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What motivates you to shave your legs for cycling?

Old 12-15-10, 11:41 AM
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What motivates you to shave your legs for cycling?

I'm guessing it's to cut down on wind resistance, but wouldn't you have had to look like Bigfoot before shaving to notice any difference?

And...do only racers do this or do some purely recreational riders do this? And if recreational, why? Just a way to justify shaving?

I'm really curious, not trolling.
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Easier to clean road rash on hairless body parts.
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Try the search function, this has been discussed at length.
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Leg hair has little to no effect on drag.

Shaving for amateurs is just a convention. Sort of a right of passage if you will. For me, it's a sign that I take this sport seriously.


I haven't shaved my legs in about 1 year when I developed tendonitis and was off the bike for a few months. I've just been JRA and riding hard during group rides this year, but now that I am "training" again and starting to ride lots I'm considering shaving again.

It was funny lining up for the 6 or 7 races I did this year as the only hairy legged rider. I felt self-conscious for having hairy legs. Lol.
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In no particular order:
Vanity
Tradition
Easier to get embro on/off
Peer pressure
Easier to clean up road rash
Get more defined tan lines
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First, tradition. Also, cleaner. You'd be surprised what your leg hair can collect on a five hour ride, especially in bad weather. Next, it makes it easier to rub embrocation on your legs, which is particularly helpful in cold, wet weather even if you are wearing leg warmers. Lastly, vanity. Leg hair sticking out of knee or leg warmers and that ring of flattened hair sticking out from under your shorts is just weird looking. Smooth, well formed legs are like good lines on a sports car. If you care about those things.
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My wife likes my legs. Says I should shave them. 'Nuff said.
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Thanks all, very insightful!
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There is no way in h___ I am shaving my legs. That is absurd.
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Originally Posted by jrobe
There is no way in h___ I am shaving my legs. That is absurd.
K' then...good for you.
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Originally Posted by jrobe
There is no way in h___ I am shaving my legs. That is absurd.
Denial is the first stage.
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To belong.

There are benefits, but they are all debatable. In the end it is to belong, and it's because it is what is done.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
To belong.

There are benefits, but they are all debatable. In the end it is to belong, and it's because it is what is done.
There is nothing debatable about the road rash part. I've got lots of experience.
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I no longer have the desire to race, but after you've become accustomed to it, having hair feels less clean.
Hairy legs use up a lot more sunscreen.
Hairy legs hold a lot more bugs, road grit, and other riders' snot.
Post workout massage (even self-massage) makes a big difference in your recovery. Hairy legs thwart a good massage.
Using a depilator builds character.
Hairless legs don't automatically make one any less straight.

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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy
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because it takes too long to shave the entire body.
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I've had people ask me why I sit in the front row when listening at orchestra concerts.

"because they won't let me sit in the middle of the stage"
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Originally Posted by jrobe
There is no way in h___ I am shaving my legs. That is absurd.
Are you expecting us to object to your unshaven legs? Do what you like, that's between you and your SO.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Hairy legs hold a lot more bugs, road grit, and other riders' snot.
This.
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To show off the Hincapie syndrome I'm developing.
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I hate body hair but I don't want to take the time to shave my body nor do I want to deal with the itch 3 days later
If I had the money I would have it laser removed though.
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when I crashed last year and I had to go to the hospital I understood how much trouble I had saved.
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It's kinda cool and funny when you wear jeans after shaving
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I do not like body hair.
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