Why do so many Pro Racing Cyclists now have Beards ?

Anthony.R.Brown

Active Member
Which is a Joke! especially when it comes to cleanliness for other riders around them,regarding dust & insects that stick to the beard ?,and just as important when they do a Time trial ? or is it a modern day wanna be macho thing ?
Teams spend thousands of euros reducing the aerodynamic drag for the rider and bike in wind tunnels etc. shaving micro seconds off,and then the rider turns up on the start ramp with a mass of hair around their face,not much different to the aerodynamics of Rolf harris :sad:
 

Mo1959

Legendary Member
Are you for real! :laugh:
 

cougie uk

Über Member
Which is a Joke! especially when it comes to cleanliness for other riders around them,regarding dust & insects that stick to the beard ?,and just as important when they do a Time trial ? or is it a modern day wanna be macho thing ?
Teams spend thousands of euros reducing the aerodynamic drag for the rider and bike in wind tunnels etc. shaving micro seconds off,and then the rider turns up on the start ramp with a mass of hair around their face,not much different to the aerodynamics of Rolf harris :sad:
Have you tested a beard in an aero tunnel ?
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Have you tested a beard in an aero tunnel ?
Don't mock.:laugh: I'm sure the OP will be along in a moment with his charts and graphs again.

Just like an excited government covid advisor who has just discovered Power Point.😊

Next slide please. :laugh:
 
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Anthony.R.Brown

Anthony.R.Brown

Active Member
We only have to look at Nature to get the answer! the fastest animals regarding less Drag are the Cheetah with micro short hair,and the Dolphin with no hair! :smile:
 
Beards reduce aerodynamic drag of the chin by up to umpteen percent by virtue of retaining the boundary layer of the airflow and delivering a more laminar flow to the lug holes. A similar reduction of Cd can be achieved by the use of a French nose, but these were banned by the UCI in 1965 which is what brought Jacques Anquetil's career to an end.
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Beards reduce aerodynamic drag of the chin by up to umpteen percent by virtue of retaining the boundary layer of the airflow and delivering a more laminar flow to the lug holes. A similar reduction of Cd can be achieved by the use of a French nose, but these were banned by the UCI in 1965 which is what brought Jacques Anquetil's career to an end.
You need to be a bit more accurate for Tony. Get your graphs up that show umpteen is equal to 16%
 
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