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Do you wear gloves?(30 posts)

Do you wear gloves?dave woof
Aug 6, 2002 9:35 AM
I was just wondering how many people here wear gloves while cycling. I did when I first started 20+ years ago, and during races, but now I never do. I never used them for brushing the tires anyway, I just use my fingertips. It always seemed they weren't worth the hassle.

Aug 6, 2002 9:43 AM
not once in my life.
Aug 6, 2002 9:48 AM
same as you. I can't stand them - I find them constraining. Except...I do wear gloves mtn. bike riding, in case I need to grab a tree!
Well I do. Every time.Sintesi
Aug 6, 2002 9:56 AM
My hands get sweaty, I find gloves to be a big benefit for grip and comfort.
I've recently gone without gloves and liked it...biknben
Aug 6, 2002 10:03 AM
I few weeks ago I decided to go without them. I liked the feel of the bars and hoods better without gloves. Now I'm only wearing gloves on long rides.

Sweat is a problem but I'm getting used to it.
Aug 6, 2002 10:11 AM
I think the memories of crashing BMX bikes and mountains bikes, and having to pick gravel and dirt out of my palms makes me want to wear gloves everytime I ride. I wear long fingered gloves, that are actually sailing gloves, after they are too beat up for sailing. The only downside I see is having 'glove tan'.

Come fall and wintertime, everybody will be wearing gloves.
re: Do you wear gloves?daneil
Aug 6, 2002 10:13 AM
After picking pieces of nyc tar/glass/gravel out of my hands for about a week following a crash about a month ago i've started wearing gloves. just to stay on the safe side
Nah, It's too hot to wear gloves in Phoenix (nm)Allen az
Aug 6, 2002 10:19 AM
Every single time outNo_sprint
Aug 6, 2002 10:26 AM
When I see the shape of my hands after a crash wearing gloves I cannot imagine having not had them on.
Yup. Nose doesn't wipe itself. (nm)OffTheBack
Aug 6, 2002 11:06 AM
glove wearerzooog
Aug 6, 2002 11:12 AM
Always wear them. Like the feel, comfort with them on. tried to ride without but found it uncomfortable.
Aug 6, 2002 11:13 AM
All the time. It's a real pain (pun intended) to experience a crash and not have the protection. In fact I've become superstitous about having a crash when I forget to wear them, as the very few times that I have crashed I've always managed to not be wearing any gloves.

Also, I think they are much more comfortable on very long rides. I prefer gloves that are mostly made of a cloth like material, as the ones with that pseudo-leather material can get stiff and uncomfortable after alot of use. Also, they're nicer for wiping off the sweat.
In group rides onlyTig
Aug 6, 2002 11:24 AM
I like to at least try to limit the glove tan, so I don't wear them when solo riding. I use them during group rides since the chance of falling is greater. I've never crashed without them, and after seeing how much damage occurs to gloves, I'd hate to see someone's hands without them.
gloves saved my hands more than once...n.m.koala
Aug 6, 2002 12:15 PM
re: Do you wear gloves?PMC
Aug 6, 2002 12:28 PM
I wear gloves all the time. If you'e ever gone down at high speeds and lost the skin off the entire palm of your hand, you'd wear them too if only out of paranoia. I like the Trek Mojo Gels. They'e got a really large portion of the back covered with terry cloth, which is great for wiping your eyes or nose.
I'm with you; these guys are crazyET
Aug 6, 2002 12:42 PM
High-speed crashes happen. If you want no padding and high-breathability, they make those kind too.
whats so crazy?Steve_0
Aug 7, 2002 5:41 AM
you lose much more skin on your back/shoulders/elbows/legs when you go down...but i see plenty of shorts and lycra out there; where's all the leather and kevlar?

Its all about weighted risk and tradeoff.
I'll tell you what's so crazyET
Aug 7, 2002 6:17 AM
You instinctively (and wisely) put your hands down to break your fall just about every time you go down, so they are just about always involved. Everyone here makes it sound like the worst that can happen is it will take a little longer for the skin to grow back and heal. Get some glass or other debris in your hand and it could be lifetime suffering. Pinch a nerve and your life can be ruined. That's what happens in real life, and that's not as unusual as a squirrel getting stuck in your wheels. As far as tradeoff, it is negligible. One pair of gloves I have for my shorter fast-paced rides are superlight, superbreathable, super-comfortable, minimally-cushioned gloves (one of those gray-black PIs) with outstanding protective leather on them; you could have them too.

