A post I just read got me to thinking about a change I made earlier this year. I didn’t make much of a big deal about it but my cycling life has been made infinitely more enjoyable for it.
I started wearing a Headsweats cap or a cycling cap every time I ride.
It started last year with what my buddy, Mike calls my goombah hat which was purchased at the Horsey Hundred because I’m proud of my WOP heritage. Then I bought a Headsweats bandana for cooler weather. I bought another cycling cap and one more bandana a few weeks ago…
As you can see, with the exception of my goombah cap, everything matches my road bikes. ‘Tis as it should be.
Now, quickly to fix the Italia cap issue, I bought a kit to match the cap and my bikes. Brilliant.
As you can see in the photo above, I’m wearing the black and red bandana. They’re excellent for keeping the sweat out of my eyes and off of my glasses. Not only that, and the sweat issue is worth it alone, I don’t worry about bees getting into my helmet anymore.
I have struggled for years with sweat on my shades, especially with longer distances, because I wanted to feel the wind on my melon. I dealt with bees, at least one or two a week, because I thought the cap or bandana options would overheat me…
I was wrong about overheating, and wrong enough that I no longer care about feeling the breeze through my hair. Both the cycling caps and bandanas absorb sweat and the breeze cools the cover.
Now, with the cycling caps which I dig, I have to go with the brim up. Even though the brim down looks cooler, I simply can’t stand the brim blocking my vision. I ride in an aggressive enough position that the brim makes looking down the road difficult and no amount of cool is worth that.
I am all about long, fast miles and I like them as comfortable as possible. Being cooler and able to see add a lot of comfort to something that isn’t meant to be easy.