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Shaving Legs(12 posts)

Shaving Legsjfd141
Jul 6, 2002 1:24 PM
Ok, so I seem to be the only road bicyclist who doesn't shave his legs...Whenever I go down the local bike shop or on training rides I seem out of place. But what is the real advantage of shaving your legs? All the hardcore racers that do it tell me it makes cleaning up cuts easier (makes sense, but I rarely crash). I don't think it would make you noticeably more aerodynamic? Is the only advantage for cleaning up after a bad spill?
Bugs don't get trapped in your hair, but most importantly ..Pecos
Jul 6, 2002 1:29 PM
it is somewhat of a ritual. Kind of like loining a fraternaty of sorts. It also makes for better massages, and yes, treating roar rash is easier.
Oh, youll most certainly pick up at least 3mph on your avg......collinsc
Jul 6, 2002 1:31 PM
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no, you wont. but it will probably feel like it.

everything people say is just some stupid justification. do it because it just feels better. (and shows off your badass muscles more)
purely optionalTig
Jul 6, 2002 3:33 PM
One of the strongest riders I know, who happens to be a former jr champion of England and a cat 1 racer for over 20 years, doesn't shave his legs. Why do I mention him? Well, we generally like to think the very best, fastest riders all shave, but that isn't always the truth. I know of several others who are quite fast, and they choose not to shave. Some don't have the time (doctors). Some feel they don't have to prove anything to others and let their riding do the talking.

I think that most people shave to let other riders know that they are "serious" riders, and to fit in with the other "serious" riders. It is perhaps a badge of commitment. It also shows off the well-earned muscle definition in our legs.

Yes, it makes massage easier and promotes after crash cleanup and healing. I think the best advantage for me is how much better and cooler it feels in the extremely humid, hot conditions I have to ride in.
Holy Smokes?filtersweep
Jul 6, 2002 3:50 PM
"I think the best advantage for me is how much better and cooler it feels in the extremely humid, hot conditions I have to ride in."

That's a new one...

Were you born in a zoo? ;)

I guess you wouldn't need leg warmers in spring/fall if you stopped shaving.
No, I know what he means.look271
Jul 6, 2002 5:40 PM
It does FEEL cooler on a hot day. May not actually be cooler, but hey, if it feels good, do it.
Sunday morning at 10 AM the heat index will be 108 F!Tig
Jul 7, 2002 1:14 AM
My gams aren't THAT furry! LOL The humid heat is where the real problem is. This morning's ride will be as painful as Saturday's I'm afraid.
We don't need body hair anymore,STEELYeyed
Jul 6, 2002 5:28 PM
since we invented clothing. Seriously it's just a matter of choice,I shave because I like the way it feels. If you try it and don't like it-don't do it,it's that simple.
re: Shaving LegsBreakfast
Jul 6, 2002 6:18 PM
I would shave but the wife won't let me.

I came from a bodybuilding background where shaving is purely an aesthetic thing, like oil and a tan. (You need all three, but the tan can come from a bottle.)

Cycling doesn't require shaving. The only possible reason is to facilitate massages. Road rash or cuts and scrapes is a weak justification for shaving since you still need to scrub the injury and can shave around the injury later anyway.

High school kids participating in some sports are shaving body hair nowadays, they learned it from pro track athletes and just want "the look" like most of us cyclists.

Legs look better shaved, a trick women learned a long time ago.

Shave 'em if you wanna make them look good, bottom line!
re: Shaving Legsslaz
Jul 6, 2002 8:53 PM
Please, the term "shaving legs" is so banal.Henceforth, let's refer to it as what it really is - "depilatory auto-eroticism" - thats the real reason we do it.
Just a thought.
cleaning up after a spill- NOT / aero - NOToff roadie
Jul 7, 2002 8:29 AM
If it helped in cleaning up cuts, you'd see more MTB riders than road riders doing it. Not the case. Maybe MTB riders don't get cuts, or don't care about infection? I know I get both, but do my best to avoid them.

The aero advantage I've seen listed (Daimon Rinards tech sight, I think) is under .5%. Removing your water bottle brakets makes a much larger improvement, as is wearing a skinsuit. Few people do either. Filling in the little gap near the bead between your tire and rim with caulk is about as helpful, and probably less of a PitA.
try huge abraisions, not cutsTig
Jul 7, 2002 11:57 AM
Road rash is a burn with dirt and gravel imbedded into it. A cut requires different treatment than road rash. I've had road rash on my outer calf as big as 3" x 10", and it was nothing like what I've gotten racing mountain bikes.

Yep, there is no worthwhile aero advantage unless you are racing track kilo's at super fast speeds.