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why shave your legs?

Old 10-20-07, 07:34 PM
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why shave your legs?

ok how come people shave their legs in cycling? I never really got the concept of it. Thoughts
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Old 10-20-07, 07:46 PM
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This thread belong in the road forums. They are the experts in this topic- part aerodynamics, part easier road rash recovery.
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Old 10-20-07, 07:57 PM
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and there's NOTHING sexier
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Old 10-20-07, 07:58 PM
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Mostly for the road rash, really has nothing to do with aerodynamics.
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Old 10-20-07, 08:32 PM
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I thought they (road racers) said it was to lose .0009 of a pound or something?
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Old 10-20-07, 09:04 PM
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Leg shaving helps you take bigger drops and hit bigger gaps.
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Shaving your legs will help you pick up other gay men on the trail.
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Old 10-20-07, 09:17 PM
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The real reason is that everyone else does it. It's a cultural phenomena.
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Old 10-20-07, 09:43 PM
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it has to do with respect young man. cycling is rich in history and tradition, learn it live it love it.
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Old 10-20-07, 09:45 PM
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sex is much better with smoother legs
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Just got done reading Lance Armstrong's book, "It's Not About The Bike" and he talks about this. He says it makes it a lot easier to pick out the pieces of asphault gravel and dirt from road racing. It doesn't stick to your hair. For me though, I'd have to be making tons of money racing before I shaved mine!
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Old 10-20-07, 10:16 PM
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I like the way it looks and I feel cleaner.
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Wow...this poll is surprising to me. (and somewhat apalling, haha)

Lots'a peeps coming out.
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Old 10-20-07, 10:39 PM
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Shaving your legs decrease drag by 1.284736% and therfore increase your speed by 0.1032854%MPH. This is an average, depending on the amount of leg hair you have.
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Old 10-21-07, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
Wow...this poll is surprising to me. (and somewhat apalling, haha)

Lots'a peeps coming out.
Actually, I came out as a roadie a while back. When doing road races respect is very, very important. You want the other racers to know you take it serious and you are not a newbie or a squirrel. Therefore image is important. Once you take a pull you want to be able to get back in the pace line, you don't want to be spit out the back. If you don't have the other racers respect you aren't going to be getting back in the pace line, you are going to have to fight for every wheel that you get.

If that isn't enough I can tell you this. My wife absolutely loves my shaved legs.
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Old 10-21-07, 06:38 AM
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My girlfrined would possibly be forever..........happy..........if i shaved my legs.

DHers are too gnarcore to shave their legs though
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Old 10-21-07, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
Actually, I came out as a roadie a while back. When doing road races respect is very, very important. You want the other racers to know you take it serious and you are not a newbie or a squirrel. Therefore image is important. Once you take a pull you want to be able to get back in the pace line, you don't want to be spit out the back. If you don't have the other racers respect you aren't going to be getting back in the pace line, you are going to have to fight for every wheel that you get.

If that isn't enough I can tell you this. My wife absolutely loves my shaved legs.
Yeah...there are a couple of different roadie types around here. There are the ones you described and there are the others that are a bit more casual. I'm sure you know who the fast group is though.

A shaven legged man must be willing to take a ribbing now and then from us "slow guys". It gives me a reason to be slower, haha. (at least something to blame it on)
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Old 10-21-07, 08:30 AM
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not just road rash. it is easier to clean up. same would apply for off road.

incidentally, i even shaved my legs when i raced motocross
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Old 10-21-07, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by mx_599 View Post
not just road rash. it is easier to clean up. same would apply for off road.
+1
It's way easier to get the dried blood off. You can just scrape it off with a credit card or your keys. Easy-peasy!
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Old 10-21-07, 11:23 AM
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Because you are a girly-man.


I had to. It was just to tempting.

For all the reason listed all though the only time I shaved the legs was waaaaay back in my bodybuilding days. These days if I crash I usually remove enough of the skin that there is no hair to get caught in the wound. I also like pulling the hair out of the scabs as they heal.

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Personally, I would feel really gay shaving my legs, but that's just me. I don't really see a need to.

The best part of this poll is that you have the option to tick and select both boxes.
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i only shave my bum.
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I shave mine seasonally. When its really hot I prefer no hair cuz sweat will actually run down the legs to help keep cooler. I will let them grow in the winter for insulation. I can usually wear shorts year round when I let them grow. Believe it or not,chicks prefer the smooth,shaved look...at least mine do
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Originally Posted by dirtbikedude View Post
Because you are a girly-man.


I had to. It was just to tempting.

For all the reason listed all though the only time I shaved the legs was waaaaay back in my bodybuilding days. These days if I crash I usually remove enough of the skin that there is no hair to get caught in the wound. I also like pulling the hair out of the scabs as they heal.

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Lots of the body builders at my gym shave there forearms making many of them look more like Olivoil than Popeye. To me it makes more sense for a bike rider to shave their legs. Even if I suck at least I will look like a biker
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Old 10-21-07, 06:00 PM
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cultural/belong to the group thing.
(more a racing thing, but whatever)

wound healing/road rash thing.
(not always that it heals better, but sure as hell easier to clean and take care of)

chicks dig it.
(some)

nothing for ticks to grab.
(anecdotal evidence - ridden in lots of tick prone areas, never picked up a tick. when plenty of others around me have. figure the little buggers have less to grab onto)

making the insecure, homophobic twerps feel twitchy.
(entertaining to see how freaked some guys get over something so inconsequential)

the spousal unit reall, really likes mine shaved. so did my ex. so have most of the ladies i've dated in the past.
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