I’m a recent convert to wearing cycle caps and now I wouldn’t ride without one. To my mind, they are a ‘ride comfort management system’ (RCMS*), proving once and for all that I am full of hot air, romanticise cloth gaps and a great loss to the school of banal management speak. Nudging all that to one side for a moment, they really do serve a very useful purpose. So here’s why I love ‘em:
- They keep sweat out of your eyes.
- They prevent rain on your face and – if tilting your head down – can keep great big swarms of gnats out of your eyes.
- They keep your head warm(er) in the winter.
- They suggest a dalliance to the retro and come in rather natty designs.
- They almost negate the visual impact of a ridiculously muddy/badly designed (delete as appropriate) helmet.
- You can doff a cap.
Cycle caps also represent the best bloody bargains in cycle wear. The ones pictured here cost me £25 from Prendas Ciclismo and dropped through my letter box yesterday.
You may have noticed that amongst all the black – I struggle with colour – there’s a yellow one in mod livery. I assure you that I am not jumping on the Wiggo bandwagon. Despite seeing Weller 3 times, I know for sure that the heart of mod music is Northern Soul, that the social lyrics of the Kinks hold up to literary scrutiny and have weakness for Vespas. I also think that the definitive version of ‘Wade to the water’ belongs to The Ramsey Lewis Trio (below). I do not, however, own a parka.
*Hands off. I’m copyrighting that acronym.
The cycle caps are from the excellent Prendas Ciclismo and are available here. If cycle chic is more your thing, dispense with the helmet and go corduroy.