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How many of you guy's shave your leg'sChaz Si
Feb 26, 2002 11:58 AM
Do you get any flack if you do?
re: How many of you guy's shave your leg'snetso
Feb 26, 2002 12:03 PM
As a competitive Bodybuilder I shaved me armpits, chest ans stomach, legs and pube trim from the time I was 16 yo to 52.
I was virtually hairless for all those years. I never caught any flack directly! Besides you were called a "loser" if you did not!
During race season...rtolle
Feb 26, 2002 12:16 PM
I do it during race season. It is much easier to clean cinders out of your legs as opposed to cinder and hair. I race collegiate/USCF and Little 500. That cinder from the track is really what puts the hurt'en on the legs.
Bonus...the ladies seem to like it also!
re: How many of you guy's shave your leg'sTroyboy
Feb 26, 2002 12:21 PM
No *flack* here. Race days only.
I only shave my back, chest, shoulders and ear lobesKent
Feb 26, 2002 12:30 PM
Chicks like that a lot more.
I shave only the front for aerodynamics. (nm) ha ha ha.tempeteKerouak
Feb 26, 2002 12:52 PM
I shave only the front for aerodynamics. (nm) ha ha ha.Aerodynamic Guru
Feb 26, 2002 1:24 PM
From a pure aerodynamic standpoint that may actually be better. By having the front of your legs smooth and the rear rough with hair you may actually be able to create a pressure difference between the back and front of your legs in which case you would have a relatively higher pressure pocket built up behind your legs relative to the lower pressure in the front of your legs which could minutely in theory help propel you forward faster. It's the same basic concept as to what causes a curveball in baseball to curve. as the ball spins half the spin arc encounters wind resistance and spins slower than the other half. The slower rotating half builds up a higher relative air pressure versus the side which is spinning faster with the lower air pressure. Ignoring the additional effects of gravity, it is this presure imbalance which causes a baseball to curve, dip and/or rise. That is why many sly pitchers keep their nails sharp and will take advantage of any opportunity to scuff a ball. That scuff mark creates a perfect opportunity for creating a positive/negative pressure relationship on the baseball and thus make it move more. Mike Smith, the former houston Astro split fingered fastball pitcher knows a lot about this areodynamic fact. :-)

In the 1998 Olymipcs many European speed skaters reaped the benefits of being allowed to mear tights which had rough cross stitching patches built into the back side of their tights. These rough patches created an increase in pressure directly behind the skaters legs which actually propelled them around the rink faster.
Plus I just might get my pic on the cover of a bike mag! (nm)tempeteKerouak
Feb 26, 2002 1:40 PM
Closer to a screwball I thinkCrankist
Feb 26, 2002 3:49 PM
But I suppose you could take the front of the leg 'shavins' and paste them to the back of the seattube
for that full aero effect.
Closer to a screwball I thinkNow that's downright nasty
Feb 26, 2002 6:13 PM
Yuk, what would your frame look like after a couple races?
for the last 10 yrs - no flack....(nm)RayBan
Feb 26, 2002 12:52 PM
leg shaving hints: hot bath, 6 pack o' guinness draught (nm)Js Haiku Shop
Feb 26, 2002 1:27 PM
re: How many of you guy's shave your leg'sEric16
Feb 26, 2002 5:33 PM
Yes, I stop around the end of fall when the race season ends, am hairy for a few months, and then start back up once it's warm enough for shorts and continue through the season. It aleviates road rash a little bit during the crash, makes wounds a WHOLE lot easier to clean afterwards, and looks better (i think) then big nasty hairy legs. The only flack I've ever caught was from other cyclists when I didn't shave, and actually, if you're around a large group of people who shave for a long enough period of time, hairy legs start to look weird, not normal. I say go for it, just be careful around the backs of your knees and around your ankles...those are always the tough spots for me!
All year longPaulCL
Feb 26, 2002 5:40 PM
Why all year? Because if I show up in bed with really hairy, spikey legs, my wife won't come near me until the hair is real long and soft or shaved smooth. In other words, a real incentive to keep'em smooth. I'm not into celibacy.

As for flack? Rarely. More like questions. I just look at them and tell them I'm a road cyclist (as if they should just know that we all shave). Since I started shaving my legs a few years ago, I've noticed a lot of other guys shave their legs too even though there not cyclists. That one I can't figure out. Maybe I'm hanging out in the wrong gym.
All year longNow that's downright nasty
Feb 26, 2002 6:16 PM
Why are you looking at other guys legs? Is your wife aware of this behavior?
Yeah but "hanging out" in any gym is just so wrong!Crankist
Feb 26, 2002 6:49 PM
Maybe I phrased my response incorrectlyPaulCL
Feb 27, 2002 6:12 AM
I don't "hang out" in the gym..but "work out" in the gym.

