what are the benefits of shaving your legs....seriously

by joc   June 6, 2013  

i can't believe that it makes really any difference to a regular cyclist, but i'm willing to be proved wrong

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Sliding down a stretch of tarmac on your thigh and knee at 30 mph is shit. Dressing and attempting to heal the resulting wounds with hairy legs is even shitter. Dressing the resulting wounds with shaven legs is marginally less shit, much quicker and substantially easier.

Experience in both scenarios has resulted in me shaving my legs for this purpose.

The other option is don't crash. I'm shit at not crashing.

posted by ajmarshal1 [345 posts]
28th August 2014 - 16:54

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BBB wrote:
Oh and no, most of women don't "dig it". Get real.

Most women say they don't dig it, until they see for themselves. Then they're converted.
Cool

posted by mbrads72 [132 posts]
29th August 2014 - 11:52

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Ive never really had hairy legs. Theyre bald apart from a thin strip down my my shins so I decided to just shave them.

I'm really into straight razors (I have 6 of them, each one is over 70 years old) despite only having to shave twice a week at most. So when it came to doing the legs, again, not much to do but a quality shave!

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posted by zanf [591 posts]
29th August 2014 - 12:06

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Epilator, waxing, my goodness, have you all gone soft. get a straight razor and shave your legs like a man (I am aware of the irony here).

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [379 posts]
29th August 2014 - 12:53

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thorolf wrote:
To shave or not to shave. Each to their own.

I prefer to use leg and arm warmers instead of shaving.

But in the UK we have such poor weather for 2/3 of the year, every opportunity to wear shorts is treasured. That period of the year where we can banish the tights to the back of the cupboard are almost holy. Wearing tights when its not necessary is the work of satan

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [379 posts]
29th August 2014 - 12:56

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thorolf wrote:

I prefer to use leg and arm warmers instead of shaving. From very light warmers/sun guards in summer, to more warmer (Roubaix, Vuelta fabric etc) ones in winter. I wear them all year round.

For me, this is a much easier way to achieve the same effect as shaving. Vanity doesn't interest me one iota.


I fail to see how you get the same effect? Or what is the same effect you are on about?
I've crashed in knee warmers (leg warmers and tights are not on!) and still ended up with road rash, which was still easier to look after due to shaved legs.

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posted by glynr36 [495 posts]
29th August 2014 - 13:01

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I don't shave, but much like the OP, I stand to be convinced of its merits.

That said, even having read the comments so far, I just don't see the benefits over staying hairy? I think it's bascially established that any aero claims to shaving are complete nonsense, I don't get massaged after I ride, I have no particular desire to look "pro", and I don't ride my bike on the presumption that I'm going to fall off. This "fresh sheets" thing is just bizarre too.

As shallow as it may be, I don't shave for the simple fact that I wear normal shorts far more often than I wear bibshorts, so I'd rather have the occasional disapproving look from a club cyclist than having everyone think I'm a cross-dresser as I walk round Tesco... Wink

posted by parksey [282 posts]
29th August 2014 - 13:41

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I thought the aero claims had been recently backed up, and were greater than any of us had thought... or was that an April 1st thing?

Whenever anyone asks me why I shave, I simply say that;

- hairy legs look shit in white ankle socks and lycra shorts
- It shows off the 'tone' better
- It is a statement that say I belong to a certain peer group

Then I might come out with all the normal stuff.

posted by Jimmy Ray Will [324 posts]
29th August 2014 - 13:49

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I really like the feel of my smooth legs and as I get a proper sports massage off the Mrs after a hard ride (guffaw) having them smooth is certainly a benefit.

Pain is just the French word for bread.

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posted by S13SFC [102 posts]
29th August 2014 - 14:39

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Beatnik69 wrote:
I'm not into the shaving thing but how does one abvoid the problem of, umm, one's gentleman's foliage poking through bib shorts? Sad

Thong?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/8-pack-Strings-thongs-bodywear-size/dp/B00B6F06U...

Rolling On The Floor

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posted by cavasta [212 posts]
29th August 2014 - 17:29

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glynr36 wrote:
thorolf wrote:

I prefer to use leg and arm warmers instead of shaving. From very light warmers/sun guards in summer, to more warmer (Roubaix, Vuelta fabric etc) ones in winter. I wear them all year round.

For me, this is a much easier way to achieve the same effect as shaving. Vanity doesn't interest me one iota.


I fail to see how you get the same effect? Or what is the same effect you are on about?

Not sure, but I was reading it as the aero benefits (if any).

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posted by fukawitribe [500 posts]
29th August 2014 - 17:37

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If you have a secret crossdressing fetish then taking up cycling is a great way to keep the wife off the scent, but you shoud probably do something about that moustache.

It's a bit weird really but it's well established now and mostly done to fit in so carry on and shave or don't, nobody really cares. I tried it once, never again.

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
29th August 2014 - 18:11

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cavasta wrote:
Beatnik69 wrote:
I'm not into the shaving thing but how does one abvoid the problem of, umm, one's gentleman's foliage poking through bib shorts? Sad

Thong?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/8-pack-Strings-thongs-bodywear-size/dp/B00B6F06U...

Rolling On The Floor


I think I'd have some serious 'spider's legs' Rolling On The Floor

posted by Beatnik69 [150 posts]
29th August 2014 - 18:15

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Do you know why it's done?

It's to improve massaging. The hairs get in the way.

Nothing to do with aerodynamics, campness etc..
Now you know.

posted by dogcc [118 posts]
29th August 2014 - 18:16

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dogcc wrote:
Do you know why it's done?

It's to improve massaging. The hairs get in the way.

Nothing to do with aerodynamics, campness etc..
Now you know.

