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    Struggling at the Back Ghostman's Avatar
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    Do I have to shave my legs? If so, when?

    As a really promising pudgy, middle aged, Cat 5 mid-packer, do I have to shave my legs? If so when? I assume the time would be before the first non-full-length-tights race...

    Or maybe it is unacceptable to have leg hair even under full length tights?

    Any non-shaving racers out there? Have you been the victim of abuse and discrimination?

    Sit on the sofa and tell Oprah all about it.....

    And one last, really horrifying question. Where does the shaving stop as you go northward?

    Yuck.
    "Hot and overcast. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from the sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me."

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    Yes. With a machete.

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    You must shave everything below your eyebrows.
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    And no, you don't really have to shave them. I do, but I am a killer Cat 4 just points away from superior Cat 3 status. It really helped my riding.
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    To share the female perspective, ladies like it when male cyclists shave their legs. It makes it easier for us to see how cut you are. lol. Now if you are married, have a GF or whatever then well maybe you don't have to. If you are a hairy beast, then it's probably good, you know to help with cleaning up road rash...

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    It's totally an "in crowd" thing. No need to do it if you don't want to. I didn't do it last season (my cat 5 season). I will say it makes pre/post ride rubdowns easier, though...
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostman
    As a really promising pudgy, middle aged, Cat 5 mid-packer, do I have to shave my legs? If so when? I assume the time would be before the first non-full-length-tights race...

    Or maybe it is unacceptable to have leg hair even under full length tights?

    Any non-shaving racers out there? Have you been the victim of abuse and discrimination?

    Sit on the sofa and tell Oprah all about it.....

    And one last, really horrifying question. Where does the shaving stop as you go northward?

    Yuck.
    Yes, before your next ride.

    it is unacceptable

    non-shaving racers are the scourge of the peleton

    oprah who?

    give your significant other a razor and can of shaving cream and go big.

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    It is fantastic. voltman's Avatar
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    If you're afraid of shaving, you can use a lighter.

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    Or just use some nair. that felt very similar to an open flame on my legs...
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    I will say it makes pre/post ride rubdowns easier, though...

    Is Dr. Pete offering to give us rubdowns?

    Wait a minute. Is this "Dr. Pete" a REAL doctor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostman
    Is Dr. Pete offering to give us rubdowns?

    Wait a minute. Is this "Dr. Pete" a REAL doctor?

    No. He just got married so he has better things to do with his time.

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    Use a straight razor, and practice on your scrotum before attempting to shave your knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    If you're afraid of shaving, you can use a lighter.
    ahhh... the ol' turkish barbers technique to remove ear hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostman
    1. Is Dr. Pete offering to give us rubdowns?

    2. Is this "Dr. Pete" a REAL doctor?
    Absolutely not, and yes I am.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Or just use some nair. that felt very similar to an open flame on my legs...
    That is so friggin GAY.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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    FWIW, Men's Nair was totally painless for me, and no I'm heterosexual.

    I'm hairier than average so hair under lycra for me ends up feeling like I'm being tweezed in a million places.

    In another thread it was mentioned that guys with hairy legs are deemed by other riders to be highly likely to cause crashes. If you don't shave, realize that this is the reason for the very wide berth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratebeer
    In another thread it was mentioned that guys with hairy legs are deemed by other riders to be highly likely to cause crashes. If you don't shave, realize that this is the reason for the very wide berth.
    There are a lot of threads that say a lot of things. More quality BF "advice."
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    i think being pudgy helps. i am rasmussen/skeletor skinny, and shaving the knee area can be difficult. of course, i never tried botto's practice method, so maybe that would improve things.

    as a side note, do not use a razor before at least shortening the hair with clippers or something. you will dull the blade before you make it to your first knee and have to run to the store to get more blades with one leg shaved. also, i think it is a man law (or should be) that every male should own clippers.

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    I don't. Primarily because my wife won't let me. It's very odd feeling peer pressure to shave your legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    There are a lot of threads that say a lot of things. More quality BF "advice."
    More quality posting from a doctor who couldn't find a real world job. Where's your sense of humor besides in that very large object turned sideways in your rectum? Come out swinging doc, expect to get hit. If this is like before, you'll start crying again.
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    I only road bike so I can justify shaving my legs w/the moto guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterm5365
    I don't. Primarily because my wife won't let me. It's very odd feeling peer pressure to shave your legs.
    Just wanted to get that in quotes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratebeer
    More quality posting from a doctor who couldn't find a real world job. Where's your sense of humor besides in that very large object turned sideways in your rectum? Come out swinging doc, expect to get hit. If this is like before, you'll start crying again.
    Bitter much?

    The fact that you're not funny doesn't mean I don't have a sense of humor.
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    I don't shave, and saw about 6 other pairs of unshaven legs in my M35+ field. Only one pair mixing it up at the front, but nobody said anything. I think the wide berth for me was because I visted the ditch briefly

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    I don't shave, and saw about 6 other pairs of unshaven legs in my M35+ field. Only one pair mixing it up at the front, but nobody said anything. I think the wide berth for me was because I visted the ditch briefly
    No, WR, it wasn't the rocks in the helmet, the holes ripped in your kit, or your visibly hopping wheel. It was totally the hairy legs.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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