Leg Shaving

Like all hobbies, there are a couple of things people are likely to say when you tell them you’re into cycling.  When I was into solving the (rubik’s) cube it would be impossible to have a conversation that didn’t contain the words “peeling off the stickers” within 20 seconds.

For cyclists, one of the classics has to be “phnur, phnur, do you shave you legs?”

So why do cyclists shave their legs in the first place?  There are two classic reasons that I believe to be incorrect.

  • Aerodynamic advantage
  • Easier treatment/less complication in the event of an accident

If either of these were true, then cyclists would shave their arms too.  But they don’t.  As far as I’m aware.

I actually think cyclists shave their legs for two reasons

  • It looks better
  • Cyclists shave their legs

Cycling is a very aesthetic sport.  A good cyclist is fit, lean and tanned.  Hairy legs look bad.  Especially if you’re like me and have dark hair.

The second reason sounds tautalogical.  And it is.  Shaving your legs identifies you as a cyclist.  It’s what “real” cyclists do.  To not shave your legs marks you out as an “amateur”; someone that doesn’t take their cycling seriously. You wanna be part of the “serious cyclist gang”, you do the things that serious cyclists do.

So what am I going to do this year?  I think I have reached a level of proficiency and fitness where it wouldn’t be an absurd gesture out of proportion to my ability.  And I want to be in the “proper cyclist gang”.  But am I prepared for the hassle and inconvenience?  The stubble.  The mockery.  I dunno…

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  1. 1 J Voigt said at 4:13 pm on March 27th, 2009:

    Think long and hard about this Mr Nixon, I did it once and my wife said it looked like I have the legs of a school girl; nobbly knees and cut and bruised. Still, I now have the perma-tan line so I might try shaving again for this season now they have a bit of colour, surely they can’t look that bad…

  2. 2 Paul Nixon said at 4:24 pm on March 27th, 2009:

    “I did it once and my wife said it looked like I have the legs of a school girl”

    Especially in those tight white panties eh?

  3. 3 Cadel E said at 9:49 pm on March 27th, 2009:

    Bloody Hell mate! Get over yourself. The sheila’s love it. Talk about being insecure with your sexuality. I bet you’re not getting any at the moment are you? Once you shave you won’t be able to keep your hands off yourself, so that won’t matter.

  4. 4 Paul Nixon said at 9:55 pm on March 27th, 2009:

    I don’t say LOL very often. However, I’ll permit myself this indulgence on this occasion!

  5. 5 Mario C said at 2:38 pm on March 28th, 2009:

    the aussie he isa right. I am so sexy after shaving my legsa. even with no morea racing, I still shavea. It is like being with a beautiful women even when I am alonea. ciao M.

  6. 6 Jane Goody said at 6:53 am on April 22nd, 2009:

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