- Jul 7, 2009
RightWingNutJob said:I certainly hope not. The years have seen them scarred up by motorcycle wrecks, circular saws etc.... The hair seems to help hide my scars.
And now back to the original question by RWNJ!
The main thing is it depends on you. It also depends a little on where you ride, because that has an influence on you!
After 10 years off from road racing, I returned to the competitive stuff. During my time “off” (I still rode my bike, just no racing), I sometimes let me legs get hairy, only to shave them again. Some things you may want to consider …
1) FWIW, I have crashed on hairy and non-hairy legs. Hair matted into a wound is a great way to make this process even less comfortable. Note – lycra/spandex (shorts and, in the winter, tights) can reduce the damage to the skin (which is one reason some don’t shave in the winter).
2) Putting sunblock on hairy legs is not quite as quick or easy
3) Getting a massage on hairy legs can result in the odd twinge of discomfort (a hair getting pulled!)
4) People can make assumptions about you if your legs are hairy. I say “can” because I have noticed where I ride (Pacific Northwest) there is a strong MTB scene and there are guys with hairy legs that are fantastic bike handlers who can lay down the power with the best of the local pros. I race in Cat 1/2 and I never hear any comments about the fellas with hairy legs in the races. People do get railed on, but that tends to be if their handling skills are sh!te (if they cannot hang with the group, it tends not to matter for long Funny thing – I have heard Cat 4s complaining of some guy with hairy legs being a noob, even though he just kicked their a$$’s and his handling skills were just fine So, knowing your local scene better than I do, you need to reflect honestly on what the reactions might be and if you care.
5) Cycling is common enough now that you should not get any grief for shaving.
6) As others have said, scars are cool
7) For me, I keep ‘em shaved because my wife hates the stubble
Hope that helps!