That's just one of many reasons commonly given for it, folk can wear their body hair however they like for whatever reasons they like, not everyone has massages.

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
29th August 2014 - 18:34

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Come on, don't tell me you don't all admire yourselves in the mirror, tensing and caressing those sculpted leg muscles. This, I believe, says it all:
http://www.landofmudandglory.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/i-ride...

posted by Christian Wheeler [1 posts]
29th August 2014 - 19:23

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Wish I hadn't read this thread. I'm going to feel self concious every ride now I've discovered that other riders are judging my legs.

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posted by Crosshouses [210 posts]
29th August 2014 - 21:09

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Well of course other cyclists are judging your legs, but not on their appearance.

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
29th August 2014 - 21:15

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BBB wrote:
Oh and no, most of women don't "dig it". Get real.

Your legs aren't impressive enough. For me it's like a Diet Coke advert everytime I go out haha

posted by J90 [161 posts]
29th August 2014 - 23:18

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Hairy or not is definitely your own choice. I prefer to trim down No. 1 for the summer (only full shaved twice I think) It is just less time consuming, looks the same and doesn't feel weird in trousers. I am happy to grow all winter and get the shears out for spring.

Meanwhile contrary to popular opinion it does get warm or hot in the UK in the summer. I would think someone wearing warmers or tights in 20+ temperature was mental because its HOT! FFS its summer you muppet. I find air is a very good means of wicking away sweat.

I don't think hairy legs are dirty, but I do think calf tattoos are as ugly as sin.



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posted by bikeboy76 [1389 posts]
29th August 2014 - 23:24

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Massage, bah. Aero, pah. Road rash, piffle. My shaved legs feel lovely. Day Dreaming No other reason needed. Each to their own though.

posted by Chez_worldwide [2 posts]
30th August 2014 - 12:07

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What I fantastic holiday I have just returned from. Main thing I came back with were fabulously hair free tanned legs, of course with the regulation bibshort tan line. Sunbathed in bibshorts just to ensure continuity.

On a serious note, but of course this is based on my own empirical evidence I repeat MY own empirical evidence.

I still compete, massage is easier for the therapist and more comfortable for me.
Wounds heal a dam sight quicker.
Water runs off the legs quicker where as hair retains it and you get colder.
Sweat evaporates quicker.
If you have a BF % below 12% your legs look awesome, if it's up there in the 20's then of course it doesn't look that great, however surely 15% below is your goal hence the training/riding.
You are a liar if you say you don't care about vanity, never met a man yet who doesn't.
And finally Athletic women love it.
And if this really bothers you? Get out more.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

― Euripides, Bacchae

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posted by Cyclist [212 posts]
30th August 2014 - 17:47

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bikeboy76 wrote:
I don't think hairy legs are dirty, but I do think calf tattoos are as ugly as sin.

I have a calf tattoo

Missed that. See it always gets personal. What would happen if I said it rubs me up the wrong way when I see an 'all the gear no idea' mamil on his colnago C60 topping out at 10mph weaving all over the road and carrying more fat around his calf than his bike weighs!

Oh well..let's bring on the keyboard warrior vitriol.

We should have a UK Road bike members bike cafe get together day. Have a proper discussion. Now that would be interesting. You have to wear your road cc name.

Well I am in. I would really like too meet some of you.

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

― George Carlin

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

― Euripides, Bacchae

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posted by Cyclist [212 posts]
30th August 2014 - 17:59

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Tattoos have been around a lot longer than bicycles. Me thinks you should get over it Crying

posted by Binky [115 posts]
30th August 2014 - 18:08

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just shave everything, it's simpler

Marky

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posted by Marky Legs [112 posts]
1st September 2014 - 11:46

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I would comment on this, but the last article I made a shaved legs related comment on was taken down shortly after. Confused

Work harder. Buy a tank.

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posted by userfriendly [316 posts]
1st September 2014 - 12:04

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Marky Legs wrote:
just shave everything, it's simpler

Eyebrows and head hair too!

posted by Notsofast [48 posts]
1st September 2014 - 13:45

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I'm not a leg shaver, but there's a dark undertone of sexism and/or homophobia in some of the anti-shaving comments... I do hope that's all just in jest.

posted by Al__S [620 posts]
1st September 2014 - 14:01

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Cyclist wrote:
bikeboy76 wrote:
I don't think hairy legs are dirty, but I do think calf tattoos are as ugly as sin.

I have a calf tattoo

Missed that. See it always gets personal. What would happen if I said it rubs me up the wrong way when I see an 'all the gear no idea' mamil on his colnago C60 topping out at 10mph weaving all over the road and carrying more fat around his calf than his bike weighs!

Oh well..let's bring on the keyboard warrior vitriol.

We should have a UK Road bike members bike cafe get together day. Have a proper discussion. Now that would be interesting. You have to wear your road cc name.

Well I am in. I would really like too meet some of you.

You are aware than calf tattoo isn't about him disliking tattoos, but the oil imprint from the chain ring on the calf.
Idiot, too many people with tattoos like to play the victim straight away, and I saw this with about 40% upper body coverage. People don't like tattoos, get over it.

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posted by glynr36 [495 posts]
1st September 2014 - 14:12

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Al__S wrote:

I'm not a leg shaver, but there's a dark undertone of sexism and/or homophobia in some of the anti-shaving comments... I do hope that's all just in jest.

I poke fun at it at every opportunity. I shave my legs myself, but I don't mind fun being poked at me for it from hairy legged freaks either. Joke's on them, they're the ones looking silly in lycra, not me. Tongue

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posted by userfriendly [316 posts]
1st September 2014 - 15:29

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