Have you ever wondered why male cyclists shave their legs? Is it for aerodynamics, vanity, perhaps the daily massage? Nope, I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt why they shave.
Wednesday Morning I went skating and tried a different route, something a bit more advanced I suppose. I made my way up a couple of brand new streets to the Harrisburg Hospital and then I needed to make a decision. Go to the right and through the parking lot, or go around the back and go down a hill. I was certain the parking lot would be a safer bet, but I was thinking I might encounter a car and get ran over so I took the road around back.
I realized in less than a second I had made the wrong decision. The hill was steep and I needed to turn at the bottom of it. I tried my T-stop and my dragging wheels were slowing me down but not enough. About halfway down the hill I was losing balance from the long drawn out T-stop and fell down, probably going around 10 mph, so it wasn’t a bad crash, but left some significant road rash. I’ve had much worse from bike wrecks.
I decided to cover it with some gauze and tape and see if it would heal faster covered instead of scabbed over. Last night I thought it was time to take off the covering and found that removing the tape from my leg was far more painful than the crash had been.
I knew that cyclists shaved their legs because of bandages on leg wounds, since falling is so common in cycling, but I never had any real experience with it. I had no idea just how much it hurt to take off a big piece of tape stuck to leg hair.
So, am I going to start shaving my legs? Hell no.