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Offline dianella94

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A fellow cyclist, who has resolutely refused to shave his legs, asked me if there was any real reason why cyclists shave their legs - he has a mate who is constantly ribbing him about his hairy legs.

If you ask a cyclist whether they shave their legs they will generally give one of several answers
a) it makes them faster
b) it makes it easier for a massage therapist to work on their legs
c) if you fall, you don't get as much flesh ripped off and medical dressings don't stick to the hairs on the legs and are therefore easier to remove
d) it looks cool and feels nice

Now, I can find some evidence of a), however in my friends case he is a recreational cyclist and saving 79 seconds on a 40 km ride is not a major priority.  In the case of b) he doesn't get massages.  In the cast of d) he couldn't care less.

So, my question is, is there any actual evidence of c) - specifically, does shaving your legs result in less severe injuries to your skin compared with non shaving.
« Last Edit: 28/01/2016 05:53:47 by dianella94 »


 

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Re: Why do cyclists shave their legs - any actual evidence?
« Reply #1 on: 30/01/2016 00:11:44 »
Thanks for a fab question!
 

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Re: Why do cyclists shave their legs - any actual evidence?
« Reply #2 on: 31/01/2016 06:57:16 »
One for QOTW perhaps?
 

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