Yes! If you ride on a regular basis, you are doing yourself a disfavor if you don't shave your legs.
Every rider will wreck at some point, it's just a matter of fact. Here's what happens if you have leg hair: those tiny hairs will grab the concrete, or whatever surface you are on even dirt, and rip out the chunks of skin they are rooted in. Road rash from hairy legs takes much, much longer to heal.
On the other hand, shaved legs just slide on whatever surface you wreck on, and the road rash will heal up quicker (like a week compared to a month).
Besides, the girls dig guys with shaved legs... at least in the cycling world. I used to work in the industry and it would be weird to see guys without shaved legs.
I raced Expert level mountain biking in the mid-90s for a couple of years in Colorado. I shaved back then. There were all sorts of arguments for doing it, the most logical being 1) easier to clean and tape road rash 2) better for massaging legs.
Quite truthfully, I liked the look. I was at about 6-8% body fat and my legs looked great. At the start the guys would look around at each other. It was a bit of a worry to see legs with veins popping out all over -- "Well, I wonder if I can keep up with those!"
It felt great (just very clean and fast) to have hairless legs. Funny thing was after I had hair again I had to get used to seeing "dirty" legs.
My nephews were in junior high at the time. They totally freaked out -- thought I was totally sick. :-)
What a remarkable topic. I wouldn't ever consider such a thing. Now when I see another guy on a bike I'll have to look to see if he shaves his legs. LOL
As for the road rash; I've fallen on about everything - paved, chipped, dirt, mud, rocks, etc. I clean up a bit then ride back to the car or home where I grit my teeth and scrape off the nasty stuff, then wash up. The hardest part is explaining to my wife why I love to ride my bike for health reasons.
Edited by: PERRYR at: 2/17/2010 (20:20)
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My boyfriend, who's very serious with road and mtn biking, shaves his legs. Mostly because he feels cleaner I think. And he's had enough raw oozing bloody flesh to appreciate that it easier to cleanse after a crash.
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I'm not male, but I can give you input from our local bike racing club. Most of our really competitive road racers who post the fastest times shave their legs.... although not in the winter. They have told me that it's to promote rapid healing of road rash. I haven't seen many of the mountain bike racers shave their legs though, but I wouldn't think it would make any difference anyway.
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As for aerodynamics, there is simply no way leg hair would negatively impact your ride through negative aerodynamics. The only way I could even fathom it would impact your time would be chaffing in areas of repetitive motion. Leg shaving most assuredly has to do with post-crash wound dressing - it is far easier to debride and dress sans hair.
The only way I could even remotely fathom that leg hair would impact your ride would be if you were covered, head to toe, like a Yeti.
I'm curious as to how many guys out there shave their legs?
As of right now I do not.
Through my reading and Webnaires this topic comes up quite a bit.
There are only 2 reasons why men would shave: 10 aero dynamics (being faster) I'm sorry but at the stage of my racing career going from last to second last is not a good reason to shave;-0 LOL
Reason 2 and this makes more sense to me as to why I should but really??? should I??? Medical reasons..... if you crash it is easier to scrub the area clean to get rid of the gravel and debris from the road rash. I'm sure it helps after the fact with the dressings.???
So ..... how many of you actually shave your legs and what reasons to you justify for shaving them?
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