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Old 09-18-06, 08:58 AM   #1
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Sunburned skulls?

Has anyone else had this happen and is there a consensus solution
for keeping ones head from getting burned on long sunny rides?
Besides sunscreen and sweatbands stopping the product from
dripping in your eyes?

I've noticed covers for rain and cold weather, but nothing to
shade the skull in the sun.

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Old 09-18-06, 09:20 AM   #2
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Cycling skullcaps worn umder the helmet work for me. Here are a couple places.

http://www.dowrap.com/
http://www.headsweats.com/

You can also find them in the clothing/apparel section of many bike shops and online bike retailers.
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If you are wearing a helmet, you can get helmet covers or just a skull cap. If not, use a skull cap or a baseball cap. It isn't rocket science.
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Old 09-18-06, 10:34 AM   #4
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I shave my head and just use sunscreen
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Regular cycling caps, worn under the helmet, work well.
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Old 09-18-06, 10:40 AM   #6
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Bandana. Wash three or four times before use to soften the cotton.

Another product is the motorcycle skullcap. It's made of cotton, too, and like a bandana, but is already shaped and has two ties at the back. In other words, just put it straight on without having to fold. Available at Wal-Mart and various other shops for around five bucks.

The cotton allows your head to breath and to cool, stops the sweat running into your eyes and prevents sunburn. Plus a bandana can be used as a handkerchief, tied around the neck as a kerchief, used to filter water, used to mop up after lunch, wipe hands and clean the bike down. All the things a balding cyclist would want.
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Cycling skullcaps worn under the helmet work for me. Here are a couple places.

You can also find them in the clothing/apparel section of many bike shops and online bike retailers.
Yeah, I've noticed those. I guess I could get one and cut off the tail thingie. I just can't look at those and not think about beer-bellied, obnoxious Harley riders, which I am very much NOT. :-p

I would even consider something like this: http://www.mocean.net/accessories_0951.asp if only they had something without the Police stencilling. That's at least the idea I'm thinking about, though, maybe something like that with a brim attachment to help shade the ears and neck. Apparently, I'm asking for the moon, also I am in a minority of solarly challenged bicycle riders.

Of course, there is something to be said for riding off road with a semblance of law and order...might give someone a moment's pause ;-)

Thank you for the links.

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Old 09-18-06, 09:55 PM   #8
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I just use sunscreen on my head. I don't have a shaved head , but since I don't shower before morning rides, it acts as a good hair gel :-)
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Bandana. Wash three or four times before use to soften the cotton.

Another product is the motorcycle skullcap. It's made of cotton, too, and like a bandana, but is already shaped and has two ties at the back. In other words, just put it straight on without having to fold. Available at Wal-Mart and various other shops for around five bucks.

The cotton allows your head to breath and to cool, stops the sweat running into your eyes and prevents sunburn. Plus a bandana can be used as a handkerchief, tied around the neck as a kerchief, used to filter water, used to mop up after lunch, wipe hands and clean the bike down. All the things a balding cyclist would want.
That's a good point about washing the bandana several times. I had one yesterday, but it has a nifty design on it so I don't wear it that often, but I wore it rolled and primarily as neck protection from the sun, and that worked out pretty well. There was a point late in the ride where I took it off and unrolled it an put it under my helmet, but that just didn't feel right and I'm sure it didn't look right =:-O

I may go to Wally world and look for the $5 rags, the ones I saw on the net last night were all $15 and up it seemed and if people are buying cycling caps and $15 - $20 do-rags just to cover their heads, it just surprises me that they wouldn't wear some sort of fitted helmet cover. What do I know, I'm not a cyclist, I'm just trying to ride my bike more :-/

Thank you for the suggestions,
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Old 09-18-06, 11:18 PM   #10
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cycling cap..doorag..bandanna. er...sunscreen.
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+1 Bandana

I have a couple skull caps too, but I have a really hard time spending $15 - $20on skull caps when bandanas are 3/$3.99. I mean what are skull caps made of ...some magic material that can't be made in China ?
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http://www.buffwear.com/index.html

Essentially a seamless fabric tube made of wicking material. Easier to put on than a bandana. More versatile than a skull cap. Kinda pricey but worth it, IMO.
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I tried a bandanna in summer and it caused me to overheat.
Skull caps are nice but I only wear them in sub 50F temps.
Sunscreen is my best option for summer. Winter doesn't matter for some odd reason.
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Re: buffwear headgear

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http://www.buffwear.com/index.html

Essentially a seamless fabric tube made of wicking material. Easier to put on than a bandana. More versatile than a skull cap. Kinda pricey but worth it, IMO.
Interesting device. Do you have one, in particular have you worn one in the summer?
I figure, if it's comfortable for someone in muggy Oklahoma in July, that's worth considering!


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I tried a bandanna in summer and it caused me to overheat.
Skull caps are nice but I only wear them in sub 50F temps.
Sunscreen is my best option for summer. Winter doesn't matter for some odd reason.

I overheat without my skull cap ... Go figure.
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Bandannas rule. I use them for every season. Head cover,ear covers and neck warmers.
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Interesting device. Do you have one, in particular have you worn one in the summer?
I figure, if it's comfortable for someone in muggy Oklahoma in July, that's worth considering!
Yup. I've worn it when riding in 100+ F. Needless to say, sweat is inevitable on such occassions. It's just nice to have something between me and yesterday's sweat in the helmet. It's also handy for "toweling off" a bit on arrival. The Buffwear is colorfast, so I can always toss it in with the next laundry load. Washing the helmet padding is a bit more involved. I don't have much hair, and have been sunburned on top. I hate sun bloc lotion. The Buffwear protects the nut, but still allows good ventilation and evaporation.

Don't mean to shill. I believe there are a couple of other brands with the same or similar.
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welding supply places sell cheap skull caps too. I guess they're for keeping sparks out of your hair.
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