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  • Notso Swift

    100% agree on bandana
    Think Fitz-simons

    • Notso Swift

       Never in civilian gear though, always when you have your kit on

    • Notso Swift

       Never in civilian gear though, always when you have your kit on

    • Notso Swift

       Never in civilian gear though, always when you have your kit on

    • The banning of Bandana’s is fine with those of you who
      have hair, but for us poor older smucks who have to much testosterone need
      something on our head during summer to keep the skull from burning.  Before you suggest sunscreen I suggest that
      you mix some with sweat, poor it over your head and go up a steep climb J

       

    • JBS

       I always thought Bandanna’s fell under an unwritten subclause of Rule 50.

  • Jonathan

    You had me until the rapha ad.

    • Sorry you feel that way Jonathan. I simply happen to have a lot of photos in my library of people with Rapha caps on. Nothing else intended.

    • Sorry you feel that way Jonathan. I simply happen to have a lot of photos in my library of people with Rapha caps on. Nothing else intended.

      • Jonathan

        Pretty stoked that you tripped up the Velominazi guys tho.  Those guys really need to lighten up.

        • In Frank’s defence, he was obeying the Rules.  ;-)

          • randomactsofcycling

            Thankfully Rapha make their caps in different sizes, which is great for big headed blokes like me. Perhaps if other manufacturers could afford to ditch the ‘one size fits all’ approach, more people would wear caps.

            • But annoying when sellers don’t advertise this. Just bought one online and it came as a medium, so is too small on my nogg’n.

            • But annoying when sellers don’t advertise this. Just bought one online and it came as a medium, so is too small on my nogg’n.

            • Bruno Fartlek

              Rapha doesn’t make XL caps. It’s a shame. They prefer to make trousers for fat people (Waiste 36, length 34) than to make caps for cyclists who just happen to have a head size 62. The same goes for the other brands who make cyclist caps.

        • In Frank’s defence, he was obeying the Rules.  ;-)

        • Velominazi! I love it! That’s going into the Lexicon for sure. Velominazi // A Cyclist who mistakes the humour and intent behind The Rules and enforces them ruthlessly! Also not likely to actually ride a bike much.

    • Ha! I was thinking the same thing! Otherwise, a fun read. Even for myself, having been immersed if not drowned in cycling caps the past 7 years…

    • SaschaR

      Lol…same here, I hate being categorised a “hater” but can’t help feeling so about Rapha gear…nice article all the same…

      • Tim

        You’re, I think, using selection bias. Wade has lots of photos, and probably a few with rides with mates (esp from the Belgian trip).

        Out of the all the photos I counted 2 Rapha logos and 4 photos with obvious pink/white stripes.

        I don’t think that’s excessive.

        They don’t ruin the editorial intent of the article, anyway. If they were ALL Rapha, then maybe you’d have a case.

        In any case, it’s CTs site, it’s free, he works for Rapha, makes no secret of that, and if you don’t like it, you can go read another site, can’t you?

        Hey CT, maybe you need a paid version of the site with NO ads. Say $10 a month.

        • Ms Pom

          Good idea Tim! With this blog now seemingly the un/offical Rapha blog, I’ve found I’m inclined to visit. But I guess there will always be a market for views who visit just for the pretty pictures. . .

        • Supafly46

          happy to pay, if I get a free Rapha cap ;)

  • Anth73

    My collection of cycling caps is slowly growing as I like wearing a cap under my helmet when commuting in the rain and/or on cold mornings (say less than 10 degrees). They’re always tight fitting (yes, I have a long front-to-back head) but I think I get away with it…just.

    There is one thing to be wary of though as the commuting with cap season kicks off. On Tuesday in Melbourne it was a little chilly and wet, so I donned my Banyule Cycling Club cap, the wet weather bike and rode to work. Got to work, hung the bike up and went to remove my helmet. It was only then I realised I forgot to put it on! Doh!

    The other peculiar cap wearing variation you haven’t mentioned is wearing a cap in hot weather. My mate Ian used this tactic to ride the ACE250 in 40 degree heat and he swears having the cap on and constantly wet with water helped him stay cooler. Myth or masterstroke?

    • JM

      I agree with your mate Ian. Surely the other feature of a cap is that it has a visor to shield your eyes from sun. You flip the visor down when you’re riding directly into a low lying sun. Visors on helmets are way more unpro.

