Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Cycling Caps

chicago capI don’t know if cycling caps are currently cool or not (all I know is that hot pink is apparently the new black), but with my particularly ambivalent brand of “whatever works” style and a few dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I’ve decided it’s time to add a few pieces to the wardrobe.

But general fashion concerns aside, there’s the question of what to get in the first place. I feel like I should say something here like, “picking the right cap says a lot about a person,” but that would insinuate that I actually know. Personally, I’ve always loved the racing style of pro team caps, but would feel like a poseur pulling up at the local club ride and pretending that my fat ass just got back from Milram training camp.

[Note: looking cool and being a poseur are two related but theoretically distinct concerns in the fashion world.]

That said, my sources do tell me that retro/vintage team caps are now acceptable, thanks to the latest innovations in ironic fashion. I’m leaning towards a classic Team BiC cap to pay tribute to Luis Ocaña, or the retro Reynolds model to channel Big Mig, but there are a wide variety of classic, extinct team caps to choose from that should keep you out of the poseur police’s crosshairs.

If you’d prefer to sidestep the delicate business of declaring your loyalties with your head, Cognition Caps out of Madison, Wisconsin is producing a solid line of handmade cycling caps, including the smooth Chitown tribute shown above; coming in at $24, they won’t break the bank either.

The Tan Hemp Cap from Walz

The Tan Hemp Cap from Walz

Walz Cycling Caps have also been garnering a lot of positive press on the intertubes and in the mainstream mags, and offer a line of “eco-friendly” hemp and organic wool caps that look especially sweet. And just in time for the Tour de France, Australia’s Rocket Fuel has a line of jersey-themed caps made from “a mix of recycled, reused, vintage and new materials,” whatever that happens to mean.

If you’re truly handy with thread and needle, you can even craft your own with help from this pattern from Flickr user Panda Face [via Bike Hacks.com]. If you get really good at it, you might even be able to start your own boutique line; unfortunately for me, I sewed my hands together in Home Economics with a beefy Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 855, and have been a little gunshy ever since.

That should be enough to blow your next paycheck. Got any other hot custom cap companies? Leave them in the comments, so the rest of us can cop your smooth style.


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