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Bike Gloves -Ouch!(12 posts)

Bike Gloves -Ouch!AnnG
Apr 8, 2002 9:36 AM
Purchased a pair of gloves last year and got hand cramps 5 minutes in my ride. Returned them and haven't worn them since. Am reconsidering this. Anyone have a similar problem? Was the size to small? Too much padding?


re: Bike Gloves -Ouch!laffeaux
Apr 8, 2002 9:56 AM
I've never had cramps due to gloves, and I always use them. Too much padding is a good guess as to the cause of your problem.

I prefer very thin gloves for riding. There used to be a lot of gloves made with kevlar material on the palms. This offered plenty of protection, with minimal padding. I have several old ratty pairs, but no one seems to make them any more. Since I seem to be the only guy in the world that bought these (or else they'd keep making them) the next best thing is to find the least amount of padding possible in a leather palmed glove.
Yow! Me too!floatch
Apr 8, 2002 10:01 AM
I'm dying to hear some input into this...
padding probably.EpicX
Apr 8, 2002 10:06 AM
I rode for years without wearing gloves. I got a pair of Pearl Izumi's last summer and had the same cramping issue. I almost gave up on them, but after a month or so and a washing once a week, i guess the padding compressed or something. Now they are so comfy I can't imagine riding w/ out them. Give them some time. You could try a thinner bar tape if your bars are in need of retaping anyway...
re: Bike Gloves -Ouch!szybki
Apr 8, 2002 10:06 AM
I hated bike gloves too. They always seemed to make my hands go numb. So I quit wearing them. Then I got invoved in a nasty "Cat 4 crit pileup" (not my fault) and my right palm (and several other bodyparts) ended up looking like hamburger. Took forever to heal and made riding painful for a few months. Now I wear those really cheap and really thinly padded gloves, you know the ones with the crocheted back, ALL the time. They don't seem to bother me too much.
sizing?terry b
Apr 8, 2002 10:16 AM
went through the same pain then started buying a size up from what was recommended (normally an L, I went to XL)- no more problems.
re: Bike Gloves -Ouch!Troyboy
Apr 8, 2002 10:27 AM
Exactly, size up. I have small hands but by no means wear PI smalls. I even have a pair of large. For in between sizing try the women's models too.

I always wear gloves no matter what. I cannot imagine not having had them on during any of my crashes...
re: Bike Gloves -Ouch!Beaver
Apr 8, 2002 10:31 AM
I had a similar problem, too much padding around the thumb and index finger was making my fingers burn. I searched for weeks trying to find a glove with little to no padding. What I found were:

1. Specialized mountain bike gloves with no padding on the palm, but were 3/4 finger. I used these for awhile then gave them up when I found...

2. Assos Prosline Gloves. Great gloves, thin pad, no velcro around the wrist, just slips on and off and very comfortable.

3. Castelli also makes a good thin pad glove. But the only color in my size(M) was Team Once and no one could get my size in another style so I bought the Assos.
position on the bike? too much pressure on hands?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 8, 2002 1:09 PM
interesting...i've tried several different types of gloves, some without padding, some skin tight and some just fitting. had some problems with hand numbness and cramping at first, but when position on the bike was re-evaluated, no problems. seems i was leaning too far forward. many bike fit articles cite being able to remove your hands from the bars at your normal riding position and keep the position without strain. i think this means the body should be mostly aligned to rest on the seat and pedals, with bar contact mainly for steering. no?
Apr 8, 2002 1:34 PM
I actually have my road bike set up with a tri-configuration- forward seat post and aerobars. Of course, I have to ride on the hoods sometimes and this is where I have the problems.

Thin glovesgrandemamou
Apr 8, 2002 2:45 PM
Try Castelli Simple gloves. Very lightly padded. Like some other posters I hate thickly padded gloves. They seem to bunch up when they get sweaty. Also, I like feeling the road and thick gloves tend to mute road feel. I usually go gloveless when out by myself but in group rides or races I like having the protection in case of spills.
Loius Garneau ergoair (or something like that)sodade
Apr 9, 2002 3:05 AM
These gloves are the only ones that I can stand. My problem is that the pads are generally too thick, stiff and big for my hands. The extra padding creases and creates pressure points. I would not recommend sizing up for this reason...