      • Bonesx

        Hot weather’s a perfect time for the cap = keeps the sun off your schnoz and sweat out of your eyes. If worried about the heat build up, take a leaf out of the book of some of the old blokes you see around. I.e. Cut slits / gaps into the top of the cap and instant ventilation. Sacrilege perhaps, but maybe they get away with it when they’re also wearing a wool jersey they’ve probably been riding in since before Adam was a boy…….

        • Sean Doyle

           I have a couple of caps I’ve completely cut the top out so I have just the brim and a ‘keeper’. Good for the sweat as it draws it down away from the face rather than behind my glasses.

    • I’ve fallen for the missing helmet as well, didn’t notice until I was almost at work…twice!

      • Sean Doyle

         I’ve done that on more than one occasion myself.

      • Neil Robinson

         also guilty

  • Anth73

    My collection of cycling caps is slowly growing as I like wearing a cap under my helmet when commuting in the rain and/or on cold mornings (say less than 10 degrees). They’re always tight fitting (yes, I have a long front-to-back head) but I think I get away with it…just.

    There is one thing to be wary of though as the commuting with cap season kicks off. On Tuesday in Melbourne it was a little chilly and wet, so I donned my Banyule Cycling Club cap, the wet weather bike and rode to work. Got to work, hung the bike up and went to remove my helmet. It was only then I realised I forgot to put it on! Doh!

    The other peculiar cap wearing variation you haven’t mentioned is wearing a cap in hot weather. My mate Ian used this tactic to ride the ACE250 in 40 degree heat and he swears having the cap on and constantly wet with water helped him stay cooler. Myth or masterstroke?

    • Ha! Well, some of this is definitely tongue and cheek, but for those who what to know what looks good and what doesn’t, there’s a lot of truth here. I remember the first time someone at work told me that my brown shoes don’t go with my black belt. It didn’t affect how I did my job, but I was glad to know. 

      These days, I don’t wear a belt or shoes to work!

      •  Ah yes, I knew there was a bit of a piss take Wade. You just got me a day or 2 after my blog post about “the rules”, so it is all fresh in my mind.

        That being said, I often wonder who it is that says what is fashionable? I am a huge fan of blue and orange, sort of Rabobank style, but I am pretty sure I am on my own. I am not a huge fan on matt black bikes, but it seems to get the cycling cognoscenti’s bed flute pointing north. Cycling caps, I am on board as of last weeks Wiggle delivery. It wouldn’t matter if it was a Rapha cap made of unobtainium and carbon fibre, I am still going to look like a giant tool when I take my helmet off.  :)

  • Slhaydon

    Rapha caps are just too small apart from the team issue, especially when you have lots of hair.

    • Todd

      The Rapha Focus team one is my favorite one.. Just got a large Lightweight cap… Better than the traditional one stripe version, not as cool as my Rapha Focus one!

  • Monty

    I absolutely agree that we should re-establish the precedence of the cycling cap. While we spend so much time (and money) on looking PRO, pre- and post-ride headwear is something all too often overlooked. However, I see no merit in wearing any headwear backwards. Indeed, in extreme circumstances this has been shown to temporarily reduce the iq of the wearer – when did you last have an intelligent conversation with someone who had their hat on backwards? It was probably on the same day you had an intelligent conversation with someone who had their pants on backwards. I rest my case.

  • Great to see the humble cycling cap getting the recognition it deserves

  • Great to see the humble cycling cap getting the recognition it deserves

  • Best post on ages Wade.  Well done!  I know we can’t have a “cycling tip” every day and your site is absolutely excellent but great to have one of these every now and again. 

    • Cheers Ben. I know I sometimes get away from the “tips” but I still enjoy writing about this superficial stuff once in a while. It’s hard to think of one of these everyday!

  • Best post on ages Wade.  Well done!  I know we can’t have a “cycling tip” every day and your site is absolutely excellent but great to have one of these every now and again. 

  • Pendlebury

    Re: the Prevail helmet. Every time I see a 2012 Lampre or Saxo livery I think that Rapha should be talking to Specialized about a black version of the Prevail keeping those two bold central white stripes.

  • Pendlebury

    Re: the Prevail helmet. Every time I see a 2012 Lampre or Saxo livery I think that Rapha should be talking to Specialized about a black version of the Prevail keeping those two bold central white stripes.

