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Men In Tights - YES, Men shaving... you decide!


Posted by Cags R under Cycling, Swimming on 26 February 2014 at 12:00 AM

The votes are in from Friday's great-tights-debate, and the numbers speak for themselves: 94.6% of voters say YES to Men In Tights!

Men in Tights

So what's next on the debate sheet... ah yes, the great dilemma for every budding triathlete, cyclist and swimmer: To Shave or Not To Shave?

As the weather begins to warm up and dry out (or at least we hope it will!), soon tights will be put away for the summer season where shorts will dominate the sporting scene. But will you be going out there with freshly shaved/waxed legs or going au naturel and keeping them hairy?

This question was put forward by Tribesports' Frank P:

"Anyone (males) here shave their legs? I have been batting the idea around....not because I think it will help my times... but my lycra tends to ride up and tear/pull hair causing some discomfort during my rides...I have tried different things/vasaline/glides etc - but they do not work......thoughts?Suggestions?"

Common questions about advantages of shaving for sport:

"Will shaving my legs make me more aerodynamic?" - A much debated topic, how much time will you actually be saving if you go clean shaven? Realistically, your time in the water or on your bike will be optimized in your training hours rather than in your beauty regime, but psychologically, allowing hair to grow long for training and then shaving off for a big event is an old trick which professional swimmers use to feel smoother (and therefore faster) in the water.

"Is it more hygeinic to shave your legs?" -This is a bit of a 2 sided coin, hair removal when performed without appropriate after-care and maintenance can result in in-growing hairs and other causes of discomfort. However, if you take a bad fall on your bike then having cleanly shaven legs will make the clean up easier as you don't have to deal with as much road dirt trapped in and around the wound. 

"Does it make your legs look better?" -Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if "better" to you means "more defined" then having shaved legs will do the trick. Why do you think women have been teaming shaved legs with high heels for so long (always one step ahead of you fellas!)

It's all down to personal preference, but let's hear from you guys: do you hit the summer season with a pair of well trimmed pins? Or do you prefer to keep what-your-mamma-gave-you and love your legs, hair and all? Comment below!

Author: Cags Rennie