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The humble, cotton cycling cap

stratcatstratcat Posts: 160
edited August 2010 in The bottom bracket
I quite fancy a cycling cap, I think they look kind of 'old school' cool to me, my wife thinks its a big no-no. I think she's afraid I'll ride without a helmet, but I always wear a helmet, too many years riding motorbikes and mountainbikes makes it feel weird without a lid on.

Anyway what do you think about the humble cycling cap?

What do you reckon to a cycling cap? 0 votes

always wear one, even under my helmet
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take my helmet off and put my cap on
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Fashion disaster, wouldn't be seen dead in one
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even wear it off the bike its so cool!
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only ever wear a cap on my bike- no helmets for me
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  • AggieboyAggieboy Posts: 3,996
    I give all these types of questions the same answer, if you like it get one and wear it.
    On a quick coffee stop last Sunday, a chap of about 60/65 was sitting under some trees proudly wearing a Rapha one. Good on him and he looked 8)
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  • BunnehBunneh Posts: 1,329
    Some old codgers look awesome, I want to be one of them when I'm that age!
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,545
    I wear one under my helmet... in summer it acts as a barrier to wasps and bees and is also easier to wash than my helmet (fnar fnar) when it gets covered in salty sweat. And in the colder months it helps to keep my head warm (unless it's really cold when I wear a skullcap).

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  • Think they look very cool, but not on me. Think I look a bit of a berk wearing one. Can't really see much point in wearing one under a helmet, if it's cold I'd wear a Buff instead.

    Oh and I can never get caps that fit as I have a fat head! :D
  • anto164anto164 Posts: 3,500
    wouldn't be seen dead wearing one.

    As said before me, i'd wear a buff if it's chilly.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    I love them, but............. I've got a massive head (7 7/8 hat size) and the standard L/XL sizes that you can get generally aren't big enough.

    Anyone know where I can get a decent sized cap ? (Love the Rapha caps, but again, sized L/XL)
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  • Omar LittleOmar Little Posts: 2,010
    good barrier against wasps and flies, hate them going into the vents and landing on me, plus the skip bit is good if it rains
    MattC59 wrote:
    I love them, but............. I've got a massive head (7 7/8 hat size) and the standard L/XL sizes that you can get generally aren't big enough.

    Anyone know where I can get a decent sized cap ? (Love the Rapha caps, but again, sized L/XL)

    the knog caps are pretty big
  • BunnehBunneh Posts: 1,329
    *hangs head in shame* I wear a baseball cap...
  • Bunneh wrote:
    *hangs head in shame* I wear a baseball cap...

    And I thought I looked like a berk :D
  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    One for the older chaps in my opinion. I often see the CTC going past in the opposite direction and it is like a who's who of the old cycling caps.

    Absolutely nothing wrong with them, but not for me (I look like a right censored in most hats/helmets/caps).
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Having said that I love Rapha stuff, I think that this is a little excessive !!

    http://www.rapha.cc/maharam-cap

    Still lovely though :D
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  • Homer JHomer J Posts: 920
    As said, it looks good on blokes over 60 with their gear levers on the frame and toe clip pedals.
  • BunnehBunneh Posts: 1,329
    Do not wash, do not bleach, do not wear - dry clean only. Crikey, after every ride it'll cost you a small fortune to get it cleaned...
  • STEFANOS4784STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    o I'm under 50 so see no point in them *tick* :wink:
  • I've only anything under the helmet when it's sub-zero, so I was interested to see Ben and Omar's comments about insects and sweat - they seem to make good sense. But does wearing a cap under the helmet in summer not get too hot?
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,545
    I've only anything under the helmet when it's sub-zero, so I was interested to see Ben and Omar's comments about insects and sweat - they seem to make good sense. But does wearing a cap under the helmet in summer not get too hot?

    My Assos cap is cotton - I prefer to have that against my head than the man-made fibre pads in my Spesh helmet. But it's all personal taste.

    I've been stung (on the neck) while out riding and I was lucky because I could flick the offending wasp out of my collar relatively quickly. If I got one stuck down a helmet vent, it'd go crackers and probably have four or five pop shots before I managed to get it out!
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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,038
    Bunneh wrote:
    Some old codgers look awesome, I want to be one of them when I'm that age!

    Riding around here, you would use the word codger and old with some caution,you never know who it is under that cap who is riding your legs off....
  • I've only anything under the helmet when it's sub-zero, so I was interested to see Ben and Omar's comments about insects and sweat - they seem to make good sense. But does wearing a cap under the helmet in summer not get too hot?

    I always wear one, when its really hot I soak my cap in cold water before I go out, keeps me nice and cool. My friends think I look like a bit of a censored though when I try to find a stream mid-ride to soak my cap in when its dried out..
  • HibbsHibbs Posts: 291
    Always wear one under the helmet when it's a bit cold and/or when it's raining.
  • stratcatstratcat Posts: 160
    Bunneh wrote:
    *hangs head in shame* I wear a baseball cap...

    Now they are a fashion disater :lol::wink::lol:
    JGSI wrote:
    Riding around here, you would use the word codger and old with some caution,you never know who it is under that cap who is riding your legs off....

    There are some quick old guys around here too, must be all the fresh air and mountains
  • Chip \'oylerChip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    The peak on a cap also helps to keep a lot of rain off your eyes
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  • fluff.fluff. Posts: 771
    Good for night riding also for shielding your eyes from oncoming headlights, I wear one on it's own when nipping to tescos in my civvies or such.
  • pdstsppdstsp Posts: 1,264
    Tend to wear mine on long alpine ascents when I take the helmet off- mainly because it seems to keep the head cooler, soaks up the sweat but keeps it close to your head and so seems to have a cooling effect. Also keeps the sweat from running into my eyes. I am one sweaty b#####d by the way :D
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,421
    Always wear one in the rain/snow to keep the water of my specs or out of my eyes when the specs are too wet.

    I always wear a helmet so they go underneath. I think they look fine, and do a good job too, I'm going to get one of the maxgear winter ones soon it's got fold down flaps that cover your ears.
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  • LagavulinLagavulin Posts: 1,688
    I've got a couple of nice Castellis and always wear one under a helmet. Peak helps with the rain and watery sun and it's a barrier to wasps, bees, flys etc.
    They also helps stop my helmet leaving silly marks on and feeling the cold as much my shaven head. :oops:
  • pneumaticpneumatic Posts: 1,989
    I think an old-timer with an elegantly shaped head in a retro cycling cap is a fine and worthy sight.

    Unfortunately for me, I just look like a prat in a hat. :(


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  • Sounds better if you say you wear a casquette.

    As in oop north they wear flat casquette's and breed whippets.

    I wear one under me helmet when its cold, cos I is baldy (a cap that is, not a whippet)
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  • sampurnellsampurnell Posts: 126
    wear one when it rains, keeps a cone of (slight) visibilty on my glasses.
  • stratcatstratcat Posts: 160
    Sounds better if you say you wear a casquette.

    As in oop north they wear flat casquette's and breed whippets.

    I wear one under me helmet when its cold, cos I is baldy (a cap that is, not a whippet)

    Wifey definitely wouldn't let me wear a flat 'casquette' despite living oop norf.
  • AggieboyAggieboy Posts: 3,996
    Those of you that say they don't suit you are doing yourselves an injustice. We need to wear them and keep this tradition alive............

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