  • Pendlebury

    Re: the Prevail helmet. Every time I see a 2012 Lampre or Saxo livery I think that Rapha should be talking to Specialized about a black version of the Prevail keeping those two bold central white stripes.

  • Nice post WW. The only exception I would have to say about wearing a cap when it’s warmer and you’re not wearing arm warmers etc. is that a cap can be worn to cover one’s hair.  I’m sure having hair longer than 1 inch probably voids some other cycling rule, but for those of us who like a bit of hair on top it can be an effective way to tame the wild hair and prevent it from poking out the top of your helmet.

  • Nice post WW. The only exception I would have to say about wearing a cap when it’s warmer and you’re not wearing arm warmers etc. is that a cap can be worn to cover one’s hair.  I’m sure having hair longer than 1 inch probably voids some other cycling rule, but for those of us who like a bit of hair on top it can be an effective way to tame the wild hair and prevent it from poking out the top of your helmet.

  • Nice post WW. The only exception I would have to say about wearing a cap when it’s warmer and you’re not wearing arm warmers etc. is that a cap can be worn to cover one’s hair.  I’m sure having hair longer than 1 inch probably voids some other cycling rule, but for those of us who like a bit of hair on top it can be an effective way to tame the wild hair and prevent it from poking out the top of your helmet.

  • shem

    awesome! ha ha. gave me a good chuckle, and i have to agree with you on these “rules”

  • shem

    awesome! ha ha. gave me a good chuckle, and i have to agree with you on these “rules”

  • shem

    awesome! ha ha. gave me a good chuckle, and i have to agree with you on these “rules”

  • Marcus Moore

    As mentioned elsewhere – the style icon is Jeff Provan.

    Photos of him on a Friday morning ride should be enough to fill one article – kit matched with hat matched with bike!!

    :-)

  • Marcus Moore

    As mentioned elsewhere – the style icon is Jeff Provan.

    Photos of him on a Friday morning ride should be enough to fill one article – kit matched with hat matched with bike!!

    :-)

  • Marcus Moore

    As mentioned elsewhere – the style icon is Jeff Provan.

    Photos of him on a Friday morning ride should be enough to fill one article – kit matched with hat matched with bike!!

    :-)

  • Kev Eddy

    Ah, as a through and through baldy I am indeed an aficionado of the humble casquette… blessed also with a pinhead, I rarely have the ‘too small’ problem.

    The only problem is that my girlfriend insists that I look like a train driver and quotes Thomas the Tank Engine incessantly when I wear one. HMPH.

  • Bald head means cap all year round. Warm in winter, protects the head from “tiger strip” sunburn in summer and sweat in the eyes. Follow the rules and match to the kit and it’s a win win.

  • Hey Wade, forgot to ask. Stop for a coffee. Cap on or off? 

  • lekoshe

    In the heat (I’m thinking Alpine Classic 40degree+) I wear an ultralight and bright white cycling cap. Not only does it stop my bald patch from burning in the sun, it keeps the sweat out of my eyes. And when they spray you down it actually helps keep your head cold.

    Although my top tip, if the AAC is a scorcher again next year, is to stuff an ice sock down your back.

  • Brownie

    What about the cap with the top cut off?  Function over stylez…

    • I think someone even manufactures these. Can’t seem to find it though.

    • I think someone even manufactures these. Can’t seem to find it though.

    • Anonymous
      • good find! If Tafi wore it, it’s been immortalised in the Rules

      • Timbodger

        Tafi was the man for his cut off cap. Esp in his Italian Champ Mapei kit.

        • Brownie

          I brought this up because I’ve been wearing mine like this in the summer since the 80s.  Nice to see Signor Tafi vindicate my choice, though then, and sometimes now, the general public and cyclists alike view it as ghetto ne plus ultra.  
          If only I had his legs…

      • Justin

        Sorry Eros Polli beat him by 10 years.  He made the casquette with the top part removed, famous. 

