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Title: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 25, 2012, 11:44:44 pm
I usually get any old cotton cap from Prendas, like so:

http://www.prendas.co.uk/list.asp?ID=39&typ=typ (http://www.prendas.co.uk/list.asp?ID=39&typ=typ)

But my faves are all getting a bit tatty. Also, they are almost always a little on the tight side. What I'd like is a cotton cap, or maybe something more technical, with a bit of stretch or available in different sizes. I was thinking of this Goretex one, but it might be a bit too warm - some of the reviews suggest that the breathability is a bit lacking:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gore-bike-wear-signature-ii-gt-cap-gore-tex/ (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gore-bike-wear-signature-ii-gt-cap-gore-tex/)

There's also this, I note:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=72459&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_name=UnitedKingdom (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=72459&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_name=UnitedKingdom)

But it's just not me  :)

I just want a light cap, made out of stuff that has a bit of stretch, that looks ok. Or decent looking team caps that are bigger than the one-size-fits- all from Prendas.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: MattH on January 25, 2012, 11:53:19 pm
I bought myself a Rapha cap (http://www.rapha.cc/rapha-cap) early last year. I also have a large head, and normal caps are always tight on me, leaving a line across my forehead when removed. The Rapha in Large fits me nicely, without that problem. Mine's a Paul Smith variant (now discontinued) but I think that's just a colourway difference.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 25, 2012, 11:56:44 pm
I have a large Rapha  :smug:  :), and it isn't too bad across the forehead, but still not quite right for me. I think it has shrunk a bit, maybe. I'd like to be able to wear a very thin Sweatvac hat under the cap to cover my ears when it's a bit chilly, so more room or a bit of stretch is required.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: fuaran on January 25, 2012, 11:57:11 pm
I was just thinking about this myself, most cycling caps are a bit small for me.
Gore also make a windstopper cap, it should be a bit more breathable than the waterproof version? http://www.evanscycles.com/products/gore-bike-wear/retro-windstopper-cap-ec016080

Or Walz caps are available in large, and in a variety of materials and styles (including customised). http://walzcaps.com/
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Ewan Houzami on January 25, 2012, 11:59:16 pm
Dunno what it is about Assos stuff, but the way the models pose in their kit always reminds me of a Kraftwerk album cover!

Nice to know there are some fellow cap wearers out there too, upholding standards and cutting a dash (says someone who sports a small faded black Rapha and club biretta).
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Jurek on January 26, 2012, 12:02:22 am
The Rapha / Paul Smith ones (how good is that? Two fashion victim names for the price of one) are extremely nice and beautifully crafted.

Unfortunately they were a limited edition deal - meaning when I tried to score a second one for my other head, they were out of stock and unlikely to be replenished  :(

If you find one anywhere, I'd snap it up.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Karla on January 26, 2012, 12:06:24 am
I had a Rapha in L; it was still too small for my massive bonce.

I had an Assos Mille and cut the elastic out of the back.  That was okay, if a little tight. 

I have a Craft summer cap, similarly with elastic removed.  That fits me okay, but sadly they don't make them anymore. 

I had an orange cap that I got for £3 at the CTC rally, rather like one that Arabella owns.  That fitted me fine (you guessed it - with elastic removed) but I lost it.

Finally, I bought a Castelli cap in Belgium this year, it fits me perfectly and I haven't even had to get my scissors out! 
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 26, 2012, 12:09:42 am
Dunno what it is about Assos stuff, but the way the models pose in their kit always reminds me of a Kraftwerk album cover!

I was just saying to Jurek that the Assos Raincap photo above put me in mind of the Pet Shop Boys. I quite like that about Assos, that slightly contrived advertising.   
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 26, 2012, 12:11:33 am
I had an Assos Mille and cut the elastic out of the back.  That was okay, if a little tight. 

That reminds me, a normal Assos cotton cap is not too bad size-wise. My black one is totally washed out and seems to be going purple in parts. Can't find the equivalent available to buy right now.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Karla on January 26, 2012, 12:23:15 am
I had an Assos Mille and cut the elastic out of the back.  That was okay, if a little tight. 

That reminds me, a normal Assos cotton cap is not too bad size-wise. My black one is totally washed out and seems to be going purple in parts. Can't find the equivalent available to buy right now.

