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My girlfriend asked me why grown men shave their legs to ride a road bike. I don't really know the correct answer, is it just to go faster or look pretty?

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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Some people say its so that wounds from crashes are easier to clean up, others say its so that massages dont hurt so much (pulling hair etc)...to be honest this may be true of the pro riders but I think cat riders do it to look the part...i would consider doing it to look the part but nobody needs to see my legs looking like that.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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My name is DaSy and I'm a leg shaver...

I do it 'cos it looks nice, my legs look more defined which intimidates the opposition, but most importantly I get a much better tan on my legs without hair. This makes me at least look like I should be frighteningly quick on a bike....

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 6 years ago
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all of the above, and you can get into some humourously involved discussions with girls about shaving regimes, techniques and product, and you can piss off your girlfriend when your legs are better than hers.

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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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I found myself getting all indignant about the latest ladies razor on the telly the other day, as it had 5 blades and I maintain that 3 is best, as it doesn't clog so easily with the coarser leg hairs. My wife just sighed and gave me a look of despair?

And yes, I do love it when I have just shaved and she hasn't.

Also love that weird feeling when you first put on your jeans or get into bed after freshly shaving your legs, kind of electric shock feeling....errr....or is that just me?

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matrs [54 posts] 6 years ago
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Lycra shorts look s@it with hairy legs.

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Denzil Dexter [140 posts] 6 years ago
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matrs wrote:

Lycra shorts look s@it with hairy legs.

In your opinion. I've never shaved or felt the need to shave

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 6 years ago
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has any one tried an epilator?

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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Yes, it hurt so I stopped

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 6 years ago
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I thought as much.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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When I say 'tried' my girlfriend attacked me with it so I could 'feel what it was like' and have a demonstration of why women have a higher pain threshold etc etc.

I married her… well she threatened to get the epilator out again.

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smilzo [77 posts] 6 years ago
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I'm with matrs. Seeing hairs poking through Lycra just looks gross!

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Hammy [97 posts] 6 years ago
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Maybe you're looking too closely  39

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Lantern rouge [19 posts] 6 years ago
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I'v found the best way is to use an electric shaver first to get rid of the long hairs and then finish it off with a wet shave, and then use a wet shave every two weeks or so.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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Surely it doesnt look better to shave your legs if you have pasty, pale legs like mine! The hairs add some colour!

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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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That's the point Jon, once you shave them you'll be amazed at how good a tan you get.

All the years I spent MTBing, I never shaved and never got a tan, despite doing as many miles, and probably more hours out on the bike than my road riding nowadays.

Since shaving my legs, I have a crazily good tan up to my shorts line, and two great half moons on the backs of my hands!

Yesterdays ride in the Beacons has actually made my legs go pretty dark now, this summer is going to be amusing, as I never sunbathe, so my body always remains very white, just tanned legs, arms and backs of my hands...ummmm...fetching!

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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We'll just make sure you use plenty of sunscreen. I have to see a dermatologist once a year and I'm not the only cyclist on his books. Most, not me btw, are there with sun related problems (all roadies too).

Your starter for 10, where is the most common place for cyclists to get skin cancer?

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 6 years ago
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Eastbourne?

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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I'll re-phrase that for the pedantic: which is the most common part of the body for cyclists to develop a melanoma on?

Although I admit, that as Eastbourne is the sunniest place in the UK cyclists around there should be particularly careful

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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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Judging by my knees, I'd have to say...errrr....knees?

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 6 years ago
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It's the back of your calves - often higher up. If you think about it on a road bike they are the bits of your leg that are pointing up at the sun but also often the bits that you are least likely to put much sunscreen on.

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SimpleSimon [112 posts] 6 years ago
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Hmmm, I once got my legs and arms waxed to raise extra money for a sponsored bike ride - £500 went to the charity and I won the prize for the best legs!
It was a weird feeling after that, cos you lose a lot of sensation due to lack of hair movement. You dont feel the wind so much.
Beware of hair removing cream, especially if you get it in the wrong place!!

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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yeah thats a point, where is the 'line' to stop shaving?!

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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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Just above the shorts line is standard, but I do shave further up the front, back and outside of my thighs too.

Just leave the insides of your thighs well alone, stuble there is not a good thing...

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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these are the dilemmas im facing...my girlfriend thinks im mad for even listening to you guys who do this!

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DaSy [687 posts] 6 years ago
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My wife was mortified when I first started shaving my legs...

She now ranks cyclists in order of serious-ness by shaved legs first, tan second and finally lack of nodding head.

I've trained her well...

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VecchioJo [396 posts] 6 years ago
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Jon Burrage wrote:

yeah thats a point, where is the 'line' to stop shaving?!

i could draw the line on my legs with Magic Marker and take a picture if you wanted
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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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I feel I have taken this conversation to a place nobody wants to go....I apologise!

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Fringe [1047 posts] 6 years ago
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if you 'race' i can understand shaving as it seems to be the done thing..but if you dont is it just vanity? i only ask because i often consider it...(i dont race btw)

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Denzil Dexter [140 posts] 6 years ago
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Fringe wrote:

if you 'race' i can understand shaving as it seems to be the done thing..but if you dont is it just vanity? i only ask because i often consider it...(i dont race btw)

That's pretty much my feelings on the subject. I don't race and I'm not interested in doing the done thing, I'm interested in riding my bike, end of. I certainly resent the inference that because I don't shave my legs I'm somehow a lesser rider.

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