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Why do you shave your legs?(17 posts)

Why do you shave your legs?MTBboy
Sep 6, 2001 8:13 AM
I'm no beginner. I've been working in bike shops for the past 8 years. I ride bikes, I have all kinds of bikes; from mountain XC and DH, to BMX, to road. I love to ride bikes and I put in average 16+ hours a week on bikes. Recently I've been packing on the road miles. Everyone I ride with has shaved legs. When I ask them why, some of them don't know. I have asked several opinions over the years, and responses range from "aerodynamics" (which is downright idiotic, if this is the case shave your whole body stupid)to "keeps from infection" (if this is the case, I don't understand how roadies get so beat up, I get bloody every time on MTB rides but not often on road, and haven't yet had this prob.) to "easier bandage removal" (which I can understand, I'm an EMT, but again this applies to the previous reasoning and why can't you just shave after the crash before the bandage like I do?). Of all the shaved legs I've seen, the best excuse so far is "I'm a roadie" (which translates into personal motivation, desire to be attractive to other roadies, desire to feel superior to non-roadies, and other superiority competitive motivators). Whatever the case, I ride more than most roadies, faster than most roadies, and I don't care- I just ride to ride, and I will never shave my legs. What is YOUR reason for shaving?
Why don't you shave your legs?GW Rider
Sep 6, 2001 8:27 AM
This has been hashed over many times here. If you don't want to shave don't, if you do, then shave.

If you want a reason, How about Tradition.

But the way you have framed your post
"the best excuse so far is "I'm a roadie" (which translates into personal motivation, desire to be attractive to other roadies, desire to feel superior to non-roadies, and other superiority competitive motivators)."

then followed by
"Whatever the case, I ride more than most roadies, faster than most roadies, and I don't care- I just ride to ride, and I will never shave my legs."

It looks like you are the one with the superiority issues.
Just an observation that's all. Like I said, if you don't want to shave your legs then don't.

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.
Do a search on the topic...Cima
Sep 6, 2001 8:27 AM
This question has been asked nearly every week. Everyone has a different answer, and mine is in the archives somewhere.

CC
It's easier to pick the little rocks out of my skin.k
Sep 6, 2001 8:36 AM
I refused before but changed my mind after hitting pavement a few times. Offroad, the cuts and scraps were usualy clean wounds. For the most part, your research on peer affiliation is correct.

Ride the way you like.
Cause my GF thinks it is sexy..:-) NMnestorl
Sep 6, 2001 8:38 AM
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Because it bothers YOU.JS
Sep 6, 2001 9:01 AM
That's the only reason I do anything.
b/c I am a cross dresser(nm)tcr01
Sep 6, 2001 9:08 AM
For the same reason I shave my back.Dog Breath
Sep 6, 2001 9:32 AM
Feminine comfort. And it just plain looks better when I am doing Mach I on my Primal Heatstroker!

Now heres a question for you big fella: Will you be polling girls on why they shave their legs? After all you probably ride faster than them, and you can thump your chest louder.
whew! relief! more than 3 weeks since last shave post! HAIKUSpiritual Haiku
Sep 6, 2001 9:50 AM
mark this one down with
what's the best bike? do you wave?
"recurring" forum

why do i shave legs?
different since beginning
it fits my person

shaved legs and pierced ears
tattoos, and pabst blue ribbon
haiku jeffreyh

picture arrived mail
from last century in may
before i'd shaved legs

strange it was to see
bike, jersey, lycra, furry
it didn't look right

although i don't race
necessary it is not
dedicated legs

can't go for three weeks
without a post like this one
t'was getting worried!

your post was loaded
biased was your wording, sir
ten percent flame bait

shaving you don't like
then shaved stumps you should not have
freedom of leg hair

leg shaving i've been
for a few months though summer
accustomed i am

one of few in group
most others have wooly legs
matter it does not

shave: do or do not
check archives, MTBboy
many hits you'll find

for you, suggestion
if decide to take the plunge
six pack and cordless
I keep my leg hair neatly braided. A ponytail for racing. nmMB1
Sep 6, 2001 10:19 AM
I don't !alex the engineer
Sep 6, 2001 10:20 AM
and my legs are rather hairy. I do keep riding when it gets cold, and let me tell you, the extra fur does help for warmth! I also have a bit of arthritis, so warmth is good, especially for my knees.
The whole bit about cyclists shaving their legs is an outgrowth of an ancient Roman custom. Athletes were always clean-shaven (all over), and since most of the early greats of cycling were either Italian, or from the south of France, this tradition continued. Somebody along the way decided that there was an aerodynamic advantage, so everybody started shaving. Swimmers used to always shave, too, but Mark Spitz proved that you could be hairy and fast at the same time.
I will admit that having hair poking through the lycra on my tights is a bit unsightly, but that's not a problem from my perspective. And as for being called a "sqirrel", well, I happen to LIKE squirrels!
Makes me feel sexy!!!(nm)sl
Sep 6, 2001 10:49 AM
Makes me feel sexy!!!(nm)Roadrage
Sep 6, 2001 1:26 PM
First time was out of curiosity. The legs looked and felt better, so I continued. Found out that I no longer have to wear long pants to cut new trail. Technu was easier to apply with bald legs, poison ivy solved.
'cause i'm WAY faster than you!Largo
Sep 6, 2001 4:56 PM
Maybe if you shaved 'em, you would have a hope of keeping up with me.
Hah!
CAUSE HAIR KEEP GROWING OUT OF THEM! nmDog
Sep 6, 2001 6:42 PM
I don't, but grasshoppers are getting stuck ...Humma Hah
Sep 6, 2001 7:28 PM
... in my brillo-pad leg hair. Its really quite alarming to feel one of them hit and stick. I always worry that maybe this time its a hornet instead of a grasshopper.
re: Why do you shave your legs?Philippec
Sep 7, 2001 3:43 AM
3 reasons (and I sit here with freshly shaven legs)

1. It feels great to put pants over shaven legs
2. My wife likes it.... alot
3. It feels great to put pants over shaven legs

If you want to, do it!

PS. When I used to race for real, shaved legs were the tops for a proper massage.