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May 01, 2011


Chris Eaves

I've always wondered about the hairy legs thing. I get the road rash reasons for doing it, but do you know of any wind tunnel tests that have tried to quantify the drag reduction (if any).


Chris, reductions in aerodynamic drag from shaving the legs are a function of reducing skin pressure drag - a similar rationale to wearing a skin suit. Studies I have read suggest about a 5 second improvement over a 40K time trial resulting from clean legs. My source for this statement: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/aero/aerodynamics.htm

jonathan kent

at which speed beeing aerodinamic start to be important?
Jonathan Kent

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