I don't look at other guys legs, but sometimes it's hard not to notice. The particular guy that occurs to me is a 40+ guy, overweight, with very dark hair but very white, very noticeable, hairless legs. He kinda stands out. Since I'm very fair-haired, my lack of hair is barely noticeable. Besides, ever see the really old guys, like >70...they often have little hair on their legs.

Jeez guys...gimmee a break!
ask my wifeagilis ti
Feb 26, 2002 6:20 PM
the first time i shaved my legs i didn't tell her well we were together that evening and she started rubbing my smooth legs and...
long story short i keep em shaved year around
Shave legs and wax frame. Do both to go faster...Bruno S
Feb 26, 2002 7:59 PM
by .01 sec/mile but most importantly, do it to look good. Never had flack and my wife likes it.
Shave legs and wax frame. Do both to go faster...R-I-D-E
Feb 26, 2002 10:41 PM
Leg shaver here. I try to keep it up all year round, but do get a bit hairy during the off season.

I began doing it after a nasty spill 4 years back where I turned the outside of my left thigh into hamburger. The hair made things miserable to clean and change the bandages.

I also have thinner legs....OK, so they are skinny, and they do look much better shaved. Hey...gotta please the ladys!

RIDE
re: How many of you guy's shave your leg'sjim hubbard
Feb 27, 2002 12:58 AM
I started racing back in high school so you can imagine the shite I got from everyone. But you get used to it. It helps when a couple of guys on the rugby team shave them as well. I shave them all year round out of habit. My girly likes it too. If I get it from her about having stubbly legs. I have heard all the arguements about shaving your legs, at the end of the I think it comes down to pure asthetics.
Arse and legs competitionjim hubbard
Feb 27, 2002 1:06 AM
Bit of a story. At a tour last year and I was taking a hammering. I won a couple of sprint primes small time stuff.
Anyway there was a best ares and legs competition going on. Unbeknown to me I had been entered in it and the judging was being done on the last day. Anyway second last stage the race promotions car comes up the side of the bunch and I here this "number 71 show us your arse".
Here we are strung out in the gutter @ 50kph and my brain is starting to go to pudding. It took me a minute to work out that it was my number.
I look at the car and here this "71 come a collect you complimentary G-string from me after the presentation tonite...." Now it just so happens that the femalw race promotions officer was a very tidy number and when we met up later...........

But thats another story!
Arse and legs competitionjim hubbard
Feb 27, 2002 1:07 AM
Bit of a story. At a tour last year and I was taking a hammering. I won a couple of sprint primes small time stuff.
Anyway there was a best ares and legs competition going on. Unbeknown to me I had been entered in it and the judging was being done on the last day. Anyway second last stage the race promotions car comes up the side of the bunch and I here this "number 71 show us your arse".
Here we are strung out in the gutter @ 50kph and my brain is starting to go to pudding. It took me a minute to work out that it was my number.
I look at the car and here this "71 come a collect you complimentary G-string from me after the presentation tonite...." Now it just so happens that the female race promotions officer was a very tidy number and when we met up later...........

But thats another story!
heat dissipation theoryTig
Feb 27, 2002 5:45 AM
Maybe its purely psychological, but I think I feel cooler when riding hard in our hot, humid summers with shaved legs. I never sweat so much that the hair gets completely soaked and lays against the skin though. The air cooling/sweat heat dissipation effect feels a little more noticeable without hair. Am I the only one that feels this?

In winter with tights, I feel the opposite. The lack of hair feels colder. This is more significant if wearing blue jeans on a cold day and the fabric touches bare skin.
Shave for the SeasonMisJG
Feb 27, 2002 7:29 AM
I keep my legs shaved in the warm months and let the hair grow back in the "off" season. I like the look, my wife likes the feel and they tan much better (my legs don't tan at all when they are hairy). I love to look down and see the definition in my quads. A bit narcissistic I guess, but it helps keep me going. I also keep my armpits shaved (helps keep down the stink) and trim my chest (I'm a pretty hairy guy in the winter months).

One other real advantage I've noticed. Someone mentioned "psycological" reasons. Here's the best one. When my legs are shaved I can't feel them when I ride! When they are hairy, I feel the wind in my leg hair and it feels like it's blowing much harder than when my legs are smooth.

I've never received any flack. How would a stranger ever know if you had hair on your legs or not? People don't tend to notice things that are missing. The only time anyone has ever said anything to me was last summer. My neighbor asked me if I shaved my legs. I said yes and why. He just said, "Oh", and that was that.