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Old 08-20-06, 11:56 AM   #1
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Your Precious Legs

You've toned them all summer and now the end of the season is in sight, when do you stop shaving your legs?
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Old 08-20-06, 12:49 PM   #2
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Just keep 'em hairy--nobody ever expects an attack from the hairy-legged ones
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What da ya mean "when do you stop shaving your legs?". I never do. When it gets hot around here, like it does a lot, I couldn't imagine having fur on my legs. I tried it a few times over the years, but to tell you the truth, it's a bigger pain in the ass removing it in the spring then it is to keeping it shaved year round.

plus the chcks dig it.
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ok, i've got to know...aside from the aesthetic, what function does shaving your legs actually serve?
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What function does any shaving actually serve. It is about vanity, style, and group acceptance- with some rumored tangible benefits to boot.
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man if is about group acceptance i am going to be in big trouble. A years worth of untrimmed beard is sure going to leave an impression im sure.
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Old 08-20-06, 03:11 PM   #7
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ok, i've got to know...aside from the aesthetic, what function does shaving your legs actually serve?
Hairy legs and road rash do not go together well.

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First I guess you could say it's traditonal, but the real functional reason why you shave your legs is to help the healing process of road rash after stacking it. But it's also something pro's have done for decades, to help the whole process of recovery. They get regular massage after a race or training ride and if you're gams are covered in hair, well it's kind of uncomfortable compared to shaved legs.

Us punters rarely use massage as a recovery tool, but for the pros, it's necessity. They race so often, compared to weekend warriors, which most of us are. They have to use whatever tools they can to recover well. And so, like all good fan/racer types, you want to look just like the guys you admire, so off comes the hair.

But the reality of it is to me, and any of you who've had a bad case of road rash can atest to this, hair on the legs when trying to heal up a big slide of rash does nothin to make you a happy boy.

YMMV of course
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i think leg hair looks so gross in spandex..
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No... you didn't!....
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I'll quit shaving when I quit racing.
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Hairy legs and road rash do not go together well.

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I have heard this often, and it sounds plausible, but I got a pretty serious case of rash on my left leg several weeks ago in an advanced state of hairiness, and the hair presented no problem at all. At worst, it was a tiny inconvenience. Less so than shaving a single time, I think.
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ok, i've got to know...aside from the aesthetic, what function does shaving your legs actually serve?
Try racing cyclocross or mountain bikes and you wouldn't need to ask this As far as the road goes, acceptance is pretty much it...that and it looks cooler
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Shave year round.
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i used to shave them over the winter. last year i stopped around now becuase i had a 2 month break off the bike (was in istanbul for work and i valued my life over an attempt at staying fit ) so i let them grow out.

i've got a buddy who stopped racing about 8 years ago, and hasn't been able to ride much at all because of work, maybe once or twice a month, and he STILL shaves year round. that's an ex-cat 2 for you
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ok, i've got to know...aside from the aesthetic, what function does shaving your legs actually serve?
why is Astoria, Queens considered part of the US and not Greece? Sometimes there's no legitimate answer to a question
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I have heard this often, and it sounds plausible, but I got a pretty serious case of rash on my left leg several weeks ago in an advanced state of hairiness, and the hair presented no problem at all. At worst, it was a tiny inconvenience. Less so than shaving a single time, I think.
Yep, most crashes take the hair off right along with the skin. Have to understand, most folks dont ride very much, so they dont crash very much, so the myth of hair being a problem with road rash recovery continues being propagated. You will notice the serious lack of experience trend all over this forum and all the bikeforums.net subforums when it comes to most questions that require some serious riding experience, most folks are novices or hobbyists.
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Yep, most crashes take the hair off right along with the skin. Have to understand, most folks dont ride very much, so they dont crash very much, so the myth of hair being a problem with road rash recovery continues being propagated. You will notice the serious lack of experience trend all over this forum and all the bikeforums.net subforums when it comes to most questions that require some serious riding experience, most folks are novices or hobbyists.
True. Peeling Tegaderm off hairy parts would be miserable. I hit the tarmac at 35 this spring and had a pretty nasty burn from the middle of my forearm to just past my elbow. Down to the bone on my elbow, and still have a couple of souvenirs from the road lodged in the skin. When it was time to change the dressing, I tried to peel it off, and the combination of the hair, wound, and hair-wound matrix (new term), made it unbearable. So I just cut the non-adhesive parts off, and just stuck a new bandage on with the old adhesive still in place. I just let it break down naturally, and it healed up well enough. Still really thin, dark skin in some places though.
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Yep, most crashes take the hair off right along with the skin. Have to understand, most folks dont ride very much, so they dont crash very much, so the myth of hair being a problem with road rash recovery continues being propagated. You will notice the serious lack of experience trend all over this forum and all the bikeforums.net subforums when it comes to most questions that require some serious riding experience, most folks are novices or hobbyists.
So we need a new myth.

Zipp added dimples to all their deep-dish carbon rims because the smooth surfaces were less aero. Hair on the legs acts just like those dimples, resulting in an advantage of 0.000000000001 seconds per 10km.

Just trying to see how many hairy-legged racers I can create.
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i'm curious to hear from any women on here. what do you think of cycling men shaving their legs? does it appeal to you, as it shows that he is hardcore about biking, or turn you off because you find it feminine.
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i'm curious to hear from any women on here. what do you think of cycling men shaving their legs? does it appeal to you, as it shows that he is hardcore about biking, or turn you off because you find it feminine.
My wife says it looks stupid. I guess I can have her sign up and post if you want to hear it directly from her.

On the other hand I know several chicks who like it. Whatever. There's no definitive answer on it -- for any of the reasons people give.
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i'm curious to hear from any women on here. what do you think of cycling men shaving their legs? does it appeal to you, as it shows that he is hardcore about biking, or turn you off because you find it feminine.
The girls on our team like it, my wife really likes it, my sister makes fun of me, but thinks my legs look more defined. :dunno:

I get quite a few women asking to feel my legs, so there's not too much of a downside to it.
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i'm curious to hear from any women on here. what do you think of cycling men shaving their legs? does it appeal to you, as it shows that he is hardcore about biking, or turn you off because you find it feminine.

My girlfriend loves it.... she was a little hesitant when I first told her I was going to start but after a week of getting used to it, she wouldn't have it any other way. 95% of the girls like it but the few that don't, are the girls that don't shave themselves!
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