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superstar4410 09-03-04 09:43 AM

First time shaving
 
I consided shaving before but at first was quite apprehensive. I finally decided to give it a try.
I like how smooth my legs feel now :lol: . I didnt realize it took so long to shave.

Here are the two reasons I know of why cyclist shave
1. Slight aerodynamic advantage
2. and crash recovery


I went out riding yesterday with my new shaved legs and I beat my best time for the 20.2 mile course that I do
by one whole minute. Alot of it probably has to do with the fact that I had an awesome recovery from a previous ride on the same course like 2 days ago. But still I think the shaved legs made me a bit faster.

So do you guys shave your legs and if so why?


Oh yea checkout before and after, leg on the left hasn't been shaved yet, and the leg on the right has just been shaved
http://www.talesbymoonlight.com/temp/temp2.jpg

BeTheChange 09-03-04 01:42 PM

I don't...yet. One thing I never hear people talk about is heat exchange. Ever shaved your head bald? You can cool down really quick. I would think this would be one of the best advantages of shaving.

operator 09-03-04 02:12 PM

I'd shave if it'd stay shaved after the first shave.

halfbiked 09-03-04 02:18 PM

Wax them

bnet1 09-03-04 02:19 PM

HMMM, Maybe that expalins why I slow down some going into a headwind. He, he!

'bent Brian

Skyline_Dougie 09-03-04 06:12 PM

But.... what about the annoying irritation and nubs? Is there any way to avoid razor rash? I use clippers first of the season, then a razor with regular face cream, then re-attack every couple weeks with the blade.

overthere 09-03-04 10:51 PM

Use hair conditioner on your legs before you shave. It'll take care of the irritation or rash you get with a rough shave.

overthere

giorgios 09-04-04 12:11 AM

For the love of the game [sport]. :) :)

oxologic 09-04-04 03:58 AM

I get cuts!! WHY?

Phatman 09-04-04 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oxologic
I get cuts!! WHY?

it seems obvios to me...you suck at shaving! :D

scott L R 09-04-04 10:05 PM

I started shaving my head this year, it does feel cooler. I can't work up the courage to shave leggs yet. I started with electric rezor, I got lots of razor burn, switched to a blade, now I am fine.

wfin2004 09-04-04 11:47 PM

you should have left them alone, at least that little bit of hair covered up those gawdy things! My eyes are still burning from the photo.

Nelf 09-05-04 06:19 AM

I honestly doubt that you gained any speed due to shaving your legs.

HereNT 09-05-04 09:23 AM

I dunno - I tried it once, as well as trying wearing just my bike shorts instead of rolled up jeans. I am pretty sure it was faster. I have really hairy legs, and I felt a real difference in how they cut through the air. But it wasn't worth the time it took to shave, so I'm letting my hair grow back out.

Still, it did make a difference. Makes me wish I didn't have hair on my legs.

RiPHRaPH 09-05-04 10:56 AM

the only reason for a rec. cyclist to shave is for the massage benefits. that and admiring your awesome definition.

Xtrmyorick 09-05-04 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RiPHRaPH
the only reason for a rec. cyclist to shave is for the massage benefits. that and admiring your awesome definition.

I'll go ahead and counter that with: The only reasons for a pro to shave are massage benefits and admiring their awesome definition.

PriO 09-05-04 02:21 PM

dude you barely have any hair to begin with.

jlin453 09-05-04 08:40 PM

I'm lucky (or unlucky) that I have no hair on my legs to begin with :(. I get it from my parents, both Chinese.

PriO 09-05-04 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlin453
I'm lucky (or unlucky) that I have no hair on my legs to begin with :(. I get it from my parents, both Chinese.

well im chinese too and i have really hairy legs. i think slvoid can attest to that ;)

Phiber 09-06-04 08:59 AM

Why don't you guys use, uh, girly shaving stuff? It is sorta designed for what you're doing, ya know. ;) Haha, go to walmart and get that pink razor and strawberry shaving cream!

Xtrmyorick 09-06-04 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phiber
Why don't you guys use, uh, girly shaving stuff? It is sorta designed for what you're doing, ya know. ;) Haha, go to walmart and get that pink razor and strawberry shaving cream!

I actually have an Intuition, but the blades for the damn thing are so expensive that it's cost-prohibitive to use it to shave all the time. So I just keep it around for touch-up work. If I notice I missed a patch while in the shower, I can fix it easily without having to grab my gel and razor.

miles305 09-07-04 12:51 AM

try nair or something similar. they just came out with a foam you spray on and then scrape off. it works pretty good, but test it first on a small patch in case you're allergic.

miles305 09-07-04 12:52 AM

by the way, that wasn't miles, that was his girlfriend :) he asked me to clarify it

alb 09-10-04 11:44 AM

Just go ahead and nair it up!

Dusk 09-10-04 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nelf
I honestly doubt that you gained any speed due to shaving your legs.

Well I seemed to go faster....maybe it was the Rednecks in the truck behind me chasing the guy in bike shorts with shaved legs.... But I think I hit 42 mph and max HR before I hit the brakes and turned off.

GF really likes the legs smooth…. Guys ever had women not like them shaved?

Cheers


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