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Road Cyclists And Shaved Legs

Why do Cyclists Shave their Legs? One of the most common questions I get asked from non-cyclists, is why do road cyclists shave their legs? Normally said in a way that makes it obvious they are wondering about my sexual preferences.

I usually mumble something about how it helps healing in the case of road rash. But it got me thinking about what the real reasons are?

On a google search, I couldn’t find any information on when or why the practice started, but it seems to have been around for a very long time.

I started shaving my legs about 12 years ago, after resisting for several years before that, and have done so ever since.

I still remember my first time. It was with some trepidation that I approached the task, as once you begin there’s really no going back. Being of a fairly hairy persuasion, I knew it would take some time, and about an hour later one leg was done. On completion of the other leg, I had a bathroom covered in hair and a pair of white chicken legs splattered in blood, which looked completely different to a couple of hours previous. I was so concerned I raced out to buy some self tanning lotion, which I lathered on generously in an attempt to get some colour on them. My first ride naturally came with some good natured ribbing from my friends.

But it didn’t take long to get used to them, and once they had a bit colour to them, I must say they looked pretty good. And once I had a few appreciative comments from the girls, well I’ve never looked back.

So are there good reasons for shaving? Aside from the fact that chicks dig it.

One of the first things I found was other shaven road cyclists take you more seriously, you become part of the club. It can be a snob thing, where “hairies” are looked down upon, and almost not welcome to ride with us. I personally try to avoid that attitude, but I have seen it many times. People being judged by their body hair.

Putting on sun-screen is easier. This is definitely true. Massages are more pleasant, very true again. Keeps you cooler in summer, debatable at best. Less hair means less drag means more speed. Hmm I suspect dropping a kilo or two would be more effective. Tanned, muscular and lean legs look better with smooth skin. I would agree, but that’s a personal opinion. Helps with road rash after a crash. This is true, it’s also easier to clean fresh wounds.

So there you have it, I’ve convinced myself that I’m doing the right thing, even though shaving twice a week can be a bit tiresome. You’ll be pleased to know I’ve got it down to 15 minutes for both legs now.

At the end of the day it’s a personal decision for road cyclists, but if you’re thinking about it, I’d say go for it, and join the club.

 


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