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shaved legssilverboard
Jul 31, 2003 1:12 PM
i know that most road bikers shave their legs because its "more aerodynamic" and that you won't get infections from hair when you get road rash, but it just seems to me that there has got to be a better reason than those two and besides everyone else does it. I mean i have no problem with it, i shave my legs too, but i was just curious as to if we had a good comeback when people mock us for silky smooth legs. Thanks, and ride hard.
Personally....eschelon
Jul 31, 2003 1:30 PM
I could really care less about the the whole its better if you get road rash thing...I find hair on the body to be repulsive...and find a hairy-ass dude in lycra odd looking...Like someone found Sasquatch in the woods and taught him how to ride a bike or something...plus I think most chicks dig it.
Personally....gildomilo
Jul 31, 2003 3:07 PM
This Hairy Sasquatch disagrees with your most chicks dig the shaved legs....
My wife can't stand shaved legs...kjr39
Aug 1, 2003 6:26 AM
Not that it stops me from shaving...

I mean, I have damn nice legs...

Then again, I did tease her about the fact that I shave more than she does.

(Just a FYI for all you married guys, the above comment is not what I would call a smart one. Please use only in the event that you do not want to see your wife naked again for awhile...) :(
the real reasonmohair_chair
Jul 31, 2003 1:34 PM
Cyclists will claim it's for road rash or aerodynamic or to keep ticks and fleas off. Whatever. The real reason, and the only one that matters, is that it looks great and it feels great.

Think about it. All the women I've ever known shave their legs and none of them started doing it because it helped with road rash or it made them more aerodynamic. They do it because it looks great and it feels great. Men have discovered that, too.

Q: If for some reason shaved legs suddenly looked and felt terrible, how many cyclists would still shave them because of the threat of road rash?
A: Zero.
It doesn't feel great to me!niteschaos
Jul 31, 2003 1:47 PM
I get tired of the razor burn. As fast as my hair grows, when the razor burn goes away, it's time to shave again. But it does make me look like a freakin machine.
Use a good electric shaver, orcyclinseth
Aug 1, 2003 5:42 AM
after shaving your legs with a regular razor, rub vitamin E oil into your legs. But start using an electric.
the real reasonstrong bad
Jul 31, 2003 1:48 PM
If you have ever crahed and got gritt in your legs you`ll know why shaveing your legs can only be a good thing . my freind did just that. and the infection he got from having hairy legs was well lets just say it wasn`t very nice to look at.

anyway it hurts like hell when your hairs get trapped in the lycra
They look good . . .ms
Jul 31, 2003 1:46 PM
I have heard all of the "reasons" -- aerodynamics, road rash, etc. I'm so slow, that aerodynamics is not an issue. I have cut my legs shaving them more times than I have had road rash. The only two non-aesthetic reasons that work for me are: (1) with shaved legs I have no hair for sweat to soak (and for salt to build up on) when the temperatures are over 90 degrees; and, (2) it's easier to apply sunscreen on shaved legs. But, I think that the real reason people shave their legs (but are loath to admit) is that they look good. I'll admit it -- after three years of cycling, I now have muscle definition in my legs for the first time in my life and I want people to see it.

The other reason for shaving your legs is that it is an important ritual among the cycling tribe. It shows that you are one of the group. It really is no different than any other group or cult identifying dress/grooming style. Of course, I shave my legs and am one of the slowest riders among my riding buddies (some of the people on this board probably would label me as a poseur). The two best riders with whom I ride do not shave their legs.

Insofar as you mocking friends are concerned, there is nothing that you can say that will change their opinion of you. If they think that you are weird, strange, . . ., nothing that you say will convince them otherwise.

My bottom line on shaving is the same as mine about various other style issues that are raised on this board -- do what you want and don't worry about what anyone else has to say.
Well said!the bull
Jul 31, 2003 5:45 PM
That is one of the best write ups on men shaving legs I have ever read! At least this is how I feel!
re: shaved legsHeron Todd
Jul 31, 2003 2:08 PM
It's just fashion. The rest of the reasons listed are just attempts to justify it to others.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
1) Narcissism 2) Silk Sheets 3)The women (nm)ninelittlepiggies
Jul 31, 2003 2:20 PM
massages...yeah right
Jul 31, 2003 2:30 PM
as far as I'm concerned, this is the best reason to shave. If/when you're fortuanate enough to get one post race/ride from gf or teammate etc. it's so nice not to have leg hair to deal with, and I don't have to tell you how important massages are. the whole roadrash thing is easier too, or just bandaids in general are a lot nicer without hair. A lot of it is look, but partially it is function.
massages...torquecal
Jul 31, 2003 6:02 PM
From what I've been told you're right. Post race massages are the main reason for shaving.
Old Roman traditions die hard....Alexx
Jul 31, 2003 5:03 PM
The real reason why most "competitive" cyclists shave their legs is because most of the best post-war cyclists were from southern Europe. Most younger men in southern France and Italy shave their legs, a holdover of Roman tradition.
whaatt??philippec
Aug 1, 2003 2:37 AM
I'm french, have many friends in family in southern france and the *only* guys I know who shave their legs are bike racers!... now, in italy, things may be different...

Oh, and my reasons for shaving:

1.Massage
2.Wife likes....very much!
3.Silk sheets and putting on trousers over shaved legs!

A+

Philippe
Tradition. nmDutchy
Jul 31, 2003 5:05 PM
Couple reasons.....BrianU
Jul 31, 2003 5:47 PM
Hairy legs and cycling shorts. Its like the guy that shows up with a Cannondale R1000, running shorts and a tank top. Doesn't matter how fast he is, he still looks goofy.

For about the last month, when I commute home from work in the afternoon, the temperatures have hovered around 100 degrees and shaved legs are way cooler.

It makes the muscle definition in my legs really stand out.

My wifes thinks it looks hot.

Brian
Where does it end?desertmd
Jul 31, 2003 5:52 PM
I haven't shaved my legs before - though I think about it from time to time. Where do you stop shaving? Do you have to shave you butt and then what about the front side? It seems like you'd have to shave it all or look bizarre for having abrupt hair and shaved borders...
Do you have a very hairy butt? Wait, I don't want to know.cyclinseth
Aug 1, 2003 5:57 AM
I shave up to my "tightey-whitey" region. Hair cover is fine and sparse on my upper thighs, so for me at least, there is no abrubt shaving line.
Have you ever tried to wear pantyhose with hairy legs? nmSpunout
Aug 1, 2003 4:03 AM