Why We Shave Our Legs

This is why competitive, enthusiast cyclists shave their legs. When that oozy wound gets hard and crackly, last thing you want in there is knotted hair. Russie, our sock model, got this trail rash in a MTB race. After crashing, the protocol is to immediately check the bike first, then rinse the wound with water from a bottle or Camel Back.

When I sliced my knee cap open last Fall in a Cross race, the same thing happened. I rinsed the wound with beer, cause there was so much of it around – bike was OK. Then back home, I scrubbed it like a Silkwood shower to get the gravel out. That wouldn’t have been possible if my knee was covered in ape-like hair.


I can tell you from my personal store of empirical evidence that scrubbing gravel from road rash *is* certainly doable from unshaved limbs.  My most recent data comes from this last Saturday.

I’ve done it both ways (shaved and unshaven) and, honestly, it really doesn’t seem to make much difference.

I don’t recall using beer to wash a wound. Must contemplate if the alcohol level is high enough to provide any antiseptic value.

Doable, but I don’t think it’s going to rinse right off. I had road rash on my butt once, and I got one hairy ass and that was very unpleasant.


I’m afraid to click through on the link.

It’s safe for work, just a side shot.

lack of hair definitely makes it easier to deal with the bandages…plus i think tega derm sticks better/longer on shaven skin.


That’s right and I went through a package of Tegaderm on my knee until it scabbed over.

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