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Do you shave your legs, and why?

Old 08-03-08, 07:26 PM
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Do you shave your legs, and why?

Title pretty much explains itself.

I must admit I like the shaved look much better, but I'm not sure if I want to step up and start shaving again.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:27 PM
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I wax.

Everything.

Except eyebrows.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:28 PM
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Muther effer, use the bloody search.

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Once. Peer pressure.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:33 PM
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no. stupid scrawny legs.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:34 PM
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lmao
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No. I think I'll be o.k. without the 0.003 mph advantage.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:35 PM
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peer pressure I guess started it. I think it looks better now, plus after my first crash, I found the importance of shaving.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:36 PM
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Yes, clydesdalism and road-riding demand every last aerodynamic trick I can afford (key emphasis on the last word as to why i don't have aero bars)

That, and road-rash/chainring bites/other bike injuries to the legs which I'm prone to seem not to be as bad when you don't have to add hair to the mix.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:40 PM
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Yes:

I do it to fit in
It feels glorious
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Always wanted shaved legs, just needed an excuse.
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No. I don't race often enough for crashing to be a concern (knock on wood). Shaving my face is a huge PITA, my legs are bigger than my face, so logically shaving my legs would be an even bigger PITA.

I also get way more points in the Fat Cyclist Training System when I pass guys with shaved legs on carbon bikes.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:44 PM
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Yes. Because it makes me feel very, very sexy. Plus, nothing hurts a redneck more than getting his ass kicked by a guy with smooth legs.
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Originally Posted by Seedy J View Post
No. I don't race often enough for crashing to be a concern (knock on wood). Shaving my face is a huge PITA, my legs are bigger than my face, so logically shaving my legs would be an even bigger PITA.

I also get way more points in the Fat Cyclist Training System when I pass guys with shaved legs on carbon bikes.

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Old 08-03-08, 07:48 PM
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Fatty put it best.

Ask a Cyclist

01.23.2008 | 11:49 pm

One of the nice things about the Bloggies contest is that, for a couple weeks, several non-cyclists will visit my site.

So: Welcome, non-cyclists.

As a non-cyclist, I am certain that you have many questions about the strange subculture that has grown up around riding bicycles. Likely, you have been so put off by the pungent smell and crazy eyes of cyclists that you have not dared ask those questions.

I don’t blame you. I, too, avoid cyclists whenever possible.

I have, however, been immersed in the world of cycling long enough that I think can both anticipate your questions and answer them to your satisfaction.

Why do cyclists shave their legs?
I give a detailed answer here, but there are in fact two answers. first, there’s the answer cyclists would have you believe: "We shave our legs in order to clean gravel out of our legs when we fall, and to make it easier for the masseuse to give us a good post-race massage."

Unfortunately, this answer is a lie.

The honest reason cyclists shave their legs is very simple: vanity. We’ve worked so hard to get the legs we’ve got; we want to show them off.

Here, I’ll show you what I mean. These are my legs, on the same day, before and after shaving. The photos are not Photoshopped or otherwise retouched.

Before…

A hint of quads, buried beneath a thick winters’ coat

…and after:

OK, I’m flexing so hard my knees are about to explode, but you still get my point.
http://www.fatcyclist.com/2008/01/23/ask-a-cyclist/
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Old 08-03-08, 07:50 PM
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Not unless someone pays me. A lot.
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Old 08-03-08, 07:51 PM
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yes. because I look sexier in fishnets.
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so, if you shave are you doing it every day? every two days? just wondering. later.
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every 2 - 3 days. Any more and my skin will either dry out or get razor burn. I've used Nair 5 day stuff to and that stuff isn't that bad.
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every 2 - 3 days. Any more and my skin will either dry out or get razor burn. I've used Nair 5 day stuff to and that stuff isn't that bad.
Real men shave dry.
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Never shaved...would like to try it though. However, one of the guys I ride with would never let me hear the end of it. Hence, I will not shave.
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I shave my legs. I do it because its easier to keep them maintained, rather than letting the hair grow back.

I notice other people's legs a lot more now too. I can tell who's a cyclist and who isn't.
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I started shaving when I got sick and tired of getting home from my rides with tons of bugs, dirt, grime, and other crap tangled up in my leg hair.

Bottom line, aside from the crash-recovery and evaporative cooling aspects, it's just more comfortable and easier to deal with.
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Tried it once.

Never again.
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Yes, because your woman loves smooth legs.
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