I had one of those once upon a time, but it was a bit small even with the elastic removed.  The Mille seemed to be a little bit bigger.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Feline on January 26, 2012, 12:32:22 am
My Rapha caps are the only ones that don't blow off my head on the Severn Bridge never to be seen again. However Mine if probably the opposite problem, getting caps small enough not to fall off!
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: clarion on January 26, 2012, 08:09:25 am
My only cycling cap is a L'Eroica one.  Not easy to get hold of one without riding it ;)

TGL mostly wears his LCEF cap, which is pretty good quality.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: GruB on January 26, 2012, 08:34:50 am
Winter headwear has more options than warmer weather headwear.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Nonsteeler on January 26, 2012, 08:38:28 am
Style-wise I like the Waltz caps. Lost mine on PBP leading a group in a mad dash to Dreux. There, one of the very friendly Italian wheelsuckers gave me his green Buff-alike... oh happy times.  Anyway I replaced it with a Mavic cap, which I prefer as the fabric is lighter than the Waltz + 'is more technical, with a bit of stretch'. That's the cap I am speaking of:

(http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk/images/product_images/medium/MavicRoadieCap.jpg)

Mavic Roadie Cap
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: GruB on January 26, 2012, 09:17:11 am
In the winter I wear an Endura Baa Baa skull cap ( no peak ) and that is lovely.  It keeps my head warm and even when I stop and it is wet my head does not get cold because the merino wool stays warm.

However, in the warmer times I wear a cap to stop the sunburn and also to keep the sweat out of my eyes.  I have always used cotton type caps but the biggest drawback is the smell of them ( after a couple of weeks of use ).

That last Mavic one looks interesting but it also looks quite warm.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Rhys W on January 26, 2012, 09:19:04 am
I also used to buy any old cap, but found they shrank after only a few washes and end up being so tight I get headaches (pressing on a nerve I suppose). I read somewhere that Campagnolo caps were made of better material and didn't shrink so I bought a couple off ebay for £15. I marked one on the label to make sure only one was regularly washed - and yes, they don't shrink nowhere near as much. It's getting a bit tight now so I'll retire it at the end of the winter (it's been washed twice a week for 2 winters). The Campagnolo logo and rainbow stripes are cooler than anything that Rapha can even dream about.

Assos ones have been good as well, but more expensive and not as durable.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: GruB on January 26, 2012, 09:40:22 am
Totally agree on the shrinking.  My yACF ones were terrible for that and they were only washed with all my other cycling clothes.
The Assos ones have the mesh at the rear and that somehow seems to get tight after the wash but soon stretches again once on.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Nonsteeler on January 26, 2012, 10:11:34 am
That last Mavic one looks interesting but it also looks quite warm.
It is not a warm cap, made out light cycling jersey fabric. I also wear it as a rain shield for my glasses.

In the winter I wear an Endura Baa Baa skull cap ( no peak ) and that is lovely.  It keeps my head warm and even when I stop and it is wet my head does not get cold because the merino wool stays warm.

Speaking of Endura's merino offerings I was also tempted by their roadie-ish cap

(http://www.spacycles.co.uk/smsimg/202/2537-7864-main-baa_baa_merino_flat_cap-202.jpg)

Baa Baa Merino Flat Cap
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: MattH on January 26, 2012, 10:15:28 am
I also used to buy any old cap, but found they shrank after only a few washes and end up being so tight I get headaches (pressing on a nerve I suppose). I read somewhere that Campagnolo caps were made of better material and didn't shrink so I bought a couple off ebay for £15. I marked one on the label to make sure only one was regularly washed - and yes, they don't shrink nowhere near as much. It's getting a bit tight now so I'll retire it at the end of the winter (it's been washed twice a week for 2 winters). The Campagnolo logo and rainbow stripes are cooler than anything that Rapha can even dream about.

