shaved legs

  • hcyclist

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    Feb 13, 2007 3:28 AM GMT
    ok what is the big deal with cyclist shaving their legs. can some one please explain this to me?
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    Feb 13, 2007 3:48 AM GMT
    Because they like to show off their great legs, of course! There are a number of other excuses sometimes offered, but they don't really hold water. The only two that sort of work are 1) If you crash frequently (?!) you will need to shave the site before getting taped and bandaged anyway; 2) Enhancing those after-training oiled-up massages. Damn! Where's my trainer?
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    Feb 13, 2007 7:46 AM GMT
    I have been told that shaving all body hair increases performance and speed, particulary in tri-athelons. ;) S.
  • art_smass

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    Feb 13, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    I think it makes them feel pretty.
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    Feb 13, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    yeah it makes them feel pretty, especially when the hair starts to grow back and its itchy as hell and you start getting blocked pores and spots

    yeah real pretty!
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    Feb 13, 2007 3:46 PM GMT
    I think it´s discovering the female of their inside, learn about how to care about the sensibility of skin and the boring non existent ideas of what to do next in allday life... or maybe they just feel free...
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    Feb 13, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    Speed and performance?! For Lance Armstrong maybe. Most men who shave do so to look younger (remove gray body hair).

  • luvs2travel

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    Feb 13, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    I read once that a university study looked at cyclists and swimmers who shave their bodies to understand how it affected "drag" in the water or on the bike. They concluded that it had NO discernable difference in performance.

    However, many cyclists shave or trim the hair because when you fall off or crash on your bike, there is nothing worse than trying to pick hair out of a wound.

    Also, the feeling of the wind or water rushing past you on hairless skin is impossible to explain - erotic even.

    I cycled for years and have great legs (not being conceited - it's just true) and clip them very short in the summer. I don't shave because of ingrown hairs. However, when I see a great pair of shaved legs, I'll often walk or drive a few extra blocks just to appreciate them.

    Guys - nothing about shaving your legs makes you a sissy. Well developed calves and quads are a trophy of incredibly hard work. Go and tell a professional triathlete that he looks like a girl because he trims his body hair and he'll probably tell you that you're an asshole.

    A man should be judged on his character, his honesty, his intelligence and his commitment to family, friends and passions, not his body hair, or lack thereof.
  • art_smass

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    Feb 13, 2007 5:41 PM GMT
    Well, it's nice to know that some people have a sense of humour. Others, well. . .
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    Feb 13, 2007 8:29 PM GMT
    I find it very hard to believe that cyclists shave their legs in preparation for puncture wounds/scabs. That's just wrong. LOL

  • luvs2travel

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    Feb 13, 2007 9:53 PM GMT
    well, if you've ever been knocked off your cycle, going roughly 20 mph and land on your leg and skid, then you are likely to have all sorts of dirt and rock and god-knows-what-else lodged in your open, bleeding wound. Add long legs hairs to that mix that get caught not only in the scab but in the tape or other bandage adhesive, well, enough said.

    Seriously, ask ANY cyclist and they will likely tell you the same thing. Better safe than sorry.

    This very same thing is discussed ad nauseum on web cycling boards, Bicycling magazines, etc.
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    Feb 14, 2007 3:53 AM GMT
    I have to say, I've shaved em, and I think it's good (better if your tan) if you keep it up and have defined legs. it also is great if you get alot of massages. i went to massage therapy school and it's nice to massage or be massaged without the hair. but the price to pay is maintaining them, and hey, sometimes it's just fun. because it's different. as far as it being feminine... I only think that would apply if you have breasts!
  • UStriathlete

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    Feb 14, 2007 5:19 AM GMT
    those who mock it are jealous. shaving for a cyclists for all the reason's mentioned are true, plus having hair when you fall, actually pulls on impact and drags...ouch! there's nothing better than shaving down and swimming fast through the water!

    most goggle at bodybuilders and they shave down. know one busting them.
  • art_smass

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    Feb 14, 2007 4:54 PM GMT
    Why would I be jealous? I'm not a bike racer, nor a competitive swimmer. I MADE A JOKE!

    I like my body hair. I like the way some hairy guys look. I like the way some hairless guys look, too. But more than that, I like guys who don't take themselves too seriously.
  • stee99

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    Feb 27, 2007 1:00 AM GMT
    think no matter what reasons are said unless your a hard out pro rider most are'nt relevent.
    my reasons are mostly for the look and it makes me feel more like a 'real' cyclist funny cause i compete too..
  • Roadcyclist

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    Apr 19, 2007 3:08 AM GMT
    Well this topics been covered... and I agree, shaving sure helps when you crash. Road burn and hair don't mix. That's the reason BUT it does sure show off the results of all that hill work.. Not it
    s time to shave and go ride...
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 19, 2007 5:30 AM GMT
    Ah but as for competitive swiming the suit that imitates shark skin has proven effective- the cyclelists just like doing it!!
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    May 30, 2007 1:10 AM GMT
    It's like getting a tatoo when you join the Marines -- it means you're part of the tribe.
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    Aug 22, 2007 8:22 PM GMT
    Hi all... I shave my legs only cuz I like it, but you have to recognice, a shaved body shows better (muscular definition) than a hairy one, but i think both are hot!!!...=)
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 23, 2007 3:04 PM GMT
    I often clip my legs because I hate the razor burn!
    I love shaved legs as it makes them more easy to lick!
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    Aug 23, 2007 3:17 PM GMT
    Well, i can say that in long distance endurance events, like Ironman, every little bit of drag does help (regardless of what the studies show). I rarely swim with a wet suit, so even seconds off my time matters. The crashes do get worse with the hair as it can tear the skin even more, and my average speed on the bike is around 24-25 mph, so yeah anything that avoid even worse injuries when I bike is important. Also most tri suits have very tight elastic grabs on the legs to seal up for hydrodynamic properties of the suit in water (much more so than just bike shorts)...when you transition to the bike, your leg movement causes this tight fit to move on your leg pulling hair out one little piece at a time. SO yes, there are a myriad of reasons for it. I am not sure why a sprint or Olympic distance triathlete would do it, but for half-iron on up, every little thing that can make you faster AND comfortable becomes important.
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    Aug 23, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    sometimes... actually each time... when i get a tattoo... even though i've never been in the marines, they shave the part of my sking being tattooed!

    If i had the time, and i werent lazy, i'd probably shave my legs to show off the tattoos.

    But i do understand the falling and pulling thing. I've fallin, not off my bike, but in shorts and its a HORRID feeling to have that hair pulled on top of the feeling of the fall!
  • jockguy05

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    Nov 17, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    If you watch the movie Overcoming,it's a behind the scenes look at the Tour de France. You will see the real reason for shaving your legs. After seeing that the only logical reason for a recreational or amateur cyclist could have is looks.Having said that, I love looking at some guys smooth legs, but prefer mine to be natural. Just can't be bothered with all that maintenance.
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    Nov 17, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    Oh jeeze. Get over it.
  • roadbike

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    Jan 11, 2008 6:49 AM GMT
    Using clippers to trim your body hair is an easier compromise than shaving. It feels great in the warmer months to not have all that hair.