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Old 06-18-09, 06:56 AM
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Do you shave on tour?

I'm about to embark on my first self-contained tour following ACA's Washington Parks route and am finalizing gear. After packing and unpacking I'm trying to eliminate "stuff", so I'm debating whether to pack shaving gear or to just grow a beard for the ~16 days while on tour.

What's the consensus opinion? Also for those who do choose to shave any recomendations?

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Old 06-18-09, 06:59 AM
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Old 06-18-09, 07:17 AM
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It's your thing do as you want to do../ On tour, all the sweat.. Enough scruffiness, let alone a beard to trap in the moisture.
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Old 06-18-09, 07:56 AM
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I agree with Neil!

Let it grow!



Note: Not my best look, but when touring who cares?
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Old 06-18-09, 07:58 AM
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I already have a beard but there are parts of it (on my lower neck) that are too scruffy to let grow long. I usually shave about once a week. On tour, I take a disposable razor and hit this area at about the same frequency using Dr. Bronner's soap as lather. It isn't great but it doesn't weight much, either.

As for growing a beard on tour, I would prefer to look as presentable as possible so that I am easily distinguishable from someone who is homeless on a bike. I always tour solo and a solo bike tourist relies on the kindness of others (place to sleep, water, directions, food, help on the side of the road) to a certain extent. Having a 10 day growth of beard might be the thing that stops someone from offering assistance.

For my upcoming tour, I didn't want to buy a pack (they only sell them in 10 packs around here) of them so I asked friends and got a couple from them. To save weight, don't take shaving cream in a can. Try to find a way to get lather from a cream and only take a small amount. Same goes for after shave. You should be able to get a complete shaving kit for just a few ounces.

Have a great trip!

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Old 06-18-09, 08:18 AM
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Up to you but I like to shave every other day, I'd feel bad if I leave it for a third day.
Like raybo says I like to look presentable.
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Old 06-18-09, 08:21 AM
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Shave what?
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Old 06-18-09, 08:40 AM
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shampoo works fine for shaving (as does sun-lotion for the second pass), so all I take extra for shaving every third day or so is a razor and one blade/month
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Old 06-18-09, 08:44 AM
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Shave what?
HAIR: facial, head, body, whatever
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Old 06-18-09, 08:53 AM
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Face and legs.. and I'm not a girl
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Old 06-18-09, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by raybo View Post
I already have a beard but there are parts of it (on my lower neck) that are too scruffy to let grow long. I usually shave about once a week. On tour, I take a disposable razor and hit this area at about the same frequency using Dr. Bronner's soap as lather. It isn't great but it doesn't weight much, either.
Yep, that's pretty much what I do too. At home, lately I usually have some form of a beard anyway; normally I'll take it down to stubble (along with the hair on the top of my head) using hair clippers once a month or so. Then most of the beard I don't touch, just letting it grow in over a month, but for neatness I shave my neck and other areas every day with a Norelco electric.

The Norelco would be way too much to take on tour, especially for the small amount of work it would be doing, so then I just take a disposable razor. And then I only get around to shaving the neck once a week or so (using whatever soap is available, so my whole "shaving kit" is literally 10 grams). But yeah, I wouldn't want to go completely without shaving, because I want to look at least somewhat presentable.

For 16 days though, I might just not even bother at all, at least depending on what a 16-day beard looks like on you! On the other hand, if I ever did a tour longer than a month, I might use some scissors to trim down the parts that get really bushy.

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Old 06-18-09, 09:17 AM
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Yes, because I don't want to be shot for a sasquatch.
I always shave in the shower, so I shave when I have a shower to shave in. A disposable Mach 3 is light, it lasts for weeks and has a lubricious strip that requires no soap or shave cream, as long as the water's warm enough to soften the hair.
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Just depends on what you want to present to the public. A clean shaven guy on a nicely packed bicycle telegraphs a "safer" image to strangers than a fellow with hair on his face. Might mean the difference in getting assistance and not. Stricly up to you.

I wear a short cropped beard all the time and keep it that way on tour with a disposable and small pair of sissors. Whole lot less hassle than trying to stay clean shaven.
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Old 06-18-09, 09:34 AM
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I shave about as often as I do at home in the summer, about every 3rd or 4th day. The only reason is the itching of a beard drives me up the wall. Other than that I wouldn't shave on tour at all, unless my wife showed up...

As for the legs, never saw the point.
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Old 06-18-09, 10:31 AM
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I have a beard all year long anyway, but I do shave my neck line and top of my head about every 3-4 days. I do like others have said, Dr. Brawners and a disposible razor.
While on a short tour of Mosouri last week, I actually had a fella make this comment "Well your apperance probably helps a lot". This was in reply to my telling him most folks like to talk to me and are helpfull. I think that being as clean and tiddy as possible on a tour will earn you points with locals.
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Old 06-18-09, 10:59 AM
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I shave, because I hate the feeling of sweat running through my beard. And it gets itchy. I use a razor with disposable blades. I use one of the tiny, travel sized cans of shaving cream that you can get in the travel section in Shoppers Drug Mart. I shave at the end of the day, because if I shave in the morning, and then put on sun screen, it stings.
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Old 06-18-09, 11:05 AM
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All I take along for shaving on a tour is a Mach3 blade. On one trip I forgot to bring the razor and discovered that it isn't really needed (but I do still use it at home). Never use shaving cream - soap seems to work just as well.
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Originally Posted by adaminlc View Post
As for the legs, never saw the point.
Never had a bad case of road rash before either I'll bet. I was identical to you, then had a wreck a couple weeks ago @20mph. Between trying to clean the grit out and dealing with the scabbing I know why others do it. Still haven't shaved them, but let me tell ya, it'll make you rethink.
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I shave about twice a week on tour. Word of caution: Always shave at night. Shaving first thing in the morning and then riding is an...um...experience
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with a straight razor

i'm probably in the minority here but I do bring some shaving gear with me...

Dovo straight razor that takes disposable blades
shaving brush
a little film canister of shave cream
folding bowl (makes great shaving bowls that pack away)

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Check this stuff out. Cromwell and Cruthers Shaving Oil. Hard to beleive a very small container is good for 100 shaves. It actually works too!

However, I'm with the others, let it grow.
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If it is less than a month, and doesn't involve beaches ... no.

But if it is more than a month, and if the possibility of heading out in a bathing suit is there ... I might try to find a razer.
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Let it grow. I came upon that decision as I am about to embark on a two to three month tour in a week. It will be the longest I have gone without shaving if I make it all the way through. I figure that the beard can symbolize the slow change that can be brought about day after day of riding around the country.
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