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  • Yes- I always shave my legs

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  • No - I never shave my legs

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  • Only at weekends

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    Should Folding Bicyclists Shave Their Legs?

    The Tour De France is almost upon us, and other fora have 'Should I shave my legs?' posts.

    The advantages are said to be aerodynamic, or pretty, or a demonstration of alternate lifestyle preferences, or just make it easy to grab a massage. But one thing is certain, we riders of folding bicycles must never be left behind.

    Votez!
    Last edited by snafu21; 06-11-10 at 06:58 AM.
    - every mile of road has two miles of ditch -

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    Couldn't we make this conditional on gender?

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    I don't want to shave my legs, but I don't mind wearing a funny hat, if people feel I need to look sillier

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    When I grow up and get hairy legs, I will probably shave it 'cuz it's, like, totally cool to do.

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    I was hoping to lure 'Snooker Table Legs Mulleady ' to vote
    - every mile of road has two miles of ditch -

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    girls dig it
    its an euro thing ...

    but some more reasons :

    much cleaner feeling after every shower (with considerable less towel time)
    less trouble applying sunscreen during the day
    or Moskito-repellent at evening ....
    You need a moist wipe only to clean the legs before to go to bed and get all that moskito crap back off

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    You need a mixed reply for couples (Yes & NO).

    I don't, but the wife does (and not just because she bikes).

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    Shaved coffee-drinking cyclists are a sub-culture.

    I belong to the un-repentedly hairy coffee-drinking sub-sub-culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
    much cleaner feeling after every shower (with considerable less towel time)
    less trouble applying sunscreen during the day
    or Moskito-repellent at evening ....
    You need a moist wipe only to clean the legs before to go to bed and get all that moskito crap back off
    Some of us don't need these things thanks to our thick burly coats.

    I wonder are folding bicyclists hairier than diamond frame riders?

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    Bad enough having to shave my face. Thats dangerous enough without carving my legs up too.
    Type of "chics" i know dont dig it.
    Besides i like my coffee as jur said.

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    I certainly think that folding bicyclists are 'hairier' than the roadies. :-)
    - every mile of road has two miles of ditch -

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    Shaving your legs offers no aerodynamic advantages. It's a myth.

    Aside from aesthetics, it's only potentially helpful in case you get road rash (easier to clean up) and with post-race massage. However, it's now debatable whether post-race massage actually offers benefits, as it apparently reduces blood flow.

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    I did not realize that the bicyclists fold up. I thought it was just the bike. Sounds uncomfortable. But I guess shaving would make it easier.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
    I did not realize that the bicyclists fold up. I thought it was just the bike. Sounds uncomfortable. But I guess shaving would make it easier.
    If i could fold up, i could jump in a suitcase and fly cheaper.

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    When I rode my MTB into a tree this afternoon, I folded up. I actually passed somebody this afternoon too, a posse of senior people, like myself, but they were trundling along on electric bikes, with a slightly younger chap up ahead, scouting for ne'er do wells. He was on a Raleigh Boardwalk, and it looked a fine scoot up close.

    Naturally I overtook, imperiously, shaven legs a blur of motion.
    Last edited by snafu21; 06-12-10 at 09:21 AM.
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    I do not shave; I wax. This is so my legs look pretty as I pootle along on my brommie while wearing a skirt.
    Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p

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    Dang. I forget to add a 'Do you wax?' option.
    - every mile of road has two miles of ditch -

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Shaved coffee-drinking cyclists are a sub-culture.

    I belong to the un-repentedly hairy coffee-drinking sub-sub-culture.
    I don't drink tea or coffee, but I do shave.

    After years of racing and training, those bronzed Aussie pegs look awesome........

    Truth is, the benefits shaving has are:
    0% aerodynamics
    5% wound cleaning
    95% vanity..... but they do look AWESOME.
    I'm lame,
    I'm sore,
    I'm stonkered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddez View Post
    If i could fold up, i could jump in a suitcase and fly cheaper.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    I shave it off, because it's easier to get insect repellent or sun screen on that way.
    that and I only use my folder for errands and commuting.


    Otherwise I prefer to ride my CX or road bike.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Next question is......

    How high up do you sha......... don't worry about it!!
    Last edited by stevegor; 06-13-10 at 01:19 AM. Reason: Add
    I'm lame,
    I'm sore,
    I'm stonkered.

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    one way to prevent sores is to remove hair from that area. What happens is the fabric from the clothing tugs on the hair when there's movement and causes the skin to be irritated.

    that's why I really hated my ankle high boots, as they kept giving me sores at my ankles.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddez View Post
    If i could fold up, i could jump in a suitcase and fly cheaper.
    Which would leave a nice empty passenger seat for your bike to fly in?

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    I don't shave my face.... why would I shave my legs?
    I call it a hobby. My wife calls it an obsession verging on an illness...

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    ^^^^

    Hair today, gone tomorrow.

    You'll save nearly 0.05 grams per day. Over a lifetime that's a considerable weight saving. See the 'steel vs aluminium frame' thread
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