Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-22-11, 07:19 PM
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cycling caps

I just picked up my very first one a week ago and I love it to pieces. It was a sale item at my LBS so I picked it up on my way to college and I was just wondering if anyone else wears them around or wears them at all.
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Sure.
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Old 08-22-11, 07:40 PM
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Hell yeah people wear them. I must have seen at least a dozen d-bags with them on over the weekend.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Hell yeah people wear them. I must have seen at least a dozen d-bags with them on over the weekend.
Rule #22
/ Cycling caps are for cycling.
Cycling caps can be worn under helmets, but never when not riding, no matter how hip you think you look. This will render one a ******, and should result in public berating or beating. The only time it is acceptable to wear a cycling cap is while directly engaged in cycling activities and while clad in cycling kit. This includes activities taking place prior to and immediately after the ride such as machine tuning and tire pumping. Also included are cafe appearances for pre-ride espressi and post-ride pub appearances for body-refueling ales (provided said pub has sunny, outdoor patio – do not stray inside a pub wearing kit or risk being ceremoniously beaten by leather-clad biker chicks). Under these conditions, having your cap skull-side tipped jauntily at a rakish angle is, one might say, de rigueur. All good things must be taken in measure, however, and as such it is critical that we let sanity and good taste prevail: as long as the first sip of the relevant caffeine or hop-based beverage is taken whilst beads of sweat, snow, or rain are still evident on one’s brow then it is legitimate for the cap to be worn. However, once all that remains in the cranial furrows is salt, it is then time to shower, throw on some suitable après-ride attire (a woollen Molteni Arcore training top circa ’73 comes to mind) and return to the bar, folded copy of pastel-coloured news publication in hand, ready for formal fluid replacement. It is also helpful if you are a Giant of the Road, as demonstrated here, rather than a giant ******bag. 5
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I don't need your stinking rules.
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under my helmet when it's cool or raining.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
I don't need your stinking rules.
I agree. All the d-bags I saw with cycling caps were cycling.
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Cap under my helmet is "level one" for cool rides.
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I wear mine when riding. Sometimes during after ride activities.
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I generally wear one after rides, and on big multi-day rides I'll wear one to dinner and just hangin' out.
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Originally Posted by abikemechanic View Post
I just picked up my very first one a week ago and I love it to pieces. It was a sale item at my LBS so I picked it up on my way to college and I was just wondering if anyone else wears them around or wears them at all.
Sure...(shhhhhh....it may work still: write/email some of the big bike manufacturer's/teams & ask them how you can get a cycling cap from them,"I cant seem to find them anywhere", they'll probably send you one for free).
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I could see myself doing a ride with one under my helmet and even hiding my helmet hair with one at the pub on the way home after the ride but not just out as a hat. My bike would have to be within eye shot or I would feel like a D-Bag. Just my 2 cents......

In the words of the late great Rodney Dangerfield "It looks good on you though"
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I wear an under armour skull cap usually on most rides. I have a bald head so if i don't wear it i get the tan lines from my helmet tanned onto my head which doesn't look too good. It can get pretty warm especially in 90+ degree weather but it beats the ionos tiger stripes seared all over my skull.
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Wesley Snipes looked good in his Colnago cycling hat on "White Men Cant Jump".
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I see people wearing them all the time in Chicago. I suggest you wear it to match a mint chrome messenger bag while on public transit. Don't forget to always roll your pants though you are no where near a bike.
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Its kinda like wearing a cycling jersey to WalMart. You can do it, sure. You can do what you want.
But the Fred Factor goes way up.
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Exception to rule above: Also acceptable to wear cycling cap while driving, if bike is in car.
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Depends on why you wear it.

I got an Etape cycling cap in France this year, and I wore it 'jauntily' all over the place, especially driving the convertible we rented. I did it partly just to keep the sun out of my eyes and off my head (I have very short hair, so prone to sunburb). But mainly I wore it to embarrass my nephew. It worked really well for that.

Do you need to embarrass someone? Yourself maybe? Knock yourself out.

Otherwise, yeah, I go with rule 22.
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Perfect for cool rainy rides.
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Only under my helmet when my hair is long, its uncomfortable on when my hair is super short.
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Yep, under a helmet riding in cool or wet.
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One further exception for non-cycling use.

I trim head sails on a racing boat. I frequently ride a bike to the dock. I have discovered that a cycling cap is perfect for sail boat racing.

Trimming the jib, when I am generally looking at the lower half of the sail most of the time, I can wear the brim down. When trimming spinnaker and looking mostly at the top third of the sail, I can wear brim flipped up. Funny thing; mid season, I started spotting other foresail trimmers in my fleet sporting bike caps.

Of course, once in the yacht club for after race refreshment, the bike cap comes off to be replaced by the appropriately sail maker branded, baseball cap. If you just won something big, of course you wear your crew member cap with the boat name on it. You see, yachting has just as many style rules a cycling.
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My head cover rules
Bandanna wicks sweat from head
Cap at coffee shop
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I just picked up my very first one a week ago and I love it to pieces. It was a sale item at my LBS so I picked it up on my way to college and I was just wondering if anyone else wears them around or wears them at all.
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I used to wear a World Champion striped one.
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