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Old 05-07-14, 02:00 PM   #76
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No wonder this country is going down the toilet.
Due to hairy legs, or shaved legs?

I think there are other reasons why the country's going down the toilet, but that's going to be reserved for another thread.
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Old 05-07-14, 02:03 PM   #77
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I've posted this before, but it may as well be repeated here.

I shave my legs. For the following reasons:

1% road rash care
1% ease of massage
47% tradition
51% vanity

What about aerodynamics? If the hair is long enough, it can collect small children, trash, birds, puppies, small food disgards, etc. After a while, the frontal area increase of each leg due to hairy leg and associated debris can significantly add to drag coefficient. Although...it would be a convenient way of storing snacks for long rides... Hmm..
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Old 05-07-14, 02:04 PM   #78
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If you shave your legs the terrorists win.
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Old 05-07-14, 02:09 PM   #79
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What about aerodynamics? If the hair is long enough, it can collect small children, trash, birds, puppies, small food disgards, etc. After a while, the frontal area increase of each leg due to hairy leg and associated debris can significantly add to drag coefficient. Although...it would be a convenient way of storing snacks for long rides... Hmm..
Leg hair has a negligible effect on aerodynamics. Rider position, helmet, clothing, frame and wheels all have a much greater impact. There is a sticky on TT's in the 33 if you are interested in the discussion.
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Old 05-07-14, 02:13 PM   #80
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No wonder this country is going down the toilet.
That's why I'm glad I live in Canada .
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Old 05-07-14, 02:20 PM   #81
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That's why I'm glad I live in Canada .
Don't you guys grow flannel out your legs up there?
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Leg hair has a negligible effect on aerodynamics. Rider position, helmet, clothing, frame and wheels all have a much greater impact. There is a sticky on TT's in the 33 if you are interested in the discussion.
I was kidding.

#HumorFail


P.S. When I ride with one of my buddies, and he pulls out his TT bike, the speed difference vs his road race bike are are tremendous. I would say the frame and rider position, all other things equal, has the greatest positive impact on aerodynamic efficiency.
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Incorrect.

Also, I'm gonna go ahead and call you out here:
How much race experience do you have?
What is your racing category?

An experienced, elite level racer wouldn't say something stupid like that, even though most of them have shaved legs.
Hmm... Evidently, you missed the sarcasm...
You can't take everything literally, especially on this Forum..
As far as calling me out..... OK Fine.

Lets' see, I coached NECSA Juniors, promoted a 2 day Stage Race, have raced Killington Stage Race from 87 to 97 and multiple other races up and down the North-East up until 2004. I have raced in France, only as an amateur of course, left racing a few years ago as a III, returning and planning to upgrade.
So I have thrown a leg over that top tube more than once or twice...
And after a harrowing day I need to go ride...

Cheers..

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srsly? my bad...

also caloso's breakdown applies to me too.
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Shave no trim yes. Couple times a year I trim just about everything below the neck with electric. Why? Not for biking but it cuts my drying time after showers in half. Amazing how much water all that hair can hold.
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I don't but my riding partner does. And I have to admit I am glad she does.
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I'll start by saying that I do shave. A friend of mine shamed me into it several years ago, it was the whole being part of the pack mentality at the time. I kept doing it because my wife and I both like the way it looks. The thing that really surprises me about these threads is the lack of response to the survey, over 1300 views at this point and less than 150 votes either way.
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Old 05-07-14, 04:46 PM   #88
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I don't but I want to as a means of sticking it to The Man.
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I think I want to shave my legs, but I'm not sure. Last time I did it, my older daughter was still in high school. She's 25 now. She noticed it in less than a second. What an eye that kid has. My wife's eyes bugged out when my daughter mentioned it.

Later, my wife got annoyed at me because of how my stubbly legs felt in the, uh, sleeping place.
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Shave no trim yes. Couple times a year I trim just about everything below the neck with electric. Why? Not for biking but it cuts my drying time after showers in half. Amazing how much water all that hair can hold.
I just drip dry or put my clothes on while I'm still wet. I get dry eventually.
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IMO, a set of hairly legs sticking out of spandex shorts in not attractive.
If you are talking about women's legs I agree.
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If you are talking about women's legs I agree.
Then you must have it tough there in Alabama.
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I do since my first real crash. Pulling crap out of hairy azz legs - that I naturally have - and taking off band aids hurts a lot more then it should with them being smooth. If you don't do it yet, after your first crash, you will.

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If you shave your legs the terrorists win.
Terrorists are usually quite hairy and are very intolerant, I think it may be the other way around actually. If you don't shave you're legs, terrorists win?
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Leg hair has a negligible effect on aerodynamics. Rider position, helmet, clothing, frame and wheels all have a much greater impact. There is a sticky on TT's in the 33 if you are interested in the discussion.
So like what, 12%?
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You make it sound like cycling isn't a huge sport in Spain.
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Soak the band aid in oil before removing it from your body. No problem.
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I usually don't like to make excuses but I think I didn't win the race today because I didn't shave my legs.

Good thread.
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