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View Poll Results: What type of razor do you use? Multiple options ok
Straight razor (knife style or replaceable blade style) 8 7.84%
Double-edged safety razor 30 29.41%
Multi-blade modern razor (2, 3, 4, 5, ... ? blades) 42 41.18%
Electric shaver 27 26.47%
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Old 05-05-14, 09:37 AM   #51
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I have a bit of annoyance with my wife. For years she told me she didn't like beards, and so I didn't grow one. Finally I thought: it's my decision, and so I grew one, and now she says she likes it.

Dammit!

So I only shave my neck and I vary using a double-bladed older Gillette Atra, and a Philips rotary.

I trim my beard and groom with an adjustable trimmer - I use the no. 1 setting for my lower lip and right beside my mouth, no. 2 for the rest of the moustache and most of the beard, and no. 3 for the point of my chin just to give a little emphasis there. I also use no. 1, slightly tilted, around the razor line on my neck and the back edge of my sideburns, to slightly bevel or taper the outside edge of the beard.

I use no. 4 for my heavy Scottish eyebrows.
Wow, that's a lot of numbers!!!

My wife was giving me a haircut with a former trimmer/clipper I had which had a rotary dial on it to adjust the "blade depth". I set it to #5 , gave it to her, sat on the stool and off we went until she said, ooops because on one of the passes, she had brushed up against the adjustment dial and pushed it down to #3 , much closer so I had a reverse mohawk, so, carefully, she finished the rest of the job with the #3 setting.
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Old 05-05-14, 11:17 AM   #52
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I have 2 electrics. One is an all purpose trimmer, haircuts etc, and the other is a norelco wet/dry with flip out trimmer. When i feel like being sustainable & taking my time i use one of these:


It gets close, cuts very clean, and best of all, works when the power is out!

I don't shave smooth, i just use really close trimmers, i cannot stand shaving smooth, drives me nuts.

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Old 05-05-14, 12:58 PM   #53
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Wow, that's a lot of numbers!!!
You want your beard shaped a bit.



In late spring I usually buzz my own head, and just use one setting for that.
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Old 05-05-14, 01:17 PM   #54
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I have 2 electrics. One is an all purpose trimmer, haircuts etc, and the other is a norelco wet/dry with flip out trimmer. When i feel like being sustainable & taking my time i use one of these:


It gets close, cuts very clean, and best of all, works when the power is out!

I don't shave smooth, i just use really close trimmers, i cannot stand shaving smooth, drives me nuts.

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Wow, that's very cool, I've never seen anything like it. It's like a hedge trimmer for the beard.
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Old 05-05-14, 01:28 PM   #55
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I'm in the process of growing my beard out to excess proportions.. no razors for me. I do trim the throat beard part though with a set of electric barber shears on occasion though, as well as freeing my upper lip so that my SO doesn't go on strike.
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Old 05-05-14, 01:40 PM   #56
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This is fascinating...going to beardforums.com for more.
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Old 05-05-14, 01:43 PM   #57
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Old 05-05-14, 01:52 PM   #58
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You want your beard shaped a bit.



In late spring I usually buzz my own head, and just use one setting for that.
I like the profile of that tire. What is it?
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Old 05-05-14, 02:06 PM   #59
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I like the profile of that tire. What is it?
It's an antique utility one. Well worn.
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Wow, that's very cool, I've never seen anything like it. It's like a hedge trimmer for the beard.
It belonged to my grandfather, as he always had some kind of goatee or such going on. Interestingly enough he was very into track (velodrome) and road racing, and owned a very high end English road racing bike at one point. He would take the train all over NJ to watch professional races before WW2. He even had a scrapbook of all his favorite riders, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, etc.

One really neat thing bout that trimmer is that after decades it's still razor sharp & works really well!!

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Old 05-05-14, 02:29 PM   #61
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Old 05-05-14, 02:45 PM   #62
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?"[I] feel your pain"?

Actually "fixed your post": he corrected the name of your razor.
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Old 05-05-14, 04:18 PM   #63
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DE for me but I'd rather not shave and go for a "yeard." Unfortunately, the other half hates beards. So, I ride a lot and shave a little.
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Old 05-05-14, 04:59 PM   #64
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I use an electric razor.To be honest, I have no hankering for the simpler life - our life has become richer (and therefore more complicated) with computers and the internet, and I wouldn't want to go back.
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Old 05-06-14, 07:04 AM   #65
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It belonged to my grandfather, as he always had some kind of goatee or such going on. Interestingly enough he was very into track (velodrome) and road racing, and owned a very high end English road racing bike at one point. He would take the train all over NJ to watch professional races before WW2. He even had a scrapbook of all his favorite riders, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, etc.
My father's father was a similar man. They lived in Brighton, Sussex (England) and my father and grandfather would ride to the local track to watch races and often, in the summer, would ride on a fixie tandem up to London for the day to watch some races and then ride back again for supper. Because of the Sussex Downs, a row of hills north of Brighton, there were some hills and, according to RideWithGPS.com, there was about 650m (2,000ft) of climbing each way (about 160km/100mi RT), that would have been quite the ride.
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I use an electric razor.To be honest, I have no hankering for the simpler life - our life has become richer (and therefore more complicated) with computers and the internet, and I wouldn't want to go back.
Not to pick on you, but I also used electric razor for over 20 years. About 4 years ago I switch to straight razor shaving and I could not be happier. Never looked forward to a shave before, now I look forward to almost every shave!

Its like pressing the pause bottom in life and enjoying the moment, like when we ride, we press the slow down bottom in life and enjoy our time more than if we where caged inside the car!

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My father's father was a similar man. They lived in Brighton, Sussex (England) and my father and grandfather would ride to the local track to watch races and often, in the summer, would ride on a fixie tandem up to London for the day to watch some races and then ride back again for supper. Because of the Sussex Downs, a row of hills north of Brighton, there were some hills and, according to RideWithGPS.com, there was about 650m (2,000ft) of climbing each way (about 160km/100mi RT), that would have been quite the ride.

That is awesome!!

I only knew my mother's parents, and both of them had "forest gump" like life stories (save the part about being wealthy haha). One day grandpa took us to to new hope to see the finish of a local race, then we went off to the local tourist railroad where i got my first glimpse at a steam locomotive in person. Trains and biking have been passions ever since!

And on the topic of shaving, as he got older he went from straight razor, to safety razor, to electric, but he always used the manual trimmer to fine-tune whatever he had going on, or just for fun to kill time and do a full beard shave-off.

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