“IT’S FUNNY,” SAID A FRIEND. “I remember a time when shaving your legs was a statement of your commitment to cycling. And then it flipped, and it was like, ‘I’m so core I don’t need to shave my legs.’ But then shaving became the nonconformist move against the nonconformists. Make up your mind already.”
To shave or not to shave? For some people, it’s a ridiculous question: Men just don’t. But in this culture of outdoor adventure, it’s not just acceptable, it’s common. If there was a time when only pro cyclists and wannabes shaved, now it’s mountain bikers and runners and dudes that just think their pins look better manscaped. Bare is the new bear.
There are legitimate reasons for shaving. Recovery from road rash is faster, without a doubt. Post-ride massage is far more comfortable. For competitive swimmers, you’re faster in the water. And the psychological edge it gives a cyclist, triathlete, swimmer should not be discounted. But let’s face it: Trimming the pelt is optional. No matter what rationalization sharpens the blades of your Gillette, you do it because you want to: you want to fit in, you want to prove your commitment, you want to slip unnoticed into the peloton.
So, what of it, people?
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