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Old 09-25-05, 01:53 AM
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Hello. I am from Redondo Beach, CA. I am "bike commuter."

When I was younger and living in San Diego, CA. I once in awhile took a long way on the then-narrow-and-dirt road from Rancho Penaquitos to Miramar on my BMX. Yup, that was very dangerous. I again rode from Rancho Penaquitos to Poway which is a road across I-15. I used to upwalk steep hill and rode a bike downhill to high school for maybe one year before I moved to Los Angeles County. I sometimes rode during last 2 years of high school and first years of college. I once took about 25 miles ride from El Segundo to Santa Monica (and the return trip) on the famous bike trail along the beach. After high school, I only weigh 135 lbs at 5' 8". I was really that skinny. Few years later, I started on the cycling again, but unfortunately my old BMX was stolen. My not-so-trust chain-lock was easily cut off. I was not able to ride bike anymore, even I got new bike, mountain bike I believe, from my mom's friend. I never rode this for while. I have been riding the bus since late years of high school. I still do.

I recently got a job at Target at Manhattan Beach last December. That time I was little over 200 lbs. After rain season is about over. I started to walk up to the work more often. In April, I was told that I was losing weight. I never noticed myself for 4 months since last weight. I learned that I lost 20 lbs that time. I felt more comfortable, so I decided to start to cycling again. I was so damn good to ride again. I was in full street clothes, actually more like Target clothes (red shirt and tan pants). As the summer approached, I decided to switch to more light clothes (tanktop and gym short). I realized that I needed to have cycling clothes to help me better. I was on the way from school on the bus in Santa Monica, and I spotted one cycling store called Supergo. I shopped there and got their store brand short and jersey. I only was on "tight-budget." I wore them to cycle to the work.

In late July, I decided that I needed to take a long ride along beach that I had not ridden for 12 years. That time, it was longer than the El Segundo-Santa Monica trip. The longer trip was from my home to Manhattan Beach pier to Santa Monica pier and return. the stretch run "pier to pier" is only 14 miles long, according to one website. I figured out that there is only 2.5 miles from home to pier inclued hills. In that morning, it only took me to ride a total 33 miles in about 3 hours. "Pier to pier" took me one hour in one direction as expected. I had to walk uphill on Manhattan Beach Blvd after I finished cycling on beach. Only pain was my seat. It was not comfortable after I got to Santa Monica Pier.

Anyway, my daily commute cycling is almost 2 miles, 12 to 15 minutes to work and 8 to 10 minutes to home because of hills. There is harder hill. I had to walk uphill before work, but I finally get used to cycle uphill save less time to commute to work. Traffic is only minor problem. There is only one main intersection on the way to work and home. I always hate bad drivers.

I am now at 160 lbs and 31 years old.

I have not wear helmet, ever since I once was a "bike trainee."

Sorry about a long post.

Before I go, any good tips on hair removal on body? I tried Nair and Nads for Men.
Nair for Men was not working for me very well:
  • gave me "rashes"
  • gave me "burns"
  • root of hair stuck in there

Nads for Men was pretty good, but there are some problem:
  • took lots of work
  • not enough "clothes" to use
  • hair come back in a couple weeks

So I am looking for good tips for hair removal, I know laser is best effective way, but I am in "tight-budget."

Thanks for answers in the advance.

Gotta go now.
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Old 09-25-05, 08:03 PM
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Welcome......why do you need to remove hair to cycle...?
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Old 09-25-05, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Welcome......why do you need to remove hair to cycle...?

you know a thing called "aerodynamic" ?

it would be helpful to give me more speed against wind which I faced in opposite direction when I cycled to the work plus uphill.
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Old 09-26-05, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by dragonfoxmem
you know a thing called "aerodynamic" ?

it would be helpful to give me more speed against wind which I faced in opposite direction when I cycled to the work plus uphill.
Thanks for your reply. Exactly how much more efficiency do you gain by shaving your legs?
I simply draft behind a faster rider if I'm in a hurry.... I'm not so sure about shaving my legs. Do a lot of cyclists really shave their legs for aerodynamic efficiency or are you just pulling my leg?

BTW, I've ridden that bike path between Wil Rogers Beach to just past King Harbour countless times over the years. Nice ride, but I've always avoided weekends due to the crowd....
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Here's what Jobst Brandt thinks about leg shaving. http://sheldonbrown.com/brandt/shaving.html

That being said, I shave 'em the old fashioned way a couple times a week. I don't know just how much it actually contributes to efficiency, but I like the way bald legs feel in the wind on a bike, so I stick with it.
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Welcome to the forums dragonfoxmem! Your area has my all time favorite bier place...NAJA's, down at the International pier. 777 different imports of which 77 are on draft!

Sorry, I can't answer your hair problem, I don't shave anywhere except my face. But it doesn't keep me off the bike. Those that have a problem with my slip in this particular road cycling accepted practice will just have to call me squirrel!

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