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What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?(22 posts)

What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?MVN
Aug 19, 2001 4:06 PM
I'm curious as to what kind of gloves are preferred. I just did a 25 mile ride with Trek Moby Gel gloves (major padding, a year old) and they were better than the Chiba Evolutions (minor padding)I tried yesterday. I also have a pair of Specialized BG Pro gloves (also a year old) that I haven't tried on my road bike yet. So far more padding works for me. My hands are still sore from putting together a new entertainment center for my wife, so I may not really be able to objective until the soreness goes away. What do you guys (and girls) use and why? Any opinions welcome. Thanks.
re: What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?Thioderek
Aug 19, 2001 4:08 PM
I will swear by PI Gel Lites.

They have saved my hands in falls and during rides.
I'll second that (both parts)........ (nm)Mike K
Aug 19, 2001 4:15 PM
Another vote for ...bianchi boy
Aug 19, 2001 4:21 PM
PI Gel Lites. I've also got some Specialized BG gloves, but the Pearl's have much more shock absorbtion.
What are you trying to accomplish?Spoke Wrench
Aug 19, 2001 4:41 PM
I think that the Trek Moby Gel and the Specialized Body Geometry are designed to solve different problems.

The Specialized gloves have padding near the little finger. Last October I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Minkow, who works with Specialized. He said their gloves are designed to help people who suffer numbness in the ring and little fingers. He told me he had no solution for people who have numbness in the other fingers.

The Trek gloves have padding across the heel of the hand, but they have a gap in the padding at the center of the wrist (the carpal tunnel area). This looks to me like an attempt to eliminate pressure on the medial nerve which runs through the carpal tunnel. Typical carpal tunnel syndrome symproms would include tingling or numbless in the thumb, forefinger and middle finger.
Do the Trek gloves work?look271
Aug 19, 2001 5:16 PM
I have a real problem w/ numbness and tingling in my left thumb and index finger. Nothing I've tried works. Generally, the less padding, the better off I am. Riding w/out gloves provides the most relief, but I prefer not to do that.
Yeah, padding can be bad.Spoke Wrench
Aug 21, 2001 5:13 AM
If you think about it, one of the things that padding does is to compress and assure that you have some pressure in areas that normal body structures would otherwise protect.
What are you trying to accomplish?JL
Aug 19, 2001 5:21 PM
Addendum to Spokes Wrench, carpal tunnel in any finger but the pinky. My ortho. said if I wake up and my hand is asleep and my pinky is not, it's a touch of carpal. My wife is battling it now, but no problems in the pinky area. I'm over my initial bout.

As for gloves, I haven't used the PI Gel Lites, but the Performance Elites($20 on sale, sometimes cheaper) have worked for me. Just thought I'd throw in another option. Try and find a glove that's not too bulky or you may press too much on parts of your hands. Check out for some additional help with bike pains.

Happy riding.

What are you trying to accomplish?MVN
Aug 19, 2001 5:22 PM
Well, I've been mountain biking for a couple of years, but just recently got into road riding. I'm trying to get some ideas on dealing with hand pain because of my weight being more forward (I'm doing more road riding now than trail riding). The Spec. BG Pro's I bought without knowing they were designed for road riding (I was doing trails exclusively at the time). I still have them so I thought I would try them on the next ride. The Chiba's were a gift but are about worn out. The Treks I bought when I found out the Spec.'s were not designed for mtb'ing. They work best so far. Maybe I just need to give ot more time. I've heard good things about PI Gel-Lites so they may be my next bet.
isn't he the sadist that designed the "Body Geometry" saddle?Mike K
Aug 19, 2001 5:26 PM
Lightly padded, loose, crochet backsRich Clark
Aug 19, 2001 5:42 PM
I've always felt that if you're taking so much shock to the hands that they hurt, you're putting too much weight on them, or you're keeping your elbows and shoulders too tense, or you're holding onto the bars too tight, or some combo of all three.

I buy cheap retro foam-padded gloves with knit backs, because even the nicest gloves I ever had rotted out from my corrosive sweat. If they're going to dissolve anyway, I figure, why buy expensive ones?

I wait for a sale and stock up (like next week, when Performance has theirs on sale in-store for $6 a pair).

