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Old 01-14-22, 12:23 AM
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Since I have body hair like a chimp, I use a Wahl clipper with the smallest guard and manscape my legs and arms. So I keep those areas about 1/4” and it makes applying sunscreen a snap.

Shaved my legs during my competitive days in my 30s but using clippers is so much easier and faster.
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Old 01-14-22, 08:08 AM
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I always thought it was an old wives tale when people would say, if you start shaving a part of your body it would grow back twice as fast and twice as thick. Well, they were right so I don't shave any part of my body I don't have to other than my dome because most of the hair has already fallen out.

That being said, I'm sure I look like sasquatch on a bike when I'm out there in the summer. Oh well, I'm not riding to to look pleasing to other people.
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Old 01-14-22, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I had stitches in my shin once (non-cycling related) - the HM's had to pull out the flaps of curled up flesh to shave the hair off the skin before they could even start with the needle and thread.
That gave me goosebumps.

The road rash after my crash (hit by a car) was much easier to care for with shaved legs.
Besides, shaving makes it easier to see the fine details in my tattoos.
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Old 01-14-22, 08:46 AM
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What about furry arms?
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Old 01-14-22, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
Welcome to bike forums Genghis Kant . This is an 6 year old thread and many of the posters may not be still members. We suggest that you start a new thread on subject matters that interest you versus post to an old zombie thread.

To answer your question, Specialized did tests in their wind tunnel and found that shaving legs made a significant different in power saved. If you want to watch the video search Specialized Wintunnel shaved.

Here is an excerpt from Velonews…The tests showed that shaving the test subject’s legs reduced drag by about seven percent, saving 15 watts at the same speed. In theory, that translates to a 79-second advantage over a 40-kilometer time trial.

Riders work one or two seasons of training to improve the 40K time trial by 79 seconds. 79 seconds is a significant improvement.
Yeah, I realized after replying that it was an old post. Sorry about that, but thanks for the explanation!
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Old 01-15-22, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by BTinNYC View Post
What about furry arms?
No impact on CdA. Specialized tested hairy arms versus shaved arms and beards versus shaved faces. Specialized found that it was the motion of the leg hair as one pedals that caused the increased CdA. In fact, Specialized tried different hair patterns.
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Old 01-16-22, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by FullGas View Post
started shaving a few years ago...

looks good, feels good...especially when swimming.

shaving is not about being 'aero,' it's about road rash...my last trip to the ER after a crash with hairy legs was pretty unpleasant.
So if you had shaved prior to the crash the ER would have been pleasant?
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Old 01-16-22, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
Look at what happened to Bruce Jenner...
OMG! You are so right. Please don’t tell the pro and semi-pro racers or they might run for governor of California.
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Old 01-17-22, 09:05 AM
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I started shaving my legs long before this thread was started in 2016.
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Old 01-17-22, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
OMG! You are so right. Please don’t tell the pro and semi-pro racers or they might run for governor of California.
You are in the running for today's oldest post quote prize. Good luck!
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Old 01-17-22, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by BTinNYC View Post
What about furry arms?
What about 'em? Same rules apply. Some shave 'em, some don't. Those who shave them get a benefit. Those who don't, don't. C'est la guerre.

Maybe we could discuss eyebrow trimming next.
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Old 01-19-22, 10:04 PM
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Why shave... A butane lighter thins out the hairs quite nicely...

Lets keep this thread going... Ha
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Old 01-19-22, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
So if you had shaved prior to the crash the ER would have been pleasant?
More pleasant. That shave by the ER nurse isn't fun. And she's more likely to take extra care if you have made her job easier. (Edit: I tell them this is why I shave.)
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Old 01-26-22, 08:21 AM
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For years, my barely fuzzed family has been making fun of my hirsute growth. I recently discussed "real" road bikers shaving and they pretended horror and started mocking the Old Man.

As any mocked dad will know, absolutely know, that come warm weather...

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Old 02-04-22, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
The adhesive on most bandages isn't very water resistant, so they almost fall off by themselves when you bathe with soap and water.
bandages are for cuts but for severe weeping road rash people use 4 by 4s or larger held by white medical tape which is an absolute bugger to pull off with hairy legs. That stuff does not fall off.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
More pleasant. That shave by the ER nurse isn't fun. And she's more likely to take extra care if you have made her job easier. (Edit: I tell them this is why I shave.)
I always tell any medical people that my objective is to be their favorite patient. Then I ask them to tell me a story about their worst patient. Sometimes that gets me a little more personal care, but they usually don't want to get too specific.

The knee doctor told me her worst patients were drug abusers because they had no tolerance for pain at all, and the pain meds don't work.
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Old 02-04-22, 02:04 PM
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LOL - I once had a leg in traction with some seriously sticky tape - 1 strip down each side of the leg from hip to ankle.

When they pulled it off, those strips were the smoothest my legs have ever been.

I'll risk more tape before I ever bothered to shave. That applies universally head to toe.
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Old 02-04-22, 09:38 PM
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Don’t shave, use electric trimmers. Much faster, no annoying stubble or ingrown hairs and you can have as much or little hair on your gams as you want. I used to shave in my 30s but and electric hair trimmer is the bomb. I use a Wahl for my noggin and legs and arms. My wife doesn’t miss my monkey hair.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
The knee doctor told me her worst patients were drug abusers because they had no tolerance for pain at all, and the pain meds don't work.
Orthopedics is tough. It can hurt like hell, and they want you to keep ahead of the pain, but.

So, at risk of getting this old thread banished to Pills and Ills....

After my Achilles tendon surgery, I *HAD* to take narcotics to "keep ahead of the pain." I took the minimum number of pills before I brought the remainder to the local police station for disposal.

For my robotic assisted prostatectomy, I was not to shave anything, period. Please, listen to your doctors. It's not always a "favor."
(That said, somewhat surprised to wake up shaved where they shaved.)

After my surgery, I was hooked up to a patient controlled morphine drip, with instructions to again, "keep ahead of the pain." (I ended up using zero doses for the day I was a patient.)

Late that night, my roommate returned from complications from leg amputation surgery, and all night long loudly demanded morphine. The nurses let them know that the "pain team" was on the way. On the way. On the way.
The next morning the pain team expressed their concern about how to treat their pain given their prior abuse history.
That completely sucked, because I have no doubt that they were in pain. Rock, hard place.

Anyhow, I'm lucky that my Sasquatch factor is floating point underflow. I have always had more hair on my toes than I do on my legs.
(I also lost my armpit hair to hormone therapy. Which led to the interesting conversation with a nurse, "Well at least you don't have to shave anymore. Oh." But I got to keep my head hair and beard, so yeah!)

So, no, I don't shave my forearms.

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Never considered shaving my legs, but if I did I wonder if my long-johns would slide on easier.
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Never considered shaving my legs, but if I did I wonder if my long-johns would slide on easier.
They won't slide on any easier, but you'll be much more aware of just how soft/course/itchy/comfy they are!
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I used the clippers once and it actually felt great. May do it again
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I damaged both knees last year thanks to a neighbor letting her dog get loose and run out into the street. I needed to shave my legs to get the bandages to stick.
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