That’s right boys. Shaving the guns will make you faster. Or maybe, less slow but let’s not split hairs, eh? Either way, get out the weed whacker and mow ’em down!
Specialized tested hairy legs vs. glistening guns in their wind tunnel. More than a minute better, in fact (they always publish “over a 40 km time trial” with their products so I’m assuming that’s the case with this too)
7:04 into the video:
Now, ladies and gentlemen, let me just say that I do indeed have glistening guns. I’d trimmed my leg hair for almost a decade to keep it from getting too bushy before cycling but when I started road cycling I put razor to leg the day before my first ever club ride (to find that only State and Categorized racers shave their legs in our neck of the woods – and believe me, I’m neither). That said, my wife rather digs it so I’ve stuck with it. So much in fact, that when I talked to her about growing my leg hair back for the winter, she asked that I not. Go figure! Happy wife, happy life.
Anyway, now you can shave with confidence and when someone asks you why you do, you know longer have to tell the whole truth: “‘Cuz it makes my legs look awesome”. Now you can lie and still tell the truth by saying that it makes you faster on your bike – a minute over 25 miles, in fact. Ah, the joys of mixing cycling and politics!
Slicker than snot on a door knob…