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Old 10-30-08, 12:57 PM   #1
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Cold face during the winter...

...so I started growing a beard. Was on the bike yesterday and hadn't found the time to shave this week. Noticed it wasn't quite as cold at -2C, as it was with a shaved face at +5C. So I'm up for the challenge and growing another cm of beard
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Old 10-30-08, 12:59 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-08, 01:54 PM   #3
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fail, -2 isn't that cold! I still sweat after my 5 mile commute in that temperature! I've tried a beard but it isn't for me, the only thing I felt was that having a beard did make the airflow over your face softer.
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I did the beard for facial warmth thing once too. The longer, the warmer? Not quite. Somehow a face with icicles dangling from everywhere wasn't really any warmer. Lots of your exhaled moisture will ice up on a beard when it is cold enough.
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fail, -2 isn't that cold! I still sweat after my 5 mile commute in that temperature! I've tried a beard but it isn't for me, the only thing I felt was that having a beard did make the airflow over your face softer.
It disturbs the vortecies that form in their airstream, allowing you to cut through the wind with .0003% more efficiency.
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Old 10-30-08, 02:31 PM   #6
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I grow my beard out to about 1 or 2 inches long every winter for ski season, the ice actually helps. It cuts out the wind. once I get a nice beardcycle going in the first couple minutes, I stay nice and toasty.
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Still... I say it doesn't feel as cold as without the beard So I'm sticking to it for now, until either winter is over, it tickles too much, or my wife says it's either the beard or her leaving
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I find that a beard helps a lot. And that –2C cold enough to make my hands, feet, and face cold even though I'm also working up a sweat.
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I tended to let the beard grow out every winter even before I started biking. My only problem is, how do you keep the chinstrap on your helmet from pulling the hair in your beard?
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If my beard is at least 1", then the beardsicles form far enough away from my face that it stays warm... at least above -17 C/0 F.

I will never again make the mistake of trimming it close in January. Two days after I did that last year, we got temperatures in the -17 C range and I got coooooold on the ride in to work.

I was so nervous about a repeat episode that I think I didn't trim it again until July
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Old 10-30-08, 03:46 PM   #11
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Somehow a face with icicles dangling from everywhere wasn't really any warmer. Lots of your exhaled moisture will ice up on a beard when it is cold enough.
Ice is a very good heat insulator, so an ice layer away from your skin will actually keep you warm!

Kind of a facial igloo, so to say.
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ski mask ftw
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been wearing a beard for many years. Nice in winter but I still get a cold face. Maybe it needs to be thicker?
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I keep my beard pretty short, and I find that even that helps keep my face warm in the winter. I used to think it was short enough to not do anything warmth-wise, but then I shaved it off one January That was an eye-opener.
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Personally I prefer baklavas. I could eat a whole plate of them.
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Personally I prefer baklavas. I could eat a whole plate of them.
I guess we had that one coming
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Personally I prefer baklavas. I could eat a whole plate of them.
The problem with baklava is that the crumbs get stuck in my beard.
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Beard???? Recumbent rider I presume.
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Beard???? Recumbent rider I presume.
Hey now! Ironic hipsters and retro-grouch randonneurs have beards, too.
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i wear a balaclava over my beard for the real cold days...i like beardsicles
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Old 10-31-08, 09:54 AM   #21
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I can't grow a big beard. Bad facial hair genes.

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you could always get one of those fake beards that hangs over your ears...that would be great
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Still... I say it doesn't feel as cold as without the beard So I'm sticking to it for now, until either winter is over, it tickles too much, or my wife says it's either the beard or her leaving

All four of my wives have never made it though the winter.
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So how many of you guys go back to being clean shaven for the summer?

I grew my beard out 3 years ago while on a 5 day drive across the country from Cincinnati to Seattle when I moved. Never considered shaving it off, even this summer when I rode STP and it was 97 degrees at mid-day. I keep it shorter in the summer and I trim it down thin, then I just go for the full Sasquatch over the winter and let it grow for about 3 weeks before I even think about taking the trimmers to even things up.
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once in a while i will shave mine off completely but not during the cold months...it really works well for running and biking and snowboarding, my fiance' loves the beard which is a plus
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