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    Shaiving your legs(men)

    I just got into cycling in March of this year. I alredy have a passion for it,about a month ago i started shaving my legs, immediately the day after i shave i get this rash/razor bumps on the backside of my quads. Is there a cream out there i can use besides shaving because i dont want to stop shaving my legs ,but this rash really itches me??????????? Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    You can get some Aloe Vera gel at most good pharmacies. Just be certain to get the one that is 100% Aloe Vera - not the varieties with Lidocaine and other funny stuff. Aloe, applied to skin rashes and cuts and other types of irritation, soothes and promotes fast healing - almost like a miracle. Aloe Vera is non-toxic and won't harm fabrics or cause stains. It's been in use for thousands of years.

    Here's one link:

    http://mayoclinic.com/health/aloe-vera/NS_patient-aloe

    Google will supply you with many, many more.
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    Been shaving mine since 2000. I use Kiss My Face shave cream. Never had a rash anywhere.

    Also, don't use cheap blades. Use something like Mach 3 or better.
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    or...you could leave your legs alone

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    New here and I don't know if this has been brought up before (I'm sure it has Sometime), but I use a straight razor for normal shaving (face) and it's much nicer and gentler than a conventional multi-blade razor once you learn to do it. A lot of guys on the forum use them because of irritation caused by multi-blades. I know there are a couple women on the straight razor forum that shave their legs with them too, so I know that's possible/preferred by some. Something to look into maybe if you can't solve your problem another way. I have found the straight razor gives me a little less irritation on my neck, but I never had much of a problem to begin with so I couldn't tell you a whole lot more about that aspect of it. Straightrazorplace.com is great if you decide to look into it.

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    I did plenty of surveying amongst all the women I know, when I started shaving my legs. Here's what works for me:

    1) Get a travel bottle and in it, combine 1 part witch hazel to 3 parts hand lotion (Vasoline Intensive Care or the store brand is fine).

    2) Apply this lotion to your legs - especially in your problem areas.

    3) Apply a shave gel over the lotion - I prefer one for sensitive skin.

    4) Use a fresh Gillette Fusion razor. I've tried many different brands/kinds of razors and this one is the best for not clogging up with hairs. Thus, shaving smoother and safer.

    5) Don't shave fast with a lot of pressure. Go easy on how hard you press down. Move the razor at a slower speed than when shaving your face. This will ease some of the skin irritation.

    Good luck.
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    Oh, also, I don't know if you guys use them or not, but the vibrating razors really do work well. I can Dry shave with a Gillette Fusion Power razor with no problems. I usually use the Fusion Power with just water when I need to shave quickly and don't have time for a real shave. My girlfriend has tried it on her legs and said it was indeed nice.

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    Question: Why is it necessary to shave your legs for cycling?

    I never understood this...
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    I shave most of my body but I am not very hairy anyway. The only reason I shave my body is because it show muscle tone and it makes it easier to put tanning moisturizer on. Some body hair I just use bikini clippers to avoid razor bumps. The more you shave the less of a problem it becomes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay D View Post
    Question: Why is it necessary to shave your legs for cycling?

    I never understood this...
    The original very sensible reason was to make massage easier and less painful. Then one idiot told another idiot that the pros did it reduce air resistance, and a third idiot did it because the first two idiots had...

    Some people claim it helps make road rash easier to treat. I doubt this, but have no evidence.
    Last edited by meanwhile; 09-06-09 at 09:23 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay D View Post
    Question: Why is it necessary to shave your legs for cycling?

    I never understood this...
    My leg hair is so close to the chain on my 'bent I get to experience the annoyance of it bushing every crank revolution if I don't shave. If I only rode my DFs though, I probably wouldn't bother with the hassle.

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    Regarding the road rash issue, it certainly hurts much less to change adhesive bandages and taped-on dressings when there is no hair to be pulled. Last weekend I went body-surfing on pavement, and got road rash on an arm and a leg. I clipped the hair from around the leg's road rash, but my arm is still hairy. For comfort, I wrap my arm to hold the dressing in place, but use adhesive bandages or a taped-on dressing on the leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    The original very sensible reason was to make massage easier and less painful. Then one idiot told another idiot that the pros did it reduce air resistance, and a third idiot did it because the first two idiots had...

