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Old 14.04.2012, 22:44
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

you should take it to the next level and cut out small chunks from your leg to make it look like the dimples in a golf ball. apparently this also reduces aerodynamic drag...
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Old 15.04.2012, 00:08
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

Like this sort of thing?



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Old 15.04.2012, 13:11
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it's fat for anyone.
Not for those of us at 6'4" and up. At 88kg (Marathon weight) I was downright skinny.
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

I thought that the reason ( at least part of it) was that , supposedly there is less skin burn when sliding across tarmac at speed on ones thighs, if those legs are hairlessly smooth.
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Old 15.04.2012, 17:16
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

Stubble on the chin is sexy, stubble on your legs - not.
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Old 15.04.2012, 17:27
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

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Another reason for shaving legs is that it is easier to massage shaved legs than hairy legs. Most professional cyclists will have their leg massaged or rub down on a regular basis, even every day if they are racing a multi day event.

For the non professional cyclists it boils down more to the aesthetic side in that it helps you look like a serious cyclist. Even then a lot of non pro cyclists will go for a leg massage once or twice a week if they are doing a lot of hard training.

Most physio's or masseuses that i have come across prefer to massage shaved legs, and its definetly more comfortable with no hair



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does this mean that because I shave my legs I should go get a massage... now that could be a good excuse.
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Old 15.04.2012, 17:37
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I'm fat, 40, male and not racing. Im pretty sure most of these guys aren't racing either. Do I shave or not? I can't help think I'll look like an ape in Lycra come the summer (thank god for cold weather and tights right now!) if I don't.
My brother in law is 55 and shaves, but he does race still from time to time.

He's not fat, either.

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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

Haha, funny....I'm new here and this is one of the first posts I stumbled upon while researching cycling routes ;-0

Anyway, I've been a competitive cyclist, both mtn and road for years, so take my opinion for what it's worth: Shaving simply comes down to whether you want OTHER cyclists to take you seriously. The massage thing, yeah sure....for PROs. Everything else? Nah...(seriously, how often does one fall when NOT racing)...it's all about looking the part. If you want other serious cyclists out there to see you as "one of the tribe" so to speak, then go for it. If you don't care about that then don't. Let's face it, odds are if you are shaving your legs, you're probably more dedicated to bikes than 99% of the other folks out there riding them.
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Old 23.04.2012, 18:02
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Re: To shave or not to shave: cycling

Pfft, tearing a plaster off a hirsuit leg is something only real men can tolerate.
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