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    How To Avoid "Alien Brain" Suntan?

    Like many of us that frequent this sub-forum, I, too, have grown too tall for my hair.

    If it's cold, I slip a waterproof (and sunproof) cover over my helmet just to keep the cold wind out. But in warmer, humid weather the lack of ventilation causes the formation of my own little weather systems inside the helmet - the rain isn't too bad, but the thunder and lightning can be quite annoying.

    Is there such a thing as a sort of thin beenie type of cap that con be donned under the helmet?

    What do the rest of you folks so afflicted do to avoid the "Alien Brain" pattern becoming sunburned to to one's scalp?
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    Old school cycling cap under the helmet might work for you, every imaginable theme you can imagine and even 100%wool for the winter time. A thin cotton would be the ticket, I'd think. Some of the "do rags' are rated for sun block/SPF, if you don't mind them and the look.

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    The answer to this question must be 42i.

    Or you could go here: Walz Cycling Caps : Moisture Wicking

    I wore this this weekend and was happy with it:


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    Well, that yellow skullcap thing is a little too French Foreign Legion looking for riding in Kentucky. I guess I could try one of those pirate-looking bandannas, but I don't have the eye patch to go with it. So I bought a wicking black bike cap with a white racing stripe. We'll see how that goes.
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    Good luck...annother idea... when I was welding, way back when, the welders had a skull cap thing that could be worn under the welding helmet that might work...could look at a welders store to find out. peace

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    I wear a headsweat cap, and it works great. They come in a beanie style and a shorty.

    Shorty - Headsweats

    I prefer the shorty style, but couldn't tell you why. They are great when it is a little cool, and when it is really hot.

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    ^^^^^No^^^^^

    Sweat will carry traces of it into your eyes. No bueno.

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    It must be the depletion of the ozone layer doing it, but I've noticed an increase in sunburns, up top, too. The coolmax beanies do work, and the tag end helps dissipate the sweat; but they're not perfect. They can get pretty hot. I like the idea of the spray-on sunblock. I used it one summer for my arms, until I discovered it was fogging my watch face. May have to revisit that, just remove the watch and glasses before applying.

    Dude: definitely test for waterproofness. If this brand runs, there are others. I've had lotions that ran in my eyes, making it hard to see at all.

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    Wear a baseball cap the rest of the time?
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    I told my wife that my head gets cold when I sleep. As a joke she bought me some cotton "sleeping caps" off the internet. They are excellent under the helmet. In warm weather they soak up the sweat and keep my helmet fresh. I tried synthetic under-helmet caps but they irritated my skin.
    In winter I use wool caps from the dollar store. These too go under my helmet.
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpelle View Post
    Well, that yellow skullcap thing is a little too French Foreign Legion looking for riding in Kentucky. I guess I could try one of those pirate-looking bandannas, but I don't have the eye patch to go with it. So I bought a wicking black bike cap with a white racing stripe. We'll see how that goes.
    Dude. I live in Kentucky. I only got shot at twice this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Dude. I live in Kentucky. I only got shot at twice this weekend.
    Does that mean the locals' aim is very good or very bad?

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    The other reason that sunscreen is a non-starter is that some of us are partially bald. Nothing like greased down sparse hair after a ride to really look sharp in the after-ride pub.

    So I've been wearing a Halo hot weather skull cap, the white one, for years:
    Helmet Beanie & Sweat Skull Cap | Under Helmet Skull Caps
    and no one can tell you have it on.

    As far as I can tell, my head is no hotter wearing it than not wearing it. White is of course the best for not absorbing solar radiant heat. Since heat emission is in the infrared, color makes no difference and the black won't radiate more heat than the white.

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    I use the premade do-rags. The cheap thin cotton (or poly-cotton) ones. I found mine at Walmart... I think (maybe $1.50). Almost all on mine a all black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    ^^^^^No^^^^^

    Sweat will carry traces of it into your eyes. No bueno.
    I forgot to mention with a headband.

    I personally can't stand not to have airflow over my head when it's warm out so any head covering under my helmet is a no-go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlyAlfaRomeo View Post
    I forgot to mention with a headband.

    I personally can't stand not to have airflow over my head when it's warm out so any head covering under my helmet is a no-go.
    As a fellow BF member who is follicaly (sp?) challenged, I do not wear anything under my helmet. BUT I will use my water bottle to 'rain' through the helmet vents when I start to overheat. I've also been known to wet down my cotton t-shirts for some additional evaporative cooling.

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    I like the Pearl izumi headcap better than the headsweats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Old school cycling cap under the helmet might work for you, every imaginable theme you can imagine and even 100%wool for the winter time. A thin cotton would be the ticket, I'd think. Some of the "do rags' are rated for sun block/SPF, if you don't mind them and the look.

    Bill
    This is essentially what I use. I prefer cotton because it will hold water that I squirt through my vents on hot days. The evaporation has a cooling effect. If it gets too hot, I just take it off. They also work well in cooler weather and light rain. The cap's bill will also keep some of the rain off glasses.

    Proof that some of us do stop and "smell the flowers".

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    Alien brain ... gotta remember that one.

    I've always called it "melon head."
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    RJ Gumby to the rescue!


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    I use a large bandanna , it covers my ears and the back of my neck as well. No need to pay for greasy sun screen.

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    I call them "racing stripes". Got a nice set of stripes from the Red Bud Century on saturday. I do get very strange looks from the people I work with. Once its warm out, I really cant stand anything on my head, I like the breeze on my scalp, and I often pour the water bottle through the vents. I would really like to find something to wear, that breathes and doesnt cause my head to overheat

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