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View Poll Results: Do you have a mustache, beard, etc?
No, I keep my face clean shaven 46 35.11%
I wear a mustache 17 12.98%
I wear a goatee 10 7.63%
I wear a beard, but no mustache (ala Abraham Lincoln) 1 0.76%
I wear a beard including a mustache 47 35.88%
It depends: I go back and forth from clean shaven to letting it grow 10 7.63%
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Old 10-18-06, 02:16 PM   #1
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50+ Facial Hair Poll

Whether or not to let facial hair grow into a mustache, goatee, or beard has potential impacts on helmet chinstrap comfort and/or weight issues, not to mention wind resistance. (There, that should keep the "is this on topic?" crowd quiet)

So let's do a little poll and find out who has what, and why or why not.
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Old 10-18-06, 02:22 PM   #2
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Old 10-18-06, 02:24 PM   #3
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Wife quashed beard, which I used to grow every winter
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Old 10-18-06, 02:28 PM   #5
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had much facial hair for 35 years, but shaved it off 3 years ago, unless nose and ear hair counts here...face still feels cold at this time of year.

However, being a product of the 60's, my hair (whats left of it) tends to be quite long at times as I cut it only once/year, at Christmas...almost that time again

So I have 2 helmets (L & XL), 2 hat sizes...
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Old 10-18-06, 02:30 PM   #6
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I'm going on the assumption that this poll is for the men on the forum. I'm not even going to discuss or vote re: my facial hair!
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Old 10-18-06, 02:39 PM   #7
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I'm going on the assumption that this poll is for the men on the forum. I'm not even going to discuss or vote re: my facial hair!
My bad. Yes, it's intended for the guys. Sorry!
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Old 10-18-06, 02:58 PM   #8
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my choice

Since my beard is completely white, I can add YEARS to my appearance by not shaving for a couple of weeks. The main reason I'm clean-shaven is that our warm, muggy climate makes facial hair very uncomfortable for me. Perhaps when I move to Ontario to be able to ride the Butter Tart Trail daily, I'll grow a beard.

Notice there are no bearded or moustachioed smilies?
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Varies from mood to mood, season to season, it's getting to be 'stach season.
I had a mustach for 10+ years, I shaved it off when my daughter was three, when she first saw me he had no idea who was walking around the house.
And Ladies, feel free to weigh in on shaving issue, perverted minds want to know.
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Old 10-18-06, 03:17 PM   #10
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Used to be full facial hair, but job requires me to be clean shaven. I hate shaving, but like getting a paycheck.
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Old 10-18-06, 03:29 PM   #11
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Hmmm - nothing for me. I shave twice a week whether I need to or not. And my whiskers grow fast. If I miss, I look like I have a well trimmed beard.

I hate shaving - but my beard can substitute for a file so I have to keep it hacked down.
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Old 10-18-06, 04:32 PM   #12
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Stubble Theory


What your facial hair is really saying.

By Em & Lo

Miami Vice has been widely praised for its slick surfaces, jolting action sequences, and *Jamie Foxx’s well-developed back muscles. But what caught our attention was the stars’ facial hair. Colin Farrell sports the signature three-day stubble that Don Johnson made famous, plus a baby Fu Manchu (not to mention a sort of faux mullet); Foxx, as Tubbs, has an anachronistic goatee (so nineties). Will these celebrity sex symbols make such facial topiary sexy again or, rather, sexy for the first time ever? And what about those other recently revived facial dos, like the unseasonal full beard or the overexposed, post-ironic Williamsburg mustache?

Thirty-three-year-old writer Sara Stewart is a long-standing and outspoken fan of the mustache, which has earned her *almost-universal mockery from her friends. “On the right guy, a mustache is hotter than any other facial hair. It’s got a sort of supermasculine seventies thing about it. Think Tom Selleck, Richard Roundtree, John Holmes.” She thinks a ’stache conveys a kind of Über-confidence: “To me, it suggests, ‘I am good enough in bed that I don’t give a **** if you think my facial hair is ridiculous.’ ”

more . . . .
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Went from full mostly grey mustachioed beard to a goatee/mustache about 5 years ago. I had worn the beard for about 35 years.
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I grew a mustache for the first time in 1973 and have had it pretty much non-stop since then. Over the years I have had a couple of goatees and a full beard for brief periods. To me goatees are way too much work to maintain and I was never comfortable with the full beard for very long. Also, so much of mine is gray now that I would just as soon live with the mustache only.
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Had a beard since 1974... don't think anyone would recognize me without it.
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I had a beard for about 15 years but once it turned gray I shaved it and kept the mustache which I've now had for about 15 years.
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Been so long since I shaved I can't remember how it's done. Besides, you gotta look sharp when you go out for a Sunday drive.

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Had a 'stache till I started riding bikes seriously. Sweat kept gathering and when let loose, tasted awful. Also shave eyebrows close as sweat will gather, drop into eyes and burn!!!! Had a few close calls werer I was going fast and couldn't see. Been clean shaven ever since.
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I've worn all combinations of facial hair over the years since the early 60's. About five years ago, just for giggles, I shaved clean. At first glance my wife thought I was an intruder when I stepped out of the bathroom.
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Keep it clean...looks years younger.
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I grew a moustache in my early 20s to look older than my years. By age 35 I no longer wanted to look any older so I shaved it. I found that I got kissed a lot more when I am clean shaven. That, in itself, is enough reason to shave.
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I hate to shave. I wore my peach fuzz in high school and have had a full beard almost constantly since it started growing. Once in a long time I'll shave all but the 'stache, or sometimes I'll leave a goatee. That never lasts more than a few weeks before I let it all grow back in. In June, just before the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, I cut my hair and beard as short as the electric trimmers will take it. Then I let it grow back. I usually keep all of it pretty short.

Here's the last time I was clean shaven for any length of time:

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Old 10-19-06, 01:48 PM   #24
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I've been a "Chia pet" as long as I can remember...I'm now way too scared to see what I'd look like without the beard! Here is a picture from a triathlon in August Frankp

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I think it's funny that most guys who sport facial hair originally started so they'd look older. As they actually get older, they often find that they don't want to look older anymore. So the beard comes off, right? WRONG!!!

Go figure!
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