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(BikeRadar)   Bicyclists put in wind tunnel to answer the most urgent question of our time: how much drag does having a beard create?   (bikeradar.com) divider line 19
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578 clicks; posted to Sports » on 23 May 2014 at 10:45 AM (16 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-05-23 08:56:17 AM
This is good news as a beard wearing cyclist. However, this will make little difference to a sub set of cyclists who compare the components that they use on their rides by the number of grams they weigh.
 
2014-05-23 08:59:14 AM
Next they need to determine how much difference being fully adorned in spandex actually makes when you are 60lbs overweight...as opposed to wearing something that doesn't make you look like Lance Fatstrong.
 
2014-05-23 10:03:54 AM
Sometimes, I use my beard as a wind sock.
 
2014-05-23 10:25:50 AM
How fat is she?
 
2014-05-23 10:33:32 AM
That was a lousy beard to compare with. Get somebody with a Duck Dynasty style beard in there and see that make a difference....
 
2014-05-23 10:41:01 AM

Slives: That was a lousy beard to compare with. Get somebody with a Duck Dynasty style beard in there and see that make a difference....


I'm afraid his head might rip off.
 
2014-05-23 10:50:25 AM

bearded clamorer: Sometimes, I use my beard as a wind sock.


sometimes I use your beard as my whack sock
 
2014-05-23 10:54:57 AM
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looks like quite a lot of drag
 
2014-05-23 11:20:36 AM
I always thought that it was silly to be super aerodynamic while training anyway. Wouldn't you want to make everything more difficult while training, then shave your beard/legs/ass and put the silly tights on then?
 
2014-05-23 11:43:09 AM
Maybe this will put a stop to the endless discussions of the aero consequences of Bradley Wiggins's beard in favor of further endless discussions of the aero consequences of bike computer tilt.
 
2014-05-23 11:59:31 AM

R.A.Danny: I always thought that it was silly to be super aerodynamic while training anyway. Wouldn't you want to make everything more difficult while training, then shave your beard/legs/ass and put the silly tights on then?


Remember the clusterfark of the US Speed Skating team in Sochi? You want to train as close to race conditions as possible.

After watching Wiggins kill it in the time trial for the ToC last week, I really don't think a little face fuzz is going to affect you if you've got cheetah legs.
 
2014-05-23 12:05:38 PM

crotchgrabber: Remember the clusterfark of the US Speed Skating team in Sochi? You want to train as close to race conditions as possible.


I have my doubts that the overweight middle aged guys I see in yellow spandex are going to compete for anything but the best room in the cardiac ward.
 
2014-05-23 12:13:38 PM

R.A.Danny: crotchgrabber: Remember the clusterfark of the US Speed Skating team in Sochi? You want to train as close to race conditions as possible.

I have my doubts that the overweight middle aged guys I see in yellow spandex are going to compete for anything but the best room in the cardiac ward.


I look at those guys the same way I look at fat girls out running, at least they're trying to take care of themselves. And the goofy clothes are function over form. Breathable, flexible, non restrictive. You're not going to the gym wearing a business suit, you're going to wear something appropriate. Same story. IMO it's less ridiculous than the fat fark wearing an NFL jersey.
 
2014-05-23 12:55:47 PM
Did they also put Katie Holmes in a wind tunnel?
 
2014-05-23 01:20:41 PM

R.A.Danny: I always thought that it was silly to be super aerodynamic while training anyway. Wouldn't you want to make everything more difficult while training, then shave your beard/legs/ass and put the silly tights on then?


I knew a competitive swimmer who would let his hair grow wild all year, and fully shaved everywhere for Nationals (or whatever competition it was). I doubt it helped  much beyond placebo, but the idea makes some sense.
 
2014-05-23 01:33:12 PM

stewbert: R.A.Danny: I always thought that it was silly to be super aerodynamic while training anyway. Wouldn't you want to make everything more difficult while training, then shave your beard/legs/ass and put the silly tights on then?

I knew a competitive swimmer who would let his hair grow wild all year, and fully shaved everywhere for Nationals (or whatever competition it was). I doubt it helped  much beyond placebo, but the idea makes some sense.


I knew GIRLS who did this in high school.
 
2014-05-23 02:04:59 PM

crotchgrabber: it's less ridiculous than the fat fark wearing an NFL jersey.


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2014-05-23 02:50:14 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: crotchgrabber: it's less ridiculous than the fat fark wearing an NFL jersey.

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Those guys may have some bulk to them, but their athleticism is unquestionable. How else are you going to stop two guys pushing you at once without a quantity of mass like that?
 
2014-05-23 03:41:16 PM

InterruptingQuirk: This is good news as a beard wearing cyclist. However, this will make little difference to a sub set of cyclists who compare the components that they use on their rides by the number of grams they weigh.


aka "Weight weenies".
 
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