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Finally...the answer to "Why do cyclists shave their legs"!!
Last Post 07/04/2014 12:07 PM by Joe Rockbottom. 11 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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07/01/2014 11:11 PM
Answer = Free speed.

http://youtu.be/DZnrE17Jg3I"]http://youtu.be/DZnrE17Jg3I

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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07/01/2014 11:32 PM
I thought hairy legs were faster, like dimples on a golf ball or the rough skin on a shark.
Which is not to say that riders with hairy legs are faster.
79pmooney

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07/01/2014 11:55 PM
Time trialists need numbers like this to justify their shaved legs. Mass start racers don't. There is a simple test anyone can do that is convincing. No watch is required. The test? Lay the bike down at speed, say to the right. Now shave your legs (after they have healed. Repeat to the left. Now, when that pile-up happens and you are part of it, which scenario do you want, shaved or not-shaved. (Hint: only if you shaved will you hear the nurse say "Thank you for shaving." That's music to the ears.)

Ben
79pmooney

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07/02/2014 12:41 AM
CK, I couldn't get that link to work.

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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07/02/2014 06:51 AM
Try this one....

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DZnrE17Jg3I&feature=youtu.be
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
jookey

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07/02/2014 07:24 AM
I did not click the link, but noticed in the pic they are on stationary trainers. I doubt any saved time. I once tried using my areo helmet on my trainer. No impact on speed even when I turned on a fan.
Yo Mike

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07/02/2014 09:43 AM
I went back to using a safety razor with double edge blades for shaving recently. For my face, that is. A little harder to manage than the single blade injector razor I had been using, but it gives a great shave and has a feeling of 'permanence' about it, unlike those plasticky razors.
jmdirt

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07/02/2014 10:14 AM
I shave because:
1) Less/no mud caked on my legs
2) Easier clean up after a race
3) Easier/better wound care
4) Easier sun block application
5) Better view of my veins
79pmooney

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07/02/2014 12:10 PM
jmdirt, and less road rash/raw skin as the skin around the wound hasn't had its hairs ripped out. Also no hairs in the wound.

Ben
Red Tornado

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07/02/2014 02:49 PM

And, a clean pair of legs looks so much more awesome sticking out from a pair of lycra shorts than Chewbacca's.

winterale

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07/02/2014 05:45 PM
The ladies luv em!!

Not winter, ALE
C2K_Rider

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07/04/2014 12:07 PM
If we added up every item that claims to save a minute over 40 k we'd all be able to ride 40 k in one minute flat. Or less.
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