Shave Your Way to Better Cycling

It makes you faster. It lessens the sting of road rash. It’s a rite of passage. Compelling reasons for cyclists to shave their legs abound. Here’s the best stuff to shine them up right.

Smooth things over with these favorites. Clockwise from bottom left: Hibros Depil Sport Cream, Donkey Label Soap, Assos Skin Repair Gel, C.O. Bigelow Premium Razor for Mach 3, Leg Lube, Mad Alchemy PreRide Oil, Rapha Shaving Cream and Post Shave Lotion.     Photo: Hannah McCaughey and Michael Karsh

Smooth Operators

Three pros on why they shave:

“Shaving makes you part of the club. It means you’re serious, dedicated, and experienced.”
Phil Gaimon, Team Garmin-Sharp

“It looks funny when you’re in tight Lycra and have really hairy legs. Plus, it’s easier to pull out cactus spines.”
Todd Wells, mountain bike national champion

“Some cyclists say it makes you faster. The truth is, we just think it looks cool.”
Ted King, Cannondale Pro Cycling Team

C.O. Bigelow Premium Razor for Mach 3, $80 

This steel and faux-ebony razor adds a touch of class to an otherwise routine task. bigelowchemists.com

Leg Lube, $9

Spiked with aloe and tea tree oil, this silky gel goes on smooth without any foamy mess and stays slick for easy shaving. leglube.com 

Mad Alchemy PreRide Oil, $23 

Cedar and eucalyptus oils in this warm-weather embrocation help prime your legs to ride. madalchemy.com

Rapha Shaving Cream and Post Shave Lotion, $20 and $30

For a one-two combo, there’s nothing better than this cream and cooling aloe-based lotion. rapha.cc

Hibros Depil Sport Cream, $26 

Want a longer-term solution? This sport-specific depilatory lotion (think Nair) weakens hair follicles with alkali salts, so they fall out at the root. albabici.com

Assos Skin Repair Gel, $30 

Use this refreshing rub post-shave to prevent skin irritation. assos.com 

Donkey Label Soap, $8 

Clean up before breaking out the razor with this natural soap. Available in five scents, including eucalyptus and mint. donkeylabel.com

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