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The Basics of Cycling Etiquette

The Basics of Cycling Etiquette

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Unlike the world of running, which can be a solitary one, the sport of cycling often puts its participants into situations where good manners and concern for others comes into play. Outside of the written rules of cycling sports and the general rules of the road, there exists a set of unwritten rules of etiquette that every cyclist, whether riding in a group or alone needs to be aware of. These rules include:

  • Always obey the rules of the road and be conscientious of autos and pedestrians alike. This includes riding single file within the bike lane, stopping at all stop signs and red lights, not blocking intersections and displaying hand signals when appropriate.
  • Be aware of everything and everyone around you. This is especially important when riding in a group. Everything you do can have an effect on others. Maintain a consistent line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Avoid surging or braking and try to keep the same speed as the group.
  • Respect the lead or senior riders of the group. Their advice and, sometimes harsh, admonishment is for the betterment of the ride and of the group itself. Understand that their experience is valuable.

As supporters of cyclists all around the world, HeadSweats employees all strive to make sure that cyclists everywhere are understood and represented as the responsible citizens that they can be. Remember to always stay respectful and safe during each and every ride. And don’t forget to take HeadSweats cycling caps and hats along with you for comfort and safety.

 

How Much do You Know About HeadSweats?

How Much do You Know About HeadSweats?

With school letting out all over the nation for summer break, we thought we would hit you with just one more test to see how much you’ve been paying attention. Take this short quiz to find out just how much you know about HeadSweats cycling hats and running caps.

  1. What fabric technology is utilized in the manufacturing of all of our hats, caps and visors?
  2. What industry loves our hats and visors at the workplace?
  3. True or false: We only have hats for the serious runner or cyclist.
  4. What important element is included in each of our cycling caps, running hats and visor hats?
  5. Which HeadSweats fabric technology is meant to help keep you safe while being active at night?
  6. Which HeadSweats fabric technology is great for cold weather activities?

Since 1998, HeadSweats has been producing the best in headwear for elite athletes everywhere. Our hats, caps and visors are recognized throughout the world at the most famous athletic events in the world. Known for our quality and appreciated for our fashion, HeadSweats is the premier manufacturer of cycling caps and running hats and visors that are favored by those who use them.

Answers to today’s quiz:

  1. Eventure™ is the fabric technology that is the core of every one of our proprietary technical fabrics that create our line of hats and caps.
  2. Not only do cyclists and runners love our products but it turns out that chefs and restaurant professionals do too.
  3. False. We have a line of casual hats too.
  4. All of our performance hats include our patented sweatband.
  5. Eventure™ Reflective included in our hats and caps keep you visible at night.
  6. Eventure™ Fleece hats and caps keep your head protected from the cold.

 

Headsweats and Summertime Cycling Tips

Headsweats and Summertime Cycling Tips

Though we look forward to the warmer days of summer as we suffer through the colder temps of winter, it’s likely that we’ll complain about the heat once it’s here. We’re kind of funny like that. However, the heat is hardly an excuse to not get out of the house and on your bike. After all, you lamented the snowy days when they stopped you from being able to enjoy a ride; don’t allow the heat to stop you from doing what you love. Just keep these tips in mind to help keep your ride both safe and enjoyable.

  • Hydrate. Though it seems obvious, riders everywhere often forget just how much water and electrolytes they will be using up on a hot ride. Make sure to take in enough before, during and after your ride.
  • Start earlier. If possible, ride in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day.
  • Choose the proper attire. Wearing the right material and colors can help keep you cool. Avoid cotton and other materials that can soak you in sweat and choose jerseys in lighter colors that don’t absorb as much sun.
  • Look for shade. Don’t stop for rest in the full sun. This will actually raise your body temperature more than riding. Find a shady spot to rest or, if possible, stop in a local business to cool down.
  • Cover your head. Wearing a Headsweats cycling cap under your helmet can protect your head from sun and keep it cooler too. With our patented moisture-wicking materials, our cycling caps help keep sweat from pooling and our headband stops it from getting into your eyes.

Enjoy comfortable rides throughout the summer with cycling hats and caps by Headsweats.

Cycling Caps to Keep your Hair Under Control on your Ride

Cycling Caps to Keep your Hair Under Control on your Ride

Spring is here and summer is in the air! I know there are some hardcore cyclists who like to bike in the snow, mud, and winter cold. For most cyclists though, spring and summer is the time to take advantage of the roadways.

Are you stocked up with the cycling hats and caps to keep you stylin’? At Heatsweats we sure hope so! If you are looking to hold back your luscious locks while you’re out cruisin’ the roadways on your speedster, you must check out our awesome cycling styles of caps. With the caps we have to choose from, your hair will be held back from the wind and all of the other elements that you ride through.