Another danger area often at risk when you go down is the knee. After my crash last year, I've been wearing those 3/4 length thingies that have a pad going over the knee; I wear them even in very hot weather. Yeah, it's a little warmer, but I don't mind. I'm not saying don't ride due to increased risk. But the gloves? Great potential benefit with very little tradeoff at all (I like a little cushioning anyway).
instinctively, i agree. Wisely, i disagree.Steve_0
Aug 7, 2002 7:03 AM
I'm not questioning the protection gloves may provide to a portion of one hand, I'm merely questioning why some are so adamant about protecting the skin of the hands, but neglect the large portions of flesh and nerves on the remaining parts of the body.

You're one of the few who chose to provide extra protection to your legs, imo.
why so adamant about the hands? here's whyET
Aug 7, 2002 8:02 AM
Because, as I already said, they break your fall or the bouncing around after it just about every single time you go down. Combine this with no real tradeoff at all IMO when wearing well-performing gloves. (I'm not even going to get into possible other benefits some gloves offer such as protecting the vulnerable ulnar nerve while riding.) So wisely, I disagree.

As far as other body parts, it is more varied and less obvious what might go wrong, and no one's gonna go riding in body armor; here there are real tradeoffs, so most including me say forget it.
on road or off?cyclopathic
Aug 6, 2002 1:06 PM
off road --> always

on road:
cold --> yes
group ride --> yes
too hot --> yes (handlebar gets too slippery w/o)
long rides --> yes (saves hands from vibration/blisters)
climbs --> no

since I have them anyways I only take them off to control overheating.
Aug 6, 2002 1:32 PM
And no, I don't mean I wear "Depends". On the road, I wear gloves in the off season, but in the warmer weather, I go bare-handed. Off-road, I usually wear gloves regardless of weather.
Aug 6, 2002 1:33 PM
As a matter of fact the bar feels too small w/o them. As far a overheating, if you spend even a few bucks on the gloves it shouldn't be a problem. Do these people who ride without them also ride sans jersey?
re: yepcollinsc
Aug 6, 2002 2:22 PM
would have done a lot more damage to my knuckles last week with out them. glove have some cute holes in them now.
Almost always12x23
Aug 6, 2002 2:49 PM
At least since, 6/08/91, when I went over the bars on a descent. I had terrible rash in crazy places, like where the pelvic bone protrudes along the waistline on my left side, ALL the knuckles on both hands (did I instinctively 'flip' my hands over while scraping on the pavement?), and the palms of both hands. The pad just below the thumb on both hands was the worst, and took forever to heal.
Always on the road bikes. Never on the cruiser.Ahimsa
Aug 6, 2002 5:00 PM
Had a couple of spills where the gloves took a beating. Without them I'd have sheared my palms to the bone.

Aug 6, 2002 11:17 PM
Another intersesting question might be...Eager Beagle
Aug 7, 2002 8:13 AM
Of those who say "no" - how many have had a decent fall on their hands?
Never use to, but now I found out WHY people wear them...timfire
Aug 7, 2002 9:37 AM
And it's not for crashing (although I'm sure gloves would help in a crash).

I never use to, never really saw a purpose. But then I started as a messenger. You won't believe how quickly your hands will get bruised, calloused and generally just beat up when you're riding +50-60 miles a day. A simple pair of gloves solved the problem real fast.

I also saw the same problem recently on the Heartland AIDSRide. People who didn't wear glove would get their hands beat up after +8hrs on a bike, but when they got a pair of gloves it went away.

If you're generally only riding under 2hrs at a time, 3 or 4 times a week, I admit there's not much point to wearing gloves. But when you start riding 5 or 6 times a week, for over 4hrs at a time, gloves make a HUGE difference in my experience.

--Tim Kleinert
In my first two weeks as a messenger...Mr Good
Aug 7, 2002 9:38 PM gloves got so stinky from sweat that I threw 'em in the trash and just went without. I worked four years as a messenger and never used gloves (except for full-fingered cold weather gloves in the winter). My hands quickly became calloused to deal with the constant riding.

Yeah, sure I had some wrecks and scraped my hands, but it's not that big of a deal. I hurt other parts of my body much worse!

I've been racing seriously for a few years now, and I wear gloves in crash-happy criteriums, and in road races with really rough roads.

Never wear 'em on training rides, even when I'm out for 5 hours or so. I don't like the feel, don't like having one more item of clothing to deal with, don't need any "cushion" on my hands (the handlebar doesn't hurt me!), and I don't wreck very often. I wonder if the people who are so adamant about glove use wreck a lot, or maybe blow the risk out of proportion? Granted, some who frequent this board may have had a bad wreck or hurt their hands, but it shouldn't be a typical experience. If you want to dress in anticipation of the worst, you might as well ride your bike wearing a suit of armor. better yet, drive a car. It's safer.