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Old 05-26-11, 08:19 PM   #1
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I don't shave my head but I'm about as close to bald on top as you can get. So, I picked up a Halo white moisture-wicking skull cap to wear under the helmet so I don't have to use sunscreen on my head. Anybody else do this? Actually I haven't ridden with the cap and helmet yet - I'm basically riding around the neighborhood/area trying to get used to cycling again and am just wearing an old Campy hat to protect my head from sunburn. I was surprised how fast the old familiar ways come back - I was spinning out at 90 right away and the gear changes came automatically. I guess you never forget things like this as well as 'road awareness' of motor vehicles, dogs, loose gravel, etc. I was a club member in the '80s for a few years.
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Old 05-26-11, 08:28 PM   #2
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I always ride with a skullcap and I'm not bald. Without it, sweat is running all over my glasses 20 minutes into the ride.
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Old 05-26-11, 08:58 PM   #3
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I use a Headsweats skullcap almost year-round under my helmet and on top of my hair. Is the Halo skullcap SPF-rated? If not, an almost-bald head might need sunscreen in addition to the Halo.
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Old 05-26-11, 08:59 PM   #4
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I have started wearing a skullcap under my helmet because of both sweat and sun. (A Celt living at 33 degrees latitude must be careful.)
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Old 05-26-11, 09:26 PM   #5
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Headsweats beanie for me. That waffle look sunburn is not a good thing
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Hmm.. never thought about the waffle look sunburn. I should probably get a skullcap to keep the sweat and bugs out.
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Old 05-27-11, 12:54 AM   #7
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I've been wearing bandanas under my helmets for as long as I can remember. The first one I picked up after my first long tour as a sort of souvenir. It was being sold in aid of a cancer charity for kids. And I have added to the collection every couple of years when I seen the Canteen bandanas on sale, so I have around 12 of them, including the original blue one. They also have proved to be effective in winter for me.
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I always wear a bandanna or skull cap under my helmet, bot for sweat control and to keep the sun off my bald head.
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The wife bought me some nightcaps, kind of as a joke, because I was complaining that my head got cold when I slept. They are just plain, stretchy cotton and they work great under the helmet. My scalp is super oily and if I don't wear something washable under my helmet it will die an early, funkified death. And it won't smell pretty.
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Used them for years - skin cancer occurs on the head, and sweat is not fun in the eyes. My wife claims I should wash them once in a while. Occasionally she sneaks them into the washer. Also useful for added winter warmth.
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You only need to comb a sunburn once....! I always wear a skullcap under my (bicycle) helmet
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I'm not bald but wear a bandana in the warm months. Helps with sweat management and keeps the top of my head from getting burned.
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... My wife claims I should wash them once in a while. Occasionally she sneaks them into the washer...
If I didn't wash mine after each sweaty ride, the funk would probably knock me out.
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I'm as bald as a bean on top, so I always wear a bandana under the helmet.The sweat contol is a side benefit.
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Old 05-27-11, 06:42 PM   #15
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If I didn't wash mine after each sweaty ride, the funk would probably knock me out.
Oh, I thought the funk was to help the Doo Rag hold its shape!!
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Been wearing a cycling cap under helmet since the early 1970s . . .
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No hair, no cap, no helmet. Except when it's cold, then I wear a cap.
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Never heard of the skullcaps before, interesting. Here, in Florida, it gets HOT and I've been wearing a sweatband to keep sweat out of my eyes. When it's really hot, I have to stop every 30-45 min to wring them out because they get saturated.
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Never heard of the skullcaps before, interesting. Here, in Florida, it gets HOT and I've been wearing a sweatband to keep sweat out of my eyes. When it's really hot, I have to stop every 30-45 min to wring them out because they get saturated.
Used to use sweat bands - changed to doo-rags several years ago. Much better.
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I have worn my Cinelli Racewear skullcap under my helmet for years. It does keep my bald head from burning and keeps all that sweat out of my eyes. I won't leave home without it!

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Old 05-28-11, 08:58 PM   #21
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Bald, no. Shaved head, yes. Skull cap, always. Helps on sun, bugs and cold.
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Old 05-28-11, 10:34 PM   #22
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It's my evap cooler in the Arizona desert. On hot days I pour a little water on the head and the breeze evaporates the water and cools me off. I do the same on my shoulders and legs too. I am careful plan my water stops as to not to run out.
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