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Re: Coming out of the closet...
Ahhhh the shave leg question..........Here is my take........
Step 1: For the rec/amateur rider, you probably do it because that shows a "serious" level of committment. Sort of the reason some people go out and buy full race leathers/boots/gloves but never spend one day at the track. You just feel more part of the group by looking like part of the fast group.
Step 2: You finally become committed enough that you can actually claim some serious road rash. You now how much it sucks to have an ER tech use a bristle brush/scourring pads to remove ground in dirt, pebbles, glass, tar and other filthy road debris. Much like the treatment of a motorcycle crash victim. The hair, if you had any, is only partially removed during your crash and covered with all kinds of stuff. The next step is to have the wound cleaned, flushed and disinfected. Once done there it is time to completely seal the affected area from external infectants. Your hair is a deterent for creating this seal and a possible source of infectants. The dressings they use do "breath" but keep out infection. Without skin, we are very susceptable to infections, thus the reason for many burn victim deaths. So keeping is clean/disinfected is very important. No hair, good seal and less chance of trapping infection in the wound from any thing contained on the hair. Plus it also sucks to pull bandages from skin covered by hair....try it sometime. Crit is about the only one who might find this pleasurable.....that man is crazy but I digress....
Step 3: You are now racing and training like a mad man. Your legs are being tortured several days a week with intervals, hill repeats, sprints and races with 1 or 2 rest days a week. To keep your legs in tip top shape, they need massage therapy 3 or 4 times during these weeks and in between stage events (multi race days). When my massage therapist,Sherry, is putting her 120lbs into my very lactic acid filled legs, the last thing I want to feel is every hair being ripped from my leg....oils or not, it happens. Back to the tape removal....it just doesn't feel good. So you have no real need to do any shaving other than on your legs once you reached level 2 and 3. Maybe the arms but the area affected is much less and probably not as prone to infection. I never worried about my arms and it is evident in the pics.
So this is the same reason Bacchus gave just with more detail. I could probably go on but this should suffice most interested parties.
Can you say 6 in a ROW!!!!