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SHAVED LEGS(35 posts)

SHAVED LEGSfredstaple
Jul 10, 2003 6:50 AM
I've been riding for a long time and never shaved, why would a man do this? Don't tell me it makes you more areodynamic? I see so many people do it, but I just can't figure why.

Do you shave your whole body? Again why?
more aerodynamicJS Haiku Shop
Jul 10, 2003 6:58 AM
and i only shave my whole body on the weeks before important races and really long rides. other reasons:

* freshly shaven legs feel great against the inside of grass skirts and kilts
* it's easier to clean off a chainring grease tattoo with shaved legs
* when i'm going above 30 mph on flat ground, bugs splatter against my knees. being hairless makes cleanup that much easier
* i get better service at the local 4-wheel drive accessories retailer
* chicks dig hair shorts
Unless you are posing for an adult magazinebigrider
Jul 10, 2003 7:12 AM
I see no reason to shave your whole body.

Let's revolt against this time honored practice of grown men shaving their legs. You know what is really hot?

Those French woman that refuse to cave in to the pressures of the razor and have wild hair growing freely under their arms. Now that is hot. If the French woman don't shave why should you?
or are in a bodybuilding contestColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 7:17 AM
you gotta shave for that too. plus if you are a hairy beast with mega back hair it might help you get more dates.
Vanity, mostly.purplepaul
Jul 10, 2003 4:29 PM
I think lean, muscular legs look nicer shaved than hairy. Sure, wounds heal easier without hair, but I haven't crashed in years.

Now, if someone would just offer electrolysis in a bottle, I wouldn't have to bother with yet another daily routine.
because chicks dig itColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 7:16 AM
sure there are probably some who prefer hair, but most women seem to go for the hairless look. if it wasnt such a pain i'd shave my whole body all the time, but in interest of time i'll stick with the legs for now.
"most women seem to go for the hairless look"Steve_0
Jul 10, 2003 10:45 AM
not in my circles, my friend.
There ARE women in your circles, yes?!? nmseyboro
Jul 10, 2003 12:25 PM
lol. indeed there are. nm.Steve_0
Jul 10, 2003 12:29 PM
are there women who actually like heavy back hair?ColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 12:33 PM
I can see where some might be into the furry leg/arm thing or maybe some into chest hair, but back hair is just gross! full disclosure...I do live in Boulder, CO--where women don't shave and men do. Not very representative of the nation at large.
uh, yeahSteve_0
Jul 10, 2003 12:51 PM
I would presume most women dislike heavy back hair on guys. Then again, I'm silly enough to presume boulder women shaved.
most of women do shave to be fairColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 3:00 PM
its a fairly strange mix in the town. lots of hairy aging hippies and neo hippies, but also lots of people into sports and many pro cyclists and triathletes. people don't bat an eye at guys with shaved legs for the most part and you see a fair # of women with hairy armpits and legs too.
re: SHAVED LEGStronracer
Jul 10, 2003 7:17 AM
I used to feel the same way and had the same questions as did most of my friends.

Why would a grown man wear spandex shorts? Why would a grown man shave his legs?

For all the reasons JS haiku pointed out...After you get over feeling less of a man for doing these things, hairless legs feel great as does spandex shorts. I no longer feel the need to wear baggy shorts over my chamois.

Because if you don't you're a dork!ZeGopha
Jul 10, 2003 7:31 AM
shave your legs because it's the thing to do. No one can be serious until they shave. end of discussion.
Road rashpitt83
Jul 10, 2003 7:32 AM
When you crash (not if), they'll need to scrub out the rocks and debris. Being hairless makes that more effective, less painful (if that's possible) and more sanitary (less chance for infection).

All the other advantages are a bonus.

3 weeks hairless and loving it!
Jul 10, 2003 7:43 AM
Because it gives better muscle definition.....also rubbing suntan lotion on my legs is a lot easier than on my arms as the arm hairs just end up as a greasy mass that after 10 miles is covered in tiny black dots (insects) whilst the legs stay quite clean!!
More;KG 361
Jul 10, 2003 9:24 AM
It's easier to wipe off rain/grime/mud/dirt off shaved legs, plus, it is way better when you get a massage-the massage therapist can do a better job. Other than that, it just FEELS GOOD =)
So, why not shave your arms too? NMLowend
Jul 10, 2003 11:40 AM
I sometimes doColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2003 12:35 PM
The problem is that it grows back so quick that you have to keep shaving all the time and in between it looks really stubbly. A lot of pros shave arms as well. I'd be surprised if Lance and company didn't.
re: SHAVED LEGSEspresso
Jul 10, 2003 7:43 AM
You wont get it until you do it!
1.Have you heard of road rash??? Try it with hair and then try it again without- which would you choose?
2. When you feel faster, you will be faster (forget about aerodynamics for a sec. think FEEL)
3. You look like a freak with hairy legs in tight spandex
4. If you got those nice strong cut legs why not show them?
5. Belonging to something bigger then yourself
6. Easy to clean, and for mnt. Bikers, no ticks.
7. Post race massage? Ever get one with hairy legs? Ouch!
8. Style my friend. what bike do you ride? What coffee do you drink? Get my drift.
9. Its part of our cycle culture, weather you like it or not.
10. My wife digs it. and most important I do, and I am secure enough to show em off

