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Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):(15 posts)

Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):LAIrish
Oct 23, 2001 2:51 PM
1. This is not a flame, but I've been just dieing to ask this: For you guys who shave their legs because its more aerodynamic,* do you shave your arms as well?

2. For the distaff posters on this board. I've been using a HRM for the last two or three weeks and, every now and then, it cuts out. I've been told that this is possible if you have a particularly hairy chest, which I do. (Thankfully, I don't have a picture available.) So, here's the question: What would your reaction be, if you met some guy, and you were in the initial stages of a "relationship" and the first time you saw him with his shirt off, he had a hairy chest but a shaved strip running just below his pecs? Is that just too weird?

* If you're a guy and your answer to "Why do you shave your legs?" is "It just makes me feel pretty," "It's more feminine," or something similar, than this question is not meant for you. I understand your motivation, and I am not judging you, its just that I am interested in the response from those who shave for a different reason.
re: Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):metty108
Oct 23, 2001 2:59 PM
Imagine the ladies face if she sees a guy who shaves
about half way up the thighs, Kinda like furry shorts.
I guess when we shave the legs it more or less boils
down to tradition and just looks better in shorts.
re: Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):Mel in WA
Oct 23, 2001 3:50 PM
Ok, I'll unlurk for this one and offer a female opnion. If the lady is a cyclist, she'll understand. If she isn't, she might find it weird at first. Explain the shaved stripe, and how she reacts will tell you a lot about her. If she applauds your dedication to health and recreation, grab her and hang on. If she wrinkles her nose and mutters something about pet grooming, you don't want to be shirtless with her anyway. If she grabs for the clippers and suggests making decorative patterns...well, you'll have to decide for yourself about that.
Speaking of decorative patterns . . .LAIrish
Oct 23, 2001 9:42 PM
I had an ekg a couple of years ago and the nurse shaved the spots to which they attach the electrodes. So I had sort of a vertical stripe on one side and several square patches in a semi circular pattern on the other. When I wore a bathing suit it kinda looked like I'd been through some strange tribal ritual.

Hey, maybe that could be the next big fad!

Also, thanks for your comments. It's always helpful to hear from the more sensitive side.
re: Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):Mr Hair
Oct 23, 2001 5:38 PM
1. No

2. Don't do it. It probably your HRM. I have a hairy chest and don't have any problems with it cutting out. Some times it may not pick up when I first start riding but once I start to sweat everything is fine.
re: Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):Coluber
Oct 23, 2001 5:59 PM
For what it's worth, here's my female perspective. I don't shave anything, not my legs, not my armpits, nothing. I just like it that way. I like the feeling of the wind in my leg hair (i know that sounds a little weird) and i'm not so aerodynamic of a rider, particularly if I'm carrying anything, that shaving could make any actual practical difference. I'm also not into the shaved look particularly, although I have nothing against it. If I were going out with a guy with a shaved stripe on his chest for a HRM, I'd probably tease him about it a bit just for something to tease him about, but beyond that it really wouldnt make a difference to me. Same for the 'furry shorts' bit. I figure that it's such a superficial thing compared to everything else to take into account when relating to someone in ANY capacity, particularly in a close relationship, that anyone freaking out about it would be a warning sign to stay away from them for a lot more reasons than just their lack of appreciation for fitness.
re: Two questions about shaving (one for the ladies):Andrew
Oct 23, 2001 6:22 PM
"If you're a guy and your answer to "Why do you shave your legs?" is "It just makes me feel pretty," "It's more feminine," or something similar, than this question is not meant for you. I understand your motivation, and I am not judging you, its just that I am interested in the response from those who shave for a different reason."

I am a guy and I have never shaved my legs. From now on I will. See my thread titled "take care of yourself out there." I was hit by a car about 4 weeks ago. I spent three weeks in the hospital and I am still picking gravel out of my arms and legs. I asked my doctor's if shaving would have helped and they all said that it would be less painfull if I had shaved. The hair has attached to the gravel as the blood has dried and the pain is horrible when I try to get the gravel out.

If you think shaving is feminine, then don't do it. If you anticipate a crash (I sure didn't) then you may save yourself a lot of pain. If someone judges you because you shave your legs, you don't really need to spend time with them.

will you shave your arms, too? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 24, 2001 4:47 AM
Shaving creates no advantage!kushogun
Oct 23, 2001 7:16 PM
Alright here's the scoop. Shaving creates no advantage when it comes to aero aspects. Yes swimmers will drop about 2% of their drag, but for cyclists, the hair makes no difference unless you are an ape. Like one post stated earlier, shaving is most beneficial when it comes to removing gravel and debris from wounds when you crash. Hey don't ever let anyone say shaving your legs makes you any less of a man. Let your riding speak for you. Good luck.
Shaving creates no advantage!DaHose
Nov 30, 2001 6:10 AM
I have noticed since shaving that my legs are not as chilly when riding in the wind. Maybe because the is little to no turbulance on the skin surface.
Why?Max RPM
Oct 24, 2001 4:56 AM
Have you got any hair on your body anyway. It is of no use to the cyclist, and should be removed. It's weight - that's disgusting. It's drag - that's disgusting too. Same goes for head hair and eyebrows too, they are form drag and are disgusting - there is no need for it. The bike must come first. Always the bike first. No weight, no drag, just smoothness and the bike.
To answer question #1brider
Oct 24, 2001 5:05 AM
I answer with another question: Do you massage your arms?
it's not about aerodynamics...greg n
Oct 24, 2001 5:52 AM
it's about hygene. Shaving your legs has nothing to do with less wind resistance as most niave people think. We do it out of necessity for cleanliness and managing road rash and bandages better.

As for your hairy chest issue, I'd have to say your HRM is cutting out due to powerlines or security systems. You'd pretty much have to have a sweater for body hair to affect your HRM transmitter.
Oct 24, 2001 7:30 AM
Massage/hygiene/road rash treatment - the traditional reasons for cyclists to shave. And here I was thinking all the posters here were fools! Aerodynamics? A case could easily be made (see Fignon/Lemond and the famous ponytail).
you worry too much (nm)Hal Sparks
Oct 24, 2001 8:39 AM