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Old 07-03-19, 05:21 PM
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Another Leg Shaving Thread

If shaving a rider's legs gives an X gain in speed, will shaving only 1 leg result in X/2 (Xx0.5) speed advantage?

For this, let us discount helmets and kickstands from the equation


PS we are not riding shirtless, so pit-shaves don't count

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Old 07-03-19, 05:57 PM
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As useless as the sex on a bike thread but even less imaginative. Not even a participation medal for this.
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Old 07-03-19, 07:11 PM
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Yet another Ignore: gringomojado
Obvious Troll thread.

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Racers shave as a courtesy to each other, so nobody has to look at hairy legs.
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Old 07-03-19, 09:32 PM
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Bad jokes aside, if races can be won by a thousandth of a second I'd say its worth it. But I'm sure its mostly cosmetic. Even so, imagine a swimmer with hair on his back and legs.

At least 50 % of the audience would instantly go eeyuh and tune out. In these days of media coverage, that's the last thing sponsors want when more viewership equals more profit.
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Old 07-04-19, 01:57 AM
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Bad jokes aside, if races can be won by a thousandth of a second I'd say its worth it. But I'm sure its mostly cosmetic. Even so, imagine a swimmer with hair on his back and legs.

At least 50 % of the audience would instantly go eeyuh and tune out. In these days of media coverage, that's the last thing sponsors want when more viewership equals more profit.
What is the world coming to? Men are supposed to be hairy!
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Old 07-04-19, 05:59 AM
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What is the world coming to? Men are supposed to be hairy!
"Supposed to be hairy?" What about Asian and some North Atlantic countries where men are generally hairless? Compulsory / forced hair transplants? :-)
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Old 07-04-19, 10:26 AM
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As a non-racer I asked a racer who shaved his legs why on heck he did it. It couldn't be for a speed advantage as the physics of that made no sense to me. His answer made a lot of sense though. If you race a lot you will eventually end up in a crash and it made removing the bandages a lot less painful. No hair to stick to the scabs or to the adhesive.
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I pick up a lot of road grit on my legs that my front tire churns up. Hairy legs tend to make washing out that grit more difficult.

I don't want my legs marinating in road dust, which I imagine consists of everything including asbestos from brake pads, oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, rubber particles from tires, oxidized steel, animal and human fecal matter, urine, vomit, blood, trash, used diapers, roadkill ... pretty much anything you can imagine being discarded intentionally or unintentionally along roadways.

I would prefer to have all of that crap getting washed down the shower drain, and not hiding out on my skin and in my pores underneath (un-aerodynamic) body hair.
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Old 07-04-19, 10:45 AM
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Over the last two decades, my legs have gone effectively bald, so theres no longer a decision to make. Speed has not improved concomitantly, however.
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Old 07-04-19, 10:58 AM
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Over the last two decades, my legs have gone effectively bald, so theres no longer a decision to make. Speed has not improved concomitantly, however.
Most likely result of diminished blood circulation, which is the chief cause of death.
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Dying is also a leading cause of death.
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Males shaving their legs is just WRONG
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Originally Posted by gringomojado View Post
Most likely result of diminished blood circulation, which is the chief cause of death.
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No, rather the same hormonally driven process, which has denuded my scalp and has not accelerated my demise one jot.
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Males shaving their legs is just WRONG
Wrong.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
If you race a lot you will eventually end up in a crash and it made removing the bandages a lot less painful. No hair to stick to the scabs or to the adhesive.
Another reason given is that injuries can be less severe because there is no hair to get pulled out when you are sliding along the ground.

I am permanently on blood thinners, so I can use any advantage in the event of a crash.
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Old 07-04-19, 11:39 AM
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What is the world coming to? Men are supposed to be hairy!
They're not supposed to be anything. Some people are some people arent. Its genetics not a social construct.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Males shaving their legs is just WRONG
Grow up.
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Grow up.

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Grow up.
Don't hold your breath.
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Males shaving their legs is just WRONG
What about males shaving their FACES?
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What about males shaving their FACES?
Yup, Im a member of the dollar shave club. Now yall calm down I dont care if you shave your legs or not. Jeez. Its July 4th Im fixin to hit some gravel roads on my bike then smoke a pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon for dinner. Then some ice cold beer.
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While the OP has a good point which seems to make sense, the problem is that if you only shave one leg that side goes a bit faster and you end up going in a circle!
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Yup, Im a member of the dollar shave club. Now yall calm down I dont care if you shave your legs or not. Jeez. Its July 4th Im fixin to hit some gravel roads on my bike then smoke a pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon for dinner. Then some ice cold beer.
Smoking that pork might take a while, when do/did you plan the smoking process? I've had the few slabs of ribs going since this morning. They're soon to be done.
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
As a non-racer I asked a racer who shaved his legs why on heck he did it. It couldn't be for a speed advantage as the physics of that made no sense to me. His answer made a lot of sense though. If you race a lot you will eventually end up in a crash and it made removing the bandages a lot less painful. No hair to stick to the scabs or to the adhesive.
Nice try. The problem with this theory is that by the time the bandages have to be removed the hair will have grown in....
PS. Its for the looks!
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