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Question for you who wax your calves

Old 03-25-20, 06:07 PM
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Question for you who wax your calves

How many watts saved? Or, alternatively.. gain in avg mph?
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Old 03-25-20, 06:21 PM
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No idea. It makes a lot of PT easier, though. And looks better.
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shaved, not waxed.
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Specialized has a video on this from their Win Tunnel. It’s not insignificant relative to the gains made from equipment.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
No idea. It makes a lot of PT easier, though. And looks better.
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Specialized has a video on this from their Win Tunnel. It’s not insignificant relative to the gains made from equipment.
The ladies like it. Well, the ones I care about do.
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Old 03-25-20, 06:43 PM
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The ladies like it. Well, the ones I care about do.
Mine doesn't care, or claims not to... but it makes things with her feel better even on my end. So it's wins all around.

Oh and crazy faster when swimming.
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Mine doesn't care, or claims not to... but it makes things with her feel better even on my end. So it's wins all around.

Oh and crazy faster when swimming.
If I shave everyday, she has no excuses.

she likes the beard though


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Mine have gone bald naturally. Wife used to hate the one-way sharkskin feeling when I shaved my legs.

Now who’s gotten silicone implants to beef their calves up?
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How many watts saved? Or, alternatively.. gain in avg mph?
It seems like it would be less than patching your tubes. It's a big thing nowadays. To patch or not to patch?
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Mine have gone bald naturally. Wife used to hate the one-way sharkskin feeling when I shaved my legs.

Now who’s gotten silicone implants to beef their calves up?
Mine are so big I literally don’t fit into Lululemon’s men’s pants - they fit like leggings. It’s actually hard to deal with, and makes me prone to painful knots that are hard to work out.
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I don't know if it's the robustness of my hair follicles or what, but I need a ratchet strap to yank the wax off of my legs. Then I look like a freshly plucked turkey afterwards.

Shaving, FTW.
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Mine are so big I literally don’t fit into Lululemon’s men’s pants - they fit like leggings.
I had no idea those even existed.
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I had no idea those even existed.
They do. I tried to get a pair for the Rome trip last year (how surreal that sounds now) to have lightweight long pants for the churches in the heat. They’re supposed to be loose, but not on me. One of the few clothing items for me that AG vetoed, not that I would have gotten them anyway.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
If I shave everyday, she has no excuses.

she likes the beard though

This is so not aerodynamic! You must lose lots of watts when riding. . Not sure which is worst though; a long beard or patched tube.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
They do. I tried to get a pair for the Rome trip last year (how surreal that sounds now) to have lightweight long pants for the churches in the heat. They’re supposed to be loose, but not on me. One of the few clothing items for me that AG vetoed, not that I would have gotten them anyway.
Repent a little bit and the churches won’t feel as hot.
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Repent a little bit and the churches won’t feel as hot.
With the things I've done and said, if the worst that happens is I feel a little warm then I'm WAY ahead of the curve!
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It seems like it would be less than patching your tubes. It's a big thing nowadays. To patch or not to patch?
If so, a patch must make a pretty big difference.
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Originally Posted by eduskator View Post
This is so not aerodynamic! You must lose lots of watts when riding. . Not sure which is worst though; a long beard or patched tube.


When I was training for a 40km TT, I actually had a chance to do a wind tunnel analysis of my position. In my TT position, beard or no beard would make very little difference.
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When I was training for a 40km TT, I actually had a chance to do a wind tunnel analysis of my position. In my TT position, beard or no beard would make very little difference.
I bet it'd be different if you had a ZZ Top kinda beard or a trim little Robert Downey as Tony Stark beard.

I hypothesized that leg fur makes more difference than face fur because your legs are moving around at maybe 80 rpm while your face isn't.
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This is so not aerodynamic! You must lose lots of watts when riding. . Not sure which is worst though; a long beard or patched tube.
He gets all the looks. And stop abusing baby cattle. Word.
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Originally Posted by RChung View Post
I bet it'd be different if you had a ZZ Top kinda beard or a trim little Robert Downey as Tony Stark beard.

I hypothesized that leg fur makes more difference than face fur because your legs are moving around at maybe 80 rpm while your face isn't.
Also, there are more square inches of leg fur, which are in turn more perpendicular to the wind.
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He gets all the looks. And stop abusing baby cattle. Word.
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