- Jun 8, 2005
Is there a good reason for shaving my legs? Why do males do it apart from looking good?
Not sure how you reached the opinion in regards to homosexual overtones, and you are right there is nothing wrong with those overtones should one possess them.Marx SS said:I ride MTBs & don't, but I think it might have something to do with the hairs can get into scabs from falls, it might make you go faster & it's better for when you get a rub down afterwards.
All of which have homosexual undertones, not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's who you, sure it's fine ...etc....
Still, I think it's a very high price to pay for a recreational passtime (which it is for most of us), would save the chour & maybe concentrate on climbing if they're pipping you in the flats.
dorks...if you are a serious rider , you need to shave,depil or wax..... you WILL come to grief and hair increases infection risk and then many an infection takes ages to heal with body hair in the way...and bandages hurt like hell with hair under them.....enough reasons, well here is another anyway as Sean Eadie said once "it feels great on the sheets"...SomeGuy said:No thanks. I'm quiet attached to my hair, if you get what I mean. .
rooman said:dorks...if you are a serious rider
gilteeeeeeee! , as charged yor honah!SomeGuy said:Mate... I'm going to have to call roadie on you. If you took your bike to more natural terrain (like your local MTB track ) you wouldn't have to worry about gravel rash etc.
Perhaps if I ever have a serious accident with lots of skin loss involved I'll change my mind, but for now I see no reason to waste time removing hair.
rooman said:dorks...if you are a serious rider , you need to shave,depil or wax..... you WILL come to grief and hair increases infection risk and then many an infection takes ages to heal with body hair in the way...and bandages hurt like hell with hair under them.....enough reasons, well here is another anyway as Sean Eadie said once "it feels great on the sheets"...
serious...if you dont want ugly scars after road rash/track burn....shave...end of story...( well shave every where if you are seriously serious)...there is nothing macho about body hair on a bike rider...it is stupidity if you have it and ride any bike without training wheels.
racingcyclist27 said:but mostly we do it so other racing cyclists no your serious about your sport ie if i meet another cyclist out training withour shaved legs i'll just assume there a commuter..
Courtancer said:The only valid reason to shave your legs is if you're a professional cyclist.
People will try to claim other reasons are serious but its really just cycling snobbery, an elitist attitude or people wanting to feel more feminine.
Gravel rash, speed, etc, etc, cannot be proven. The only realistic one is that its easier to get a massage, but who gets a massage after every ride?
I do mainly road racing and have never had problems healing after falls because of hairy legs.
Use a bit of common sense when reading!rooman said:why just valid for pro cyclists?...are they hairier?, do they amass huge hirsuite wads on their calves from all the hormones in their chicken pasta?...come on!
If you say it can't be proven , then where is the argument for pro-cyclists?..you contradict yourself!!
Well if there is no real advantage being hairless when getting a massage then I suppose thats all the reasons gone.rooman said:I stand by it....
masseurs I see are happy to work on anyone, cyclists, footballers, athletes, strippers ...for them they say hair doesnt come into the equation other than it feels good if shaven and is a bit smoother for the first few massages, if you are hairy , you get use to it.....no THE REAL REASON is medical , acknowledged widely and established, ....and I quote from Washington University ....." surgeons are always concerned about a patient developing an infection after procedure. To reduce the risk of infection, surgeons shave the hair from (the procedure site) of patients. Surgeons know that bacteria may be transferred from the hair to an incision site."....this is the rationale followed by cyclists...reduce infection...shave.....
if you want to avoid infection and not shave then follow this proceedure...."wash all body hair with a 4% chlorhexidine shampoo 24 hours before injury and again immediately before injury, then take a full course of antibiotics after injury". so if you can plan your injury and know exactly when it is going to happen, by all means leave your hair where it is!