    • Tim

      You may as well be wearing a rad times beach volleyball visor (not that I have anything against them, I wear one when running, but then it’s often 30deg and 80% humidity here)

  • Brownie

    What about the cap with the top cut off?  Function over stylez…

  • Frank

    Great one, Wade. Love the bit on the deterioration from Merckx to the baseball-cap podium abomination. We did an In Memoriam on just this subject some time ago…great to see the subject taken up by someone more qualified. Not sure if links work here, so…http://www.velominati.com/nostalgia/in-memoriam-the-cycling-cap-and-the-origin-of-rule-22/

  • Frank

    Great one, Wade. Love the bit on the deterioration from Merckx to the baseball-cap podium abomination. We did an In Memoriam on just this subject some time ago…great to see the subject taken up by someone more qualified. Not sure if links work here, so…http://www.velominati.com/nostalgia/in-memoriam-the-cycling-cap-and-the-origin-of-rule-22/

    • Didn’t think I was the first person to write about this. You had it nailed!

      • Steve

         The Orange Army Apres Velo at the Sun Tour, somehow they must have known.

  • Bud

    Just counted…proud owner of 17 caps…is this too many? I think not

  • Todd!

    CC: @Dr_Taka !! Wear cap straight when under helmet!

    • Dr_taka

      Shut up Todd – that was strong cross wind !!

  • Anonymous

    Very rarely do I go out for a long ride without the cap – as well as all the above reasons I find it shelters the eyes from that extra bit of glare in really bright or overcast weather.

    Although, since I’ve stopped violating rule #36 and flicked the Aviators I might not need that so much…

  • Shamed

    • Sorry Straussy. It could have been any of you but you were the only one who I had a shot of with the cap straight as well!

    • Dr_taka

      Must have been strong cross wind there Straussy

  • Great post Wade. Totally with you on the baseball cap ban. I love my trusty Solo caps (http://www.solocc.com/accessories/6-solo-retro-cap), even if I have to wear them under my helmet!

  • avagoodweegend

    It’s time to replace the goal of looking PRO with the goal of looking EURO (keeping in mind its not an origin or place of manufacturing. Its a style or an essence). This can be achieved in many ways, not the least by increasing levels of gleaming white into your overall kit and displaying nonchalance, tomfoolery and homoeroticism on and off the bike. Cycling caps could be considered the first step towards to adopting more euro behaviour within a frustratingly serious melbourne cycling scene. 

    See below. Wade may have featured this before. It gets ridiculous from 1.10>>>>>

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o73wGBjb20c#!  

  • justanotheropinion

    If I did know it was the 26th of April, I would have sworn this was an April Fools Joke

  • Dervelo

    Caps are cool & worth collecting.
    Helmets serve a purpose but never cool and change the feel of the sport

  • Dervelo

    Caps are cool handy for sun or shower and worth collecting.
    Helmets serve a purpose but thats about it.

  • Krijamad

    Wade, where do you stand on head/sweatbands?
    I have to wear something on my head to stop sweat or i simply wouldn’t be able to see with sweat covering my glasses and in my eyes. Summer or winter.
    Always a white sweatband and white Prevail tho.

    • I think if you need a sweatband, using a cycling cap is definitely the way to go. I’m not a fan the way those GUTRs look (but I’ve heard they work well)

      •  I’ve got a GUTR thingy.  Yes they work well, even if it is a bizarre experience (ie you have the sweet pouring down the outside of your eyes).  Yes, they are ugly, so I don’t wear them religiously.

        I’ve now got a cap, just a size too small.  But I mainly bought the cap for keeping the rain out of my eyes as glasses clearly don’t work.

    • Dennis Josefsson

       I think it’s similar to the bandana, only wear a sweatband if you’re Laurent Fignon or have a similar style.

    • Hubbard

      The PRO thing about sweatbands is that you can also wear one on your wrist for double the effect on hot days! Plus, sweatbands are far more AERO. 

  • BikeventsBruce

    Ban the baseball cap on the pro podium. Bring back the cycling cap.
    No, let’s go further… BAN BASEBALL!

  • Great article. Thanks for cycling style reminders. I completely agree with you that the baseball cap should disappear. It’s got no place in cycling.

  • Marcus Moore

    Very rarely do I go the double posting in one day, but:

    Washing said caps – what’s everyone’s take on this, usually washing the cap destroys the integrity of the peek – solution?????

    • Mpc

      I leave it on and wash it in the shower so the machine doesn’t bash the peak into a funny shape.

      • Aussie Bazza

        Agreed. Washing in the shower works well. Or hand washing if you can be bothered. I also sometimes chuck then the machine for a minute or two and pull them out before it spins and they survive.

        Agree with others here (and Boonen) that it’s ok to wear a cap under the helmet in warm weather. I am guilty of wearing one on every ride (correctly fitting, and straight of course!) as it keeps sweat, rain and low sun out of your eyes.

