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Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:48 am
by Dalai
campbellrae wrote:Haven't had the courage to wax yet, but with the rate it grows back after the Veet I'm not sure it'll be worth the pain...


I used to get my legs waxed - had a lady with a home salon built in her garage and got them done pretty cheaply. Supposed to not hurt that badly if you had it done under every 6 weeks as the roots are not supposed to fully reformed but it's a lie. Always hurt like hell, especially the back of the knees for me - read shock symptoms - sweating, lightheaded! :shock:

Additional downside to waxing is you have to let the hairs grow long enough for the wax to get hold so they can be pulled. So a week or two of stubble legs.

Now shave a couple of time a week in the shower and like Murphs even if I had to give up riding I don't think I could go back to hairy legs.

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:08 am
by Kjetil
mgrennie wrote:Talk to your wife first!!
Having not shaved since before I met my wife, getting back into riding last year, and feeling like a cyclist again, I shaved Sunday.
Of course, she has not stopped complaining or teasing since.

Was shaving before I met my wife. She still loves my smooth legs.

Two times a week in the shower is my routine too.

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:08 am
by Weenie

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:34 am
by prendrefeu
Dalai wrote:
campbellrae wrote:Haven't had the courage to wax yet, but with the rate it grows back after the Veet I'm not sure it'll be worth the pain...


I used to get my legs waxed - had a lady with a home salon built in her garage and got them done pretty cheaply. Supposed to not hurt that badly if you had it done under every 6 weeks as the roots are not supposed to fully reformed but it's a lie. Always hurt like hell, especially the back of the knees for me - read shock symptoms - sweating, lightheaded! :shock:

Additional downside to waxing is you have to let the hairs grow long enough for the wax to get hold so they can be pulled. So a week or two of stubble legs.

Now shave a couple of time a week in the shower and like Murphs even if I had to give up riding I don't think I could go back to hairy legs.


I guess each person's experience is different? :noidea:
Waxing hurt the first time, now I barely notice that it's happening at all.
As for stubble: the hairs come out soft and thinner compared to stubble from shaving, which has hair follicles that are thicker and hard-edged from the blade cut.
Yes, you have to wait until the next round, but for some it lasts longer than others. 6 weeks between sessions for me, and I'd rather have a period of some slight hair showing than deal with having to shave often and deal with rough stubble.

To each their own!

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:38 am
by Illuminate
Kjetil wrote:Was shaving before I met my wife. She still loves my smooth legs.

Two times a week in the shower is my routine too.

Lol - but how often do you shave?

(sorry- I couldn't resist)

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 1:22 pm
by Kjetil
:mrgreen:
There you go. My imagination must be lacking...

Re: To shave or not to shave...

Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:20 pm
by benwat48
Nice legs :)

xsteel wrote:No shave or epilate, let the hair long :lol:

The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:15 pm
by theosaurus
As cyclists we are constantly asked why? we shave our legs. Often some chopper will say 'is it to be more aerodynamic?' or 'is it to save weight?'. Normally you would scoff in the face of such preposterousness, but as a weight weenie you can't help but ask the ultimate question: How much weight does shaving your legs save?

I have the answer, who wants to guess?
:wink:

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:19 pm
by btompkins0112
......depends how hairy you were to begin with.

I shave for two reasons:

1. It looks cool
2. When you wreck the road rash doesn't hurt as bad

EDIT: I forgot to guess........2 grams

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:50 pm
by DMF
Also post-ride self massage to loosen up the muscles is way more comfortable hairless. But ofcourse, the prime reason, showing up some deep cut definition and thick exposed veins will make other riders on the local groupride think twice before they challenge you up that hill sprint ;)

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:51 pm
by victorduraace
DMF^ +111

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:53 pm
by theosaurus
sorry I should have made myself clear I think weight and aero advantages will make an immeasurable difference.
Reasons for shaving is a whole other discussion but imo the main ones are:
-Looks 'good' / you're a chopper if you don't shave
-Road rash
-It Makes massage/ foam rolling much easier
Lets keep this thread pointless

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:01 pm
by dogg
I've always assumed it was to make massages much less cringey and to make cleaning up road rash and cuts a bit easier

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:04 pm
by theosaurus
I got 1.1 grams by the way :)

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:07 pm
by rmerka
Well there's enough justification right there in the weight diff.

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:07 pm
by Weenie

Re: The ultimate question

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:08 pm
by DMF
The massage and road rash reasons are technically valid, which make them easy explanations for the uninitiated. But in all seriousness, they are nothing if not secondary reasons. But you just can't talk to co-workers about veins, mind-games and traditions as you use your lunch break to buy new lady shavers... :)