Shaved or hairy?

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  1. KeSs

    KeSs New Member

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    Do you guys shave your legs? If so, what kind of gel/razor do you use and how do you aviod razor burn? I shaved the a little part of my upper leg tonight cause i want to see how my skin reacts
     
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  2. Virenque

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    Im using Gilette Mach3 and shaving cream! I dont have problems, just sometimes on the part of the leg, which is behind the knee!
     
  3. KeSs

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    i did it! and now i have bad razor burn.....it sux
     
  4. Columbia

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    yeah, its really annoying. Someone told me my legs would get used to being shaved and razor burn woulnt happen any more, but I've been shaving for three months now and I'm still getting it. :mad:
     
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    You should try a different brand of razor...i saw the ad for Mach 3 turbo and that looked pretty cool, mabey you should get that one.
    You could always use scissors! :D
     
  6. runna

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    I use an electric razor. Heaps quicker (you do have to clean it out a bit more often though) and no knicks!! :D I have a braun that has a cleaning station, so I don't even have to clean it. (I also use it to shave my head).
     
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    Shaved, Because you can save 5 seconds on a 25 mile TT.:rolleyes:
     
  8. dice2833

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    I shave my legs. I have done it since May 2004. At first, I had some wicked razor burn. My legs got used to it, but I still would cut myself from the razor burn.

    I was able to eliminate the razor burn, but letting the hair grow out for two weeks, and then shave them again. It was pretty itchy for those two weeks, but considering that I don't have any problems anymore, it was well worth it!

    Oh yeah, one other point, don't use shaving cream! Just do it in the shower. I put liquid soap on, and that seems to work the best.
     
  9. wardie2000

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    In the shower twice a week.
    If i have a race on the weekend then i will do it friday night and again on tuesday.

    Get used to it though.
    I don't want to start a new thread, but it makes leg massage a lot easier for the masseur. And the other reasons for shaving legs e.g road rash
     
  10. ryan_velo

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    I shaved my legs and it made em feel real funny when I woul get in bed or put on my pants. It made em feel to soft and it was irritating. Im 14 and I shave my legs. I also live in ky. If anyone at school found out about me shaving my legs, even though because i am a cyclist, it would haunt me for a long time.:D
     
  11. Demosthenes

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    I have pretty hairy legs, and when I told one of my female freinds I was gonna shave my legs because of cycling, she jumped at the chance to do it for me.


    Whats a guy to do?
     
  12. Courtancer

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    I can't believe the excuses males come up with to shave their legs. The wind resistance is going to make absolutely no difference at all unless you're an olympic sprinter. The excuse about gravel rash is a bit weak. I've heard people say that it is easier to avoid infection of you crash. Considering you would have to shave a couple of times a week, are you planning to fall off your bike every day? If you clean it properly there's not much chance of infection. Its better for a massage... Possibly but is a once a month massage worth the month of shaving?
    I would just like to hear the real reasons why men shave their legs. e.g. Does it feel good, look good, etc. I know the various reasons why women shave their legs and I prefer shaved to hairy.
     
  13. Virenque

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    Yes I was thinking about that too! The real reasons are massages, but mostly just pros are massaged (that`s why some football players and handball players and others are shaving too)! For others, the real reasons are tradition, good look and better feeling! Falls - scratches too, but I think that`s secondary reason but I won`t say that for sure because I don`t remember my last hairy fall hehe..
     
