I’ve tried. I really have. But despite having accumulated quite a collection of the things, I just can’t get into the whole cycling cap scene. I understand the tradition behind it. But nowadays, when we all wear helmets, I’m struggling to understand the practicalities. Not sure about you, but I don’t find them at all comfortable when worn under a helmet. I also don’t find them especially good at keeping sun or sweat or even rain from my eyes in any case. So what’s the point? Other than to perhaps look like a wannabe retro hipster?
Granted in winter a cycling cap can actually help to keep your noggin warm when worn underneath your lid. But so can a head-hugging skullcap that’s usually far more comfortable (and please don’t get me started on bandanas, I don’t get them either – unless you happen to be from Penzance or perhaps Axl Rose).
As for the warmer months like now? In my experience all cycling caps really do is nullify any of the cooling properties your helmet’s vents have been painstakingly designed to offer, potentially cooking your brain far more than is necessary. In my opinion, save your $15-$40 and spend it on a new pair of gloves or socks. Or even some sunscreen.
For further enlightenment on the use of cycling caps, see Velomonati Rule #22.