hair under aero helmet bad?

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spectastic
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by spectastic

I've yet be able to find an internet answer to this. but I have short hair that stands up like blades of grass. When I put my helmet on, the hair that's not touching the helmet pokes up. they're not going over the vents or anything, but when I put on my aero helmet and look in the mirror, I can see the hair blocking the air vents that might disallow air from going through, affecting my ventilation and probably my aerodynamics. you know how the aero road helmets are designed such that air goes in 1 continuous stream from the front to the rear vents? well with mine, those passages are blocked by my hair.. I'm just wondering if there's data out there that shows the effect of this. Perhaps it's not worthwhile for me to wear an aero helmet at all. or maybe it's better to just use a helmet with less vent holes, like the cannondale cypher (with cover), instead of the lg course, which is what I currently have. what's the take there?

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benzebub
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by benzebub

to be ultimate aero and pro, my advice would be to wear your helmet in front of the mirror and take some electric clippers to trim the hair blocking the vents.
But I could be wrong

Marin
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by Marin

You could you aero gel on your hair to flatten it before the ride!

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ms6073
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by ms6073

benzebub wrote:to be ultimate aero and pro, my advice would be...

Seems like to be ultimate aero and pro would require one to take the shaver and completely remove all hair from head (and arms), no? :beerchug:
Seriously though, a Castelli skull cap or similar would handle the issue as well as provide some UV protection.
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benzebub
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by benzebub

ha yes ofcourse, my reply was a bit tongue-in-cheek.. I doubt that a few hairs sticking out would make a difference for an amateur (or pro). perhaps if you are looking for 0.5 watts (don't quote me on that number).

besides, most people don't have concrete for hair, wind CAN pass through and won't block the airflow
But I could be wrong

shimmeD
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by shimmeD

You do have a valid point. If you already shave your legs, you should seriously consider having a change of hairstyle if vanity (and a full head of hair) is not an issue. Otherwise skull cap as suggested. :thumbup:
Less is more.

spdntrxi
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by spdntrxi

get a perm

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TonyM
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by TonyM

I had to laugh BUT indeed an annoying thing after you spend so much money on aerodynamics.
I would say either shave it, get some styling gel or a cap! The latest should be the best IMHO.

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by aerozy

Some excess hair didnt stop Sagan winning the worlds. Dont think you have too much to worry about. How about beards? I have a big one... Dam maybe thats what slowing me down :lol: Not! Take a look at Luca Paolini.
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TonyM
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by TonyM

aerozy wrote:Some excess hair didnt stop Sagan winning the worlds. Dont think you have too much to worry about. How about beards? I have a big one... Dam maybe thats what slowing me down :lol: Not! Take a look at Luca Paolini.


For you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkmCLOjk2h8

Aya
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by Aya

I cast a vote for cycling caps!!! I also use leg UV screen for aerodynamic instead of shaving leg hairs.

Shrike
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by Shrike

Won't leave the house in anything less 8)

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fromtrektocolnago
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by fromtrektocolnago

shave it all off. not only are you more aero, but you'll lose a few grams
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Squashednuts
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by Squashednuts

Shrike wrote:Won't leave the house in anything less 8)

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dj97223
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by dj97223

The answer, of course, is a mullet. Aero in the front, party in the back.
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