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Will cycling caps become extinct?(14 posts)

Will cycling caps become extinct?bigrider
Dec 18, 2003 11:21 AM
With almost everyone wearing helmets while riding, will the classic cycling cap eventually dissipate into history and be a thing of the past?
NoMike Prince
Dec 18, 2003 11:26 AM
They still are the best thing to wear under a helmet when it rains. Works great to keep rain off of glasses and out of your eyes.

Plus, in Europe it is still the exception to cycle with a helmet, so they will continue to be popular there.

No to noal0
Dec 18, 2003 2:24 PM
I live in Europe (Germany) Most of road cyclists do wear helmets here (I dare to say 2/3). Most of the peoples without helmets cycle barehead. Classical cycling caps are really rare.
great for winter and rainDougSloan
Dec 18, 2003 11:27 AM
I have one sprayed with Scotchguard that really helps in the rain; keep a lot of the rain off my glasses and eyes. Also, even in cold weather, wearing one under my helmet makes it warmer and keeps that cold air blast off my forehead. Easy to pull off if it warms up.

try shower cap, old randonneur trickcyclopathic
Dec 18, 2003 12:24 PM
it takes no space, always carry one in saddle bag. If it starts raining or gets too cold and windy pull it over helmet. Btw balaclava, clear glasses and helmet cover (which shower cap makes good one) it has to get to pretty low temp b/f you start complain.
No and here is why......african
Dec 18, 2003 11:49 AM
because on my group rides we have this one fool that still does not wear a helmet and he wears a cap. So the odds are that in every major area in this country with a group ride there is that one fool that still wears a cap. These fools will ensure that the cap will still be a viable form of protecting ones noggin in the event of a mishap with a large automobile....... nuf said.
They look cool to (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 18, 2003 12:06 PM
Best helmet liner for hot, sunny weather, IMHODale Brigham
Dec 18, 2003 1:40 PM
A cotton cycling cap absorbs more sweat than any headband I've found, and it keeps the sun off of my old noggin (nothing like that zebra stripe sunburn on the forehead corresponding to the helmet vents). I wear 'em backwards, with the visor down in back, which keeps a bit more sun off the back of my neck.

very popular with messengersgtx
Dec 18, 2003 1:56 PM
See 'em on messengers riding single speeds with jeans, wallet chains and Adidas tennis shoes, cigarette dangling from lips. Tres cool.
I wear a cycling cap...QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Dec 18, 2003 2:35 PM
not on the bike, but just when i go out, i think its better than wearing a "baseball" cap that says SF, NY, A's etc..., i have a cycling cap that says usps, saeco, etc.... call me a geek, i dont care ;)
Dec 18, 2003 4:01 PM
I wear 'em out in public. I have no problem talking to other cyclists who approach because they recognize a cap. Until you can get pro cycling gear as easily/locally as you can NFL,MLB, or NHL merchandise, I'll always wear one.
re: Will cycling caps become extinct?Arnold Zefal
Dec 18, 2003 2:58 PM
No, they are still cool and work great. Even if you do now have to wear them under your helmet and look like the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones. I always wear one when mowing the lawn and working around the yard as well.
Dec 18, 2003 6:56 PM
I love to wear my cycling cap under my helmet. Keeps my head a little warmer when it's cold, and soaks up sweat when it's warm. You can ride with visor up or down or even with the visor to the back.

Useful as hell.

Doubt Itchbarr
Dec 19, 2003 7:10 AM
I wear one under my helmet during the winter--so long as the brim isn't too wide, it fits fine. I have four. One is a 7-Eleven one that is really battered, and now retired. Another is a Campy one, despite the fact I've never owned a bike so equipped.

I also wear one off the bike. Often, it's just too or from the ride, propping my sunglasses on it when I go and pick up a coffee or something. As others have suggested, I also wear it instead of a ball cap in some circumstances.

I've even worn it to dance practice on beautiful Sunday afternoons when I'm pining to be on the bike, but we have a big performance coming up.

The big thing is supply and demand. So long as we keep buying the hats, they'll keep making them. Unless the "younger generation" doesn't buy them if only for the retro off-the-bike look, we should be able to have them for years to come.

Now to go find a Shimano cap...