  • Gareth

    Great blog yet again.

  • CB

    Albi has got it right? You MUST be joking. De Vlaeminck shows the way, no need to discuss the issue further. Honourable mentions must go to Neil Stephens (Mullet & De Vlaeminck style equals bonus points) and Gilberto Simoni in his Saeco days for the inverted flip. This article should have been about 2 sentences plus 2 pictures. Verbose much?

    • Straussy

      Yet it took you four sentences to reply.

      • CB

        I am not sure whether your comment, ‘Straussy’, enhances or detracts from my post. Whats next, how to wear socks? Can’t wait.

    • Straussy

      Yet it took you six sentences to reply.

    • Anon

      Feel free to go over to twitter if you want articles consisting of 2 sentences.

      • CB

        Actually it was 7. Now it is 8. I only follow Twitter to hear from Lance Armstrong. I wonder what he thinks of Cycling Caps? 12 sentences

        • lekoshe

          The irony of someone complaining that too much is said about too little, when he says so much about nothing at all.

          • CB

            Said nothing? I think my nod to Neil Stephens’ cap wearing style with mullet in tow was highlighting a HUGE omission in the article. How many sentences are we up to Straussy? I wonder if this is what a whistle blower feels like.

  • Does anyone know where you can get BIG cycling caps? I have a massive noggin, and apart from Rapha, finding somewhere that sells them in anything other than one (small) size fits all is a nightmare…

    •  Walz caps, hand made in the USA – you’ll want L/XL ;)

  • Anonymous

    I dutifully exempt myself from Velominati’s rule #22 and shall wear my Campagnolo cap wherever I please. I am keeping Dave Stoller’s spirit alive.

    • Walnut

      Note it a yellow Campagnolo cap is also worn by the NY cabbie in Crocodile Dundee – NOT so cool

      • Anonymous

        really ? I have noticed it. Keep my eye out for next time.

  • Nathanmon

    Australian rides in Summer need two things; Rapha Lightweight Jersey and a cycling cap.

  • Mars

    Another caveat – little kids under the age of 12 years of age attending cycling events can wear a cycling cap.

    It makes them feel good, keeps sun out of their eyes, or warms their head and saves the parent dropping excessively large coin on a jersey for the kids that they will grow out of by the time ou blink.

  • jason

     looks like they overlooked the ‘Sean Yates’ early 90’s style cut off around middle for hot french summers. oui/non ?

  • Alan

    Poe’s Law

  • Sean

    Since a helmet visor is “ten strengste verboden”, those of us cycling between the parallels of 30 degrees north and south, who are unable to complete all riding activity prior to 9am require the use of the Casquette while riding.       Zinc, or a red flaking nose are the greater evils.

  • nfarzan

    since my relocation to Belgium nearly 2 years ago, the cycling cap is a staple of my winter and spring training..I am a proponent of the”flaps up” when needed…Has saved my ass countless times as rain, hail and the elements prevail. Just did the entire Luik Bastanake Luik all 272km in rain, hail and winds with my trusty Flandria hat under helmet…..and yes there were moments of flaps up!

    • I bought one of those Belgian cycling caps (if that’s what they’re called?) with the fleece lining and the ear flaps. Absolutely loved it. Wish I had it when growing up in Canada.

  • i absolutey love riding Gilbert style.. with the peak popped up.  Not sure why, i just feel comfortable with it.

  • Justin Knotzke

    In Australia, are helmets mandatory all over ? (I’m Canadian).  Here in Montreal if you are a roadie and do not wear a helmet, you are considered a douche. It’s a shame really. I love the capped no helmet look. Maybe I’ll try to bring it back. ;-)

    • Yes, helmets are mandatory in Australia. Are there helmet laws in every province of Canada yet? 

      • Justin Knotzke

        There are none at all. You obviously have to wear one to race but that’s it. We have the Bixi bike sharing program here and I’d say that 80% do not wear helmets. But roadies, all do.  I sometimes train without one but it’s very rare to see a roadie without a helmet. 

        • Woohouse

          I’m sure they’re mandatory in BC. Had to abandon riding plans.

  • Steel

    Is ‘inverted flip’ a tautology, or what?

    • Aussie Bazza

      You could be right there. ‘inverted peak’ or ‘peak flip’ might fix it?

