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Do you wear something on your head, under your helmet?

Old 04-27-19, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Thanks, I think it really just comes down to the fact you have to actually look for a cap to see it.

Should probably buy one, nothing grosser than a peeling sunburned bald spot in the workplace...
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Old 04-27-19, 10:23 AM
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Yes. When it's cold to stay warm, when it's hot to prevent sunburn. So a black one for cold, a white one for hot. The white one might actually keep my head cooler. I never wear a helmet cover because I depend on airflow to dissipate heat. In rain, a billed cycling is helpful.
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Old 04-27-19, 12:02 PM
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"Headsweat" for sweat control. Also seems to make the helmet pads last longer.
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Old 04-27-19, 12:49 PM
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Giro Peloton cap.

Giro merino winter cap, but lately

https://www.amazon.com/Giro-Ambient-...ct_top?ie=UTF8

which I really like for the mini-visor. Wish they all came like that as it keeps the sun/rain off but doesn't block the view.

Traditional caps with elastic in the back? Maybe OK for the days before helmets.
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Old 04-27-19, 12:57 PM
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Always - a thermal cap in winter and beanie or cycling cap to protect from the sun and absorb sweat in the heat.
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Old 04-27-19, 12:59 PM
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I have stupidly bad ears, and have learned my lesson: if it's under ~70F, I keep them covered.

Otherwise, just a pile of dark hair. Between that and a Koroyd helmet, I don't worry too much about bees or sunburn. Fluffy clouds are good, too.
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Old 04-27-19, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by puma1552 View Post
I haven't, but I probably should being that I am bald balding.

Don't think I've ever seen (or at least not noticed) anyone wearing a cycling cap under their helmet, and trying to think how odd that would look with a bill sticking out from under my helmet, which already has a chintzy clip on plastic visor...
I used to wear a cycling cap under my Cinelli hairnet, especially when it was raining. The bill helped deflect rain and spray from rear tires out of my eyes.
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Old 04-27-19, 01:59 PM
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Don’t like the tan lines from my Laser helmet so I wear a fresh skull cap with tail every ride.
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Old 04-27-19, 02:47 PM
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cycling cap on every ride.
Never even heard of anyone wearing a painters hat under their helmet.
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Old 04-27-19, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Giro Peloton cap.

Giro merino winter cap, but lately

https://www.amazon.com/Giro-Ambient-...ct_top?ie=UTF8

which I really like for the mini-visor. Wish they all came like that as it keeps the sun/rain off but doesn't block the view.

Traditional caps with elastic in the back? Maybe OK for the days before helmets.
Thanks. Just bought one for my wife Can be nasty here in winter.
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Old 04-27-19, 08:42 PM
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Halo headband year round for sweat. Below 40F, a fleece lined skull cap. I was surprised to learn that the old wives tale "you lose heat through your head" is actually true. I was having trouble keeping warm at 37F and the tops of my legs were pink after a 30 minute commute. I tried several variants of layers, but the skull cap was the big winner.
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Old 04-27-19, 10:02 PM
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I really like the look of the Giro's SPF Ultralight caps that was posted a few post up.

Someone on another thread mentioned Walz Caps and after doing some google searching, I thought their caps looked pretty good too.

In colder temps I wear a toque, which serves two purposes. Keeps my head warm AND keeps my ears warm. Nothing worse - for me - than having cold ears. Summer wise, I still wear a painters hat. Although switching to some kind of wicking material might make sense.

@Nachoman, I thought they were called painters hats. At least that's what I've always called them. Not sure where I gleaned the term TBH.

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Old 04-27-19, 10:34 PM
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Always. Mostly bandanas. I have dozens of 'em, some passed along from my granddad who was a bandana-wearing gardener. There's always a fresh one. Wear 'em year 'round. Handy to cover the mouth/nose in cold dry weather too, or on dusty roads anytime.

For really cold rides I have various hoodies, windbreakers and baselayers with hoods to fit under or over the helmet.

I have a traditional cycling cap but those are mostly useless for my needs now since I always wear a helmet now. Cycling caps were for the no-helmet era when they occasionally needed some protection from sun or cold. I liked 'em in the 1970s when there were no good helmets and hairnets were both useless and dorky. To me cycling caps never feel quite right under a helmet, bill up or down.

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Old 04-28-19, 12:04 AM
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yep, always.
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Old 04-28-19, 02:10 AM
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I have a Gore skull cap for the winter that I love. I switch between a Gore and a Castelli headband to keep sweat from running in to my eyes or on my sunglasses when it is warm out. I like the Castelli one a bit more as it's slightly lighter...
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Old 04-28-19, 08:13 AM
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This $9 RockBros polyester cap has been perfect in hot and cool temps.

Visor is small enough to not obstruct vision.

Hysenm Tour De France Polyester https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E2CIIR8..._-pBXCb7PT5QYY
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Old 04-28-19, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
I voted no but I do when the temps are in the 30s.
Same here...Only in cold weather. I have a "winter helmet" with room for a hat.
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Old 04-28-19, 04:11 PM
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I always wear a cap -- probably have a dozen.

Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
I really like the look of the Giro's SPF Ultralight caps that was posted a few post up.
One of my favorite lightweight caps.

Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Walz Caps ... I thought their caps looked pretty good too.
They make nice caps for sure, lots of different styles.
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Old 04-29-19, 06:59 AM
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Headsweats skullcap, I sweat a lot and the padding in my helmet is not enough to keep the sweat out of my eyes.
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Most days I wear a cycling cap under my helmet. On hot days I wear one backwards with the top cut off. It’s basically a sweat band.
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Old 04-29-19, 07:32 AM
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Does anyone else have no idea what a painters hat is?
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Does anyone else have no idea what a painters hat is?
Not before looking it up because of this thread.
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Old 04-29-19, 08:21 AM
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OP talking about the cheap painter's hat they used to give away when you bought some paint? I can't see what good they would do. Nothing to really soak up the sweat and too thin for cold weather.

However, I wear some Nashbar hats I bought years ago for warm weather. The bills were bothering me so I cut them off. I have a cold weather cap as well.
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Yes I always wear a cycling cap.
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Years ago when I started riding, I wore a painters hat underneath my helmet. I took some ridicule from the people I was riding with, but I didn't care. The hat did some sweat management, and if a bee/bug flew in to the air vents of my helmet, I felt protected from stings.

Now that riding has EXPLODED in popularity, I am seeing more and more people - mainly men - wearing painter hats. Seems like the hats have gone from fringe to trendy. Some people I know wear head sweats or something like that too.

So I figured why not see what the rest of the Bike Forums crew are up to in the headgear dept. Cheers.
I dont see the point in wearing a bike cap in warm weather, defeats the purpose of helmet ventilation.

In cold weather, obviously you wear something under the helmet to protect your skull / ears from the cold (skullcap / thin knit hat). Common sense.
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