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    To Shave or not to Shave

    So this may be a fairly silly question but it's one that has been noodeling around in the back of my head since I started riding again (about 1 year, 900+ miles ago).

    Why do men Cyclists shave their legs?
    At what point in someoned life does he decide that he will sacrifice the time and effort needed to shave for whatever benifits there are?

    Just wondering.

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    Some say it reduces road rash when you crash, but I think they just enjoy shaving their legs

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    "To shave or not to shave"
    First, ask yourself this simple question: Do I ever wear pink dresses?

    If the answer is no, then you should NOT shave.

    If the answer is yes, then you should shave.

    Simple.
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    The question is not "to shave or not to shave?" but rather "shave where?" I don't bother shaving my legs because I don't care about wind resistance or peer group acceptance. I do shave all parts under the shorts because it reduces friction! Friction is what makes heat, redness, and soreness. A good cycling short and a smooth skin make for minimum irritation.

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    have to make your own decision on this one.. you will get all kinds of negative comments about it from those that never have... on why it is useless, nothing but vanity, or an indication of testosterone deficciency.. but if you are really thinking about it and hesitant, then just do it and see how you like it.. I haven't in probably 10 years, but I don't race anymore.. or ride as many road miles as i did back then.. but I don't look down on anybody for shaving or not shaving the way a lot of people in these forums do.. I must say I see more negative press from those that don't and have never about those that do, then the other way around.. the only opinion that really matters is your own on this issue..

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    as for the time, it's negligible.. takes less than 5 extra mins to knock down the stubble once you soap em in shower..

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    chicks dig it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
    chicks dig it.


    I go


    legs...
    frame...
    components.

    oh, hey dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
    chicks dig it.
    There is no better reason, the attencion of the fairer sex. excelent

    nice toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    "To shave or not to shave"
    First, ask yourself this simple question: Do I ever wear pink dresses?

    If the answer is no, then you should NOT shave.

    If the answer is yes, then you should shave.

    Simple.
    the weird thing about this post is that it was posted this year...yet it smacks of the 1950s. I guess me and my pink dress should get our collective asses into the kitchen and make you a turkey pot pie!

    Shave 'em if you wanna/gotta. I say why stop at the legs?
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    or an indication of testosterone deficciency..
    I resent this comment... (being a guy is not all about testosterone... )

    BUT

    I shave my legs for looks, vanity, peer pressure, road rash, massage, etc. It is my choice and now I perfer them this way!
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    "To shave or not to shave"
    First, ask yourself this simple question: Do I ever wear pink dresses?

    If the answer is no, then you should NOT shave.

    If the answer is yes, then you should shave.

    Simple.
    Can't be that simple. My wife never wears pink dresses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
    I go


    legs...
    frame...
    components.

    oh, hey dude.
    right on!

    just shave 'em. it grows back. chicks totally dig it. you might be the brunt of a few jokes from your family and friends, but so what.

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    so is someone actually saying that is makes somewhat of a real difference with wind resistance?
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    NO, shaving does not improve wind resistance. If anything, theoretically, it should make it slightly worse, but any effect is almost certainly far too small to be noticeable.

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    shaving makes your skin more noticeable in races, so you get more attention from photographers and from the ladies...

    personally, I don't, but I don't do road races.
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    if you're gonna shave, you might as well consider waxing. Feels a lot better and lasts longer.

    Any men who want to take the piss out of you are obviously very unconfident in their own masculinity. Why else would they be so afraid of the concept of men shaving? Then ask them if they refuse to eat quiche as well. Then tell them to go back to the 50's.

    my $0.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus
    Then ask them if they refuse to eat quiche as well.

    i'll eat quiche, just not quiche lorraine. i was friends with a girl named lorraine growing up,and it just seems weird.


    I don't shave yet, but I'm shaving right before I go back to school in the fall. 1) to see how it feels, 2) to shock the crap out of my friends, and 3) because hopefully by then my legs will look good bare

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbarson
    . ..
    Why do men Cyclists shave their legs? . ..
    Several reasons, the foremost being "because they can".

    Another reason: Because it feels sooo good to hop into bed with smooth legs.

    Another: Because it feels sooo good to feel your own smooth legs, especially if you are lacking another's smooth legs to fondle.

    Yet another: Pecking order in the peloton/pace line. Obviously no one will think you are serious unless you have those delightful baby-butt smooth limbs.

    My husband rides 5000+ miles a year and he doesn't shave. Due to the suprise factor (if you have hairy legs, you cannot possibly be any good) he puts the heat on to more than a few full-kit smooth legged roadies he passes. There are advantages to both sides here. Hmmm, maybe I'll offer to get him
    "polished. . ."

    Hey man, it's your choice--if you like it, do it and to hell with anyone who thinks less of you if you shave.
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    WHO GIVES A RAT'S REAR END? If you want to, do it. If not, don't. What you do and for what reason is your business. If your friends give you a hard time, maybe you need to find new friends. I think that if you are judging someone on whether or not they have shaved legs, you are looking at the wrong thing. Ride hard; if they are still in front and pulling away, then maybe you should stop worrying about their legs and start trying to figure out how to catch them. If you blow by them, look up the road, there is someone up there, better, faster, and stronger. The point is: have fun.

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    I shave my legs! And yes. I'm a man who lived in Texas where the real men live. I can beat up anyone on this fairy leg shaving thread! And no Gillette Mach III's. Schick Quatro's and Bic Twin shavers for this man either! Real men shave thier legs with single edge blades! The day I use one of those multi edged razors is the day I start using a Brooks saddle bare butt! And no gels! Barbarsol regular is all you need.
    I also floss with barbwire....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggy18
    "To shave or not to shave"
    First, ask yourself this simple question: Do I ever wear pink dresses?
    I never wear my pink dress while riding, it's to frilly.

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    Ok, one more time. Here are some good reasons to shave.

    1. Road rash cleans easier and heals faster.
    2. Massage feels awesome.
    3. Sunscreen and leg hair are not a good combo.
    4. Leg grippers don't grip leg hair.
    5. Why hide what you've worked so hard for?

    Here's a few more good ones.
    Quote Originally Posted by foehn
    Several reasons, the foremost being "because they can".

    Another reason: Because it feels sooo good to hop into bed with smooth legs.

    Another: Because it feels sooo good to feel your own smooth legs, especially if you are lacking another's smooth legs to fondle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbarson
    I never wear my pink dress while riding, it's to frilly.

    Tsk tsk tsk. You're such a newb! You just have to tuck it in... The secret however is keeping it pink you see, if you get any stains on it while riding, you have to wipe it off quickly and use some...
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbarson
    There is no better reason, the attencion of the fairer sex. excelent

    nice toes.

    thanks.
    aren't our boys in the forum nice?

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