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Helmet tans(11 posts)

Helmet tansms
Mar 21, 2002 7:50 AM
Elefantino's post about farmer tans made me think about a problem I had last year -- helmet tan (i.e., the helmet vent pattern tanned onto my balding head). How do other hair challenged riders deal with the problem? I do not like wearing something under my helmet in the summer and even with sunscreen a slight pattern develops after a while.
WEAR A CAP OR BANDANA!!!!!!! The sunscreen sweatsmorrison
Mar 21, 2002 7:53 AM

The only sunscreen that I have used that came close to working was Bullfrog, which is made for surfers. Still, I got pink up-top, just not as bad.
Maybe you should try the bald man bbsonespeed
Mar 21, 2002 7:55 AM
No wonder people think bikers are a bunch of sissy boys.

Does this thread even belong here?
yes it does-nmjbrown2036
Mar 21, 2002 8:28 AM
re: Helmet tansMiklos
Mar 21, 2002 8:13 AM
I wear "Head Sweats" avialable thru most bicycle shops or on-line thru Nashbar. They also will keep sweat from running down your forhead and into your eyes since they have sweat bands built in. I use the lycra ones and I dont think they are any warmer than going without in the summer. The airflow thru my helmet evaporates the sweat out of the Head Sweat creating a cooling effect. Another nice effect is with a shaved head, it will keep your helmet from sliding all around.

I second HeadSweatsElefantino
Mar 21, 2002 8:39 AM
I hated riding with anything under my helmet, too. (I'm Not bald, just thinning.)

Then at last year's RFTR, I won a HeadSweats bandana (Texas flag, red white and blue) and decided to use it for the ride.

Unbelievable. My head has never been cooler. The line about the sweat being pulled to the back and then out the ties, which I thought was a bunch of hooey, is absolutely true. Now I don't ride without one..

You can get them for $15 (the CoolMax) if you hunt around. Most places have the CoolMax for $19.99.

It's one of the best investments I've made.

I don't get it...Slipstream
Mar 21, 2002 9:32 AM
You pay all that money to get great ventilation then you pay more money to cover your head. Now you are too hot.

Suggestion--in the 1900s during hot weather, baseball players would soak cabbage in water and then put a leaf under their cap.

Maybe we could set up some cabbage stands on the side of the road...;>)
Headsweats coolmax or Santini coolmaxLone Gunman
Mar 21, 2002 11:23 AM
Either work well and I prefer the skull cap type over the doo rag deal, no knot to play with when putting on the helmet. Both work well, hot or cold weather. As far as paying alot of loot for ventilation, moisture plus moving air = air conditioning. I don't like looking like I am from "Deep Space Nine"
out of curiosity, does helmet use lead to baldness?ET
Mar 21, 2002 12:50 PM
I have my head of hair, but every time I take off my helmet after a long ride, the helmet pulls out a few sweaty hairs that were stuck to it.
No. But not wearing one can leave you brainless. nmmorrison
Mar 21, 2002 1:12 PM
Headsweats and the competitionMe Dot Org
Mar 21, 2002 1:51 PM
I started wearing "doo rags" - not for the suntan factor (although I'm folically challenged) but because sweat kept stinging my eyes.

Headsweats are fine ( I own one) - no doubt the most serious product out there - but Kucharick, Tour De France and others make lighter products that you might try - it's all a matter of personal preference.