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    write off razors?

    hey guys! new here, great place

    are you more savvy commuters writing off razors to shave your legs with? I mean, you can write off junk like that can't you? what about shaving cream, or is that too ancillary?

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    I'd be interested to see where this goes...

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    I once tried writing off Butt Butter.
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    I wouldn't try to deduct the ones I use on my face I consider it a personal hygine item.

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    Don't think so but you can give it a try. And when the IRS audits you can just tell them I said it was okay.

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    Of course I write off my razor! At the full 58.5 cents per mile!


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    Maybe if you were a pole dancer.

    But what does shaving have to do with bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    Maybe if you were a pole dancer.

    But what does shaving have to do with bikes?
    Pole dancer, good one.

    A lot of roadies shave their leg hair to cut down on wind resistance. I'm not sure your average commuter shaves their legs for that reason...
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    You are supposed to SHAVE YOUR LEGS...I probably get more wind resistance from my Carhart pants than you would from your hairy legs

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    I'm pretty sure it makes you faster, anything to increase the efficiency of the commute right? I figure if I can get a credit for making my house ore efficient, why wouldn't there be something available for use bike commuters?

    nice one about the butt butter, I hadn't thought of that!


    what about cleaning supplies for the post ride work shower? someone has to be a licensed bean counter in here...

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    Yeah man write off anything you want and when you get audited be sure to complain about the rigid policies of the IRS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    You are supposed to SHAVE YOUR LEGS...I probably get more wind resistance from my Carhart pants than you would from your hairy legs

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    Why you should shave your legs

    Different answer from Fat Cyclist

    I'll add one more, excess hair makes pulling on tights (whether bike tights or woolen long johns) more difficult and can irritate some peoples (like me) legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmitch View Post
    Why you should shave your legs

    Different answer from Fat Cyclist

    I'll add one more, excess hair makes pulling on tights (whether bike tights or woolen long johns) more difficult and can irritate some peoples (like me) legs
    I've always wondered regarding the road rash rationale:

    How often to people crash to make this really worthwhile? I can see if you were a racer or something and really pushing the edge of what's safe at high speed, and then you might crash a lot.

    Otherwise, I think crashing is rare enough to not really warrant shaving legs.

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    You can write off shaving your legs, but you have to keep all the hair that you have shaved off in case you get audited.
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    total of two posts on the OP. *sniff* - smells like troll in here

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    I've written-off razors long ago. My girlfriend likes me scruffy!

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    You can write off whatever you want. Passing your audit may become difficult though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I've always wondered regarding the road rash rationale:

    How often to people crash to make this really worthwhile? I can see if you were a racer or something and really pushing the edge of what's safe at high speed, and then you might crash a lot.

    Otherwise, I think crashing is rare enough to not really warrant shaving legs.
    I've just come to the realization that I need to keep my hairy legs trimmed (though not shaved), because of the irritation of the hairs poking through my Ibex Balance Running shorts that I wear underneath my normal pants while riding to work.

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    In the world of "necessary transportation expenses", I think "large luxury SUVs" and "razors to shave, for bicycle commuting" are about equally ludicrous.

    Anyone wanna buy me a stretch-limo-Hummer?! I'll let you write it off on your taxes!

    No, wait, buy me a Cadillac Escalade. You'll be getting a deal! Because it's so much cheaper than a stretch Hummer!
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    Why on earth would I shave my legs? It's all of this body hair that keeps me warm year-round!

    When the weenies in the office marvel at my year-round commuting, I can't exactly say "I'm never cold because I am hairier than some people's pets." But I'd like to!
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    It's easier to massage smooth legs than hairy ones, that's the main reason racers shave their legs. As far as your everyday roadie, waste of time, unless they're long distance enthusiasts.
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    To the OP: I would think you could write it off if you were being paid as a professional cyclist. That would seem like a legitimate write-off to me. I don't know what the IRS would have to say though.

    About the shaved vs unshaved debate. I have crashed, ending up with road rash both; shaved and unshaved. I'll take the shaved version, thank you!

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    I shaved my legs this past summer. My wife got pretty pissed, not at the image but because my legs hurt hers in bed. Sorry if that's TMI. Anyway, she asked me not to do it again.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Back when I was much younger (mid 80s) I shaved my legs because I did a bit of racing. My wife thought it was sexy.
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    I was shaving my legs long before I started cycling. I've always liked my legs. If you've got it, flaunt it.

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