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Do you still use a cap?

Old 04-05-11, 11:27 PM
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There's a 70 year old guy I meet occasionally riding his classic road bike. He always wears a lilac color cap with matching lilac color jacket. He's been riding since age 15. Cool guy.
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Yup, been using cycling caps since the early 1970s; use one on daily ride and own at least 2 dozen of 'em.
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Old 04-06-11, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by wrr1020 View Post
I tend to wear my under armour skull cap on cold days instead of the cap.
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I never wear a cycling cap, but I do wear Under Armour heat gear or cold gear skull caps to either absorb sweat on a really hot day, or keep warm in the colder weather.
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Old 04-06-11, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve in MA View Post
+1

I never wear a cycling cap, but I do wear Under Armour heat gear or cold gear skull caps to either absorb sweat on a really hot day, or keep warm in the colder weather.
Not to hijack the thread, but I tried a Headsweats skull cap / bandanna last summer. I was hoping to avoid a Darth Maul style sunburn on my shaved head. I felt like I was getting too hot, and actually experiencing mild heat exhaustion as a result. It was probably 90 degrees and very humid. As soon as I took off the Headsweats, I started to feel better. Have you used the Under Armour heat gear caps in those kinds of conditions? If so, how did you like it?
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Old 04-07-11, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
Not to hijack the thread, but I tried a Headsweats skull cap / bandanna last summer. I was hoping to avoid a Darth Maul style sunburn on my shaved head. I felt like I was getting too hot, and actually experiencing mild heat exhaustion as a result. It was probably 90 degrees and very humid. As soon as I took off the Headsweats, I started to feel better. Have you used the Under Armour heat gear caps in those kinds of conditions? If so, how did you like it?
Good question. I was probably a little warmer with the UA skullcap on, but the top of the heat gear version is mesh, so it does allow for heat dissapation. I sweat like a pig (especially in the conditions you mention), so for me being slightly warmer was worth not having sweat streaming down into my eyes all day. I bought a new helmet over the winter with significantly better venting that what I was using last summer, so that may offset any additional warmth (or maybe I won't even need to wear the cap as much).
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Old 04-07-11, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve in MA View Post
Good question. I was probably a little warmer with the UA skullcap on, but the top of the heat gear version is mesh, so it does allow for heat dissapation. I sweat like a pig (especially in the conditions you mention), so for me being slightly warmer was worth not having sweat streaming down into my eyes all day. I bought a new helmet over the winter with significantly better venting that what I was using last summer, so that may offset any additional warmth (or maybe I won't even need to wear the cap as much).
or you might need to wear it more if you're like some of us (read me, who also bought a new more vented helmet over the winter) who have increasingly mobile hair lines.
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Old 04-07-11, 10:42 AM
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Y'all wear helmets?
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Old 04-07-11, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by robbyrocks12345 View Post
Y'all wear helmets?
here we go again

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Old 04-07-11, 12:57 PM
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It also lets anyone else who might see you know your a cyclist. At coffee, lunch of were ever and no matter what your bike is. For those who have never ridden Campy you don't know what your missing, Try it you'll like it.
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Old 04-07-11, 02:46 PM
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I have the same one haha but its red =) and I wear it all the time under the helmet.
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Old 04-07-11, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by nwbikeman View Post
It also lets anyone else who might see you know your a cyclist. At coffee, lunch of were ever and no matter what your bike is. For those who have never ridden Campy you don't know what your missing, Try it you'll like it.
I don't think the general public recognizes these things as cycling caps anymore. My neighbor calls himself a cyclist and he asked me why I needed a hat with such a small brim (before I put on my helmet). Beyond that, you can find the same basic shape in Target's hat rack.
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Old 04-07-11, 03:14 PM
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Thanks...just please don't gloat if I die from a preventable head injury.
No worries, BF will spend months arguing whether or not a helmet would have saved you, or made the injury worse...
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Old 04-07-11, 03:41 PM
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No worries, BF will spend months arguing whether or not a helmet would have [. . .] made the injury worse...
That's one I hadn't heard before. Is that something the Harley riders argue?
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Old 04-07-11, 04:11 PM
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oh no, not Harley, that's classic BF.
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
oh no, not Harley, that's classic BF.
I guess I haven't been on here long enough to know what you're talking about.
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I like the looks of the various cycling-brand labelled caps (Campy, Cinelli, Merckx, etc) particularly in a retro poseurway. However I dislike that they are cotton, and once under your helmet and soaked with sweat (as they inevitably become when on top of my profusely irrigated noggin) they really become EZ-Bake ovens for your brain.

I like the function of the more technical fabrics, what with the wicking and the cooling and the evaporating. But the colors one finds them in are inevitably bland. I have a headsweats runner's cap but it's just black (and the brim is huge so I rarely ride with it). I'll use it in a pinch if the sun is absolutely blazing and I don't want to burn my nearly bare scalp.

When or where shall (or do) the twain meet? When/where can I get a cap made of technical fabric that looks spiffy and has an actual cycling brand on it, and functions like an actual cycling cap? I like the look of the twinsix posted earlier in the thread, but it isn't exactly the most thrilling design.
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try walz caps
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When it's a little warmer (mid 60s and up) I wear a Castelli tech cap. Right now, a nondescript rather heavy tech cap - can't remember where I got it since I've had it for years and it has no brand name or tags. When it's colder (like ~50 or below) a Pearl Izumi Barrier skull cap. The PI is perfect under a ski helmet, too. I too have a full head of hair, and a cap is somewhat prone to sliding off until I've warmed up and have wet hair, but with a helmet it's no problem.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
try walz caps
These fall into the "great materials, non-thrilling/underwhelming design" category.

I'm not trying to look like this guy:



Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
When it's a little warmer (mid 60s and up) I wear a Castelli tech cap. Right now, a nondescript rather heavy tech cap - can't remember where I got it since I've had it for years and it has no brand name or tags. When it's colder (like ~50 or below) a Pearl Izumi Barrier skull cap. The PI is perfect under a ski helmet, too. I too have a full head of hair, and a cap is somewhat prone to sliding off until I've warmed up and have wet hair, but with a helmet it's no problem.
Sounds promising; cotton front panels, poly mesh rear panels. Why not all-poly? Sigh.
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Pacesportswear.com - made in the USA and comfy. Fits nicely under my helmet. It has a bit of visibility issues as the brim is a little long, but it isn't something I can't deal with. It keeps the rain and sun out of my eyes.

For winter I wear a fleece helmet liner with this patch
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Originally Posted by krazygl00 View Post
These fall into the "great materials, non-thrilling/underwhelming design" category.

I'm not trying to look like this guy:

To each his own. I actually have a yehuda moon wool hat with his picture patch on the side of it. Was thinking about getting a higher tech one for the light heat days (have a mesh topped scully with sweat absorbant sides for the really hot days).
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Originally Posted by nwbikeman View Post
It also lets anyone else who might see you know your a cyclist. At coffee, lunch of were ever and no matter what your bike is. For those who have never ridden Campy you don't know what your missing, Try it you'll like it.
That's a good reason.
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I also have a pacewear and its nice as well and the best part is that its actually American made =)
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Old 04-10-11, 12:18 AM
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Love my Team Sport Beans cap. Fits great, does a good job of shielding my eyes from the sun when I turn the brim down, and fits into a jersey pocket on long uphills.

Helmets make more sense when riding on crowded roads - and almost all roads in the Bay Area are crowded; but I like the look and the feel of caps.
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