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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-10-11, 02:19 PM   #1
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So ... gents ... do ya???

http://www.bicycling.com/training-nu...geMichaelBarry

I'll be the first to admit that I do.
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Old 06-10-11, 02:22 PM   #2
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Race season == half wax starting from about 1" above the tan line. Shaving's too much of a hassle to maintain when you're as furry as I am.
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Old 06-10-11, 02:25 PM   #3
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LOL

I shave from the top to the bottom ... can't STAND that "furry boxer shorts" look
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Old 06-10-11, 02:28 PM   #4
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Nope. Tried it once. My jeans felt weird against my legs, my sheets on the bed felt weird, it itched like hell when growing back. Never again.

If it actually made any difference in my riding ability, I may consider doing it again. But it's not worth the effort just to look a certain way. I mean, I haven't shaved my face in a year. Why would I shave my legs?

My wife always apologizes if she goes an extra day without shaving her legs. I tell her "been there, done that. If you want to stop shaving all together, you have my support".
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Old 06-10-11, 02:55 PM   #5
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I don't and I'm furry. I haven't started road biking, maybe once that starts but I doubt it.
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Old 06-10-11, 02:56 PM   #6
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All my race buddies do it but I just haven't had the confidence or courage to try. I'm not that hairy though.
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Old 06-10-11, 03:05 PM   #7
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No need to. There are no visible hairs on my arms and just a few on my legs.
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Old 06-10-11, 03:29 PM   #8
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Yep... As to the jeans and sheets, they now feel funny if I have stubble. My wife has liked it from day one.
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Old 06-10-11, 04:57 PM   #9
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Why?
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Yep, I do.

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Nope. Tried it once. My jeans felt weird against my legs, my sheets on the bed felt weird,
See following (emphasis mine)...

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Yep... As to the jeans and sheets, they now feel funny if I have stubble. My wife has liked it from day one.
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it itched like hell when growing back. Never again.
Then you did it wrong: you don't let it grow back. I shave about 2x a week.

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Why?
From my blog...

Here are my own reasons for shaving:
  • To fit in and be similar to the rest of the group;
  • I like the looks of my hairless legs: shaving allows the muscular definition to more easily be seen and my legs just plain look much better;
Thatís pretty much it for me. There are other reasons, of course, for other people:
  • Professional & top-amateurs get daily massages: shaved legs are easier to manipulate (I do occasionally get a massage so this can be applicable to me from time-to-time);
  • Road rash is easier to clean and take care of (I donít crash too much, but when I do, this is certainly applicable to me);
  • Hair tends to get stuck in road rash and it hurts when you pull it out when your legs are moving around; and
  • There actually is, a very miniscule aerodynamic benefit (again, pros and top-amateurs are concerned here, not my big Ďole but).
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Old 06-10-11, 06:42 PM   #11
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I just finished the article (nice one, BTW). Liked this quote the best:

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But redemption comes. Even reduced to rubble like this, as the dirt comes off, my legs in their smooth state show each ripple, every indentation carved by the lack of the fat, every bulging muscle that pushes the skin taut, every scar. They are sculptures, monuments to my love of cycling, and it is right that they should not be covered.
Barry's turning into a pretty good writer. And rider.
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Old 06-10-11, 07:24 PM   #12
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Nope! I figure if I spin my legs fast enough, nobody sees the hair anyway!

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Old 06-10-11, 07:37 PM   #13
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Nope. I'm hairy and proud.
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Old 06-10-11, 08:00 PM   #14
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Nope, but I don't race. If I raced, I'd shave to make it easier to clean out wounds.
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Old 06-10-11, 09:23 PM   #15
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Nope - at 290lbs it would be like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic to save weight...
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Old 06-10-11, 10:01 PM   #16
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Nope - at 290lbs it would be like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic to save weight...
LOL, but the same goes for me. I don't ride competitively either. As long as I get where I'm going, have a good time and get exercise I'm OK with it and however long it takes.
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There are three main reasons to shave in the following order of importance:
1. Roadrash - Pain mitigation, ease of cleaning, infection prevention. I don't crash that often but when I do...
2. Message after the ride or race. Ohhh it's nice. Lots of masseuses prefer shaved but some don't really care. All of mine have.
3. The wife really likes it. No further explanation required.
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Old 06-10-11, 10:51 PM   #18
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Hmm.... oddly,
I shaved all my facial hair off when I bought the new bicycle.
Can't even tell ya why, or even if the timing was intentional.
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Old 06-10-11, 11:06 PM   #19
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Geeze, you guys are shaving. I'm 48 and still trying to grow hair under my arms!
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No need to. There are no visible hairs on my arms and just a few on my legs.
^This. I use to be somewhat hairy,now,not so much. I have light har on my arms and none on the legs.
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I have tattoos on my left arm and if the hair grows out, well, the italian in me makes them look like ****. As a consequence, it looks weird to have hairless arms and a matting of hair on my legs. So, off goes the leg hair. I shave the boys and trim the top.
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Old 06-11-11, 03:27 AM   #22
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I did when I was in my 20s and racing. Don't feel the need to now.
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Xgirlfriend and a straight razor is not a definition of 'help me shave my legs'.

Get better aero by using the razor on the dome-light.
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wait til you crash and then you'll wish you'd shaved
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Yes I do.

It makes you hair-o-dynamic!

That and it is traditional!
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