clean socks than shoes.
I'll second thatmike mcmahon
Jun 29, 2001 10:30 PM
I use the Mach 3 for face and legs. Usually, once the blade is starting to feel a little dull for shaving my face, I'll start using the older blade for the legs and pop in a fresh one for the face. I used to get cuts on my face and legs almost every time I shaved until I switched to the Mach 3. I hate to sound like a Gillette pitchman, but the thing gets the job done. I never ride without socks. It just feels wrong, plus I've discovered over the years that everyone who gets near my shoes is happier when I wear socks.
May I suggest the Gillette Mach 3?got2ryd
Jun 30, 2001 7:56 AM
you should try the venus. extra grip and longer reach makes for an easier shave
No bayou
Jun 29, 2001 10:23 PM
No socks here, keeps me cool. Shave? Get a barber-style hair trimmer and use it on the lowest setting--keeps it at 3 days growth.

Good on you.