I like the style of the Campagnolo ones, but they are just a fraction tight for me (I wore them pretty much exclusively for a few years and have three different colours). For shrinkage, I handwash my caps in warm water, which keeps them clean and sweet smelling but doesn't make them shrink (or have the peak going soft and then setting in a strange shape when cooled down).
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: pumpkin on January 26, 2012, 10:52:33 am
That Mavic cap comes up small compared to Rapha/Assos. I can only wear it after a haircut. Giro have some caps I think and they are bringing out a tech.cap for summer. Some firms like Nike do mesh running caps but the brims may not sit right in use with a helmet
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Rhys W on January 26, 2012, 12:31:39 pm
If somebody came out with a classy-looking, cheap and cheerful cap in quality non-shrinking cotton (like Campagnolo or Assos) in 3 sizes (S, M, L) they'd be on to a winner.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 26, 2012, 01:59:01 pm
Walz look as if they might do the job. Will take a tape measure to my head later.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on January 26, 2012, 05:54:58 pm
Every year at the Cheshire Ploughing and Hedgecutting competition a firm called Environmental Crop Management http://www.ecmltd.co.uk/ hand out free baseball caps to the hedging competitors, I get one of those and cut the peak down with a pair of scissors. The old ones say 'Profitable Crops Safely' on them.
Cycling caps are too small, baseball caps are adjustable.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Somnolent on January 26, 2012, 07:12:48 pm
http://www.samcycling.com/caps-c-88.html

I got one of their Campag ones, appears to be cotton, washed it several times, doesn't appear to have shrunk or stretched - and never blown off my head yet.   I think I'm just below average head circumference but not sure.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: GruB on January 26, 2012, 07:49:21 pm


(http://www.spacycles.co.uk/smsimg/202/2537-7864-main-baa_baa_merino_flat_cap-202.jpg)

Baa Baa Merino Flat Cap


Oh poop.  Why did you have to tell me about that  ;D ;D ;D  ::-)
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Kim on June 28, 2012, 08:38:13 pm
I've killed a couple of traditional cycling caps now, both by breaking the rigid plastic bit that supports the peak while carelessly stuffing it in a jersey pocket or rack bag.  So I've got a new one from Walz (http://www.walzcaps.com/index.html), which arrived this morning.

Initial impressions:

Most importantly, it was less than 12 quid.  Including international shipping.  What's not to like?
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: andygates on June 28, 2012, 08:42:38 pm
I have to weigh in with Rapha love.  I was lucky enough to get given one (mwah! thanks!) and it's another perfect fit for another large head; three years on it's going like a proper METAL t-shirt, a suspicious grey and a suspicious smell, but it's my Cap of Choice.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Canardly on June 28, 2012, 09:13:29 pm
I saw an ACF cap last week end. Looked perfectly acceptable to me.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: clarion on June 28, 2012, 09:17:00 pm
It was most probably perched on TGL's bonce.  He likes his caps.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 28, 2012, 11:27:13 pm
Walz look as if they might do the job. Will take a tape measure to my head later.

I ended up getting a Walz, in "L / XL” - perfect, possibly even a bit big. Aside from the sizing, there is nothing special about the cap - basic and cheaply contracted, but it’s all you need.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 29, 2012, 11:30:07 am
I've killed a couple of traditional cycling caps now, both by breaking the rigid plastic bit that supports the peak while carelessly stuffing it in a jersey pocket or rack bag. 
Rigid plastic bit? That sounds like a baseball cap rather than any cycling cap I've ever worn.

I saw an ACF cap last week end. Looked perfectly acceptable to me.
I haz two and wuz wearing one yesterday!
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: greenmeansgo on June 29, 2012, 12:28:55 pm
I have always used cotton type caps but the biggest drawback is the smell of them ( after a couple of weeks of use ).
I have a few so I can wear a clean one while I'm washing the others.

Back to the original point Re: too tight - I had a radioshack cap that was a bit tight. After a few washes the elastic either came undone or otherwise became ineffective and is now much comfier. I only wear them under helmets anyway, so the blowing away issue isn't there either. Someone else mentioned cutting the elastic out - have you tried that?
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Kim on June 29, 2012, 12:36:37 pm
Rigid plastic bit? That sounds like a baseball cap rather than any cycling cap I've ever worn.

Definitely cycling caps.  You can tell by the size of the peak (which unlike a baseball cap, allows you to see where you're going on an upright bike, and not lose your cap to the airstream on a recumbent), and by the way one of them had "Campagnolo" written on it in large, swirly letters.

