As a cyclist, what is most important to you, your pride and joy, what you most cherish in your sport? No, not your overpriced bike. It’s your legs!
Your legs are by far the most important elements so you need to treat them as such. You need to get them strong and able, training will naturally do that, then you need to keep them sleek and sophisticated. That is where the shaving comes in.
If you are riding a bike and have hairy legs you should quite simply be ashamed of yourself. Not only does it look hugely untidy, there is also the issue of hygiene in the case of cuts and grazes should you fall off. You can’t clean a wound when it’s hairier than Austin Powers’ chest, then there is the question of getting massages. What kind of self-respecting person really wants to apply their hands and expertise to hairy oily legs???
These may all be a little obvious to you, so let’s now move onto science. Yes, hairy legs can also hold you back aerodynamically, it’s a fact!
So from a hygiene to aesthetic to common sense and even to a geek level, you simply cannot cycle in any way, shape or form with hairy legs.
It’s shave time!
Legend has it that male cyclists actually pioneered the art of shaving one’s legs. Yup, long before women strutted out into the world in dresses that scandalously rode above the knee, reflecting sunshine and looks of astonishment from their smooth legs, men were already familiar with the silky soft feel of lower limbs.
So if you are feeling this could jeopardize the old man card, us guys put leg shaving on the map. But enough with the history lesson, it’s back to what we do know for sure, you need to shave your legs.
How does a first timer of male dexterity do such a thing though? Well if you are in for a penny, you are in for a pound so let’s not cut any corners here in our quest for the quintessential leg shave.
1: Run a bath, get in and relax
This is probably a good time to point out that none of these steps are negotiable. We are going to do it right first up, then you can personalize the ritual as you see fit.
So get cozy in a warm bath, accept you are going to be in there for a while, and become one with the process.
2: Soak and lather
The legs need some initial soak time, to get warm, the hair to get soft and your pores to open. You then, like with an ordinary shave, need to get to the lathering with the shaving cream/gel.
This naturally helps the blade glide over the legs, plus helps you keep track of what you have and haven’t shaved.
3: Start confidently from the ankles up
Without pressing too hard on the skin, get cracking from the ankles up on some of the easier areas. The outer side of the shin and general calf region is a good start.
Once you see that first bare section, you know there is now no turning back so at this stage you will start to feel a bit better about all of this if your were a touch nervous.
4: Short and careful wins the race
You don’t need to go with long strokes or anything too drawn out, you are eliminating hair here, so do it in the most comfortable way while causing the least amount of harm to yourself.
Your knee area is going to give you some trouble, but you are in a nice bath without a worry in the world, so take your time.
5: Finishing up
All done on the shaving, you bid farewell to the bath and move onto drying, go with a soft pat down with the towel. Your skin has just gone through a bit of stress so you don’t want to create any further irritation by wiping the water away too vigorously.
Like I said at the beginning, we aren’t cutting any corners here so finish off with a liberal moisturizing of the legs from top to toe.
Not so bad right?
From this position you can just maintain the sleek look with the odd razor session from time to time. You will now really look the part among your fellow lycra clad cyclists, with your bulging cycling muscles proudly displayed on training rides, in the spinning studio, on race day, or coffee shops. Wherever you cyclists go.
Your P.B awaits from here.