Thursday, March 31, 2005

Leg Shaving

Came across this amusing tidbit in this week's RoadBikeRider newsletter:

So why do cyclists shave? Should you? Let's examine the pros and cons.

Pro: The Crash
You'll wish you'd shaved when some ER intern who hasn't slept in 29 hours starts wire-brushing Route 66 out of your gams. Believe me, extracting gravel from flesh is worse with hundreds of tiny, dirty, grasping hairs in the way.

Con: The Hassle
It's tough enough brushing your teeth and combing your hair every day. Do we really need one more item on the personal-grooming agenda?

Pro: The Rub
If you get massages -- and you're a sore, lactic-acidy fool if you don't -- you need bare legs. Why? Massage oil + hair = Superfund cleanup site.

Con: The Look
You're wearing shorts at the family picnic when soused Uncle Sal the Teamster wonders aloud why (a) you shave your legs, and (b) any grownup with a driver's license rides a bike in the first place. Go ahead, you explain. I'll be over by the potato salad.

Pro: The Other Look
Shaved legs make your muscles appear bigger. Other riders think you're serious. Maybe they won't attack you on Vomit Pass. If they do, you'll glance at your bulging quads, get inspired and hang on.

Con: The Con
You and your hairy legs show up for a group ride. Somebody snickers. On Vomit Pass, you attack. The snobs are too stunned to respond. You break away, leg hairs waving goodbye in the breeze.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Jim Carson said...

So, do you shave? ;-)

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Doug W said...

;) Smooth as a baby's....

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Finally-- my husband and I have something in common.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free RazorMax Trial shaving kit at They free include shipping with the trial kit. RazorMax extends blade life and provides a more comfortable shave.


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