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To shave or not to shave....(17 posts)

To shave or not to shave....Fatnslow
Sep 10, 2003 11:51 AM
OK folks, should I do it? Should I shave my abundantly hairy legs?
We need a shaving forum.sievers11
Sep 10, 2003 12:13 PM
If you are racing, yes.

If it is spring/summer/fall and you have a bike that cost more than your car, yes. (or you spend more $ a month on bike stuff/trips ect, than your car payment, yes)

Winter, training indoors a lot, nope.

Your name is robin williams, you have 60+bikes worth millions and you are in France going on the early training ride before a stage with the posties and photo crew, nope.
Only if you want to go really, really fast ;) (nm)JL
Sep 10, 2003 12:16 PM
Only if you race.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 10, 2003 12:38 PM
So that we can tell the slow racers from the slow riders.
shave if you average over 20 mph nmDougSloan
Sep 10, 2003 12:57 PM
does that include the women?(nm)merckx56
Sep 10, 2003 1:53 PM
converse for women ;-) nmDougSloan
Sep 10, 2003 2:10 PM
over what distance? (nm)CHRoadie
Sep 10, 2003 2:31 PM
Try it, if you don't like it, the hair grows back fast enough-nmms
Sep 10, 2003 2:07 PM
Sep 10, 2003 2:09 PM
OK, im 15... i go to high school, where yes, i get alot of crap for doing it, being the only male in the school of 1000 with hairless legs, but still man... one, its got its advantages, and plus, it just feels that much better. go for it!
YES ! (nm)Espresso
Sep 10, 2003 2:27 PM
Not if your fat and slow!the bull
Sep 10, 2003 2:43 PM
Because Shammoo on Shimano wont look pretty!
Sep 10, 2003 2:53 PM
I have found the perfect compromise.

After shaving my legs once, I decided it was way too much of a pain in the arse to do on a regular basis. I happened upon a pair of heavy duty clippers in the garage that we used to use on our dog (R.I.P).

I put them to the closest setting and have at it. The result is that it looks like your legs are shaved from a distance, but upon closer inspection, yep, there's some hair there. It cuts it just long enough so that it is past the prickly stage.

To other cyclists, it looks like your legs are shaved, but you just haven't had time to give them a fresh shave. If your non-cycling family/friends give you any crap, you can show them that there is in fact hair there. Just deny that you trimmed it. This will work provided you don't have really dark hair. If you do, you may need to taper down over the course of a couple of months, starting at the longer setting on your clippers and working your way down to the shorter. You know, give them time to forget those hairy ape legs you've got going.

It's taken me about 10 years, but I've given up all the other mountain biker insignias when I ride my road bike (the visor, the camelback, shoes with tread, spd pedals) but I'll be damned if I'm giving up that last 1/4 inch of my leg hair.

Take that you roadie geeks!!!
If you have to ask, the answer is NO. nmMatt Britter
Sep 10, 2003 3:33 PM
Don't be a follower....lemmy999
Sep 10, 2003 5:43 PM
there is no advantage to shaving. spend the time it takes to shave riding or wrenching.
Trim BroSkooter
Sep 11, 2003 12:25 AM
Go for the close trim first. It is a great experience. If you dont like it you can go long in a month or so. If you like it go to the shave.
Chow Skoots
Shave your legs and you may not be able to grow it back!!!GeoCyclist
Sep 11, 2003 6:11 AM
This year I shaved my legs for the first time. My wife really liks the way my legs looked without all the hair. Now I'm worried that she isn't going to be too happy when I stop shaving during the winter. I'm not too happy about the idea of shaving my legs if I'm not riding at least 200 miles a week. Something to think about!!!