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Shaving--I finally took the plunge!(12 posts)

Shaving--I finally took the plunge!Bikewithadam
Jun 10, 2002 7:47 PM
Well, I just did it. This isn't a post asking about how to shave, or what its relative merits are. Rather, I just wanted to share that I took the plunge. I've been riding seriously for a few years now and just couldn't make myself believe that I was into the sport that deep, but finally I took a deep breath and did it.

And you know what?

It feels kind of good! Well, er, after I got over the initial shock and embarassment that is. Two of my female friends gave me pointers on how to properly shave. I think they had fun just with my apprehensiveness. But hey, if nothing else, at least now I can sympathize with the opposite sex. This really is kind of weird though. I feel like I'm constantly brushing legs with a woman and then I realize that it's just my other leg. Kind of sexy in a really "Being John Malkovich" sort of way. No further comment.

So, I plan on taking my first ride tomorrow "sin pelo". I'm going to make an experiment of it, both in terms of what difference I notice in terms of functionality and comfort, and also and perhaps even more importantly, in terms of how I perceive other cyclists are interacting with me. I'll report back my results once I have them. (And hopefully will be able to figure out whether this is for real or just something stupid I did because of peer pressure.)

Welcome to the dark side (nm)RandyMH
Jun 10, 2002 8:32 PM
re: Shaving--I finally took the plunge!weiwentg
Jun 11, 2002 3:01 AM
> both in terms of what difference I notice in terms of functionality and comfort, and also and perhaps even more importantly, in terms of how I perceive other cyclists are interacting with me.

for me, there was little if any difference. I thought I would at least have got some comments, but it seems that almost all of the people I ride with shave their legs.
I couldn't perceive a comfort difference when riding. but I have to say it feels damn good to see my leg muscles.
I did it earlier this yearnova
Jun 11, 2002 4:24 AM
Shaving is the result of nothing more than tradition and peer pressure. It offers no functional benefit, and strangers are likely not to comment on your legs.

It is part of cycling sub-culture, not too terribly different from gang members displaying their colors.

We do it because we want to offer (yet another) visual cue to the world at large that we take cycling seriously. Alien anthropologists would no doubt find it curious...
Good man...biknben
Jun 11, 2002 5:57 AM
I agree with others that there really are no reasons that require a cyclist to shave their legs. It's just peer pressure and tradition. It's about time people just admit it.

Sure you can try to convince me that it helps with road rash, messages, etc. The rest of us know you did it just to make your legs look more muscular.

BTW: My legs are shaved and I did it so it is easier to spot ticks after a MTB ride!!! :-)
Hey, you took my excuse...JL
Jun 11, 2002 6:31 AM
I don't MTB, but I was thinking about when I do shave (I'm still going back and forth), that the Tick excuse made the most sense. Lot's of deer ticks in my area (Lyme disease). Makes me paranoid just to go in the backyard sometimes.

Happy riding.

I know exactly how you feel.SteveO
Jun 11, 2002 4:25 AM
I got a haircut the other day; I completely changed the style. I was a apprehensive at first, very concerned about peoples reactions, leers, etc. Everyone's handled it pretty well though.

The embarassment of it all has subsided; I now feel very aero and hydro, and very, VERY sexy.

Sometime soon I plan on switching form deoderant to antiperspirant.
Mainly For Road RashBigLeadOutGuy
Jun 11, 2002 5:04 AM
besides looking cool and being able to see all the veins running up my legs...I think shaving is also done to make dressing wounds alot easier. When you fall your pretty much guaranteed to get some kind of road rash somewhere and when you do its going to be a lot less painful to pull off the bandages when there is no hair to get caught in the sticky tape. So if anyone hassles you, just tell them its for the road rash =)
you do realize....theBreeze
Jun 11, 2002 6:08 AM
all the women who lurk around here just laugh our a$$es off when these threads pop up. I realize it's all new to you, but you guys go off on something nearly half the population deals with almost daily!
Reading your take on shaving ("Kind of sexy in a really "Being John Malkovich" sort of way."- good one!) gives us hours, well maybe minutes, of amusement. And then many of you try to negate any erotic component (homo or otherwise) and justify it with being areo, or bandaging road rash etc. When hey, it just feels good; and in my opinion looks lucious!

Keep it up guys!
trust meSteveO
Jun 11, 2002 6:14 AM
many of the men laugh too. A lot to do about nothing, imo.
re: Shaving--I finally took the plunge!Mike P
Jun 11, 2002 6:37 AM
A friend of mine shaved his legs. I didn't see him or his girlfriend for a week. She is really digging his smooth legs!

My wife hated it when I did it.PhatMatt
Jun 11, 2002 7:16 AM
She totaly hated it. The only thime she likes me to shave my legs or leg in my case is when I get Tattooed. and than it is only supose to be my lower leg knee down. Ohh well I guess I will just be a tattooed semi hairy fred.