Ben10 saidHey guys. I've always been really active, and I've been really getting into cycling for the past year. Except, I seem to be the only biker with hairy legs! I am thinking about shaving. Just wondering..... what is the deal with cyclers shaving their legs? Is it just to show off those rippling leg muscles? (which I'm definitely not opposed to). I'd appreciate some input before I put new batteries in my beard trimmer.
Among other reasons, it was easier just to explain that it was for aero purposes, but that is not very true, as the advantage of power saved, if any, is too small to measure.
Mainly serious cyclists shave legs for a couple of reasons, primarily massage and injury healing.
It is much easier to massage your leg muscles if they are smooth.
Secondly, road rash happens. If you ride/race you will crash and while modern techniques of skin healing are much better than what was available just 15+ years ago (tegaderm) your wounds heal much easier and less chance of infection with no hair present.
Some other practical benefits: sometimes bugs and stuff can get caught up in your leg hair, and having it gone just reduces that distraction. It is easier to apply sun screen on shaved skin, when you are out on 4+ hour rides, several days a week, sunburn is real.