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To shave or not to shave????

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by pumaspeed, 8 May 2008.

  1. pumaspeed

    pumaspeed New Member

    Hello everyone ive just got into road racing bikes and was wondering if i should start to shave my legs as hairy legs and lycra do go! please any help thankyou.:ohmy::biggrin:
     
  2. I would wate till have some rides under my belt first.
     
  3. P.s. Welcome to CC
     
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Welcome
    I f you feel you're up to the look...then do it!
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Welcome to CC, hope you enjoy it here. As for the shaving, it's a personal thing but give it a try and see how you feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    If your going to race, shave away my boy. you will one of few that does'nt
     
  7. Big T

    Big T Über Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    If you're road racing then it's more or less compulsory to shave - you'll get called a gorilla if you don't. Plus, higher chance of falling off and getting gravel rash. Smooth legs seem to slide better on tarmac and you don't want the stcking plaster sticking to the hairs on your leg.
     
  8. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    I am sure you will love the buzz you get from racing.
    But just in case, start by just shaving the one testicle.
     
  9. AnotherComeBack

    AnotherComeBack New Member

    I had a big 'off' at the new Hogg Hill Road Racing Circuit last week and suffered large areas of track burns on thigh, hip and upper arm. Changing the dressings on my legs (shaved) is not too much of a problem - after soaking in the bath for 10 mins. But changing the dressings on my unshaved arms is a nightmare. It's not the sticky plaster that causes the problem, but the plasma which is ouzing out all the time and sticks the dressing to what's left of my skin and hair.
     
  10. thePig

    thePig New Member

    Location:
    London
    I completely understand the functional reason for shaving legs and why racers do it. But don't think I could every bring myself to do it.....it would just feel wrong.

    Then again I have never been the victim of gravel rash.
     
  11. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    hows the new HH track coming along? I hear there is development still to be made?