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Too early for buzzed legs?

Ok, this is an opinon, but is it too early to buzz the legs? Still feels kind of early. My bike won’t even be ready to ride for another week. (Needs a bad tune up, need to find a bike shop in Columbia, MO)

I’m in college, and I love my buzzed legs, but they are high matinence. Honestly, I kind of want to show them off to a girl friend I’m interested in. Lol It’s weird but everyone here understands. It just seems weird doing it now. I usally wait until mid-may when I’ve been on a few rides.

Any thoughts?

13 Replies

Amanda, April 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I buzz mine year around. LOL


cubbies1945, April 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm


Only 90 Degree weather at the beginning of April would have me asking this question!


sorbut, April 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I buzz mine year around. LOL

I, for one, am glad to hear that!! 8-O


AzOcean, April 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

So, help me out on this one. I am serious and curious on the answer. Why does a guy buzz his legs? Is it in case you get road rash and shaved legs make it easier to clean and less chance of infection? For a racer I could understand on cutting down on wind resistance, or whatever reason they and swimmers have in common.

Since I am new to group riding is this something I should consider in case I am involved in a crash? BTW, if it is just for a sun tan, hairy legs protect from sun burn.


cubbies1945, April 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

Even for racers guys shave their legs because of the road rash problem. I don’t shave my legs, but I use an old hair trimmer used for buzz cuts. (It does the same job, it takes less work to shave the legs, I save $ on shaving cream for my legs, it does not take as long, and you don’t risk cutting yourself.) If I wreck, I don’t want to have to clean dirty hair out of my wound. The hair could also potentially have bacteria on it. I’ve also heard that when you wreck you hair actually creates friction and grabs onto the pavement and makes it worse. (Not correct english) So a smoother leg may slide accross the pavement better. Also, I just like the feel when I ride. Its tough to notice, but I like the feel of the air against my legs. I usually use baby oil to keep them smooth throughout the summer. I know it seems counter intutive since our culture says guys should have hairy legs, but I think I look more tonned in the summer.


bkman, April 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

Whatever is on the ground will be a heck of a lot dirtier than any hairs on your leg. Unless this is for speed, which is not needed on ragbrai, then there is know reason for this. scrub road rash with soap and water. You’ll be fine.


Sandaltan ., April 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Cubbies, if she likes them shaved then shave ’em. The Little Stoker likes ’em hairy so I don’t shave ’em. Tip: A mug and a brush costs far less that that shaving cream in a can. Call me cheap but I try to avoid stuff in an aerosol can when I CAN.

RIDE RIGHT (And I think SUX rocks and will be happy to return)


tjdale, April 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I think pros shave to make after race massage more comfortable. I really don’t think it is in case of a crash, though that has been one reason I have heard passed about for years. Besides, a shaved muscular leg looks better. And, a thick hair conditioner is cheaper than shaving cream and works just as well or better.


jeffreydennis, April 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Who cares about the legs. For LBS in Columbia give Walts a try, I run into him every year on RAGBRAI.


eddie_the_ex_cabana_boy, April 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Ditto to what cubbies 1945 said. I commute to work 4-5 times a week so my chances for a wreck are increased quite a bit as opposed to just riding casually.

So with your legs shaved the application of first aid following an accident is always so much easier without excessive hair in the way. Yes, I’ve heard of hair follicles holding onto bacteria and dirt too. When more serious injuries (lacerations requiring sutures) occur, whats the first thing medical staff usually do prior to the actual “stitching”? the clean and then SHAVE the affected area. So the way I see it, if your gonna ride a LOT, then beat them to the punch! (just in case).

When the healing process begins, it’s a LOT easier to remove and re-apply steril dressings without the adhesive quality of matted hair sticking to the old dressing.

Oh what the hell!


Shaving my legs makes me feel sexy and more “self-confident!”



shawndev, April 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Shave or Nair?


dsdouin, April 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Take it to tweet or facebook boys. TMI for me.


Zinger, April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hmmm…I may be old fashioned, but I like my legs smooth and my guys legs hairy. Just saying.


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