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damiancugley From: damiancugley Date: August 18th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have two thoughts to offer what what it’s worth:

1. Cyclists shave their legs. No-one quite knows why: the old idea that it makes you faster has been debunked. Maybe its to make road rash heal faster; maybe it helps during massage; maybe it’s a way cyclists distinguish themselves from people who aren’t really serious about cycling. Or perhaps they just like the look.

2. You’re a cyclist.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 19th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd've assumed this was like streamlining as mentioned above re swimming, i.e. there's possibly a tiny effect if you're at the level of shaving microseconds off an Olympic record time, but not really much effect if you're just pottering to and from the Co-op. Er, not that I have ever swum to (or from) the Co-op. You know what I mean. :-}

Maybe the leg-shaving is because if you wear really tight thin lycra it has the same effect as tights, i.e. hairs occasionally get caught in & pulled by the weave of the fabric, which is bizarrely painful (but nobody else I know seems to get this so maybe it's just me and my weird hairs!).
atommickbrane From: atommickbrane Date: August 20th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

drive by commenting

(I do too!)
htfb From: htfb Date: August 28th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
LJ cuts don't seem permissible in comments, so TMI follows.

I very rarely wear actual tights, but I get this with running leggings or rowers' lycra. Or even with proper trousers, especially when walking in cold weather, especially if I haven't done much walking lately, especially if I've been cycling everywhere or uniformly sofatuberous. An even red rash covering the thighs, and agonisingly itchy, it can be.

If I do enough exercise of the right type it pulls out all the hairs susceptible to getting caught and the problem ceases. I'll spare you the full detailed description of a rower's baby-smooth gracilis complementing his mighty bearlike quadriceps.

Obviating this by voluntary epilation would be the deed only of someone who took his cycling far too seriously: I'm not yet a Middle-Aged Man In Lycra. Rowers, even paunchy old ones with deluded ideas of their former athleticism, simply don't go in for it. Even though we form the patriarchy, we're just as constrained by cultural norms.

You and me baby, we ain't nothing but MAMILs
So let's do it in the strip of Team Discovery Channel.

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