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cotton cycling caps why

Postby samsbike » Sat Jan 05, 2013 15:37 pm

I don't understand the point of these, are they supposed to he worn with a helmet or not?

Also if they are cotton dont they just get soaked in sweat? I probably need something for my bald scalp but I.can't see beyond my buff.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby nochekmate » Sat Jan 05, 2013 15:38 pm

samsbike wrote:I don't understand the point of these, are they supposed to he worn with a helmet or not?

Also if they are cotton dont they just get soaked in sweat? I probably need something for my bald scalp but I.can't see beyond my buff.


Can be worn under helmet or on its own, up to rider. Personally I think the cotton caps look cool. I also like a buff at this time of year although today was like Spring out there!

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby lc1981 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 15:49 pm

They do soak up sweat, but I've rarely found them to be soaking wet at the end of a ride (unless it's raining) and I think it's preferable to the sweat dripping off my forehead. It's also nice to have a peak to use as a sun visor, plus the cap keeps your head protected from sunburn.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby jezzpalmer » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:01 pm

lc1981 wrote: plus the cap keeps your head protected from sunburn.


This.
I had a rather fetching selection of sunburnt blotches on my noggin where my vents are last summer, not a good look.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby Ber Nard » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:02 pm

I wouldn't ride in the rain without one. They do a brilliant job of keeping rain out of your eyes. Good for riding when the sun is low (Autumn/Spring)and when it's cool, but not cold, out.

One of my favourite bits of kit.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby lc1981 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:02 pm

Also, they look pro, which is enough reason for some people.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby big p » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:06 pm

Ber Nard wrote:I wouldn't ride in the rain without one. They do a brilliant job of keeping rain out of your eyes. Good for riding when the sun is low (Autumn/Spring)and when it's cool, but not cold, out.

One of my favourite bits of kit.

Rob



My thoughts exactly.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby lc1981 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:13 pm

Ber Nard wrote:They do a brilliant job of keeping rain out of your eyes.


I forgot this reason, probably because I'm so used to wearing one that I no longer remember what happens when I don't!

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby Scrumple » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:13 pm

lc1981 wrote:Also, they look pro, which is enough reason for some people.



What he said

Look for "Saferners" tootling round London parks in them, Rapha'd up.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby Simon Masterson » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:45 pm

They're just part of the cycling uniform and have been for decades, but they do work really well. The basic design came about before widespread (not mandatory) helmet use did, but they do work well with helmets; if some more so than others. It has to be said that they do work particularly well without a helmet (I did a lot of cycling before I could afford a helmet!), which also gives an iconic look, but I don't endorse riding without. Always use protection, kids.

Cotton is the most common and 'traditional' material, but there are other fabrics available. My caps are made by Walz; in 'moisture wicking' lightweight polyester and wool. The woollen one also has an ear flap which is brilliant in the chilly weather...

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby nunowoolmez » Sat Jan 05, 2013 17:44 pm

I have a few cotton ones & a really good hot weather synthetic type material cap by Sugoi. In cold weather i like to wear a my Castelli skull cap (not actually a cap) & then a cap over this under my helmet. In hot weather i just lose the skull cap. I am another baldy so have to plan my head protection wisely. I like the Assos summer caps. The only Assos kit i actually like!

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby Keith57 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 17:50 pm

Impossible to ride up big hills in the Alps without one, it's the only way I've found to control the sweat running into my eyes!

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby cougie » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:33 pm

They wouldn't be around still if they didn't do the job.
Great underneath a helmet if it's peeing down.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby markos1963 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:47 am

Also good at night! I commute at some strange times and the number of Bulgarian taxi drivers around here who refuse to dip their main beams is crazy. All I have to do is look a bit further downwards and the problem is solved.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby Monty Dog » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:46 am

Yup, protecting your eyes when you get the driver who refuses to dip their beam at night, likewise, far more effective at keeping the cr@p out your eyes than any helmet peak.
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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby ianbar » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:58 pm

i have my cap to keep the cold wind off my head.
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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby sindreela » Mon Apr 01, 2013 07:38 am

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby philwint » Mon Apr 01, 2013 08:23 am

They are just a fashion thing. I've been riding mountain bikes for years and never needed one (a buff if it's very cold is perfect), and I don't find being on the road suddenly creates a need for one.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby johnny25 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 08:51 am

I don't have one of these.

I must get one now.

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Re: cotton cycling caps why

Postby lc1981 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 09:21 am

philwint wrote:They are just a fashion thing. I've been riding mountain bikes for years and never needed one (a buff if it's very cold is perfect), and I don't find being on the road suddenly creates a need for one.


There are plenty of good reasons to wear one given above. Perhaps when you're mountain biking, you expect to get splattered with mud and so having it on your glasses doesn't annoy you so much, but I find it very annoying to have water dripping down my glasses on the road, and a cap does a very good job of preventing it. As mentioned above, it also prevents sunburn to the head, and that can't be a bad thing.


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