Well Sun Im guilty of being a shaver and wearing Spandex (lycra) at the same time. However................ Im going to let the uninformed (ignorant) people know why a lot (not all) serious (competitive) male cyclists shave there legs. In the even that you go down with the bike and get some nasty road rash. The wound is easier to to clean, AND there is less chance of getting infection because you can clean it better, AND it heals faster. Plus it takes like 1 tenth of a gram of drag off the rider. Im not buying that last part too much. But the other a fore mentioned reasons I can attest too as the truth.
So can I keep my man card for making you informed, or less ignorant. Its such an ugly word. But I use it a lot.
Where is xquardtard when you need him.....He is a cyclist and shaves....Well I'd like to start off by reminding readers of my sarcasm the majority of my posts. And sharing my view on "shavers" is no different. Hope I didnt offend you 2Smoke or any other "shavers" out there. Lets face it, shaving has gained in popularity with metrosexual men. That's just a fag, I mean fact
Im not ignorant about the shaving excuses, I've heard them before as I too used to be a cyclist myself so I've heard this many times. I still dont buy the reason completely. If it were THAT important they wouldnt even wear shorts to begin with. If it were THAT important the majority of competitive downhill Mt. bikers would do it. They crash more often then road guys do! And there other high risk fall down sports that most dont shave for. Seriously, skaters dont shave. Rock climbers dont shave. I think it is more a personal body preference, and it has gained in popularity in the cycling world. Maybe it all started when Pro cyclists discovered a milasecond was "shaved" off their time in a race. I personally think it is more trend related then anything. I think there is a large group of men who love to be smooth and this gives them a good excuse to shave and wear their smooth legs proudly.
I find a man more attractive with hair on his legs because to me it is more of a natural man thing to have. Im not saying you arnt manly 2smoke. It is sort of like some may judge me on dressing in jeans and Tee shirts a lot as being dude"ish," maybe appearing not feminine enough for some people's taste. Or, perhaps if I had a short, boyish haircut it would turn some off. Many dont care for women with boyish looks and some do. Just as some women dont care for men in spandex with smooth, oiled legs
No right or wrong with the shave thing. Just MY observation in the cyclist world.
James, from what I can gather from this thread : 1. Trav is willing to experiment by shaving his chest; 2. Sun is not a fan of guys shaving; 3. 2Smoke put some miles on his bike with shaved legs; 4. CDA shaved his legs and realized that shaving was worse than pealing his knee brace off with hair attached; 5. Palmer shaved because he thought the mighty Oak would look huge amongst the shorn shrubbery......What the frack just happened in here?