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Old 07-06-13, 02:09 PM
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Cycling Cap Woes

I was enticed by pictures of old cyclists that's rocked the cycling cap with style. I decided to try it myself and picked up a fairly simple cap to wear while biking casually to control my hair, as the wind normally blows it into a hybrid afro-mohawk-pompadour-surfer look. Actually, controlling my hair was the main reason to get one, and I hate baseball caps.

The problem is, I love it.

Like... A lot. Probably too much.

What's the unwritten policy to wearing these things?

I haven't seen very many pop up around my town (other than a 70 year old guy who wears his daily and looks like a badass), but I didn't notice any strange looks or anything in my grocery store after I rode the bike there. I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear my cap a lot more than I should, but...

What do you think when you see someone walking around a store with a cap on if they biked there? Or even biking with it when the bill is flipped up? I generally tend to bike paths or city streets, and just ride an old 10 speed for fun/exercise, not to race.

Just curious.

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Old 07-06-13, 02:15 PM
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If it floats your boat, go with it.

Here, it's very popular with the hipsters... The homemade caps, especially.
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First rule is, determine if your head shape/size is what works with those tiny hats. A big round melon usually does not look so good with cycling hats. Just doesn't ....... Don't ask why I know.........
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Old 07-06-13, 02:17 PM
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There is no policy, unwritten or otherwise. Normal cyclists see a cyclist with a cycling cap and don't think anything about it. Helmet Nazis see a cyclist with a cycling cap and hope he dies, to prove their point. And non-cyclists just couldn't give a lesser **** about any of it.

Maybe you've overthought the issue?
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Old 07-06-13, 02:19 PM
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I wore the old 'team issue' jobs for years, always felt a little self-conscious with all that advertising and felt they were made cheap as hell. Plus, fit was a bit of a problem since I've got a 7-5/8 head. Then I discovered Walz caps (thank you Yehuda Moon):

https://www.walzcaps.com/

Yeah, they're a bit pricey, but they're built like they'll last for a decade or so, and you're not advertising some long-gone-due-to-sponsorship-drying-up-due-to-all-that-doping team.
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Old 07-06-13, 02:31 PM
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Well, whether right or wrong, I no longer wear a helmet, just a trustee cycling cap these days. I love them and have several now. I feel as though I'm keeping a tradition alive, when men were men and all that stuff.

So no worries, don't feel silly, just wear it and let it bring your inner Eddie Merckx out for awhile!
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Old 07-06-13, 02:46 PM
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I'm with Giacomo. I typically wear a helmet but I'm doing a study abroad program in the Netherlands and the wind makes my hair look like a huge frizzy mess, so I needed something to control my curly locks as I rode. Since helmets are silly to have here, I purchased a hat and have used it for long and short rides for the week I have been here. So far, I am very happy with the performance. I still have another week of riding so when I return, it should be interesting to see how quickly I switch back to a helmet... if at all.

Buy one and try it out!

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Well, whether right or wrong, I no longer wear a helmet, just a trustee cycling cap these days. I love them and have several now. I feel as though I'm keeping a tradition alive, when men were men and all that stuff.

So no worries, don't feel silly, just wear it and let it bring your inner Eddie Merckx out for awhile!
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Old 07-06-13, 02:48 PM
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Cycling caps are cute, but I'm a dedicated helmet Nazi.
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If you want even MORE non advertising style, check out welding caps. Almost the same design, and ENDLESS fabric prints, etc.,,,,BD
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Cycling caps are cute, but I'm a dedicated helmet Nazi.
Me too, but more and more reluctantly as time goes by.
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Old 07-06-13, 03:22 PM
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Cycling caps are great under helmets - sometimes. Wicking skull caps are greater under helmets - usually.
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Personally, I only wear one when I'm on the bike, for the visor and sweat. Otherwise, if you stick to basic hat etiquette, you should be fine.

I find at night the small bill is the perfect size to tip towards an oncoming cars bright headlights and maintain a great field of vision without being blinded.
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If you want even MORE non advertising style, check out welding caps. Almost the same design, and ENDLESS fabric prints, etc.,,,,BD
That's a great tip, BD. My biggest problem is that cycling caps don't generally fit big heads.... I'm thinking that welders CERTAINLY must have the occasional big head...
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I have three of them and have been wearing them while riding. That said, wifey was at Costco yesterday, where a nice Bell bicycle helmet was on sale. Guess what she brought home?
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I wouldn't be without my cycling caps. Great for absorbing perspiration, shading from a bright sun light and beads of sweat don't run in you sunglasses.
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I wear a flat cap and a beard. I didn't know I was hip till I saw younger hipsters steal my look I stole.
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Our shop uses Walz for their shop caps.

Nice caps, for sure.

We wear them for their wicking ability!

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I just thought about this the other day while organizing the bike parts.
I happened upon a rare cycling cap I have kept, NOS, I kept it in a plastic bag for decades.
I don't look that good in them. (the Winter knit caps seem to be fashionable on my noggin)
Way back, when racing there were few that were plain. Logos or World Champ stripes were off limits to most amateur racers.

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Old 07-06-13, 05:36 PM
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Mary Elizabeth at Alloneword makes great caps. Staggering assortment of fabrics, custom work available, and she is one of the funniest & wittiest people on the planet.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/alloneword

(In case you were wondering, I get no kickback nor have any connection. I admire the caps and have had lively conversations with ME when our paths crossed, as they did this spring at Cirque.)
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Nice try, Eye eye.... we know you for what you are; a cheap shill for Mary E's chapeaus. You can't fool me .....
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I won't dignify that with an answer, Rootcanal.
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Wikipedia says A traditional way to keep the head cool when cycling in hot conditions was to put a cabbage leaf under the casquette.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casquette


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I've been told more than once by non-cyclist coworkers that I look "Scottish" when I wear a wool cap during the winter, other than that I never get any comments on the caps I wear.
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You can only wear a cycling cap while going to a ride, riding the ride, or coming home from a ride. If that's not in the list of RULES, it should be. Edit: RULES are now linked. See Rule 22 .
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