I've been riding a bike long enough to have a number of pet peeves and the disambiguation between "fred" "serious bike rider" "commuters", and worse still "recumbent riders" is high on my list.
The more riders on pretty much any safe bike, the better. Yeah, yeah I know the Freds can be a handful if you are trying to ride in a group with one. But it's no excuse for the typical high-strung roadie shunning they get.
I am riding again and don't shave. Not shaving violates the unspoken standard of behavior (fast == shaven) in the subculture and the violation makes some uncomfortable. I like that! Clobbering the shaven on bikes 2-5x the cost of mine in kit that doesn't match, and "high" stem, is a sweet, sweet pleasure. Now, I'm not crushing all local talent, but I'm riding enough now to clobber many of them that have bought the look and will not be riding 2 years from now.
So what you are saying in a nut shell is that shaving is a sign of fitness alone and doesn't equate to having a skill set on a bike. .
I stop shaving when the legs get covered. So it is growing in right now.
I have to agree. With leg warmers one has to really stay on top of the razor because typical day old stubble can survive a ride or two mid week in the summer. But that same stubble can eat through a pair of leg warmers in no time.