It’s Traditional

No Jason tonight. I headed out and got a good 10 miles in before heading to Bike Tek, to meet up with the team mackers. The crowd was barely 10 strong, but that was more than enough to hall ass.

An hour of daylight was all we had. To the bridge and back.

Once again we went from 0 to 30 in a half second. Robo finally shaved his legs and is now cutting through the wind like a golf ball. He would not slow down. This only gets others excited. Jeff, Gary, Mike, Mark were all taking turns. I jumped in the rotation here and there.

It seems like I say this every ride, but this one had to be the fastest or at least the shortest+fastest.

Not to let Robo off too quickly… It is now September and the season is winding down, and he decides to shave? Don’t get me wrong, I think it is great. Men love to shave their legs, and answer the questions from on-lookers.

Why do we shave our legs? Because they are smooth and sexy? We like the feeling of cold bed sheets? We are worried about road rash? Because of the aero dynamic advantage?

The reason I like best:

If someone asks me, “Why do you shave your legs?” I answer simply, “It’s traditional.” That is the only answer I need. No one questions it or doubts my word. After all, if something is traditional, who am I to break with tradition?

Professional racing cyclists have been shaving their legs for at least 100 years, that’s probably longer than ladies have been shaving their legs. So the practice definitely qualifies as a tradition.

Think of it like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; when someone asks, “Why would you run down the street in front of a herd of stampeding bulls?”

“It’s traditional.”

“Oh well, that explains it. No further explanation needed.”

Or, “Why are you taking that dead pine tree into your house at Christmas.”

“It’s traditional.”

You see how it works; it doesn’t matter how bizarre or irrational the act, just say, “It’s traditional,” and it is immediately accepted.

It is so easy. No more excuses, no more lies about road rash or guilt feelings over vanity. The answer is, “It’s traditional.”

No further explanation is needed.

Dave Moulton

What do you think about tradition?