Both had peaks stiffened by a moderately flexible plastic insert, which suffers brittle failure if excessively bent.  Once cracked, the peak starts to droop in the middle, and the sharp corners of the cracked plastic start to damage the fabric from the inside.  The Walz offering seems to have avoided that problem by a better choice of material (it seems to be a high density fabric).
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: arvid on June 29, 2012, 06:18:11 pm
I have a moisture wicking and two wool caps from Walz, one with earflaps. I do nearly all of my riding with the woollen one without earflaps. As shown on
http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/7419358298/in/set-72157630234436112

The white line is salt. It will not disappear with a wash. I'll probably buy a new one like this later this year.
I think the moisture wicking one will smell horrid after a ride. I really have no idea what other reason I might have not to wear that one more often.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 30, 2012, 12:02:01 am
Rigid plastic bit? That sounds like a baseball cap rather than any cycling cap I've ever worn.

Definitely cycling caps.  You can tell by the size of the peak (which unlike a baseball cap, allows you to see where you're going on an upright bike, and not lose your cap to the airstream on a recumbent), and by the way one of them had "Campagnolo" written on it in large, swirly letters.

Both had peaks stiffened by a moderately flexible plastic insert, which suffers brittle failure if excessively bent.  Once cracked, the peak starts to droop in the middle, and the sharp corners of the cracked plastic start to damage the fabric from the inside.  The Walz offering seems to have avoided that problem by a better choice of material (it seems to be a high density fabric).
aha, I was thinking you were referring to the kind of plastic fastening and adjusting device often seen on baseball caps. I've just had a look at my cycling caps (I have 5, of 4 different makes  :o) and AFAICT only one, made by Knogg, seems to have a rigid plastic insert in the peak. The others (including one branded Campagnolo) seem to have rather flexible peaks, which actually work better IMO because they are easier to flip up or down according to rain, sun in eyes, etc. But I'm not going to take them apart to find out what's  inside them.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Hummers on June 30, 2012, 06:13:19 pm
I have other caps but have used the Portsmouth CTC cap for the last 4 years (not the same one, you understand) and although this is made out of a man-made fabric, it is cool in the summer, warm in the winter and keeps the crap out of my eyes.

Yours for a £5 (send Postie a PM).

H
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: mmmmartin on June 30, 2012, 06:45:44 pm
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412iQXne7VL._SX342_.jpg

was a tenner in my LBS today, all cotton, I like the retro look and it fits perfectly.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Gus on June 30, 2012, 06:59:39 pm
I've got an old Kelme cotton cap, an even older from a danish sportive. Both very well used in crap weather to keep the rain and crud
from my eyes.
I have a  new assos cap too, but it's not nearly as good yet, it needs many kilometers in poor weather before it's worn in.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Simon Masterson on July 01, 2012, 04:34:58 pm
It may be the only cycling cap I have ever owned or worn, but I have a Walz. 3-panel yellow moisture-wicking with black 'racing stripe' and my initials because I'm that cool. It is very nice and it looks spiffing; so my wife doesn't think.  ;D 
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: ianrauk on July 01, 2012, 08:42:10 pm
I have a moisture wicking and two wool caps from Walz, one with earflaps. I do nearly all of my riding with the woollen one without earflaps. As shown on
http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/7419358298/in/set-72157630234436112

The white line is salt. It will not disappear with a wash. I'll probably buy a new one like this later this year.
I think the moisture wicking one will smell horrid after a ride. I really have no idea what other reason I might have not to wear that one more often.

I also wear a moisture wicking Waltz cap and can confirm that they do not smell horrid after a ride.
Very well made caps imvho.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: LEE on July 01, 2012, 11:03:03 pm
I have a large bonce and find that the Prendas caps fit fine.

This one has served me well

http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?typ=typ&fkid=39&ID=2828 (http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?typ=typ&fkid=39&ID=2828)
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 02, 2012, 03:08:29 pm
I've just ordered a Walz cap. There was no additional cost added fror P&P, so it ended up costing <£12. Did anyone else have to pay P&P?
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: hubner on July 02, 2012, 04:17:56 pm
Those Walz caps don't look right to me. The peak points down too much and head shape's too flat, almost like a skull cap. They look more like a school cap.

