/ Cycle caps, why the strange shape?
I love the stylish cycling cap, and whenever I see someone wearing one it takes me back to my youth and seeing Eddy Merckz winning numerous cycling events (usually highlighted on Grandstand or World of Sport). I see that they have found a new home, upon the floppy, side parted barnets of the fixie riding hipster. I might even get one myself :-O
So, this got me thinking, why are they that shape?
Is it to wear under a helmet I thought, no as they didn't wear such apparel in the 70's.
To keep the sun out of their eyes? Not really, as the peak seems too small.
So over to you velonistas, tell me why are cycling caps so designed?
Just a bit of light mid-morning musing.
I once tried riding with a casquette with a slightly larger peak (I've taken to using them in the rain) and it gave me a sore neck and shoulders having to crane my neck back to see.
According to (part of) Rule #22: "Visors should be short. This is because the purpose of a cap is to be worn while riding, and when the head is tipped down as you move to The V-Locus, you need to be able to see up the road to where the guns will detonate without tilting your head up in order to see past the visor."
Also a big peak gives you lots of wind resistance that can blow your hat off.
And remember. Cycling caps are for cycling.
Aha - that all makes perfect sense now (with the exception of Pizza Express haha) - thanks for comments.
Not sure I fully understand this, is it an actual reference or a joke I don't get? sorry
It's sort of both; check out the rules on velominati.com to discover a world that you possibly don't want to know about...
Damn you both, that's my afternoon gone! haha
Thanks for that: some great rules there (though I'm an MTB user)
the 'short' peak is of a perfect size to prevent the spray from the rear wheel infront of you, that you are busting your guts to stay in the slip stream of, from flicking into your eyes. The spray 'arcs' up ont the peak and is of adequate length to enable you to see up the road (past the bike in front).
And on dry days the peak drips the sweat from running down your face.
absolute necessity if like me you have inadequate eye brows to act as guttering.
Just 'head shaped' aren't they? Unchanged since the olden days. Peak not too big, not too small. And for what it's worth when I've caught a glimpse of my next door neighbour in his bakery, he's wearing a white bakery cap. Not particularly a bike fan but has recently sprouted a set of fine sideys come to think of it...
For summer riding they're really nice BECAUSE they fit well under a helmet and then I found they stop the horrible dripping of sweat down from the forehead pads on my helmet down onto the insides of my sunglasses. It's disgusting enough how sweaty I get when I ride hard without it ruining your vision too! I shave my head as well, so they keep the sunburn off.
I just bought a couple more 1.99 ones from Planet X so I can just chuck one in the wash as soon as I've been out for a ride.
You guys have answered my questions, many thanks.
Given that I spend an inordinate amount of time wiping sweat from my glasses I'm going for a Molten, Eddy Merckx copy (I might even grow a pair of sidies myself haha)
It'll also help me ride like The Cannibal - One can dream ;-)
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