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glove questions(19 posts)

glove questionslilgeerts72
Apr 15, 2002 8:24 PM
do most people wear gloves when they ride? i just got into the sport and find it very hard to keep my hands in one position for more than a minute it seems. i'm thinking about trying some gloves to see if that helps. also, what does anyone use, because i've never reallly looked at them before. thanks for the info.
re: glove questionsJekyll
Apr 15, 2002 8:46 PM
Yes, probably 99.9% of the people that do this with any serious regularity wear gloves.
Gloves serve a number of purposes. Gloves tend to have padding in the palm and the web area under your thumb to take the edge of road vibrations and spread pressure more evenly on your hand. Some prefer a lot of padding others a little - kind of a personal thing. Gloves give you a better grip on the bars, especially once your hands start to perspire from riding. Gloves also protect your hands in the event of a fall. Most gloves also have a piece of terry cloth (like a towel) across the top to wipe away sweat (a very useful little feature in my book).
There is no magic formula for the "right" gloves. Opinions will differ. I like the Pearl Izumi Gel-Lite.
Also, if you are getting a lot of discomfort from pressure on your hands it may have as much to do with poor fit/bike adjustment as it does with not wearing gloves. For a quick easy look at bike fit go to:

Welcome to the greatest sport on earth!
re: glove questionsbm
Apr 15, 2002 10:45 PM
i agree with Jekyll and his last reply. most people do and should wear gloves. i also have a pair of pearl izumi. they're not the gel-type, just the regular padded gloves. only about 20$ and i wouldn't consider any other gloves on the market.

i like wearing gloves for several reasons. one, as Jekyll metioned, there's protection in case you fall or have to adjust cycle components. two, it gives you a better grip on brakes and the bars. three, keeps your hands warm on cold and windy days. four, VERY nice support on the handlebars -i used to bike without them, and got wrist pains on long rides because i was holding the bar uncomfortably
sans glovesSteveO
Apr 16, 2002 5:34 AM
certainly, MOST serious riders wear gloves when they ride.

Gloves may increase comfort if your bike isnt properly fit,
or if it IS properly fit but you have tender hands.

Personally, i've never seen a need for 'better grip', brow-wipers, or keeping my hands clean. If it works for you, go for it.

Also, im not to sure about the protection aspect of gloves.... if you're trying to break a fall with your hands, you're gonna have bigger problems than road-rashed palms.
sans glovesMisJG
Apr 16, 2002 6:57 AM
I'm with you SteveO, no gloves. I rode with them for years as handlebar tape kept getting thicker and thicker every year to the point that it is more difficult for me to comfortably hold the bars with gloves on. I decided to ride w/o gloves for a while (still taking them along 'just in case') until it got to the point I was doing all my rides, regardless of length, w/o gloves. Only reason I'll don a pair nowadays is if it is a cold day.

For me, gloves make it more difficult to hold the bars or make any on-road adjustments to my bike. I would take them off to work on my bike anyway. Why get a pair of $20 gloves all greasy then have to ride with that mess for 20 miles and transfer that grease EVERYWHERE! Work on your bike, wipe your hands in the grass and you're done!

Sorry, rambling. . .
gloves are nice when you fall (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 16, 2002 7:04 AM
shouldnt break fall with hands.... good way to break 'emSteveO
Apr 16, 2002 7:39 AM
(not to mention wrists).

Easy to say, but it's hard to fight that instinct....retro
Apr 16, 2002 8:00 AM
If you're WAY too serious about this, you can practice rolling by riding (maybe with a friend) on a lawn, bumping shoulders and rubbing elbows and bailing off the bike. Never appealed much to me (I prefer not to fall, thanks), but I used to see some cyclocross riders doing it when I lived in California.
If you must use your hands. . .MisJG
Apr 16, 2002 9:29 AM
use them to start your ROLL !! Every time I have crashed (without gloves!!) I have inspected the damage to my body. Minor scratches to the palms of my hands (since they were the first thing to contact the ground) but nothing more. Hands touch, elbows bend, shoulder tucks, body rolls, thank whoever invented clipless pedals, stand up.
sans glovesMr Good
Apr 16, 2002 6:56 PM
I don't like gloves, either. I often wear 'em in a crit, especially when the field is large, or there's lots of primes or prize money (people get a little crazy). I also wear them for road races on really rough roads, or when it's cold, of course.

But in the hot summer, on a long ride or road race? I'm not likely to fall off the bike, I don't want the stupid tan lines, the gloves end up smelling bad (like old socks), and I don't have any hand discomfort, anyhow. And my hands don't sweat if I'm not wearing gloves. I agree that hand discomfort may be due to excessively long/low stem.
Apr 16, 2002 5:47 AM
Some prefer thinner padding. Me, I go for the PI Gel Lite gloves--max cushioning.
re: glove questionsChen2
Apr 16, 2002 6:43 AM
I really like the Specialized Pro gloves, they are tough and hold up well to a washing machine and dryer (I sweat a lot). My PI's came apart after two weeks.
Sheet glovesmuncher
Apr 16, 2002 7:28 AM
I always ride with gloves - fall of without them once and you'll know why.

I use sailing sheet gloves - they look much the same as cycling ones, but they are made of very nice soft but very strong leather, and they are very durable and resitant to sweat (salt), and yet machine washable. My current pair are made by BEI, and have over 5 years of commuting on them, as well as general riding, and are still going very strong.

Enjoy the sport.

re: glove questionsheloise
Apr 16, 2002 7:47 AM
gloves also allow you to reach down and wipe debris(glass) from your tires. if you are like me and ride sometimes with and sometimes without gloves you need to remember not to do that when you are sans gloves!
I think this use is overblown.Len J
Apr 16, 2002 8:39 AM
By the time you reach down with your glove, your wheel has rotated more than several times if you are going at any speed whatsoever. I don't think that this does anything but make the rider feel better.


How do you non-glove wearers clean your tires? (NT)steve1244
Apr 16, 2002 8:05 AM
soap and water, sillySteveO
Apr 16, 2002 8:22 AM
i try to clean by avoidance.
obviously, not always practical. then i cross my fingers.

I get few flats (knock on wood), certainly no more than the average person... so im not convinced just how often/effective people actually brush their tires.
Fox Racinggrzy
Apr 16, 2002 8:14 AM
I find the Fox Racing MTB style gloves to be my favorite in terms of fit, comfort and durability. Tried lots of other "roadie" gloves but always found them lacking. Leave it to the MTB/BMX folks to come up with a better design.
re: glove questionssimstress
Apr 16, 2002 9:04 AM
Most riders I encounter wear gloves. It's normal and advisable to change your hand positions every few minutes. One shouldn't strive to hold one position throughout an entire ride. If your hand position problems persist after a few weeks, that may indicate a larger fit issue-- You should have your bike fit rechecked then.

FWIW, I like Pearl Izumi White Line gloves ($20)-- less padding than some of their other models and comes in men's and women's cuts.