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Shaving legs for the first time

Old 10-01-11, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I was kind of hoping someone would answer honestly, since I have nearly hairless legs (native american genetics). A matter of idle curiosity, not a concern of course.
Then why did you ask in a silly way ?
Considering the topic has been covered in about 1000 threads already, I'm surprised at the percentage of decent answers.
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Originally Posted by kbro1986 View Post
someone need to be serious here....
Every single answer in this whole thread is serious... lol

the ONLY reasons you need are your own.
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Old 10-01-11, 02:20 PM
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Since I am a not-very-fast female, this is the only thread in which I can post it: HTFU Of course, I don't shave my face, which I am sure is a more sensitive area to shave. For your legs, though...I shave in the shower, with soap and a cheapo razor. Year round. Yes, there is occasional razor burn, and yes, shaving cream is nice. It always makes me smile that many of you are fast, strong riders who will ride really tough hills or distances, but shaving your legs is a big deal.

I'm not criticizing, it's just funny. And btw, since I started cycling a lot I have decided I like the look of a guy with shaved legs...
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
Only requirement that I know is that you must have a razor.
helps if one knows what they're doing.

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Old 10-01-11, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bioandbikes View Post
Since I am a not-very-fast female, this is the only thread in which I can post it: HTFU Of course, I don't shave my face, which I am sure is a more sensitive area to shave. For your legs, though...I shave in the shower, with soap and a cheapo razor. Year round. Yes, there is occasional razor burn, and yes, shaving cream is nice. It always makes me smile that many of you are fast, strong riders who will ride really tough hills or distances, but shaving your legs is a big deal.

I'm not criticizing, it's just funny. And btw, since I started cycling a lot I have decided I like the look of a guy with shaved legs...
would be been funnier to say since you're a slow female you don't shave your legs.
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Old 10-01-11, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Then why did you ask in a silly way ?
Considering the topic has been covered in about 1000 threads already, I'm surprised at the percentage of decent answers.
eh? I am not the OP sir - this particular silly question is not mine.

I agree there have been a few decent answers, but I only saw one honest answer to his actual question (superflylondon), only after I posted.
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Old 10-01-11, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by kbro1986 View Post
Why Hello there.

What are the unwritten rules/qualifications for a cyclist to shave their legs?

Must you be fast?
Must you be tan?
Must have you have a sub 23 BMI?

Give me 5 must be/must have rules before qualifying to shave your legs.
Are you sure you're old enough to start shaving?
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Old 10-01-11, 04:32 PM
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If you have hairy legs, you better be able to dish out the V to the other riders or you'll be accused of being a hippie on the way to Critical Mass.
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You cannot be stupid...
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Old 10-01-11, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
You cannot be stupid...
Because...?
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Originally Posted by kbro1986 View Post
Why Hello there.

What are the unwritten rules/qualifications for a cyclist to shave their legs?

Must you be fast?
Must you be tan?
Must have you have a sub 23 BMI?

Give me 5 must be/must have rules before qualifying to shave your legs.
I shave my legs because I play competitive tennis, massages aren't very fun with hairy legs, nor is taking off athletic tape. Just shave who cares, especially if you've got some nice legs. Show them off!
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
would be been funnier to say since you're a slow female you don't shave your legs.
Nah, I can only imagine how slow I would actually be if I didn't!

As a more serious response, since the question was asked in hopes of a real answer - why not try waxing the first time? (The hair has to be at least 1/4" for waxing to work well) Yes, it stings quite a bit, but it lasts a lot longer than shaving: as much as six weeks. If I didn't shave over the winter, I would wax at the beginning of the season, then shave after the hair starts to grow again. But don't try waxing yourself! Go to a professional salon: it's much faster, and they try to make it less painful. It's a bit pricey, but I think it's worth it.
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Old 10-01-11, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I was kind of hoping someone would answer honestly, since I have nearly hairless legs (native american genetics). A matter of idle curiosity, not a concern of course.
I'm i/8 Native American ( Seneca), maybe I could use that as an excuse.
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Old 10-01-11, 07:42 PM
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To shave or not to shave is discussed quite abit on here, but no one ever talks about how far up to go... Tan line? Mid thigh? Crotch? All the way?
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I am italian, so if i shave i would go through 100 razors, and it would grow back the next day.
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Old 10-01-11, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mlamb01 View Post
To shave or not to shave is discussed quite abit on here, but no one ever talks about how far up to go... Tan line? Mid thigh? Crotch? All the way?
The question is: What would your wife think of seeing you in each of those cases?
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Old 10-01-11, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by mlamb01 View Post
To shave or not to shave is discussed quite abit on here, but no one ever talks about how far up to go... Tan line? Mid thigh? Crotch? All the way?
I've been doing my crotch, butt and crack but never ventured any lower than that......but I'm going to after this thread. Who said life is boring?
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Old 10-01-11, 09:41 PM
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Just make sure you use some sort of lubricant (soap, oil, foam, cream). A teammate of mine finally caved in and shaved when we were at junior nationals because he was the only one there with hairy legs (I wonder how he felt when he went back to high school football practice a month later). He came out of the bathroom with his legs red as a lobster. Turns out he shaved his face with an electric and didn't know how to use a blade, so he just got his legs wet and shaved them.

On a side note, I know VL is gone, but he got me curious about those Baxter shavers. I have a very sensitive face (rosacea) and can only use my Gilette or Schick blades for 3 or 4 shaves before I have to replace them because the moment they dull just a little, they tear me up. Some blades get tossed after the first shave because they are just duds from the factory. Those cartridges have gotten very expensive lately, so a quality blade sounds appealing. I couldn't find a link to replacement blades for that Baxter one, but it mentioned Derby blades. Does any Derby blade fit that shaver?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I couldn't find a link to replacement blades for that Baxter one, but it mentioned Derby blades. Does any Derby blade fit that shaver?
Looks like it uses standard DE blades, so any DE blade would probably work with it.
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You must think that other people are impressed by your hairless muscularity and think girls think guys who shave their legs are sexy...because there is no practical reason to do it unless you get deep tissue massages after every ride.
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Originally Posted by savvy523 View Post
I shave my legs because I play competitive tennis, massages aren't very fun with hairy legs, nor is taking off athletic tape. Just shave who cares, especially if you've got some nice legs. Show them off!
WTF does tennis and massages have to do with each other?
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Old 10-01-11, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I'm i/8 Native American ( Seneca), maybe I could use that as an excuse.
Good as any. I'd be frankly surprised if anyone even notices - would they even have time after checking out the frame and ogling the components, reading the adverts on the team kit, and keeping an eagle eye on whether we hog the lane or cower at the gutter? Or in my case they have to get over the visual shock of my bike itself
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
You must think that other people are impressed by your hairless muscularity and think girls think guys who shave their legs are sexy...because there is no practical reason to do it unless you get deep tissue massages after every ride.
It's also easier to apply sunscreen and easier to clean road rash after a crash. I still don't shave since my sensitive skin makes constant razor burn that's less desirable than occasional road rash, but there are more reasons for it than deep tissue massage.
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