Are you lucky enough to live in a state that is popular for cycling such as Colorado? Colorado is one of the most dominate states when it comes to cycling. People are seen biking to work and home everyday no matter what the weather throws at them. That is dedication right there. If you are just as dedicated as one of those cyclists our website is for you. Cycling caps are a must if you want to make it to your meeting on time and keep your looks flawless. No one will be able to tell that you just rode 40 miles to get to your morning meeting. We invite you to check out all a hat or cap that’ll fit your head by visiting us online here. We hope you get your ride on this summer and use our products to reach your full potential.

Items Every Cyclist Must Have

Items Every Cyclist Must Have

There are few things worse than having a mishap while cycling and not being prepared enough to handle it yourself and get back on the trail. Remaining able to deal with issues that may come up, like a flat tire, is key in enjoying any bike ride. Here are a few items that every cyclist should always carry along.

  • Spare bike tube and tire levels – The most common problem that cyclists face is a flat tire. Make sure you have the gear to replace your tube and of course, one to take its place. Tire levels are essential as they slide under the tire and help you pull it off the rim in order to replace the tube. Triple check to make sure that the tube is the correct size for your bike.
  • Patch kit -In order to help other cyclists on the trail and to make sure you are doubly-covered when your spare tube gets punctured too, a patch kit should always be kept on hand.
  • Bike pump – Obviously if you need to change or repair a tire during a ride you’ll need air to put into it. Get one that is lightweight and will clamp to your bike but has enough power to not exhaust your energy on filling up a tube.
  • Multi-tool – With every type of tool bunched into one convenient and portable package, a multi-tool can help with a variety of unexpected bike and equipment adjustments or tweaks.
  • Cycling cap – A cycling cap can help both insulate your head in colder weather and protect your head in warmer weather. Worn under your helmet, cycling hats by Headsweats, are thin enough to be comfortable, and include a Coolmax® terry sweatband to absorb perspiration and help you avoid sweat blindness.
  • Other necessities – Identification, money, insurance card and a cell phone are all important personal items to carry with you on every ride, especially when riding alone. If you should have a serious accident, these items are essential in making sure that you get the proper care.

What items do you include on every ride with you? We’d like to hear from you if you have anything you would add to this list.

 

 

Tips for Beginning Cyclists

Tips for Beginning Cyclists

Yes, riding a bike is an American rite of passage for most kids throughout our country and therefore, almost all of us jump on a bike, even as adults from time to time. But there are some of us who look at cycling more passionately; and seriously enough to actually prepare for rides that are longer than around the neighborhood. The number of us that take our sport seriously enough to buy gear for it are growing year after year however, and we find it important to extend some helpful tips to our newbie friends.

  • Protect your head. Regardless of your state’s helmet laws and whether they are required, wear a helmet every time you ride. Sixty percent of cycling deaths in the US are caused by head injuries. Do not add to that statistic.
  • Make sure to use your senses. Make sure that your vision is not blocked in any way and never wear headphones. Being unable to hear approaching cars or emergency vehicles can place you in a precarious situation and is downright dangerous.
  • Get your bike properly fit. Make riding much easier and reduce strain and risk of injury to certain body types by making sure that your bike fits your body measurements.
  • Make sure to use your gears. Try to keep your cadence at a consistent rate between 70 to 90 rpms. Always staying in higher gears can strain your knees. Use varying gears for different elevation gains can help alleviate that stress.
  • Your seat is your friend. Make sure that you ride with a proper saddle that will be comfortable enough for long rides. Don’t assume that the cushier the seat, the better. Try out a few different styles before making a decision.

Remaining comfortable during a ride is important for both endurance and overall enjoyment. Headsweats cycling caps and hats are manufactured from fabrics that help you perform your best throughout your ride. Perfect for fit under your helmet, our Headsweats cycling hats include a terry sweatband helping to keep sweat out of your eyes. Browse our entire line of cycling caps and hats and get out and enjoy this coming riding season.

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When Was the Last Time You Got a Bike Fit?

When Was the Last Time You Got a Bike Fit?

Maybe its because the majority of us have had a bike, or have been riding one since early childhood or maybe its because, regardless of skill level, most of us can simply just jump on a bike and ride that very few of us consider getting our bike truly fitted to our body. We often do, just jump on and go. Many bike riders think that the only stipulation for fitting is if they can comfortably stand over the bike with enough clearance between their crotch and the bar. Personalizing your bike to fit you and your body can help with rider fatigue and pain, allowing you extended endurance and more enjoyment. Though a professional fitting can be expensive, it can be very much worth it. If you’ve experienced leg pain, swelling or numbness in your hands, or upper body fatigue during or after just a moderate ride, a bike fit performed by someone who knows how to do it, is worth every dime.

Obviously if you purchased a new bike its a good time for a fitting. However, if you’ve been riding somewhat seriously for the past couple of years, it may be time for a fit simply because your riding style and your level of fitness has probably changed. Also, the reverse is true: if it’s been a couple of years since you’ve ridden with any consistency a bike fit may be needed in order to avoid any issues.

