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View Poll Results: Do You Shave
No, I prefer the au naturale look
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Yes, my legs are as sleek as my carbon fiber
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Shaved once now I use Nair
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The stubble is killing me. What was I thinking?
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Chicken legs need the extra touch of class for the ultimate posuer
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To Shave or Not to Shave

Old 03-25-08, 10:03 AM
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To Shave or Not to Shave

As I rode along the coast this week end and yesterday I couldn't help but notice that many of those on high end bikes are sporting the finest in attire and all appear to shave.

Do you shave? If so: Why?
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Old 03-25-08, 10:14 AM
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Where is a good stopping point once you've started? Au naturale for me.
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Old 03-25-08, 10:20 AM
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There is no category for "Puleeeze! I can't believe this is a serious question."
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Old 03-25-08, 10:21 AM
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I assume you meant legs. I dont shave them, but, I do use the beard trimmers on them May thru Sept when I am slathering on the sunblock.

Makes no difference to me one way or the other. Most of the guys in our club (ages from 35 - 70) dont shave their legs, but a few do.
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Old 03-25-08, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
There is no category for "Puleeeze! I can't believe this is a serious question."
And your first clue was?

A non scientific survey says:

Actually I noticed cyclist of all body types who were riding high end CF bikes with full kits seemed to shave.
Those who were closer to our age, like myself, do not shave.
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Get a clue, nobody really needs this. It's like using clipless pedals based on the notion (fantasy) that you gain by being able to pull up on the return stroke. Or having a trainer so you can stay in form over the winter. Or wearing the full spandex outfit. Get a life. bk
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Get a clue, nobody really needs this. It's like using clipless pedals based on the notion (fantasy) that you gain by being able to pull up on the return stroke. Or having a trainer so you can stay in form over the winter. Get a life. bk
I really like clipless pedals. I would not go back to pedals with toeclips.

As for leg shaving, it is personal. If you and your SO like it, go for it. I am not sure there is a scientific reason to shave.
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We once commissioned Jet Travis to perform a scientific study on this topic. I await his response to this thread.

Many of us had dismissed it as unworthy of debate, until someone told us that shaved legs were attractive to women.
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i wear filson high-top boots and jeans to ride in. i haven't shaved my goatee in well over a year. the only time i like lycra is when it's on the woman riding in front of me. yes i shave. my head.
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Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
I really like clipless pedals. I would not go back to pedals with toeclips.

As for leg shaving, it is personal. If you and your SO like it, go for it. I am not sure there is a scientific reason to shave.
I agree, a very personal thing. I shave my legs, because they're REALLY FURRY if I don't. Sun block goes on easier, massage is lots easier and road rash is lots easier to clean without all that hair in the scabs .

I use clipless pedals and I do pull up, esp. when climbing. Last weekend I kept pulling out when pulling up because my cleats were worn out. I have new cleats now!

I don't have a personal trainer because, honestly, I'm too cheap. I don't doubt, however, that a good trainer would improve my speed and performance on the bike.

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
I agree, a very personal thing. I shave my legs, because they're REALLY FURRY if I don't. Sun block goes on easier, massage is lots easier and road rash is lots easier to clean without all that hair in the scabs .

I use clipless pedals and I do pull up, esp. when climbing. Last weekend I kept pulling out when pulling up because my cleats were worn out. I have new cleats now!

I don't have a personal trainer because, honestly, I'm too cheap. I don't doubt, however, that a good trainer would improve my speed and performance on the bike.

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Old 03-25-08, 11:06 AM
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Oh, hell no! I'm basically in Fred mode these days, but when I did wear the latest spandex and ride my full Campy Colnago framed roadster I wouldn't shave...but then, I didn't race and my wife would not have appreciated me shaving my legs more often than she did her own!!
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You vill ride faster! Faster I say.
Yes Maxx,

The Whip would work too, esp. on those days when I seem to be lacking motivation. Actually, motivation to ride is always there. Motivation to work hard, hurt and suffer (yeah, intervals) . . . sometimes lacking .

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Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
It's like using clipless pedals based on the notion (fantasy) that you gain by being able to pull up on the return stroke.
Actually you do get a boost, clipless or toe clips. But the biggest boost is that by lifting your upstroke foot, it is no longer on the pedal and you don't have to push its weight up. So you are not fighting yourself as you do when your foot remains on the pedal.
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[QUOTE=bkaapcke;6401098]Get a clue, nobody really needs this. It's like using clipless pedals based on the notion (fantasy) that you gain by being able to pull up on the return stroke. Or having a trainer so you can stay in form over the winter. Or wearing the full spandex outfit. Get a life. bk[/QUOTE

You're right, nobody needs to shave, but you're off on the other stuff. Having a trainer, (I guess you mean the kind you put your bike on, not a personal trainer), can help you stay in shape when you can't get on the road. If you don't care, then you don't need one.
Clipless pedals are so far superior to flat pedals or clips and straps that it isn't even worth discussing.
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Originally Posted by fthomas View Post

Do you shave? If so: Why?


Heck no!!!! Not in the middle of winter!

We need all the insulation we can get.
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I guess if you're a female who has smooth legs (not necessarily for cycling reasons), you'll skew the poll results.
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Originally Posted by conurejade View Post
I guess if you're a female who has smooth legs (not necessarily for cycling reasons), you'll skew the poll results.
That could happen!!
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I am training for a triathlon (entered and finished one in Dec 07, hope to enter a couple more this year). The swimmers at the pool where I train have cyclists beat hands down for shaving! LOL
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Seasonally I shave my face (well, most of it). Back in my bodybuilding days I did the full treatment for special occasions, but the maintenance overhead was well in excess of the ROI.

When my Barber asks how far down I want my neck hair trimmed, I tell her she should probably stop when she hits cleavage.
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Originally Posted by conurejade View Post
I guess if you're a female who has smooth legs (not necessarily for cycling reasons), you'll skew the poll results.
Ditto. Yes, I shave my legs, and always have. Not a bike-related thing.
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Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
Get a clue, nobody really needs this. It's like using clipless pedals based on the notion (fantasy) that you gain by being able to pull up on the return stroke. Or having a trainer so you can stay in form over the winter. Or wearing the full spandex outfit. Get a life. bk
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I ride mostly with my race team, and I shave. For me, it's part of the "cyclist's lifestyle".

As others have noted, it makes it easier to put on sunscreen.

But, the real bottom line reasons are:
  • tribal ritual - to fit in with the fast guys, and be taken seriously at races
  • vanity - shaved legs simply look better than hairy legs

I've also found that athletic women much prefer shaved legs...my new girlfriend (a national caliber runner) certainly agrees.
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Originally Posted by fthomas View Post
Do you shave? If so: Why?
I did for a few years at the tail end of my USCF "career", mostly so I'd look serious. 'Course, once I started to ride, that blew that illusion.

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