  14. Rompinrhino

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    There are plenty of reasons to shaving. As far as massage goes, you should learn self-massage, it really helps after long rides. Not everyone has the luxury of a personal masseuse, but you can do it yourself. If you use any kind of sports oil, which you should, Qoleum is really good, it helps remove the acid from your legs, and you recover faster. As far as cleaning off road grime... I've been through lots of things that stick to my legs, the biggest one that I can think of is tar. I'd hate to have to pull tar out of leg hair. I'd have to say wind resistance is not high up on anybodys list of reasons. With the crashing, this is really obvious. When you have a bunch of hair on your legs, its a bigger mess. When you have to tape bandages to your legs, do you want hair there? Infection, maybe. Your right that if you take care of it, it wont get infected, but theres other reasons besides infection. It's easier to clean without hair too. People dont plan crashing, but shaving their legs is a preventative. Just like wearing a helmet, or wearing sunglasses. People are not doing this to be cool, or have a look, their doing it because there is a need to do it. These are all real reasons why men cyclist shave their legs. It does indeed feel and look nicer, have you ever rode behind a hairy ape? It also shows some competence in the sport. I'd rather ride behind somebody who has shaved legs than not because it shows that he understands the different aspects of cycling. I try and stay away from the people with hairy legs not because I'm a shaving snob, but that I just dont trust them. If they cant understand or accept the simple reasons for shaving their legs, what other safety concerns do they either not know about or choose to ignore? Shaving your legs shows maturity in the sport.

    To contribute to the original conversation... I shave once or twice a week. I use the Skintimate gel. I know its ladies, but it's really soft and good for your skin. You may smell like roses after, but that goes away soon enough. Razor burn on the upper thighs can be helped by shaving less often. I find that my thighs grow back a lot slower, and only need to be shaved once for every two times i shave below the spandex line. Another thing to try is holding the razor at a lesser angle. Holding it too steep can give you a lot of cuts, and pressing to hard will have the same effect.
     
  15. GERARDO

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    Wax Guys, Wax.....it's Far Better.
     
  16. Becky_Aus

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    Definitely not hairy. I wax (lasts far longer than shaving) not to enhance my cycling performance but because I'm a girl, and to not do so would be gross :p
     
  17. S. Thomas

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    Well, I'm 15, and have shaved for ~2 months. I noticed that everyone else at the training rides / races had shaved legs, asked my coach about it, and gave it a whirl. No regrets.

    A couple of people at my school found out, and initially were a little psyched out, but once you let them know it's for a sport, they accept it quickly enough. Nobody's thought I was wierd because of it, just really dedicated. Actually, it's suprising how few people notice, seeing how I live in Texas and we always wear shorts.

    I use the Shick Intuition with the soap built in. It's nice because I don't get cuts, even when I'm in a hurry. I used a Gilette Mach 3 (same one I use for my face) but I would get cuts near my knees and ankles. I'm naturally really hairy, so I have to shave every other day or so or I get quite ly.

    If you're thinking about doing it, think about why you want to and what's holding you back. If you think friends will make fun of you, then don't do it - because it's really not that big of a deal whether you're smooth.
     
  18. remz

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    well iv been thinking of shaving my legs etc for a while, and seens as a lot of women like it makes me want to more. See my friends just dont have hairy bodies, so they dont need to do anything about it, but I am hairy. This may sound pathetic but whats holding me back is what people will think of me, like friends and others, so what do you think I should do? give it a try and see how I feel about carrying on or not?
    btw im 16, 17 this month if that makes any difference

    cheers
     
  19. Muddy Beast

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    well as a MTB in the mud and dirt trails i dont see how it would help me other then nasty cuts but after having a big cut after everyday i just stopped using bandaids cuz the hair gets pulld off, and plus being 13 i dont see how it would do much it would hurt my sosial life more cuz as most of us youngns no socials exseptance is very low and coming to skool wearing shorts everyday in northwest weather and having cuts all along my legs makes me look toughr anyways *sounds stupid to care but if you look tough then people leave you alone* and yeah...*but i do have hairy legs* i just dont wana try it like i said i dont see how it would help me since im only on the streets for the way home from a trail and to show off at a friends. :p

    ~How would this help a MTBr not a street rider anyways?~
    ~Scott
     
  20. Courtancer

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    Shaving your legs won't make any difference to your riding. I don't shave my legs and just have to laugh at the hairless snobs who make comments infering you aren't dedicated and it helps when you fall off, etc.
    Seriously, if you like the look or feel of your own smoothe legs or if the women like it, DO IT. If you couldn't be bothered or don't want stubble and don't feel like doing it every couple of days, DON'T.
     
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