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    Best helmet to protect head and block sun

    I am 60 years old and have never worn a helmet. I have had 3 melanoma surgeries the last 2 years so protecting my skin from the sun is a priority. I wear a floppy cap to protect myself. I realize I need to be wearing a helmet. My hair is thinning on top. I am concerned that if I just wear a helmet I will get sunburnt on the top of my head. A type of skull cap may be an option for this but I'm a little concerned about it getting too hot. I also have very light sensitive eyes and even with sunglasses I need a visor. Does anyone have any good ideas on how I can protect my head and eyes? Perhaps there are some specialty products out there or maybe someone has been very innovative. I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks

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    Last edited by 10 Wheels; 04-09-14 at 10:17 AM.
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    That Bern helmet looks like it would be OK in cool weather, but maybe not in summer heat.

    I would think in summer, you might want to wear a warm weather cycling cap or bandana under a standard road or mountain helmet.

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    They actually make head covers with 'tails' to cover the back of your neck. Here's one example:
    Amazon.com: Halo Solar Headwear, White: Sports & Outdoors

    You could also just add a bandanna or piece of old t-shirt to the back of a cycling cap.

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    I always wear a cycling cap under mine but that won't protect your ears so much so remember to apply sunscreen to them and the back of your neck, and you're good to go.
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    Another option would be to invest in some good lights and ride at night. Riding in the upper 70s to mid 80s beats riding in triple digits.
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    I had melanoma surgery a little over two years ago and my dermatologist recommended buying a neck gaiter to protect my ears and neck. It can also be pulled up over your head to protect the top of your head. I found the neck gaiter at a local Sports Authority.

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    Thanks everyone for all the ideas. I will check them out.

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    there was an add on ten-gallon hat sized brim to surround your helmet .. ACA the touring folks had them FS.


    cotton cycling caps under the helmet has long been the solution for ' the wrap over forehead.'

    used by pros such as this fellow (now a coach, team director) Bjarne Riis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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