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Acceptable facial hair for a roadie?

Old 02-03-08, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 240GL View Post
You might find something here.
Well, you could not ride without handlebars in the old days, and burnsides as well.

"So, it is my beard or you?"
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Old 02-03-08, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by digger View Post
Do you have any idea how much aerodynamic drag that beard has? What about the extra weight you have to lug around? What about if you crash and get road rash on your face? That hair will make the rash worse and increase the chance of infection. Those are the main reasons that roadies shave their legs, you know - to lesson the aerodynamic drag, shave grams off your weight and for road rash.
Maybe you should read something about the areodynamics of the bumblebee. Then check out why golfballs have dimples. You might even want to find out why tennis balls are fuzzy. The actual reason roadies do all those things is, because of what all of us non-roadies know, they are they are nuts
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Old 02-03-08, 04:03 PM
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Old 02-03-08, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by socal619 View Post
Ok, this is kind of a silly topic, but I want some opinions. I got lazy and grew out a short beard, no mustache, only about 1/4 long. I got some unsolicited compliments from some pretty girls at school and decided to keep it. I showed up to a ride with a buddy I hadn't ridden with for a few weeks and he starts making fun of me. Also I've notice that many (most) recumbent riders have some degree of whiskers going on. So what's an acceptable amount of facial hair for a roadie? Will I be labled a Fred rockin the 5 oclock shadow? Should I just trade in my road bike and go 'bent? I know roadies can be snobbish when it comes to appropriate appearance
If the ladies like it, it stays. Trust me. I've got a full beard minus moustache as well. No one makes fun of me.

What are they going to do, challenge your manhood?
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Old 02-03-08, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by graywolf View Post
Maybe you should read something about the areodynamics of the bumblebee. Then check out why golfballs have dimples. You might even want to find out why tennis balls are fuzzy. The actual reason roadies do all those things is, because of what all of us non-roadies know, they are they are nuts
I hope he was being sarcastic. I really hope.
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Old 02-03-08, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by 240GL View Post
You might find something here.
I bet he doesn't have a monocle, though.

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Old 02-04-08, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by crhilton View Post
I hope he was being sarcastic. I really hope.
Originally Posted by graywolf
Maybe you should read something about the areodynamics of the bumblebee. Then check out why golfballs have dimples. You might even want to find out why tennis balls are fuzzy. The actual reason roadies do all those things is, because of what all of us non-roadies know, they are they are nuts.
Of course I was being sarcastic, jeez. Lighten up! Let go your hate.....oh wait, that's Star Wars.

Perfect example! Obi Wan Kenobi had a beard and Darth Vader, being black, sleek and streamlined, smoked the bearded bugger! If old Obi didn't have a beard and wasn't so heavy with such an aerodynamic drag then maybe he'd have a chance.

Really, people contemplate the silliest things - I don't give a rats ass if someone has a beard AND rides a road bike - just stay away from me, ugh disgusting! (sarcastic again, by the way, in case yer wondering).

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Old 02-04-08, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by crhilton View Post
If the ladies like it, it stays. Trust me. I've got a full beard minus moustache as well. No one makes fun of me.
Well i hate to say it but I am from Amish country, Yes full beard and no moustace, in this area would get you laughed at.
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Old 02-04-08, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by socal619 View Post
Ok, this is kind of a silly topic, but I want some opinions. I got lazy and grew out a short beard, no mustache, only about 1/4 long. I got some unsolicited compliments from some pretty girls at school and decided to keep it. I showed up to a ride with a buddy I hadn't ridden with for a few weeks and he starts making fun of me. Also I've notice that many (most) recumbent riders have some degree of whiskers going on. So what's an acceptable amount of facial hair for a roadie? Will I be labled a Fred rockin the 5 oclock shadow? Should I just trade in my road bike and go 'bent? I know roadies can be snobbish when it comes to appropriate appearance
Hey, if it gets the pretty girls talking to you, I'd say stick with it.

I'm so old that the only time pretty girls talk to me is when their bike needs fixin. :-)
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Old 02-05-08, 09:49 AM
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I wear a goatee, just in case my clean-shaven, non-evil alternate-reality self visits...
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Old 02-05-08, 11:45 AM
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But this thread has not addressed the most important question: What about my back?
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Old 02-05-08, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
My first reaction is we should all grow our facial hair like this, in his honor... but I realize that's not an option, since we are not all endowed as richly as he was.
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Old 02-05-08, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Milice View Post
Well i hate to say it but I am from Amish country, Yes full beard and no moustace, in this area would get you laughed at.
Then shave it!
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Old 02-06-08, 12:45 PM
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Regardless of if he cheated or not, most "roadies" couldn't stay in a pace line with him. Do what you want and forget those who make themselves feel better by belittling others.
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The beard and no mustache look seems a bit odd. But go for it!
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Old 08-16-08, 09:10 AM
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I have grown a beard every winter for the last 25 years and it gets grayer each year. One of my friends told me once that it looked like ****. I told him I didn't care because I don't have to look at it and it keeps my face warm
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Old 08-16-08, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by twahl View Post
If you aren't Amish, either grow it or stow it.
You the man. I also think the "Amish look" is hysterical, but to each their own. Over the years, I have definitely been "approached" by the ladies (and a few gentlemen) more frequently when wearing a beard. I'm more of a utility-bike kind of guy though, so social conformity isn't such an issue.
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Old 08-16-08, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tpelle View Post
But this thread has not addressed the most important question: What about my back?
Braid it.
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Old 08-16-08, 01:51 PM
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Even better, open you jersey all the way and let the chest hair breathe.
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Originally Posted by BSLeVan View Post
Regardless of if he cheated or not, most "roadies" couldn't stay in a pace line with him. Do what you want and forget those who make themselves feel better by belittling others.
But wasn't he raised in a Mennonite family? Or am I thinking of Hamilton?

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Old 08-16-08, 03:01 PM
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Pity that Mark Cavendish doesn't know about beads and facial hair - he could be really fast if he was clean shaven
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Old 08-16-08, 03:13 PM
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The caveman at GEICO beats u to it.

Hey as long as u don't care about the added wind resistance, go4it.

Maybe ur buddies are making fun 'coz they are unable to grow.
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Originally Posted by Sifu View Post
I also think the "Amish look" is hysterical, but to each their own.
You know - I thought about what I wrote there, and it seemed a bit unkind to me, so I apologize. I spent some time living in Ohio near Amish country, and really - only the Amish men did this with their facial hair. So every time I see, I wonder if the person is Amish, or a Hutterite or something. But I agree with this: gals like it - keep it!!!
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Old 08-16-08, 11:35 PM
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i sport a beard...no one has ever mentioned to me that facial hair is uncool when you ride...
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Have y'all forgotten Mario? I think he rode road bikes on occasion.
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