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"Seeing that the last poll closed on February 22, 2004, I want to suggest a new question.
""Why do we shave our legs"". Obviously for the men only. I do not shave my legs, but am looking for reasons why some cyclists do. I searched for any threads relating to this and was suprised to find none. So I pose the question: ""Why do we shave our legs?"""

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Banana Guy (not verified)
because we can! (eom) (nm)
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don montalvo (not verified)
no, no, no...

"...the question should be...""how far up do you shave your legs?""


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Chris T (not verified)
No answer

Don, we DON'T want an answer to that question.

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Michael (not verified)
All the way... but only one leg

Shave just one leg, let it get stubbly... feels like you've got a girlfriend sharing the bed.. even when you're single

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Geo Carl Kaplan (not verified)
reason(s) to shave a cyclists leg

1. avoid hair matting from blood as a result of a crash and/orfall.
2. decrease wind resistance, eg. increase aerodynamics

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don montalvo (not verified)
better massages without hair (nm)
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fendergal (not verified)

One does not shave one's legs to be more aero. That applies only to swimming.

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Real men don't shave

They wax

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don montalvo (not verified)

it took cojones grande to admit that, dude. ;)

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Smoothie (not verified)
What Not To Wear

Nothing more ridiculous than seeing someone with hairy legs in full EuroPro team kit!

I mean, like....hellooooo? What's wrong with this picture?

That goes double for women!

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Style critic (not verified)
"can you say ""poser"""

Why do cyclists have this dress up issue?

Do you see baseball fans dressing in full uniform to play softball in the park?
Do NASCAR fans wear nomex, a jumpsuit and helmet when they drive their car?

I have a european friend that says shaving your legs in europe is posing, and scorned.

Do most sports fans wear jerseys of their favorite teams? Of course. Pick a team, support them, and fly some colors.
Are the stupid looking shorts a necessary piece of equipment? Yes. Wear them with pride and comfort (but without the undergarments, please!)

But come on, at some point, if you want to fully dress like a pro and shave your legs, you better be racing in a free uniform and winning every now and then.

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Smoothie (not verified)
OK. Poser!

"I have a european friend that says shaving your legs in europe is posing, and scorned.

Sounds like he's got some ""issues"", too. And your sample size of one isn't very convincing.

Go to any USCF race, Cat IV and up. See much, if any, leg hair? No different in Europe, amateurs shave too.

Sure, it's just cosmetic, who's denying that? Do you wear only plain white jerseys?

It's no big deal, cheeky fashion police remarks aside.

Certainly a smooth, fluid pedal stroke and a rock-still upper body is what separates the wheat from the chaff, the true ""secret handshake"" of the elites..."

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JP (not verified)

Shaving? OK, bare legs are better to massage and to remove bandages from. Aerodynamics?!? Well, maybe you can pick up a second or two every hundred miles (discounting climbing) and that is negligible.

I don’t shave my legs because they have so little hair on them, just like my arms. But those who I know who do shave seem to do it out of sense of commitment to cycling, an act of affirmation, a leap into a lifestyle. It’s more a statement of allegiance to the sport that is or can become a way of life.

If you are a male and planning to shave your jambes, let your significant other do it. Hmmmmm … may wind up not cycling that day ;-) nudge nudge. Hey, if you are a female, let your SO do it.

Team colors??? Why not buy something the pros wear - at a reasonable price?

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