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Shaving ~ Does it have AERO advantagebimini
Sep 9, 2003 6:14 AM
I know a lot of racers who shave thier legs. When I ask why, the most common answer is wounds heal faster. Some also believe there is some aerodynamic advantage.

I know if I did I would prove my wife right. She believes I am totally obsessed with cycling and have gone off the deep end.

Besides, intuition and rumors, is there any evidence that there is an advantage? How much?

I am going to start training for some serious Time Trialing next season. I'm a relatively big guy for a cyclist (180#, 6'-0") so maybe I can do well at it. Doubt if I would shave till then. Just curious of the merits.
Yes: 'shaved' 6 minutes off 40k TT after shaving (nm)hrv
Sep 9, 2003 6:48 AM
Maybe you did but it wasnt from shaving ! LMAO...........CARBON110
Sep 9, 2003 7:35 AM
Shaving does help maybe a little bit in the right circumstances, like an inside track or the TDF. But primarly its about being part of a cycling fanatic. I shave all the time but its really about healing if you wreck. Which happens alot if you ride hard on a Mtn bike but shouldnt happen alot on a road bike. Its about being parcel to the cycling life style. I only started shaving after I was riding 6k+ a year and was hitting the gym 3x a week. Im sure those who shave love the way their legs look. If I were you I would wait perhaps until next spring. Give it some thought. Unless you live someplace you can ride outside all year. Keeping your legs shaved in the winter time can be tough if you live some place super cold and you are not riding outside anyway. It is a hassle you must understand and if you have tough hair and sensitive skin I wouldnt do it. Being a Sicilian myself I have plenty of olive oil in my blood (lol) so it doesnt bother me. I dont know any cat 1 or 2 that dont shave. What I want to know is if chics like our legs better shaved :D I know someone out there has the answer to that one!
chicks love it...Fender
Sep 9, 2003 8:00 AM
or at least my girlfriend does! she even gets on my case when they get stubby.
...but wives hate itshirt
Sep 9, 2003 8:23 AM
at least mine does. With our open shower I dread the unexpected walk-in that's immediately followed by rolling eyes and "oh, GOD..." Then her head shakes slowly back and forth, containing equal parts pity and scorn.

Happens every time.

The only thing I can think of answering: "WHAT'S UP, BABY?!?" At least I don't use her razor; we have a Hers and Hers set suctioned to the wall. My 2-year old boy thinks it's totally normal and desperately wants to shave as well.

BTW, wounds don't only heal faster, but they're not as bad to begin with; a smooth leg crashes better. Also don't forget that you don't have to clean hair out of a wound (ouch!) and that the risk of infection is lower. My masseuse can get in deeper without hair as well.

LOL! nmNo_sprint
Sep 9, 2003 12:26 PM
...but wives hate it, at first....noveread
Sep 9, 2003 1:23 PM
My wife hated it at first, but now she loves it...

The Empty Wrapper
Why wives hate it...Keeping up with Junior
Sep 10, 2003 11:58 AM
... because chicks love it!

Besides, what wife wants her husband to have better looking legs than her?
Sorry you took it so seriously!hrv
Sep 9, 2003 9:00 AM
I gave an answer that wanted to show how ridiculous it sounds to hear how shaving can be more aero. Might be able to measure if in a NASA wind tunnel with a Cray supercomputer processing the results.

Shaving's for all that Shirt said, as well as at least proving to yourself, that you're serious about this sport.