Winter Perks

It’s that time of year, the leaves are falling from the trees, it gets dark at 4pm, and the Hubway bikes are going away. Which means winter is coming and it’s going to get cold. Before you get too down remember there are still things to look forward to. There are holidays, food, snow days, parties, more food, dessert, leftovers, (maybe) not having to move a car during snow emergencies….

And of course there is awesomest part of bike winter: Winter Beards!

Winter Perks

Yes, the cycling men in New England use winter as an excuse to see how much hair they can grow on their face. And they do it with flair but also manage to make it practical.

For some it is a cheap alternative to buying winter gear.

Winter Perks

Others use it as a way to get a little more personal space on the road.

Winter Perks

And for some the winter beard is a true art and they cultivate beard sculptures that still add face warmth.

Winter Perks

However it’s fashioned the facial hair is coming. Somewhere around February I expect to have trouble getting into the bike shop.

Winter Perks

Since this is a cycling sport I cannot participate in as a genetic woman (that cannot grow facial hair) I will be hoping to get this for Christmas. Note to family reading: I like the Viking best.

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  • GRJim November 16, 2011   Reply →

    Dudes, these things are just facial pubic hair. You know that, right?

    Like whales filtering for krill.

    In March: “Oh look. A piece of yam from Thanksgiving!”

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  • cris November 16, 2011   Reply →

    I like to believe that elaborately elongated mustachios serve a second purpose as antennae and barometers, warning their bearer of impending changes in weather.

    “oh, wait, my snow sense is tingling, better go back inside and get my visor.”

    ZOMG on the toddler with the beardhead.

  • Dave November 16, 2011   Reply →
  • Amy November 16, 2011   Reply →

    And then in the spring the men can be sheared. Their “wool” can be woven into sturdy fabrics for making warm things for the non-bearded, panniers, dress guards, saddle covers…

    • Dave November 16, 2011  

      …but I keep mine year-round! don’t shave me!

  • JonT November 18, 2011   Reply →

    Well, I keep my beard short in the winter, because otherwise the water vapor from my breath freezes in my beard. How about one more picture, of a guy with icicles in his beard?

  • AJ November 18, 2011   Reply →

    My beard remains the same length, but I grow out my hair (more falls when it’s slippery):
    Is it a good or bad thing that I recognize that bike shop? Maybe I spend too much time there.

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  • Kyklos November 26, 2011   Reply →

    I was thinking of collecting the shorn wool from my brother and sister-in-law’s pet poodle on a regular basis, although as she is white, it might make me look like Fr Christmas.

    Love your hilarious blog. Thanks Velouria for recommending this one!

  • Beard Head November 28, 2011   Reply →

    Just wanted to say thanks for the Beard Head shout out! We’re happy to fulfill your Christmas wish and send you one. =)

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  • RunRideLove December 8, 2011   Reply →

    I’ve been trying to convince my girlfriend that this is the only way to deal with winter. She just keeps telling me I look homeless.

  • Jefe December 25, 2011   Reply →

    Well… where could I buy that mustachios reflectors?

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