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Benefits for Hairless Cyclists
Don't Be A Drag
The main obstacle for cycles is air resistance. We all know
from childhood that drag will slow us down. By removing the hair on the
arms and legs,
cyclists become more aerodynamic and streamline, like a shark zipping through water.
Cycling is all about using the leg muscles to propel one forward.
That means plenty of rubbing of the legs on the bike seat. Removing body hair from
anus regions means less chafing,
less moisture-collection and less discomfort from hairs being pulled.
Fitting In With The Crowd
Okay, sometimes it's easier to give into peer pressure and follow the crowd.
Cyclists usually gather in a tight group, on the road and in friendship. If
everyone is going for the smooth, silky look under the guise of 'aerodynamics',
then fitting in with the crowd may also be for you.
Hair Removal Methods for Cyclists
You can spend a little or a lot of money on the
removal of hair
and it all comes down to:
How often do you want to repeat the process;
How much is it going to cost;
How high (or low) your pain tolerance is.
For some people, one method may satisfy all three but for others, a combination of methods
may be better.
Hair Removal Options
Laser Hair Removal
This is a very effective method but with a very expensive initial cost. Treatments
will need to be repeated every few months and in the long run, it may be cheaper
and more convenient in the long run.
This method zaps the hair follicles with laser light and burns the hair-producing cells.
After a few sessions, the hairs fall out and take a few months to grow back. For some lucky
people with the xact skin & hair type (light tone, dark hair), the effects can be
The Tria laser is an at-home unit you can use.
While not inexpensive, reviews have been positive .
So you think you're tough because you can cycle 150 kilometers in less than 2 hours?
Well, are you tough enough to yank out multiple hairs at a time? An
is a device that 'plucks' the entire strand of hair including the root and even the toughest
of men often can't endure this torture.
These devices are relatively inexpensive. Smooth skin lasts for up to 6-8 weeks but the
the process can be painful. A
wet epilator can
be used in the tub or shower may help reduce pain but it's still going to hurt. Check out some
epilating tips to make the process a tiny bit
The most popular epilator brand is the
Epil Silk from
that has some additional features such as a vibrating massage bar, attachment caps & even an additional
razor. The reviews are positive for this brand but still, this method is too painful for most people.
Are you tough enough to get a
Brazilian wax between the legs?
Removing hair from the genital area
needs to be done by a skilled technician (don't be shy) but for other body parts, you can do it at
home with a do-it-yourself kit .
Just like the previous methods,
waxing removes the entire hair & root and leaves skin smooth
for longer. This is perhaps the most painful hair removal method.
Men and women have been using
electrolysis for decades.
A skilled technician inserts a tiny electric probe into individual hair follicle and zaps the cells with an electric current.
The pain is tolerable but since this is very labor and time-intensive, the price can be quite high.
The cost of doing the face & armpits is more affordable, but larger areas like the legs,
back and arms can be
Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams
are fast, simple, cheap, but also extremely smelly. Just smear it on,
wait 15 minutes and then wipe it off. It isn't for people who may be allergic to
the harsh chemical or for people with very sensitive skin.
The hairs are only removed at the surface of the skin and stubble will grow back
within a few days. Do not use hair removal creams after a long ride, since chafed or
sore skin may get irritated by the chemicals.
Between the legs, look for a
hair removal lotion
dedicated specifically for that area.
This is the least-expensive hair removal method but needs to be repeated often,
sometimes every day. As the hairs grow out, the stubble will be sharp & bristly. When wearing tight
cycling clothing, it may be prickly & uncomfortable, especially during a long distance ride.
Cycling is a very competitive sport and gaining any advantage will only improve aerodynamics and
speed. Hair removal for cyclists may be one of those small advantages that can improve your overall standing.