  • JLB

    Absolutely most euro example of cap wearing… Laurent Jalabert when he goes down to Pantani in the ’99 Giro. I can’t find a link but cycle boredom just reblogged it on tumblr

  • Todd!

    I have a large collection of different cycling caps…

    My best mate traveled to Europe during the Giro in 2010. Whilst he is not a roadie, he has been a huge bike fan and in a round about way, got me into road racing.

    I’m sitting in Thailand on holiday when I get a text message:

    “Guess who just said to say G’day to you!?!”

    “No idea?”

    “One guess”

    Sends me an MMS of a cycling cap.

    My best mate had managed to come across the Giro at the start of the stage to Mont Zoncolan – he was staying in the same hotel as a few of the teams by pure coincidence. He went to the start and was standing on the barrier when he rode past. My mate said “G’day” to him and he turned around and came back to speak to him. He recognised him as my friend and had a chat about what he was doing in Europe on his holiday. My mate wished him well on the stage and he turned and gave him his cap and said “Say G’day to Todd!”

    It’s one of my mates prized possessions. Not only was it a great souvenir from his holiday and even better, his team was very protective of the rainbow bands that year, so its very rare and near on impossible to come by any official stuff unless he gave it to you himself! Lucky bugger… I’m totally jealous!

  • Matthew

    I got one of those Campagnolo caps a while ago and it just doesn’t seem to work on my head. I don’t know if it’s because of my large head (58cm ish) but it makes my ears and hair stick out at weird angles. I guess I’ll never be cool.

    A minor correction by the way: Velominati are “flouting” the Rules, not “flaunting” them.

    • Anonymous

       I also seem to have a massive boof head, it makes a mockery of these one size fits all caps! Well, makes a mockery of having it sit up on top of the head, at least.

  • Richard

    The velomonati guys gave us a slap on our wrists for wearing our  cycling caps on our 3b’s podcast. 
    I believe sporting  a cycling cap, drinking beer after a ride is very acceptable. The cycling cap is back… Enjoyed your post!

    http://bikesbooksbeerspodcast.blogspot.ca/2012/02/season-3-stage-2-classic-belgian-kick.html

  • RE: Apres Velo

    1) The only rules about what you wear when you cycle or when you’re not on your bike are:  Wear what bloody makes you happy and tell anyone who has an issue with it to shove it up their proverbial arse :)

    2) Don’t take yourselves too seriously – you look like an arsehat*

    *pun intended

    • Anonymous

       I can’t believe I’ve read this entire post, and all the comments! I did enjoy it, but of course this is the only view I actually agree with! I wore a bandana in the ACE, worked quite well, but I’ve lost it.

  • Besty

    For me, the ultimate cap wearer of modern times was Miguel Indurain, perfect CL and height of brim. Any photos of him around?

  • joe

    Maybe its time to have some CT caps for sale

  • Tim

    Michael Wilson a fine example of a jauntily yet considered placement of a cycling cap.

    I get a real sense of derring-do, with a small lashing of cock-a-hoop manly confidence. It reeks of a man content with his place in the world, a place where a cadre of elite ninjas attacking him would give no cause for concern.

    No, Wilson in this situation would raise his eyebrow, maintain that all-knowing smirk and say “really?”.

    Those Velominati boys have it wrong on the apres velo wearing of the cap. I am all for it. I like to wander around the Lennox and Bangalow markets, safe in the knowledge my clear and flagrant breaking of the aforementioned rule has placed me safely apart from the hippies. It also allows fellow Veloheads to recognise a fellow Velo and thus provide a knowing nod of the head.

    • Walnut

      I thought that was what shaved legs were for ;-)

  • I wonder if WW expected this post to go off like a frog in a sock like it did? 

    • It’s always interesting. Some articles I’ll spend 12hrs researching and writing and it’ll get barely any traction. Meanwhile something superficial like this will go nuts on twitter, facebook and the comments. 

      • Mars

        Hey Wade, caps aren’t superficial, they happen to be functional, fashionable and ruggedly handsome ;-)

  • Evan

    Robert Millar, David Baker – the ultimate cap connoisseurs!

  • Gleeso

    great post CT.  one option that is sadly no longer valid is wearing the cap stretched over your leather strip helmet (cap backwards).  I did this constantly when i was racing as a teenager (late 80’s), as i was obsessed with phil anderson and he wore it this way to perfection – particularly in the TVM era.

