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Video: Shave? Wax? Immac that leg hair? Pah. Real men use a blowtorch

Depilation from the Don't Try This At Home Dept...


Some say having hairless legs is a vital part of being a real cyclist, while others say the faff isn't worth the highly debatable advantages. This video demonstrates a quick and simple depilation technique that leaves doubters with no excuse not to at least try it.

The clip shows probably the most straightforward way of getting the hair off your legs, a technique that's as simple as it is refreshingly dangerous.

We've no idea who this hirsute pyromaniac is. We originally encountered this clip on the Facebook page of Pedro Martínez Torremocha, but this YouTube version predates that by about eight months.

Important legal disclaimer: We're kidding, we don't think this is a good idea. Don't try this at home or indeed anywhere else, and if you are silly enough to try it don't come crying to us, but really, just don't try it all, okay?

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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