Good quality cycling cap?

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Good quality cycling cap?

Postby LittleGreyCat » 20 Sep 2020, 11:36am

I have a very cheap cycling cap with no padding or anything round the rim.
It hurts. :cry:

I think I need one with a soft rim in XL which doesn't cost a fortune because logo.

Any recommendations?

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby simonineaston » 20 Sep 2020, 11:43am

I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby tatanab » 20 Sep 2020, 11:50am

Walz caps. Made in USA. Several UK stockists such as http://www.keeppedalling.co.uk/good-stuff/walz-caps/
I have their lightweight summer caps which I've been using for 3 or 4 years now. They are soft and the band is more stretchy than the standard cotton caps that I also use. I have not tried their winter versions.

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby LittleGreyCat » 20 Sep 2020, 12:00pm

simonineaston wrote:I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.

A cycling cap typically has a smaller peak which can be flipped up out of the way.
Often with a sponsor's logo underneath so that when flipped up you are a walking advert.
Very popular head gear before helmets became a thing on TdF, for example.

I am trying to sort out the issue where if I get right down on the drops the peak of a standard baseball cap obscures my vision.
Yes, I do need a peak.

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby thirdcrank » 20 Sep 2020, 12:15pm

I think you are referring to what was once known as a massed-start cap.

Like so much cycling stuff, all manner of reasons for using them was thought up. The basic reason in the paid ranks was to get the sponsor's name in every mug shot. Nowadays, it's a helmet during the racing and a baseball-type cap with a peak the size of a billboard for the sponsors' publicity so massed-start caps are no longer in demand.

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby tatanab » 20 Sep 2020, 12:41pm

A reason I don't use my summer Walz caps at any other time of year is that the peak is noticeably smaller than on my other caps. I tilt my head to use the peak to block oncoming headlights in the dark lanes and the Walz peak is not really up to it, my Assos one being much larger but nowhere near the baseball cap dimensions.

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby JakobW » 20 Sep 2020, 2:11pm

Seconding Walz caps as being good quality; I'm particularly fond of their wool ones for cooler weather. Their regular caps are cotton/poly and come in S/M and L/XL; not particularly cheap, though I've had mine for years and they still look pretty much new.

I like my Rapha caps as they're 100% cotton (or they may have a small percentage of elasthane for stretch), and I like the cut; they used to come in S/M/L, but now come in S/M and M/L only, and of course you're paying the Rapha tax (though they can usually be picked up cheaper in the sales).

Otherwise Prendas have a wide range of cotton caps at good prices, including larger sizes: https://www.prendas.co.uk/products/pren ... cotton-cap

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby Mick F » 20 Sep 2020, 2:42pm

simonineaston wrote:I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.
Baseball caps don't work at all. The peaks are too big.

Cycling caps, I have four. Zero helmets in this household! :wink:

This is one of them.
https://www.evanscycles.com/brand/fwe/u ... e=76080018
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby LittleGreyCat » 20 Sep 2020, 5:43pm

Mick F wrote:
simonineaston wrote:I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.
Baseball caps don't work at all. The peaks are too big.

Cycling caps, I have four. Zero helmets in this household! :wink:

This is one of them.
https://www.evanscycles.com/brand/fwe/u ... e=76080018


Thanks.
In passing I should note that one size fits all is usually a lie.

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby gaz » 20 Sep 2020, 5:55pm

Another vote for Walz.
There'll be tarmac over, the white cliffs of Dover ...

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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby Mick F » 20 Sep 2020, 6:13pm

LittleGreyCat wrote:
Mick F wrote:
simonineaston wrote:I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.
Baseball caps don't work at all. The peaks are too big.

Cycling caps, I have four. Zero helmets in this household! :wink:

This is one of them.
https://www.evanscycles.com/brand/fwe/u ... e=76080018


Thanks.
In passing I should note that one size fits all is usually a lie.
I must say that the one I linked was indeed too big, and needed adjusting smaller.
The other three, I couldn't find easily enough on a quick Google for the link, and they didn't need any tweaking at all, because I bought the small size.

So very good point, and I should have made it.

Chasseur de cols is my favourite.
Says Morvelo vetements pour le velo on the inside of the peak.
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/547117054710090500/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Q-EBCMNVlu/

Doesn't seem available now. :cry:
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby Mick F » 20 Sep 2020, 6:21pm

PS

This is me wearing it, climbing at the top of the STEEP hill at Millook North Cornwall.

Photo taken by Chat Noir - member of this forum, and younger brother of a lad I was at junior school with! :D
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby mjr » 20 Sep 2020, 6:54pm

Mick F wrote:
simonineaston wrote:I'm not sure what a cycling cap is, but Amazon has a ton of baseball-type caps available, all colours, all styles, all prices, all materials.
Baseball caps don't work at all. The peaks are too big.

They're designed to fly off as you run to catch the ball, which is not what you want while cycling!

I'd like a longer peak than a cycling cap. Does anyone know how "newsboy" hats behave in high winds?
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby simonineaston » 20 Sep 2020, 6:56pm

the STEEP hill at Millook
That's a [impolite word removed], that one is... :lol:
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Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Postby hamster » 21 Sep 2020, 8:10am

Try Prendas Cyclismo, they always have a good range.
https://www.prendas.co.uk/