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Cycling Cap - what benefits?

thefdthefd Posts: 1,021
edited July 2012 in Road beginners
Can someone explain what the benefits are of a cycling cap? Is it to reduce sun in your eyes? Does it keep your head warmer in winter?

Is there something else I'm missing?
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  • pst88pst88 Posts: 632
    I wear one to keep the rain off my glasses.
    Bianchi Via Nirone Veloce/Centaur 2010
  • CrankbrotherCrankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Keeps the chill off in cooler weather ...

    Covers up my helmet head in the cafe afterwards ...

    Looks a bit nattier than a helmet when I take my bike to work and just cycling in normal clothes ... Just don't wear a gaudy team one ...
  • I wear mine primarily to keep the sweat from running into my eyes. It provides peace of mind when insects get into helmet vents too.

    And to avoid 'helmet hair' in the cafe post-ride, obviously... 8)
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    I wear mine primarily to keep the sweat from running into my eyes.

    I used to only wear it in rain / colder days, but have taken to wearing it in the summer when doing long slow climbs for this reason - to stop the constant stream of sweat running into my eyes.
  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    All above reasons, primarily for me, the flap is handy to keep rain off glasses, also it helps a bit to stop the helmet getting pongy by absorbing some of the sweat....
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  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    just wear a headband - sorts the sweat issue out, but leaves your head free to breathe - important when the temperature goes about 35 DEG C
    Wiliers: Cento Uno/Superleggera R and Zero 7. Bianchi Infinito CV and Oltre XR2
  • BozmanBozman Posts: 2,570
    I wear a cap instead of a helmet, apparently it offers the same protection plus it keeps the sweat and sun out of my eyes.
  • Simon MastersonSimon Masterson Posts: 2,740
    Most of the above, really.

    I never ride without my Walz. Keeps, sun, sweat and rain at bay, as well as looking the business (or so the wife doesn't say :lol:). It also - being bright yellow - hopefully makes me more visible. I may get myself a wool cap for winter this year, but I got by just fine last year.

    Definitely recommended. You can get a basic cheapo one from Wiggle (etc), or a slightly more expensive Walz; being handmade you can choose the colour, material, three or four panel design, and add embroidery as well. I'm glad I spent the money, personally.
  • deswahriffdeswahriff Posts: 310
    ...All of the above plus keeps the sun off my baldy bonce (on the rare occasions we get sun..)
    Black and orange one,
    Red one,
    Black one.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    A cap is also more effective as keeping [email protected] off your face than a helmet-mounted visor IME.
    It's also a great eye shield if you have to deal with motorists who drive towards you with full-beam at night.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Pickled PigPickled Pig Posts: 233
    also can extend your ride when it blows off as a HGV passes on a fast descent, meaning you have to slog back up the hill to retrieve it. :cry:
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