Whereas cycling caps have a taller shape, like an upside down U, and the peak is more horizontal. And it's held on to you head by the elasticated bit, with space between the top of your head and the cap.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Kim on July 02, 2012, 05:51:10 pm
I also wear a moisture wicking Waltz cap and can confirm that they do not smell horrid after a ride.
Very well made caps imvho.

Just bunged it (along with everything else I wore for the Dun Run and most of Sunday) in the wash.  I can confirm that the cap was smell-free, which is more than can be said for my mitts.  My jersey was still faintly nettle-flavoured.


I've just ordered a Walz cap. There was no additional cost added fror P&P, so it ended up costing <£12. Did anyone else have to pay P&P?

They do say free (international) shipping somewhere on the website.  I dunno if they charge for bulk orders.

ETA: found it:

Quote from: http://www.walzcaps.com/customerservice.html
Yes, we do ship internationally via USPS first class international mail. An added bonus is that on small international orders there is no additional charge for shipping, although you are still responsible for any customs fees on your end. We get a big kick out of the requests for Walz Caps from fabulous destinations around the world. We often wish we were as well traveled as our cycling caps. One day, we hope to come visit all of you!

 We ship international orders once a week and USPS international shipping times vary. One order make take seven days and the next two weeks. We know that you are very excited to receive your caps and the delays may be agonizing, but it is still pretty amazing that our caps can travel from beautiful San Diego to anywhere in the world and you aren't paying extra for the travel. Please be patient and we promise your cap(s) will arrive. If it has been an excessively long time since you placed your order, email us and we can check your shipping dated. Usually the day you send us the email, your caps arrive. Some sort of post office magic.

Can't argue with that, can you?


Those Walz caps don't look right to me. The peak points down too much and head shape's too flat, almost like a skull cap. They look more like a school cap.

The shape is slightly different, in as much as it fits my head better and looks less dorky as a result.  YMMV.

The peak does point down quiet sharply, which works well for keeping flies and stuff out of my glasses in a recumbent position.  I've yet to try it on an upright bike, though.  Suspect it may prove to be annoying...
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: mattc on July 02, 2012, 06:23:02 pm
Those Walz caps don't look right to me. The peak points down too much and head shape's too flat, almost like a skull cap. They look more like a school cap.

Whereas cycling caps have a taller shape, like an upside down U, and the peak is more horizontal. And it's held on to you head by the elasticated bit, with space between the top of your head and the cap.
You're right about the downward peak. Of course that may well work for some folk (e.g. Kim apparently). So no, doesn't look like a traditional cap.

But there is some variation in traditional caps. Some were a much boxier shape - you see some in Tour coverage from the days just before helmets took over . I've never owned one, but I think they look cooler than the rounder profile ones; or maybe it's just nostalgia lending something to those old pics. and I'm imagining it!
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: hubner on July 02, 2012, 08:40:01 pm
These newer companies' caps are more like winter caps but they're still different, eg

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3269/3063768860_df7050b261_z.jpg?zz=1)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3035/3062930809_472091d4d5_z.jpg?zz=1)

Summer caps:
(http://www.velo-pages.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=33953&g2_serialNumber=2)
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2565/3723977668_8123b5c837_z.jpg?zz=1)
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 03, 2012, 09:57:49 am
Thanks Kim. Very generous of them.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 03, 2012, 04:51:48 pm
The peak on the winter cap above looks a bit useless to me. Being almost vertically flat against the forehead it won't be any good for keeping rain, snow or low sun out of your eyes. Still, I suppose it would keep your forehead warm and and the lower sides would do the same for your ears. Well, almost. I'd be more inclined to combine a summer cap with a buff though for the best of visor and warmth. They didn't have buffs back then, did they? (Didn't they? Really?)
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: jimbhoy on July 03, 2012, 04:57:41 pm
Took delivery of this today http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?typ=typ&fkid=39&ID=2827 ordered on Sunday, arrived today and it
fits like a.....well a cap  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: mattc on July 03, 2012, 05:00:25 pm
There are plenty of winter caps around with normal-shaped peaks.

IMHO the easier route is to put a 'regular' woolly* hat over your summer cap - gives you more options and adjustability. Non-cycling winter wear is usually a lot better value than cycle-specific stuff.