Since I ride nearly every day, I need to give each pair at least a couple of days to dry out.

I wear liners under them when it gets cold.

Lightly padded, snug, amara palms, crochet backsBreezydz
Aug 20, 2001 4:27 AM
Amara palms solve the rotted by sweat problem for me. I like a snug enough fit so that loose parts don't snag on levers. Cheaper is better!
re: What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?Chen2
Aug 19, 2001 6:02 PM
The Specialized Body Geometry gloves get my vote. I have two pair with about 1000 miles each. They get run through the washer and dryer about twice a week and they're still going fine. I bought the PI's last year but they disintegrated after two washings. I sweat alot.
Light padding is my preferenceMarlon
Aug 19, 2001 6:32 PM
I'd been using relatively-thick padded lycra gloves made by MEC (Canadian store, similar to REI in the States) and Louis Garneau lycra-backed gloves until this summer when they wore out, and of the two, I like the Louis Garneau's better, even though they had less padding. In May, I got a pair of Axo Altis road gloves, and I've had a blast on them.

For me, I've never had a problem with my hands - a legacy perhaps from my days playing the piano, doing lots of forearm weights, and strong arms/shoulders from competitive swimming? In any case, I find that light padding works for me, simply because I like to "feel" the road more, especially when I'm cornering. Yeah, I have to admit, long rides tend to beat me up, but it's usually the rear end that gives before the hands do - the legacy of having a criterium bike. However, my having a carbon-fiber fork (Time Stiletto) and thick Silva cork bar tape on the bike helps dampen the road vibration, so perhaps my gloves aren't as vital components as they are to you. Hope this gives you some insight.
re: What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?JimF
Aug 19, 2001 7:25 PM
I really like PI Gel and White Line gloves, but I find that the PI Crochet gloves wear better and are nearly as good.
Besides, they provide the distinctive "spots and dots" tan pattern on the backs of my hands.
Bare or Castellimike mcmahon
Aug 19, 2001 8:03 PM
I have a pair of Castelli gloves, but I ride without gloves about 90% of the time. I like to feel the brake hoods and bar tape when I ride and generally like the feel of riding without gloves. The Castelli gloves come close to that feeling. They're thin and snug. I know it's probably foolish to ride without gloves, but I always wear a helmet, always use a seat belt in the car, have dual airbags, and don't smoke, so I've got to live dangerously somewhere. ;-)
Fox downhill gloves....Shylock
Aug 19, 2001 8:17 PM padding, and no sweat problems thanks to the full fingered design . I hate bulky, padded gloves. Just wish they weren't so ugly

Feel the gin
Aug 19, 2001 9:06 PM
you're using those on your new road bike? Nice! I use those on my mtb to cover the backs of my hands from branches and stuff, but no gloves for the road -- Cinelli cork tape is plenty comfy.

Feel the cheap Pinot Grigo
It really irks the roadie nerds...Shylock
Aug 20, 2001 6:32 AM
....and irking roadies has become! I also had a guy give me grief for a chainring tattoo on my calf two weeks into my foray into roadriding. I gave him grief right back for being so anal and now make a point of imprinting my calf with a perfect 2d replica of my Campy c10 chain everytime I ride. I might even have a tatto studio do one for me.

Feel the gin
Hah!grzy mnky
Aug 20, 2001 8:01 AM
Geez, a guy after my own heart!

Found that the Fox gloves are the only things that really hold up. All the foo-foo roadie gloves wear out too quickly. I wouldn't really dream of riding with out gloves - one good crash and it'd tear all the hair off of my palms.... Pissing off anal roadies is good sport.

Feel the killer green bud.
Specialized BG: Over 6K so far (nm)MikeC
Aug 20, 2001 4:09 AM
re: What kind of gloves does everyone prefer...padded or not?Lone Gunman
Aug 20, 2001 7:00 AM
Nashbar Fredric Cycling gloves. Good Pittards leather palms, lightly padded with possibly neoprene, about 40% of the back is covered with terry cloth. This is their 2nd full season, washable, durable, I couldn't ask for much more in a glove. $22.22 pr. Use these because it hits the balance between too little/much padding. And the big wipe area on the back of the gloves.