Leg Shaving Roadies?
One of my main reason for shaving is that gravel rash is very easy to clean and doesn’t get infected. It heals in a fraction of the time that it would if hairy.
So I’m not sure why more MTBers don’t shave as there’s still a big risk of gravel rash…
My tan started in April in Majorca and has just received a week-long alpine boost. I now look like I’ve been creosoted from just-above-the-knee to half-way-down-the-shin. Ridiculous.Posted 3 years agoMulletus MaximusMember
There seems to be a pattern here of female disapproval
Mrs MM likes mine shaved.
First did mine a few years ago for no other reason than hairy legs and lycra look wrong IMO. Maintenance isn’t too bad for me. I eplilate every few weeks and it takes about 15 minutes. All the way to the top BTW. 😀Posted 3 years agomoomanMember
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All I’ve ever wanted is a cyclists suntan.
I wear shorts 7 months of the year , so you would expect a bit of difference between my covered bits and those that are not.
Just back from 2 weeks in the caribbean and still deathly white all over.
Trick is to keep them sharp. You will never never achieve sharp tanlines with baggy shorts though.Posted 3 years agobikebouyMember
Yes it has been known to be used, not overly happy about it but for the first few weeks of the season it’s better than blinding oncoming vehicles..Posted 3 years ago
Think of it more like the warm orange glow of old 70’s French car headlights than 2014 Audi halogen units.. 😆ultimateweevilMember
I used to when doing a lot of road biking a couple of years ago now but now I’m back on the mtb more I don’t. Definitely looks better when in lycra with shaved legs and it did have its advantages when on the mtb having smooth legs when it was proper manky.
Was a pain if I didn’t keep up the upkeep as mine grew back quick. The Mrs did suggest I’d be better waxing my legs but there was no chance of that as I’m not that brave!Posted 3 years agoaracerSubscriber
I used to shave when I was a serious triathlete (nowadays I’d wear shorts for that, but back then trunks was the standard clothing, so no option on stopping shaving lower!) However nowadays (or to be more accurate a few years ago when I was a lot fitter and faster) I enjoy beating the shaven with my hairy legs in the same way it’s fun to beat people on flash bikes whilst riding a cheap rubbish one. I probably would have kept shaving but when I moved on from triathlon the races I was doing tended to involve a lot of running through undergrowth of various types and the hair does at least provide a bit of protection from that.Posted 3 years agooldgitMember
What I want to know is where do all the roadies get their tanned legs from?? And so early in the season??
Do they spray tan or sunbed???
Months on the open road and not under the shade of trees. Use of high factor sun cream all year round to avoid the ‘been to Maljorca one month tan’Posted 3 years ago
Avoid sharp tan lines if you want to meet women or will ever show your half naked body in public.theotherjonvSubscriber
strange how my tan seems lighter below the knee though ???
Not strange. The sun will be hitting your thighs far more perpendicularly than your shins, which will be at a very shallow angle. As consequence the coverage in radiation per sqcm will be higher and the potential to tan ( or burn, and develop a melanoma) will be higher
I have a nose that is angled perfectly for maximum damage at British latitudes.Posted 3 years agoRoter SternMember
I’ve also been shaving my legs for years. It felt a little wierd at first but soon got used to it and much prefered the look. Use to get a lot of attention from gay men when I lived in London! 🙂 As others have said cuts heal better and dirt is easier to wash off but also something which is quite important is that ticks find it more difficult to attach themselves to your legs and around these parts there are some nasty tick diseases you can catch.Posted 3 years agocarbonfiendMember
When i started riding the roadies I went out with told me in no uncertain terms that I had to shave my legs or no rides ! They trotted out the usual reasons none of which actually in the end justified those reasons Even when I had a serious accident on bike it was the hip & collar bone that was impacted so no road rash.
When I picked up MTB I just carried on with it as I still ride on the road but boy was I glad. Lost count of the amount of times I had abrasions (inc stitches) that needed treatment from riding in the forest & hairy legs would have been a nightmare to deal with.Posted 3 years ago
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