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Hey, no glovers......(17 posts)

Hey, no glovers......dinky
Aug 24, 2001 10:43 AM
it seems that I recall several folks here extolling the virtues of not wearing cycling gloves but I can't recall their reasons. I am experience hand numbing and was wondering if the padding is bunching in a way that is pinching nerves or something. I am definitely not dialed into my bike yet so I know that there can be other factors that are causing the numbing but I thought that I would check out the gloves/no gloves issue. thanks!
This Trollman cannot understand.Trollman
Aug 24, 2001 10:52 AM
For Trollman it would be like riding with seatpost but no seat.
This Trollman can understand.trollman too
Aug 24, 2001 11:21 AM
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re: Hey, no glovers......Alpedhuez55
Aug 24, 2001 11:08 AM
Ridding without gloves is not a good idea. I think you need they hands in case of a fall as well as offer som shock absorbtion. You may need to vary your position on the bars and loosen the velcro a little. If that does not work, try a different set of gloves.
Umm....gloves for me!Miklos
Aug 24, 2001 11:18 AM
My one and only crash on the road- It resulted from someone passing me on the right when I was slowing to turn off at a restroom stop. I was going about 15mph and he caught the right side of my bars with his thigh and down I went. My main point of impact with the pavement was with the palms of my hands. The road was chip-sealed with course gravel (5/8"). Due to my gloves with padded palms, my hands escaped injury, just scuffed the leather. My knee that hit was a different story though, it got ground up pretty bad. I hate to think what my hands would have looked like without any gloves on.

Miklos
re: Hey, no glovers......Steve R
Aug 24, 2001 11:36 AM
I have found that when my hands are bothering me a lot, it is usually because I lean too heavily on them. I have raised my bar and gotten a shorter stem and that seemed to help a lot. I also found that it is better for me when my seat is slightly higher on the nose, keeps me from sliding forward on the seat. I have also experimented with the position of the brake hoods, and this can make a big difference for me. I find them to be best when they are low enough that my wrists give some support on the bars below the hoods. I wear gloves and have used several brands. I can't tell much difference. When my bike is right, just shifting positions keeps me comfortable. Just remember, every one is different and you should try changes to see what works for you. Just make very small changes and one thing at a time. I am 57, and flat and aero just ain't worth it anymore.
Have the same problem.look271
Aug 24, 2001 11:46 AM
I found that it is more comfortable without gloves, but I don't do it for reasons that the other posters have listed. I have found that the most comfortable gloves (for me) are thinly padded, el-cheapo cotton backed croquet gloves. I must have tried a dozen types of gloves. These still are the best (for me).
I knew that I hadn't imagined it!dinky
Aug 24, 2001 11:55 AM
So, you had the problem of the padding bunching up and causing numbness? I agree with the other posts that it would not be a great idea to go without. The simple answer would be for me to just try a few miles without on my next ride, which I will do tomorrow. If that works then I'll search out some thin gloves. I just wasn't sure if that was even on the list of possible numbness causes. Thanks.
Are these like cricket glovesMel Erickson
Aug 24, 2001 12:10 PM
or are they more like polo gloves?
Ha, ha.look271
Aug 24, 2001 1:01 PM
No, they're more like baseball gloves. Brain is fried. Past 2 days at work computer was down for 24 hrs. Spent last day @ work cleaning up mess from previous day.
I know I should wear gloves, but they're too hot...PdxMark
Aug 24, 2001 12:36 PM
in the summer... plus the nice feel of cork tape in my hands... but I know about the crash protection... and dread the thought... so, anyone know of a back-less glove?

of course, cold/wet conditions warrant full-finger, wind-proof gloves like PI Amfibs
gloves are great when you leave the bike.jw25
Aug 24, 2001 12:48 PM
I had a nasty crash a few years ago. Leader of the ride didn't point out a big chunk of road garbage, just swerved, and I nailed it dead on. Instant pinch-flat, big superman, no gloves. So I now have 2 impressive scars on my palms, along with the usual knee and elbow scuffs, and a big hip scar.
I'd much rather waste a pair of $20 gloves than go through that healing process again, so I'd recommend getting friendly with your shop, and trying on as many pairs as they have. Depending on who you talk to, you may be able to test-ride them, but if not, you can always sell them.
I prefer gloves with little or no padding, as it does bunch and press uncomfortably. I also look at the thumb to index finger seam, since a straight seam (running along the webbing) causes bad pressure points for me. I really prefer a wrapped seam there.
Also, be sure the gloves fit you well, and aren't fastened too tight. The angle of the wrists when on the hoods can cause some tightness. Remember, you can ride with unfastened gloves, so they really only need to be loosely closed, not cinched down.
As was mentioned, the numbness may be due to bar position as well. If you're changing hand positions often, it should give some relief to whatever tissue is being pinched. The easiest change is raising the stem, assuming you have steerer left, or a threaded headset. Moving the bars closer to the saddle may also help, but that tends to be more expensive and time-consuming.
Good luck. These things tend to really distract a rider, when you should be focusing on the good things, like the fresh air, being outside, the swish of rubber on pavement.
wacky tanSanjuro!
Aug 24, 2001 2:31 PM
I don't wear gloves because they are hot and I always end up with a waffle tan that looks like a skin disorder. After hearing all of these palm-shredding stories, I may change my tune.
Has anyone considered...Lone Gunman
Aug 24, 2001 6:33 PM
as a full fingered glove without padding a glove called Mechanix gloves? They have alot of kevlar or nylon on the back and a synthetic leather palm and can be had from an Auto Parts store for $20 or so. Fit real nice and I would bet hold up real well in a crash as they are designed to protect hands while working on a car, touching exhaust pipes, hot engines, etc. I may try a pair for MTB riding. Probably could cut the fingers out to use on the road.
re: Hey, no glovers......Ian
Aug 24, 2001 6:47 PM
I just can't wear gloves on the road. But I wear full fingered gloves on my MTB. Like another post said, I love the feel of the cork tape against my hands. I have tried gloves on the road but feel like I have diapers on my hands. I know what can happen if/when I crash, but I have been without gloves for 5 years and just don't think I could switch.
gloves schmoveskanotspell
Aug 24, 2001 8:13 PM
I never got into the habit of wearing gloves on the road just because I never saw a real need. I have considered the resuts of crashing but really, how often do you crash on a road bike? I always wear full fingers on the mtb but the frequency of crashing is way higher (though the ground is usually less abrasive!). I am a religous helmet wearer because the results could be devistating, but torn up hands once or twice a decade I can handle.
Numbness shouldn't be the issue.shmoo
Aug 25, 2001 10:25 AM
Like you said, you're not dialed into your bike yet. If you're wearing gloves to prevent numbness, it's probably a Band-Aid solution to the real problem, which is fit and set-up.

Anyway, to answer your question: I generally wear gloves, but really prefer not to. I like the thinnest of padding, although I must admit I like the gel medallion in the heal area as featured on the Specialized BGs I have - not as padding, it helps position my hands and wrist in a way that's comfortable for me. I wear gloves to prevent the sweaty/slimy grip on the bar tape I get without gloves, for safety in case of a fall, and for the terry cloth sweat and lip booger wipers on the back of the gloves. I don't wear gloves because it's more comfortable, and a lot cooler. (There's a lot of blood flowing through your hands. On a hot ride, not wearing gloves can make your feel quite a bit cooler over all. Try dipping your hands in cool water after a hot ride with gloves - what a relief).