(*Or use a buff; but they don't really cut it in proper cold weather, and are also over-priced!)
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: LEE on July 03, 2012, 05:12:09 pm


(*Or use a buff; but they don't really cut it in proper cold weather, and are also over-priced!)

Here's a demonstration of one of the many varied ways you can wear a Buff.

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Audax/PBP%202011/DSC00896.jpg)

Not sure who the model is.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: mattc on July 03, 2012, 07:20:46 pm
Did i say over-priced? Such elegance is clearly priceless.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: LEE on July 03, 2012, 08:39:56 pm
Did i say over-priced? Such elegance is clearly priceless.

We'd cycled a long way...we were tired.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: teethgrinder on July 05, 2012, 08:42:03 pm
I'd have never guessed that was a buff. Looks like a pair of old Y fronts to me.

Has anyone tried an old pair of Y fronts as a cycling hat? If so, were they any good?
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: teethgrinder on July 05, 2012, 08:44:08 pm
What this thread really needs is that photo of Mc Nasty and his free heagear he got when he bought a loaf of bread.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Kim on July 05, 2012, 08:56:26 pm
Has anyone tried an old pair of Y fronts as a cycling hat? If so, were they any good?

Not really.  The Y-fronts work fine, but the traditional accompaniment of a pair of pencils up your nose tends to interfere with your aerobic performance.


Wibble.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Kim on July 08, 2012, 09:01:48 pm
Those Walz caps don't look right to me.

The peak does point down quiet sharply, which works well for keeping flies and stuff out of my glasses in a recumbent position.  I've yet to try it on an upright bike, though.  Suspect it may prove to be annoying...

Tried that today, in a mixture of moderate sun and heavy rain.  Pulled down, the peak does a reasonable job of keeping water off my glasses, at least in the middle, but it does mean you have to keep craning your neck to see more than the bit of road in front of you.  Those with less upright riding positions are probably used to that sort of thing, though.

The moisture wicking material didn't keep my head dry, particularly, but did stop my hair from getting soaked, and dried out much more rapidly than cotton would have done once the rain stopped.  Performance similar to a Buff, in that respect.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: fuaran on July 10, 2012, 10:05:30 pm
I notice Sealskinz are now making a waterproof cycling cap, it is available in large. Might be good for the current weather...
I think its a new thing, not sure if it is available to buy yet. And not sure what it is made of, or how warm or breathable it is. http://www.sealskinz.com/hats/waterproof-cycling-cap
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Tewdric on July 11, 2012, 08:51:44 am
I notice Sealskinz are now making a waterproof cycling cap, it is available in large. Might be good for the current weather...
I think its a new thing, not sure if it is available to buy yet. And not sure what it is made of, or how warm or breathable it is. http://www.sealskinz.com/hats/waterproof-cycling-cap

That looks reasonably useful.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: LEE on July 11, 2012, 08:54:52 am
I notice Sealskinz are now making a waterproof cycling cap, it is available in large. Might be good for the current weather...
I think its a new thing, not sure if it is available to buy yet. And not sure what it is made of, or how warm or breathable it is. http://www.sealskinz.com/hats/waterproof-cycling-cap

That looks reasonably useful.

I'll be buying one as I've been very pleased with their trail hat (http://www.sealskinz.com/hats/waterproof-bush-hat) this "Summer".  Very lightweight and foldable.  Hopefully it's the same material.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2012, 11:11:57 am
TGL has a waterproof cap, but we think it's a Bspoke.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 12, 2012, 12:00:47 pm
Got my Walz cap today. Haven't tried it out yet, but will do so later. Not what I was expecting, but it will do the trick.
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 12, 2012, 12:33:38 pm
I got one of these (http://www.hincapie.com/products/menswear/accessories/BMC9039-999-ONE/) as a freebie from the BMC stand at the pre tour expo in Liege. They are made of similar material to to jerseys but not as stretchy. Nice cap. Hincapie stuff seems to be available at Evans

A bit O/T but WTF is Matt Dawson doing here? (http://www.hincapie.com/products/menswear/collections/bmc/) :o
Title: Re: What cycling cap?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on July 13, 2012, 05:47:48 pm
Recommended:


http://cap.little-package.com/