Handlebar Moustache Survey by Dr Champ
1. How long have you had a handlebar moustache, and what is your history with moustaches?
I started growing my handlebars in January 2012.
2. What moved you to grow a handlebar moustache? Do any relatives or ancestors have handlebar moustaches?
I first grew a beard during Special Forces training. After that I kept the ‘stache, but to U.S. Army standards. In 2011 I decided to compete in the All-Round Weightlifting World Championships. This sport contests what many people would refer to as the Odd Lifts, the sort of stuff guys would do in the late 19th and early 20th century. A lot of those guys had seriously nice moustaches. So I decided to honor those guys by growing a handlebar moustache myself. Sadly, at Worlds I was the only one with handlebars.
My great grandfather on my mother’s side had a SERIOUS handlebar moustache.
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Most responses were positive and supportive.
4. What are some of the funny or strange comments others have made about your handlebar moustache over time?
Since I’m into weight lifting, and at one competition I waxed my ‘stache to go straight out, sort of English style, one guy commented that I could do my chin-up training off my ‘stache.
5. Has having a handlebar moustache had any effects on your personality/behavior, attitude, self-expression, sense of self?
Now I think I’m just way cooler than the other guys out there.
6. What is it in your personality that drew you to growing a handlebar moustache?
Probably that I don’t go with the regular flow of society. I like being different and being an individualist.
7. Have you been in any moustache contests or attended any such gatherings?
No. But I sure would like to at least attend one. From what I can tell, it would be a lot of fun.
8. It takes courage to wear a handlebar moustache. What would you say to those who think you look odd, silly or stupid with it?
9. What waxes, styling aids or glues to you prefer and why?
My favorites are Brother’s Love, Clubman, and Villain.
I like Brother’s Love because it doesn’t require warming up and it dries hard and keeps its hold all day without having to reform it.
I like Clubman for pretty much the same reasons as Brother’s Love. But it smells different and I like the change and it dries quicker than Brother’s Love. Also, it’s cheaper than Brother’s Love. It does require a little bit of warming up, though, but it does so very quickly in your pocket or in warm/hot water.
Villain is my latest acquisition. As tins go, it holds pretty darn well, but when it’s warmer outside you may need to reshape your ‘stache from time to time. But they just came out with a little tube that you can easily keep in your pocket for touch-ups.
Finally, what I like about all three of these waxes is that they wash out easily with soap and water.
10. What do you think a handlebar moustache does for a man?
Personally, I think most men look better with a distinctive moustache. It also seems to signify that you don’t roll with the flow and that you’re not afraid of being different.
11. How attached are you to your handlebar moustache and what would it take for you to cut it off or remove the curls and not grow it back?
I would NEVER get rid of my moustache…it reminds me of Special Forces training and holds therefore significance for me. I guess if you paid me enough money, I’d cut the curls off and grow them back. But how much is “enough” money? Hmmmm….
12. Have you accumulated any moustached merchandise, shirts, mugs or other stuff?
13. Can you recommend some other moustache web sites?
Yeah, but honestly, I like yours the best.
14. All about color: How closely does your moustache match the color of the hair on your head? How many colors are in your moustache? Do you like its color? Have you ever dyed it?
My ‘stache is lighter then the hair on my head. So I like waxes that add a bit of color to it, just so that you can see it better. But I haven’t dyed it and probably never will.
15. What would you like to see on handlebarmoustachelife.com?
A wax review page. There seem to be a lot of waxes out there, but not so much in terms of helping you out with making a buying decision. And most wax reviews are sorta weak in terms of clarifying the strength of the hold you get from the wax. How stiff it dries is perhaps the most important aspect to me.
16. How has having a handlebar moustache affected your love life, dating, and does it interfere with kissing?
The ‘stache represents a strong correlation as to what sorta lover I am. Can you imagine a guy with our type of ‘stache being weak in bed…or wherever you like to bump fuzz? So if anything, the ‘stache improves my love-life. In addition, it provides a method by which to tickle a woman in certain spots…it you know what I mean. (snicker)
17. What do you do for a living and what impact do you think your handlebar moustache has with customers, coworkers and superiors?
I’m a publisher and sports-performance-enhancement consultant. I think that in general the ‘stache might make people pay more attention to me, if that makes sense. I get the impression that it adds to my professionalism…but I could be imagining that.
18. Does your handlebar moustache give you any superpowers?
It most definitely makes me stronger and more powerful. After all, I won the Overall World Title in the 2012 All-Round Weightlifting World Championships. Some might argue that my superior strength is due to the fact that I hold a doctorate in exercise science, and therefore know more about strength training than most people. Well, while that might be true, I must conclude that it’s a Samson effect…just that the ‘stache is way cooler than what his long hair was that gave him superpowers.
19. Eating – neatly – can be a challenge with a larger moustache. Do you have any eating tips, or stories to share? Have you been tempted to remove the HB due to eating issues?
Well, I’m not going to remove the handlebars due to eating issues. You better have a napkin close by at all times during eating, though. The most annoying thing to me is that if I’m out eating, I find it necessary to restyle it after eating. Sometimes I need to do that after drinking beers, too. That can be a drag.
20. Have you ever styled your mustache in a comical manner or specifically for a Halloween costume?
Nope. The ‘stache is sacred…can’t get myself to denigrate it.
21. What is your preferred style for your handlebar moustache, and do you do a variety of styles?
I have three preferred styles
English, somewhere between English and Dali, Dali, and handlebars. It all depends on my mood.
22. Would you share your location and / or your age?
I’m in Colorado and of mature age.
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