It may seem ridiculous, but it seems to me that this is so that insects do not get entangled in the hair of the legs. The fact is that during summer evening gatherings on the street, my boyfriend once said that mosquitoes get tangled in his leg hair.
Firstly, with injuries, it is sooooo inconvenient to heal wounds on hairy legs (ointments, bandages, plasters, blood, all this sticks to the hair so that sometimes you have to use scissors)
Secondly, a cyclist does not always ride on a flat and clean surface, there are disciplines such as XC, (cross-country, cross-country racing) where your feet, whether you like it or not, will be in mud or, even worse, in clay. All this mess sticks very well to hairy legs, but water rolls off shaved legs like water off a duck's back.
Thirdly, hair, nevertheless, affects aerodynamics, I recently saw on the vastness of the net, conducted an experiment and found out that shaved legs have less resistance. But here the question is, how significant is the increase in the aerodynamics of an athlete with shaved legs :)
I have a friend, a cyclist, not a pro, but strives for them in everything.
Explains shaving the so-called legs. 'asphalt disease'. In short, if you fall on asphalt or a similar surface, there is a high probability of tearing the skin on your feet. With hair, the treatment process is many times more difficult - apply both ointments and remove bandages. Without hair, these problems do not arise.
Be that as it may initially, but the giants of the bicycle industry Specialized have experimentally proven that shaved legs save seconds. But the beard, oddly enough, does not interfere with aerodynamics. Link to bikeradar.com survey review
In fact, the lack of hair does not significantly affect aerodynamics. This is done mainly so that in the event of a fall into a wound or abrasion, less dirt gets in, which can "stick" to the hair, and also so that the hair itself does not fall.
In fact, no one knows why they shave their legs ... there is only one single reason: tradition. After all, they began to shave their legs a long time ago, from the very beginning of cycling, i.e. for over a hundred years. The one who was the first to shave his legs and knew why he was doing it died a long time ago.
I knew that this (aerodynamics) answer would be))
It remains to explain why, then, do not shave their hands? Also, pay attention to the helmet - it is not smooth, but with ventilation holes through which air enters the unshaven head. Can you imagine how much resistance the helmet and the hair on the head create in comparison with the hair on the legs? ) And the wind can be not only in the face, but also in the back, then the minus will be a plus.
The massage is more effective on the naked body, it is better to apply ointments on the naked body, the tape (kinesio) should be applied to the naked body, naked body is easier to treat from wounds - but all this is not a generally accepted argument.
Smooth skin and more pronounced muscle relief has its own beauty. Leg hair does not go well with dense, smooth, glossy clothing on the body. Davis Finney: "In terms of real aerodynamic improvement, it doesn't help much. But I know that when I looked down and saw hairy legs, I immediately felt like I was going slower."
"You yourself realize that smooth legs make you feel faster. I always shave before cutting. And you can feel the wind blowing around your legs "Chris Horner. The phrase, of course, is heavy, but, yes, feelings of self mean a lot, and, yes, smooth legs feel like stronger ones. )
* I'm not a racer, just a year-round daily cyclist
Very commonplace - for better aerodynamics while driving. It's funny, but true.
It is worth noting that this is done mainly only by professional riders, for whom any interference and inconvenience while driving can become a fatal factor.
39 people from France, and only 12 from Germany. What determines this?