Cheers my friend. not all my friends shave, and still are good riders
Shave if you like, grow thick hair if you like, ride on and enjoy life.
But try it before you knock it
re: SHAVED LEGStoomanybikes
Jul 10, 2003 8:57 AM
There is only one reason, and as I have got older I quit shaving my legs.

Unfortunately, you go out for a long ride and get reminded - the only reason to shave your legs is road rash / gravel cuts etc.

You get a rock or pebble thrown at you while you're riding, it will cut. If you have hair on them legs when it starts to scab over - you have never felt pain like that. Road Rash from a spill - a whole different level of OUCH!!!
Well said (nm)JFR
Jul 10, 2003 11:03 AM
only buy the aesthetical reasons...Steve_0
Jul 10, 2003 12:06 PM
1. Road Rash. Um, Much easier to properly treat road rash the one or two times per lifetime it occurs, than to shave throughout life just to neglect a two-week treatment.

2. I agree that feeling faster results in faster times, but I dont feel faster just by shaving.

3. You look like a freak with shaved legs, but hairy arms and chest when NOT in spandex.

4. I'll buy this one.

5. I dont consider shaving for a bunch of mythical reasons 'bigger than myself'.

6. I've never had a problem cleaning my legs after thousands of miles of singletrack.

7. I've never been injured during massage. Nor do the thousands of non-cycling males who get massages.

8. I'll buy this one, if that's your idea of style

9. Murder is part of the American culture, like it or not. Doesnt mean i'll partake.

10. The only reason that matters.

Peace out.
you must not do a lot of crits...niteschaos
Jul 10, 2003 1:36 PM
If you think you are only gonna go down once or twice a lifetime. I go down about twice a year, just happens that way. First time I crashed I didn't have shaved legs and when the hair grew back into the scab it felt like I was pulling hair out and removing scab every time I bent my knee to move.
Jul 11, 2003 3:20 AM
so I dont fall as much as you. My point actually was, if you simply prevent the wound from scabbing (as you should for proper, rapid healing) you wouldnt have that problem.
For me....Mariowannabe
Jul 10, 2003 9:08 AM
It feels cooler (sweat evaporates better).
Poison Oak Clean upWheelz
Jul 10, 2003 9:19 AM
Road Rash and off-road branch scratches on the legs. It also makes it easier to clean off the Poison Oak oils after Mtn bike rides.
Jul 10, 2003 9:27 AM
from dust, rain splash (little rain isn't excuse); cleaning road rush/cuts etc. As soon as you get to car legs can be cleaned with wipe/paper towel. You also wanna do it if you massage/go to physical therapy.

No, there's no reason to shave whole body, and if you don't go to beach/pool no reason to go much above knee. Shave to bikini line otherwise good luck
Jul 10, 2003 10:35 AM
Not a shaver but hairy as an ape. I'd like to shave my back, shoulders and chest in addition to my legs, but the hair just rows back. I'd spend so much time shaving, I'd have to shorten my rides. Maybe I should just dye my body hair blond.
New product for guys like you called Tub Full O' Nair! nmpitt83
Jul 10, 2003 11:00 AM
Try waxing?JFR
Jul 10, 2003 11:00 AM
It lasts 4-8 weeks.

I recommend drinking a bottle of wine first. Some areas are more sensitive than others.... back of the thighs = *ouch*.

I recently tried one of the do-it-yourself no-heat gel waxes with good results. (The longer the hair the better.)

A big benefit to waxing (I'm told) is that the hair grows back as new hair, not "stubble". I'll be finding out about that over the next couple of weeks.

Happy Trails.
Try waxing?Fender
Jul 10, 2003 3:10 PM
Will do so tonight!!!
I'll post how it went and maybe some before and after pictures! j/k ;)
so hair doesn't get caught in the chainring nmgreg n
Jul 10, 2003 10:30 AM
so hair doesn't get caught in the chainring nminsanebikerboy
Aug 6, 2003 4:50 PM
man, you must be able to braid ropes out of your leg hair, my hair doesn't come close to the chain ring, and i am a hairy ass dude
NO WAY! Without hair, my legs would have no color at all (nm)The Walrus
Jul 10, 2003 6:09 PM