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v1nce 12-28-05 12:20 AM

Hey i was reading Ken Kifer's site and read this:

"In my area, there are frequently little clouds of insects that I bicycle through. I had a great deal of trouble with them getting into my eyes, sometimes painfully. I tried sunglasses, but the air flow around them allowed the bugs to get in my eyes just as bad. My current method is to use the brim of my cycling cap. By adjusting the cap, I can get the flow of air to miss my eyes. The same brim is effective at blocking the light of cars at night and the sun during the day. I know the cap works well because I haven't had a painful eye experience in years."

Is this true? Do cycling caps work like this....? And also are all brims of all cycling caps adjustable? Any really good and affordable no name black caps out there that you guys have experience with? (I don't like cycling around with all this advertising all over me, i don't mind little logos though).

I always wondered why people wore them as they did look a little daft.. ;)

Red Baron 12-28-05 06:29 AM

I wouldn't trush my eyes to this, I'll stay with glasses. Don't trust it working with the bigger insects. Especially when I have had a small spec of gravel from passing auto's 'ping' my lense.

onbike 1939 12-28-05 06:42 AM

Not really an "either" "or" question. When it rains a billed cap will keep the rain off your glasses and if your rainjacket has a hood then it usually fits better when worn with a cap.
Some sort of head protection is essential in the hot sun especially if like me you're bald.
Rather than ordinary sunglasses use the specialised cycling ones which are curved close to the face and prevent both wind and insects from your eyes. I bought mine with prescription lenses from this firm and they come highly recommended.www.optilabs.com

chipcom 12-28-05 07:07 AM

I rarely wear glasses, but I always have on some type of billed cap. You can find lots of them at both Nashbar and Performance, even billed doo-rags.

lrzipris 12-28-05 07:11 AM

I often wear a cycling cap because the visor, when flipped down, is helpful in blocking the sun. The cap is in addition to sunglasses, not a substitute. I've also worn one in rainy conditions, but found little benefit there.

Companies that produce cycling-related clothing will have plain black caps, and the big catalog companies offer plain caps, typically in lightweight materials, in 1- or 2-color versions. Here's an example of the former:
http://www.kucharik.com/images/Acces...ock%20Caps.JPG. And here's an example of the latter: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

Incidentally, I've been trying to convince my two bike clubs to offer caps printed with the club logo instead of t-shirts at our big event rides. No luck, so far.

SamHouston 12-28-05 07:32 AM

I'm not down with "either/or" for this. After all, if the cap works without sunglasses would it not also work with them? Then you have glare reduction and protection from bothersome insects. Besides the reason I wear eye protection is the flying debris from the road so I'd not be without them with or without a brimmed cap.

I-Like-To-Bike 12-28-05 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by chipcom
I rarely wear glasses, but I always have on some type of billed cap. You can find lots of them at both Nashbar and Performance, even billed doo-rags.

I always wear glasses and a billed cap. I'll wear the John Deere cap with ear flaps with my hoody on the real cold days.

The brim works for protection from sun, rain, and headlight glare. Caps are usually available in all sorts of sports/farm equipment/automotive logos for about 25 at every garage sale around here all Spring, Summer and Fall.

chipcom 12-28-05 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
I always wear glasses and a billed cap. I'll wear the John Deere cap with ear flaps with my hoody on the real cold days.

The brim works for protection from sun, rain, and headlight glare. Caps are usually available in all sorts of sports/farm equipment/automotive logos for about 25 at every garage sale around here all Spring, Summer and Fall.

I got one old ball-cap that I wear 99% of the time, washing the sweat stains out of it once a month or so, but when I do the PC thing and wear a helmet, the brimmed cycling caps work at bit better because they fit under the helmet nicely. Visor on the helmet helps too. The wool visored caps with the ear flaps are great in the winter.

Glasses are another thing, whenever I wear them, sooner or later I either loose them or break them. Now my eyes seem to be getting to the point where I need to wear glasses...which at the rate I go through them is gonna get expensive!

Edit: How does one give steely-eyed alpha-dawg stares when wearing glasses? Maybe some of those with the spring loaded bug-eyes?

http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thu..._glasses_1.jpg

http://bubbasikes.com/graphics/FunnyGlasses.gif

OPC 12-28-05 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by v1nce
Is this true? Do cycling caps work like this....?

As stated above, it is not entirely true. It would work only until you needed to move your head or the wind changed direction. Cycling caps serve other purposes better. As far as sunglasses go, some designs are better than others at keeping wind out of your eyes. Look around, try out a few until you find something you like.

NoRacer 12-28-05 01:13 PM

Has anyone made a cap with a see-through bill that is dark and polarized or orange or yellow?

Paul L. 12-28-05 02:01 PM

I wear a coolmax cycling cap by headsweats. It is yellow and white though. It works great for me but I am a glasses wearer and haven't had bug problems, then again I live in the Desert so bugs aren't too big an issue. Even when I lived in more tropical climes though I didn't have much problem due to the glasses though. I like the cycling cap for the headlights at night, the wicking properties, and the sun protection.

lrzipris 12-29-05 06:30 AM

I'd like to see a balaclava with a visor. During the winter, I need the full head covering, but the visor would be handy when the sun shines glaringly. I guess I could wear both a balaclava and a cycling cap....


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