Remaining comfortable during a ride is important for both endurance and overall enjoyment. Headsweats cycling caps and hats are manufactured from fabrics that help you perform your best throughout your ride. Perfect for fit under your helmet, our Headsweats cycling hats include a terry sweatband helping to keep sweat out of your eyes. Browse our entire line of cycling caps and hats and get out and enjoy this coming riding season.

Spring Cycling Tips

Spring Cycling Tips

Now that Spring is officially here, cyclists in most parts of the country are grabbing their gear and getting ready for a long cycling season. Before you just hop on and go though, there are few tips that will keep you riding injury-free and your bike in tip-top shape.

1. Get a bike fit. Making sure that your bike is set to your physical specifications can increase your endurance, reduce your chance of injury and add to your overall enjoyment of the ride. Bikers of all levels, with varying cycling goals and regardless of how long they’ve owned the bike, can benefit from a professional bike fitting. Because your skill or fitness levels change, an annual or bi-annual bike fitting is recommended.

2. Now get your bike fit. Make sure to tune up your bike. If you have experience in tuning up a bike, this can be done at home. However, if you have no working knowledge of a bicycle’s parts and how they work, make sure to take it to your local bike shop. Inspection, cleaning, replacement or repair should be comprehensive and include tires and tubes, brakes, cables and pedals and even the seat.

3. Make sure to appropriately train for your first ride of the season. Even if you’ve kept up with cross training or strength training over the winter, much can improve with cycling training. Hit the key components of pedaling and cycling economy, cadence, power building, upper body strength (to fight fatigue) and endurance increase.

4. Make sure to protect yourself on your first rides of the Spring too. Though weather is still mild, the uv strength of the early Spring sun can be stronger than what you would expect with milder temperatures, make sure to wear a cycling hat or cycling cap under that helmet to keep the suns rays from hitting your scalp. A Headsweats cycling cap or hat also keeps your sweat from running into your eyes, allowing you to retain proper vision while cycling.

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Awesome Cycling Events For the Die-Hard in All of Us

Awesome Cycling Events For the Die-Hard in All of Us

We thought it was only fair, after posting blogs on different types of 5k events and then mud and obstacle races throughout the country, that we should focus on this year’s lineup of cycling events across the United States. We know an awful lot of you that would rather spend your time on wheels rather than pounding the pavement, plus there are those of you who like to do both, God help ya. So here it is: a breakdown of what we think are truly awesome cycling events for the remainder of 2014. Remember to always wear safety gear and cycling caps from Headsweats. Complete race information can be found at individual race websites.

5. Maine Lighthouse Ride – With four distances available at 25, 42, 65 and 100 miles, this ride, along the coast of Maine allows riders to take in views of several different lighthouses along the way. Register soon though as this ride is limited to the first 1000 riders.

4. Tour De Frost – For those empathetic and charitable riders looking to make a difference for the less fortunate among us, this race in Rockford, Illinois is a 25 mile bone-chilling jaunt.

3. Solvang Century – Winding through the hills of Santa Barbara County in California, the Solvang Century is considered one of the finest century rides in the nation with its 5 star route. Plan for a BBQ and party afterwards with a massage therapist on hand.

2. 3 State 3 Mountain – Beginning and ending in host city Chattanooga, Tennessee, the century ride traverses three mountains through 3 states. Or choose lesser distance rides of 85, 62, or 31 miles.

1. Colorado Death Ride – 16,500 vertical feet, 232 miles and 5 mountain passes over a 3 day ride. This ride, though brutal takes cyclists through some of the most beautiful country this nation has to offer.

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The Daddy of Them All

The Daddy of Them All

With Ironman® events happening all over the world, the most famous of all triathlons is attracting more and more participants year after year. Once a sport reserved for the most extreme athletes looking to push beyond their own physical limits, the Ironman is no longer looked at as just for the nuttiest of extreme athletes. From its quiet beginnings in February of 1978, including just 15 competitors, the Ironman® triathlon has grown to become a phenomenon with hundreds of thousands of participants across the globe.

Though most participants do not finish the race which consists of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and a full marathon at 26.2 miles, it is always important for every participant to remember to fully train and prepare, both mentally, physically and nutritionally when deciding to take on the Ironman.

Remember first and foremost that a triathlon is like no other sport and will test not only your physical endurance but your mental and emotional capabilities also. Obviously, people don’t start the physical fitness journey with the goal of finishing  a triathlon; triathletes are usually those extreme athletes who are already accomplished distance swimmers, marathon runners and century riders. To them, a triathlon is just the next logical step in their fitness journey.

As an official sponsor of the Ironman® Series, Headsweats is proud to offer every triathlete and enthusiasts alike the best cycling hats, running hats and visors for men and women. With the iconic Ironman® logo emblazoned across our Ironman® hats, every participant, and those that dream about participating, can show the world their passion for the iconic event.