  • Anonymous

    great post CT.  one option that is sadly no longer valid is wearing the cap stretched over your leather strip helmet (cap backwards).  I did this constantly when i was racing as a teenager (late 80’s), as i was obsessed with phil anderson and he wore it this way to perfection – particularly in the TVM era.

  • Shazz

    With winter coming on Down Under, any suggested brands? Can i get a ruling on past euro team caps?

  • Anonymous

    So it seems I have a pretty big head.  I have a Sugoi Braveheart cap (in black) that is too small for my huge noggin.  

    Who wants it?  

    And what will you send me in return? :-)

  • Professed

    if Bandana’s dont fit cycling haute coiture then what of the Buff? folded correctly it is similar to a cap without visor. respect us baldies who do long rides in the heat and sweat. caps, even cotton, just dont cut the mustard.

  • CraigJ

    Hmmm. Thanks WW for outing my lack of fashion sense. In my defence tho, the Rapha cap shown in this pic was given to me by Pikey. He (being a Rapha representative) should have A) not given me a cap in the first place – I am clearly not your target demographic! or B) if it was deemed essential that I market your brand on my head, ensured that the cap fit properly!
    Sorry for the poor brand representation, but hopefully others can learn from my mistakes! Rapha is clearly not for everyone – WW often talks about the line that I just should not cross – here is why!

  • FRANCKITOELCICLISTA

    What you it’s totally untrue as a 10 year cyclist I can tell you that’s untrue

  • Wisey

    Pretty sure that the reverse cap (brim down) can be done under a helmet, but it has to be an old school hairnet style, preferably Cinelli.  I can’t find a pic at the moment but I am almost certain the Fignon made this work well, but then he had a cool pony-tail too………

  • smokey

    Hey, if you want to be authentic; back in the 1980’s it was de rigeur to wear the cycling cap over the patent leather helmet (forgot the name of them) with the peak turned backwards. All the Sansonettis did it. Or at the very least, under the helmet with the peak at front a a la Gilbert. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel, so to speak

  • Dipasquale Jonah

    Cycling caps are badass, I feel that it embraces the true spirit of what the cycling culture is about.

  • Dipasquale Jonah

    Cycling caps are badass, I feel that it embraces the true spirit of what the cycling culture is about.

  • Mike Clucas

    Here’s how it’s done by another old school 70’s pro…

  • Mike Clucas

    Here’s how it’s done by another old school 70’s pro…

  • Mike Clucas

    Here’s another old school 70’s pro wearing his cap correctly.

  • Rob Reiger

    Thanks for the cycletip – Hope to see more soon, some suggestions. 1. Why use liniment oils etc. 2. Cramps 3. Training program for Amy’s Gand Fondo.
    Btw got my free cap from Jayco in the Bay2Bay ride today, thank you, pitty it wasn’t a cycling type.

  • Rob Reiger

    Thanks for the cycletip – Hope to see more soon, some suggestions. 1. Why use liniment oils etc. 2. Cramps 3. Training program for Amy’s Gand Fondo.
    Btw got my free cap from Jayco in the Bay2Bay ride today, thank you, pitty it wasn’t a cycling type.

  • Cycomanic

    I can’t believe you wrote an article about how to wear a cycling cap without once mentioning Bjarne Riis. He is the god of cycling cap wearers, having perfected the way of placing the cap that it was simply sitting on top of his head without actually being put down. I still suspect that he was using double sided tape to make the cap actually stay on his head.
    Two examples:
    http://www.sueddeutsche.de/sport/bildstrecke-wer-fuhr-fuer-das-team-telekom-1.723465
    http://www.gettyimages.ie/detail/news-photo/bjarne-riis-of-denmark-and-the-telekom-team-in-action-news-photo/1295018

  • Sean Doyle

    Are you guys still banging on about this?
    :-P

  • Patthwaites

    All getting a bit poncy for me!  How many times do I have to ride my bike before I can start shaving my legs?

  • Gus

    Totally agree with all points made. Cycling caps are the best thing about cycling! (other than actually cycling).

    Bandannas are a total no way Jose! But what about caps with sewn on ear warmers and have you noticed that US caps – let’s maybe isolate the hundreds on Etsy for hipsters, are a different cut. Smaller brims.

    As the joke went I heard. There are more hand-made cap makers in Portland, OR, than actual cyclists.

  • fucking gas, man, gas

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