    Some people claim it helps make road rash easier to treat. I doubt this, but have no evidence.
    Only idiots believe it has anything to do with air resistance. Massages, lotion/embrocation/dirt/cleanup, road rash, feel, and looks are the main reasons. I have plenty of evidence regarding the road rash, unfortunately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Only idiots believe it has anything to do with air resistance.
    I wonder if it started because Idiot 1 got the word from a triathlete? Shaving *does* increase swimming speed.

    Massages, lotion/embrocation/dirt/cleanup, road rash, feel, and looks are the main reasons. I have plenty of evidence regarding the road rash, unfortunately...
    I admire any man who is frank enough to say that he shaves his legs for looks! Regarding the road rash - have you had similar crashes with and without hair? Does the hairlessness just make treatment easier, or do you feel it reduces damage? I'd be really interested to know - I'm putting together a science vs cycling myths blog and its damn hard to get evidence on this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    Regarding the road rash issue, it certainly hurts much less to change adhesive bandages and taped-on dressings when there is no hair to be pulled.
    ..Well, call me Mr Didn't Think Of The Obvious! But does anybody - except perhaps a crit racer - really expect to crash so much that they shave for this reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    I wonder if it started because Idiot 1 got the word from a triathlete? Shaving *does* increase swimming speed.
    I'm sure that helps to perpetuate the misconception.

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    I admire any man who is frank enough to say that he shaves his legs for looks!
    I do prefer the way that it looks, but it is far down on the list of my reasons for shaving, hence why I listed it last.

    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    Regarding the road rash - have you had similar crashes with and without hair? Does the hairlessness just make treatment easier, or do you feel it reduces damage? I'd be really interested to know - I'm putting together a science vs cycling myths blog and its damn hard to get evidence on this one...
    I had a series of unfortunate crashes which prompted me to consider shaving. I tried it, found the other benefits as well, and that it wasn't much of a hassle (10 min once a week). I don't think it "reduces the damage" and don't think that there is any claim that it does. Its about cleaning up the wound, hair sticking in the wound and to the bandages, and just generally getting in the way or pulled.

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    ..Well, call me Mr Didn't Think Of The Obvious! But does anybody - except perhaps a crit racer - really expect to crash so much that they shave for this reason?
    I've never gotten road rash in a crit. In fact most of my road rash is from training

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    I have to go with Dave Moulton on this one. "If someone asks me, “Why do you shave your legs?” I answer simply, “It’s traditional.” That is the only answer I need. No one questions it or doubts my word. After all, if something is traditional, who am I to break with tradition?"

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    for triathlons shaving also makes transitions faster and less painful if you have to wear a wetsuit for the swim.
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    I like it and I am a klutz. Thus, vanity and taking care of road rash are my main reasons.

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    If you're in a big city, one that has an NBA team, give them a call and ask for their team trainer. Next time you watch an NBA basketball game, notice how clean shaved those basketball players are. I mean the mens team.

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    My legs are really hairy so when i ride in the summer i shave to prevent the excess sweating on my legs, it works, plus when i hit a swarm of gnats or bugs I'm not picking them out of my hair for the next 2 hours - I let it grow in the winter

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    I find it very creepy if a man shaves his legs. I had a half uncle who had utterly hairless legs and it skeeved me out.

    Anyway, if you're worried about tape sticking to your body hair, there's "tape" that only sticks to itself and the bandage, it feels sort of like paper. That stuff is awesome, I used it to tape a dressing to my dog's paw when he cut his pad, worked great.

    ETA: http://solutions.3mcanada.ca/wps/por...irstAid/Tapes/ hope that link works for everyone.

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    Many guys have scant body hair due to genetic predisposition. Such as being of Native American ancestry (Hi there). And many other simply find the hair on places like their legs disappearing over time. All of this is normal.

    If a man wants to shave his legs, or a woman doesn't want to - who is anyone to complain? And who invented the social expectation of a woman having shaved her armpits & legs? The razor manufacturers and the shaving soap companies! Look at pictures of women in the 1920's and 30's. They let it all hang out.

    And it has been proven that humans, of both plumbing varieties, excrete pheromones that attract other humans, subconsciously, to mate. This 'scent' is mostly released through the hair follicles located in the armpits - in both sexes.

    End Of Physiology/History Lesson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I find it very creepy if a man shaves his legs.
    I find it creepy that people care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I find it very creepy if a man shaves his legs. I had a half uncle who had utterly hairless legs and it skeeved me out.
    Really? I find it quite hot.

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