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    Shave your legs???

    While watching the Tour de Spain with my brother in-law (A cat 1 racer), we started talking about racing and the things racers do. The topic of shaving your legs came up (he shaves his legs). He was saying I should start shaving my legs. His logic is, if I crash the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs.

    I started to wonder how many people out there shave their legs.

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    My wife and I both ride, but only she shaves her legs.
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    Shaving my chin is a pain , so I'm sure as hell not going to start shaving my legs.
    Life can be Beautiful, you just have to look.

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    I say show off those beautiful legs and shave them!
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    are of the same opinion still."- unk

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    Not a living chance. I hate shaving the old face and I am 6'5 and have a lot of leg...

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    I'll stick with being furry.
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    the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs
    Very true, this is the only reason I shave my legs (well, it does feel good). The last time I went down hard I had to have the wound scrubbed out (once again) - it was soooooo much easier without hair.
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    It is A LOT easier to put sun-tan lotion on shaved legs!

    Isn't it also true that you can't get your USCF racing license unless you send them a picture of your shaved legs?
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    Don't like shaving my face so I'm sure as hell not going to start shaving my legs . Then, where would I stop ... wouldn't it look funny to have smooth legs to mid-thigh and then have some fuzz? Does one shave to the hip or up past the stomache? What if there's a little fuzz on the butt region? Where does it end???
    I need to know? :confused:

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    We've discussed this at least 2 or 3 times in the last year but I'll respond again.

    Yes I shave my legs. Three primary reasons.
    1. The healing process goes much better after a crash.
    2. It is much easier to apply sunscreen.
    3. (Sometimes the most important reason ) Showing off well-sculpted leg muscles. I have had lots of compliments about mine from the women at work.
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    Shaving is the only way to go. No buts about it.
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    Originally posted by lshield
    His logic is, if I crash the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs.
    I have a hard enough time with my face. Were I to start shaving any other parts of my body, a healing process is what would be required as a result.

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    I shave, mainly fir the same reasons as RonH. I also have really nice legs... If you don't mind the roadwork.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

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    Yup. I do and it looks and feels better. This is kinda like do you have a tattoo, some people like 'em and others are disgusted by 'em.
    This is a really old subject BTW.
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    No fur here, either.

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    Shaving my chin is a pain , so I'm sure as hell not going to start shaving my legs.
    I hate shaving also, so I am not about to find more parts to shave. I occasionally tease my wife, by saying that I will do it one day, she responds with "then you better find another wife, I married a man not a boy". She is VERY adamant about that.

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    Originally posted by lshield
    While watching the Tour de Spain with my brother in-law (A cat 1 racer), we started talking about racing and the things racers do. The topic of shaving your legs came up (he shaves his legs). He was saying I should start shaving my legs. His logic is, if I crash the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs.

    I started to wonder how many people out there shave their legs.
    I don't shave my legs because I don't want to crash.

    Next in line

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    I reckon it'd make them hairier, but the last time I said that people got really personal...

    Vanity thy name is man.

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    My wife and I both ride, but only she shaves her legs.
    - Hey Webist, just think if it was the other way around....

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    He was saying I should start shaving my legs. His logic is, if I crash the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs
    I have to disagree. The physiological process where blood coagulates is independent of either the nature of the injury or the amount of hair. In a large wound, there are 'tapes' that can be applied that contain an enzyme that partially help the clotting process to but all that does is to facilitate the natural process that takes place within a matter of seconds after the cut. The hairs themselves don't do anything, and on their own, I doubt they prevent anything 'foreign' getting into the wound as most contamination would result because of either impact penetration, or in the case of a slide, substantial tearing of a large area of the skin.

    I think the shaven hair thing helping healing is possibly in the same league as the tapes worn on the nose by some athletes. Just my $0.02c worth.
    If your bollocks ain't sore, yer ain't on yer boike!

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    Winter is coming. Warm and fuzzy is the only way to survive. We must grow more hair.

    Sorry if I offended anyone by the "W" word.

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    Originally posted by lshield
    ...... His logic is, if I crash the healing process goes much better with clean shaven legs.
    If you follow that train of thought to the end.....then you gotta shave your butt too.
    I can't ride and Frown!

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    If you follow that train of thought to the end.....then you gotta shave your butt too
    And then some.
    If your bollocks ain't sore, yer ain't on yer boike!

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    No shaving for me. I spend enough time training, stretching, planning and eating right that I'm not really looking for one more thing to do.

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    When I started to shave, the most common arguement I got against it was that smooth legs are too girly. To me, hair or no hair has no effect on my masculinity. It's kind of like flying a flag, I don't have to fly one to be patriotic.
    Booyah!!

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