Archive for July, 2010
[UK Cyclo-Cross Champion Steve Douce with Peugeot`s David Baker]
So these guys look a bit awkward don’t they but purists will tell you they are wearing their caps in proper Euro style. I have the Peugeot cap, I’ll give it a go!
Cycling caps making the fashion parades! This from Thom Browne’s Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring 2011 show at Milan’s Velodromo Vigorelli football stadium. Posted on Candy Cranks.
I need to express my opposition to this ‘made up’ rule posted on Velominati. While some of their other rule are spot on this is just wrong…
Cycling caps can be worn under helmets, but never when not riding, no matter how hip you think you look. This will render one a douche, and should result in public berating or beating. The only time it is acceptable to wear a cycling cap is while directly engaged in cycling activities and while clad in cycling kit. This includes activities taking place prior to and immediately after the ride such as machine tuning and tire pumping. Also included are cafe appearances for pre-ride espressi and post-ride pub appearances for body-refueling ales (provided said pub has sunny, outdoor patio – do not stray inside a pub wearing kit or risk being ceremoniously beaten by leather-clad biker chicks). Under these conditions, having your cap skull-side tipped jauntily at a rakish angle is, one might say, de rigueur. All good things must be taken in measure, however, and as such it is critical that we let sanity and good taste prevail: as long as the first sip of the relevant caffeine or hop-based beverage is taken whilst beads of sweat, snow, or rain are still evident on one’s brow then it is legitimate for the cap to be worn. However, once all that remains in the cranial furrows is salt, it is then time to shower, throw on some suitable après-ride attire (a woollen Molteni Arcore training top circa ’73 comes to mind) and return to the bar, folded copy of pastel-coloured news publication in hand, ready for formal fluid replacement. It is also helpful if you are a Giant of the Road, as demonstrated here, rather than a giant douchebag. 4
Hmmmm not so sure about this!
A trio of classic caps
Searching around the interwebs it occured to me I had not checked Wikipedia.. so here it is and I reckon it needs some umph so I will get around to adding some more as I learn more….
Casquette is French for “cap”. In cycling jargon, it is used to refer to the traditional peaked cotton cap worn by racing cyclists.With the introduction of compulsory cycle helmets for massed-start racing, casquettes have become less common, but most professional race outfits still have them produced in team colours for wearing on the winner’s podium, for wearing under a helmet in heavy rain or for sale to the tifosi. They have also become popular as fashion items in some American cities, often with non-cycling-related designs.
The casquette shields the head from strong sun and the peak can also make riding in the rain more comfortable, since drops do not fall directly into the eyes. They are sometimes worn with the peak backwards, not for reasons of fashion but because the peak then protects the neck from sunburn.
A traditional way to keep the head cool when cycling in hot conditions was to put a cabbage leaf under the casquette.
The name was also used by Royal Enfield motorcycles to describe their version of the nacelle designed by Edward Turner for Triumph motorcycles. The casquette is still used on the 2009 Royal Enfield Bullet model.