Why do cyclists shave their legs?

I’ve concluded that leg shaving and cycling is, more than anything, a cultural thing.  I found this really funny article recently from the Fat Cyclist.  It’s sort of an advice column for the aspiring leg-shaver.

My favorite quote from the story:

Whatever answer you give, however, do not, under any circumstances, tell the truth: you shave your legs so that other cyclists will take you seriously as a cyclist. If you admit that, you may as well follow up with, “and I tend to exhibit sheep-like behavior in other aspects of my life, too.”

cycling and sheep