Should I shave my legs?

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    Jul 20, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    Hey 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.
  • rnch

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    Jul 20, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    how about posting a pic of your legs? (for comparison purposes only)

    some guys look good with smooth legs...some do NOT. icon_confused.gif

    i find body hair masculine, erotic and sexy. i do enjoy the scrathy/scrunchy" sound i hear when i grind my hair into my bf's. icon_twisted.gif

    with all the leg hair gone, my skateboard/motorcyle scars show up too well. icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 20, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Good point. I have developed quads, but my calves have never grown up to become cows.

    I also enjoy body hair, but it's nice to have a change once in a while.....and it'll always grow back, right?

    And by the way, I think scars are attractive in men, so don't worry if yours shows!
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    Jul 20, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    Ben10 saidGood point. I have developed quads, but my calves have never grown up to become cows.

    I also enjoy body hair, but it's nice to have a change once in a while.....and it'll always grow back, right?

    And by the way, I think scars are attractive in men, so don't worry if yours shows!


    agree that you have attractive quads. calves are often the slowes muscle group to get to grow.

    yes, it will grow back...but with your less than dense growth pattern it will take quite some time to re-emerge.

    up to you...either way i suspect YOU will receive LOTS of long, envious, eyes-half-closed stares. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 20, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    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.

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    Jul 20, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    Ben10 saidGood point. I have developed quads, but my calves have never grown up to become cows.

    I also enjoy body hair, but it's nice to have a change once in a while.....and it'll always grow back, right?

    And by the way, I think scars are attractive in men, so don't worry if yours shows!


    Yes, it will grow back. No it doesn't grow back any thicker. And sometimes it itches while starting to return.

    Thus the importance of sunscreen, I have enough white patches from skin loss on my legs, they tan in patchwork, so the scars aren't too attractive. ;)
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    Jul 20, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    Thanks, bikethere! That actually makes a lot of sense. Thanks for clearing up the mystery for me.
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    Jul 21, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    bah , i'm a serious cyclist and i don't shave my legs - not anymore. I did for the 10 years i raced mountain bikes but stopped after that. Shaving the hair off is a fucking drag, and as for Neet or Nair.. beware of the stench ! gah.
    Shaving also increases risks of ingrown hair, and little zits especially on the upper thighs . And good luck shaving behind the knees , it can get bloody, lol.

    Of course if you don't shave, legs will get muddy, dirty, sticky, sometimes bloody.
    life's complicated...