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Old 11-22-19, 10:00 PM
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Hats under helmet- long brim

I got a few typical cycling skull caps with the small brim, but sometimes Iíd like a larger/longer brim like a baseball cap. Baseball caps are notorious for that little button on top, so they donít work well under your helmet...

Who makes a good long brim, baseball like hat to fit under m bike helmet?

BTW, Ihave a Da Brim hat I use for some summer rides but thatís not what Iím looking for,
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There are lots of long billed caps without top buttons. Check fishing apparel stores. Occasionally they're advertised as "long billed baseball caps" but are more commonly associated with fishing. Some have really long bills that might hinder peripheral vision, but they vary in length.

Some helmets will accommodate a baseball/gimme cap with the button. The Poc Omne Air Spin has enough overhead room for it. I got one a size larger so it works fine with knit caps or brimmed caps.
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I have a few different brands of running hats with thin polyester material. They fit under a helmet very well and sweat evaporates much better than cotton hats. When it is cold/windy, I were a brimless cap that can be pulled down to cover the ears. Wear with a neck gaiter and it keeps the head/neck area warm. I am not a fan of balaclavas.
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The billibandana.com UHW (under helmet wear) works well.
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Originally Posted by Manster
The billibandana.com UHW (under helmet wear) works well.
This is an interesting option. Their website could use some work though....

Also seem to be all cotton, which doesn't ever work well for me and my head sweat. Gotta be synthetics or wool for me.

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Originally Posted by delbiker1
I have a few different brands of running hats with thin polyester material. They fit under a helmet very well and sweat evaporates much better than cotton hats. When it is cold/windy, I were a brimless cap that can be pulled down to cover the ears. Wear with a neck gaiter and it keeps the head/neck area warm. I am not a fan of balaclavas.
Yeah, those moisture wicking runners caps might work well, thanks for the tip.
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Is this from Headsweats the kind of thing you’re looking for? https://www.headsweats.com/race-hat-white/
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I should add, "one size fits most" hats are always too small for my big Mellon head. This is why your typical cycling hat doesn't work for me!
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Originally Posted by gevad
Is this from Headsweats the kind of thing youíre looking for? https://www.headsweats.com/race-hat-white/
Yeah, that's pretty much the ticket. Found some other good options here:

https://www.runnersworld.com/gear/a2...-running-hats/
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That top button can be removed in seconds with a pair of wire cutters...
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Originally Posted by woodcraft
That top button can be removed in seconds with a pair of wire cutters...
Will try on an older ballcap, thanks
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Originally Posted by woodcraft
That top button can be removed in seconds with a pair of wire cutters...
Originally Posted by Toadmeister
Will try on an older ballcap, thanks
Exactly what I did. I needed an improvised visor for riding in rain so I took an old cap, pulled the button off, peeled out some of the stiff liner, and Bob's your uncle.
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Walz makes cycling caps with different brim size options.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
Walz makes cycling caps with different brim size options.
I have a merino waltz cap in their largest size and I like it a lot. I got the small brim however, Iíll check out their longer brims.
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How about something like this

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...crvsr18whtbapa
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I don't know how folks can see out from under a long billed cap. It's not easy for me even with a short brimmed cycling cap. Maybe I need more forehead....
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
I don't know how folks can see out from under a long billed cap. It's not easy for me even with a short brimmed cycling cap. Maybe I need more forehead....
Good point, I guess itís Winter and Iím riding my Fat bike where I sit more upright and the sun is lower right now!

yeah, in the summer on my drop bar bike, a long brim might be too long.
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Originally Posted by Bent Bill

I had considered something like that. Think I prefer a full cap for when I take the helmet off and for moisture wicking. No hair on my head!
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I have used a https://www.ergodyne.com/chill-its-6...mance-cap.html
in combination with the https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...crvsr18whtbapa
and there are numerous other brands and styles of both to get the combination that works for you
although then you will have three different things on your head when combined with a helmet
the three piece ensemble works for me but maybe not for others
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I have concerns about what happens when a rigid cap bill that is held firmly in place by a helmet is driven back into the scalp in the case of a crash. Anyone think that might be a valid concern?
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
I have concerns about what happens when a rigid cap bill that is held firmly in place by a helmet is driven back into the scalp in the case of a crash. Anyone think that might be a valid concern?
A stiff brim, yes I suppose. Good point.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
I don't know how folks can see out from under a long billed cap. It's not easy for me even with a short brimmed cycling cap. Maybe I need more forehead....
I've been on organized rides where long brim hats such as baseball caps are not allowed and potential riders are told that in the brochure/waiver form.

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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
I don't know how folks can see out from under a long billed cap. It's not easy for me even with a short brimmed cycling cap. Maybe I need more forehead....
Yep. Unless you are riding a beach cruiser with a completely upright position, a longer-billed cap will allow you to only see the pavement for a few feet beyond your front wheel - which is very dangerous. This is why cycling caps have short bills.
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Great discussion considering my first topic here.

Sounds like I want a mid brim at most and a soft one at that.. The short brim is sometimes a little too short for me but yeah, once I get on my warm-weather bike in spring with the drop bars a long brim wouldn’t work out.
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Just get a Bern. Literally a helmet with a hat brim built into it.
Look sexy and available for mating, block the sun, and protect ya neck.
win win.
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