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To Shave or Not Shave(18 posts)

To Shave or Not ShaveCherry1
Feb 15, 2002 4:55 AM
I am being pressured by friends to shave my legs. Just curious, what kind of reactions can I expect to get from other people?
re: To Shave or Not ShavePaulCL
Feb 15, 2002 6:25 AM
Since I'm fair-haired, very rarely have I ever gotten comments. But when the comments come - always in the gym - I just tell them I'm a road cyclist and look at them as if they should just know that we shave our legs. DUH. When they ask further, I tell them that it's inevitable at 3-4000 miles per year (250 hours on the bike) that we'll do some pavement sliding and shaving helps curb the pain. True or not, I use the velcro analogy: the sound of velcro equates to the sound your hairy legs make against the pavement as the hair is being ripped out by the root. This always garners nods of approval. If they push it further, I quietly inform them that my wife loves my smooth legs and therefore, I have sex more often. Once again, not neccessarilly true, but what the hell.
re: To Shave or Not ShaveVelocipedio
Feb 15, 2002 6:27 AM
"Other people" will only notice when you wear shorts, so that takes care of co-workers. Even then, it's something they'd have to be LOOKING for. And even then, I've never met anyone who really cared one way or another, though I sis have a very attractive woman insist on stroking my calves "to see how good a job you did."
You know what's kind of funny...greg n
Feb 15, 2002 7:43 AM
When all your buddies are competitive cyclists, and you're used to seeing everyone around you with shaved legs, i.e. races, group rides, etc., you get used to it. Then you see guys with hair on their legs in the gym, etc., it looks odd. Don't you think?

Yeah, it's better not to have hair for reasons of road rash and wound dressing. But also shaving sure beats crusty, dried sweat and little black gnats stuck all over your hairy legs after a long day in the saddle. Plus, my wife wouldn't have it any other way.

As for what other people would think? Hmmm, never thought about it.
Feb 15, 2002 2:21 PM
Perfect explaination greg, I couldn't have put it better myself.
re: To Shave or Not Shavemallfellow
Feb 15, 2002 6:37 AM
They only people that have ever said anything to me are my close non-cycling friends who endlessly insist on giving me a hard time (all in good fun though). To my recollection, no one else has ever commented one way or another. Personally, I'd go for it. I'd contemplated shaving for years before actually doing and now I don't think I'll stop unless, for some god-forsaken reason, I have to stop riding. Just my 2c.
Spring must be around the cornerMel Erickson
Feb 15, 2002 6:46 AM
I think it's the first shaving question of the year. I have no idea what kind of reactions you might get since I don't shave. It's enough hassle shaving my face, and I have a moustache. I don't buy all the road rash, aero, or other reasons. The only reason that makes sense to me is, as my daughter would say, "pure" pressure. That seems to be your driving force and if you feel you'd fit in better shaved then go for it. I'm too old to worry about it.
you also need to consider...up_hiller
Feb 15, 2002 6:49 AM
how much you value others' (especially total strangers') opinions. i'm not that much of a roadie myself, really more of a mountain biker, and certainly not a road racer, so it doesn't make sense for me to waste the time and effort shaving my legs. hell, i neglect shaving my face enough as it is. but what difference does it really make what other people think of your hairless legs? that said, don't do it just because you are "being pressured by friends." if you think it will improve your performance enough to make it worthwhile, go for it. otherwise, why bother?

just my $0.02.

They will say you are a fag which you are (nm)D
Feb 15, 2002 7:20 AM
Lurk elsewhere, homophobe. nmmorrison
Feb 15, 2002 8:04 AM
re: To Shave or Not ShaveCRM
Feb 15, 2002 7:31 AM
Just go ahead and try it. Then you'll know whether you like it or not as well as what everyone else's reaction is. I shaved my legs for the first time last year before a century. I'd heard so much discussion about it that I figured I might as well know what all the fuss is about. Turns out, I really didn't like it. I didn't like the "sticky" sensation of my freshly shaven legs against sheets, shorts, etc. I doubt I'll do it again but you never know if the urge will strike. Point is, all you have to do is try it and then all your questions will be answered.
Don't worry about what people think! If you do,morrison
Feb 15, 2002 8:07 AM
you'll end up wearing baggies on the road. One advantage of shaving is that it cuts down on the in-grown hairs that I get wear the grippers on my shorts press my skin. But that only happens once in a while anyways.
re: To Shave or Not Shaveflying
Feb 15, 2002 9:58 AM
It is as they said....
If your use to seeing smooth muscle legs.
Then hairy stumps look pretty odd.

I use to when I raced & did tri's.
I dont now but I do use a elec hair trimmer to keep
it really short without the hassle of shaving.

I always thought it odd that we (men) shave our face & trim
hair on our head but if we trim hair anywhere else it is odd
to the general population.

Also odd that it never dawns on most folks that all the muscle men they see in mags & gyms shave their whole body..
arms, legs, chest etc.

Anyway as for your question. Nobody will even notice if you shave. They will notice when you stop & have stubble on your legs though ;-)
do it only if YOU want toTig
Feb 15, 2002 10:48 AM
Who cares what others think or say about the hair or lack of on your legs? You have your hair cut to suit yourself and not others, right? I sure hope so. Until we can grow up enough to just be ourselves and not try to please everyone else, our happiness suffers. We try to tell our 17 year old son this, but he continues to copy the styles of his friends in order to fit in. I guess we all have done it, and sometimes still do.

Shaved legs that are white and pastie can reflect too much light and blind your cycling partners. Do them a favor and tan them a little.

So, IF you decide to go the shaving route, be ready for some razor burn. First, trim away as much of the hair length as possible. Electric beard trimmers on razors work, but they will cut the skin if you aren't careful. IMO, the best razor for face and/or legs would be the Gilette Mach 3 or Mach 3 Turbo. It shaves smooth, keeps an adge longer, and washes out easily. For face, I like cool water, but if you do that on legs the goose bumps will stick out and cause extra cuts and razor burn. Sit in the tub with warm water running and maybe a cup to pour water with, which washes away cut hairs. Extra lighting is a good idea. The back of the knees is tough so shave there while standing. Take your time and try to avoid bleeding to death. One of the best aftershave treatments for any part of the body is aloe vera jell. Before buying some, check the ingredients and make sure there is no alcohol!
Hell you call yourself cherry. Who cares what people think. (NM)Mikebikr
Feb 15, 2002 11:57 AM
Hell you call yourself cherry. Who cares what people think. (NM)Cherry1
Feb 16, 2002 5:11 AM
Cherry is my last name jerkoff.
Best reason to shaveMikebikr
Feb 15, 2002 11:59 AM
If you shave and come in last...then people will laugh. Great motivator.

Good luck!
re: To Shave or Not ShaveThorman
Feb 16, 2002 9:08 AM
Shaving is really a personal preference. You won't gain an ounce of performance out of shaving, but it does serve a practical purpose in cleaning road rash.

I have been shaving for the last few years and can't even imagine having hairy legs again. I didn't do it for any other reason than I like the look of a clean shaven leg versus a hairy one.

After you shave your non-cycling friends and even your cycling friends who don't shave will probably give you a hard time at first, but eventually they forget about it and move on with life.

As for being out in public, most people don't even notice it. I spend all my time in shorts in the summer and I've only had a few people look at me funny when they notice my legs. If this happens just blow them a kiss and they will run quickly in the opposite direction and you won't have to deal with them again (this only works for staring men, women may approach you if you try this so be careful).