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newbie glove reccomendations(15 posts)

newbie glove reccomendationsgildomilo
Jul 18, 2003 6:49 AM
What are some gloves that people are satisfied with? Gel filled or not?? I'm new to riding.
-Gil
pearl izumi pittards no gel (nm)madstork
Jul 18, 2003 7:25 AM
Kristin's tips for buying glovesKristin
Jul 18, 2003 7:35 AM
I think gloves are about as individual as saddles and I had to experiment before I found ones I liked. Here are some tips based on my experience:

To find out where you need protection the most, ride at least 1 hour with no gloves. When done, examine your hands. Where are the red blotches? Where are they sore? Those are the spots that need the most protection.

* Look for gloves that will give good padding where you hands were most red. Gel is the best padding IMHO.
* Try on ALL the gloves in the store until you find the ones you like best
* Try on BOTH pairs of gloves. Just like feet, one hand is slightly larger than the other.
* Look for a glove that fits snuggly around the back of the hand but loose at the fingers. For me this is the most comfortable fit.
* With the gloves on, make a tight fist and hold it for a minute. Make sure the gloves don't cut off circulation to any of your fingers.
* Choose your sun spot location. Gloves all have an opening around the back where the velcro attaches. You will get a suntan there. Do you want the dot in the center or towards the left? :-)

Some other nice features to look for in a glove:
*Leather palm construction for durability
*Terry cloth over the top of the thumb and index finger (softer for wiping nose)
*Solid stiching construction (turn glove inside out and examine seams)
Kristins got some good adviceMel Erickson
Jul 18, 2003 7:45 AM
Normally I'm not a gel fan but I really like my Performance gel gloves. Wish I could remember which model but they have a thin gel layer, not a thick lump. These are the most comfortable gloves I've owned and they have held up really well. Numerous washings haven't phased them. They have all the features Kristin mentioned and the suntan hole is offset towards your thumb. ;-)
Chiba are my recent favorites.dzrider
Jul 18, 2003 7:48 AM
I don't like gel at all and prefer synthetics to leather for durability. The Pearl Izumi crochet back gloves are a good value.
There were no red areasgildomilo
Jul 18, 2003 8:46 AM
I rode for about 50 miles last night(2hrs) and I could not find any red spots. What I did find today was a bunch of peeling skin on my hands, probably from the bar tape sucking the moisture out. Is it usual for you hands to fall asleep while riding? I work in the computer industry, but all of my spare time involves using my hands, fishing, woodworking, mechanical repairs etc etc, so my palms are pretty tough I guess lol. Thanks for the advice.
-Gil
Hands falling asleepKristin
Jul 18, 2003 8:58 AM
If you had no red spots or blisters then you've probably got pretty tough hands. I get blisters and need good padding to protect my hands. Another reason for padding is to protect your hands from falling asleep. There is a nerve that runs along the little depression in the palm of your hand by the wrist. Compression to this nerve causes your hands to fall asleep. Padding along the heel of the hand will help that.
Thanks Everyone nmgildomilo
Jul 18, 2003 9:34 AM
That nerve deadens the pinkie andBrooks
Jul 18, 2003 12:31 PM
half of the ring finger, not the whole hand. Just FYI.
You may not need themDropped
Jul 18, 2003 9:36 AM
Cyclists tend to go a bit overboard on the gear sometimes. As a newbie, you should ride for a while and figure out if you even need gloves first. Then work on which kind.

Personally, I almost never use gloves when I ride, unless it is really cold or really hot out. I never get sore hands, and don't have a problem with my hands slipping off the bars, except on really hot days.
crash once and you'll wish you had 'emyeah right
Jul 18, 2003 10:01 AM
that's one of the biggest reasons to wear them, beyond that it's personal preference.
Oh YeahJervis
Jul 18, 2003 11:59 AM
I was crossing a bridge on the thin walk they allow for pedestrians/bikes/rollerbladers/anyone not in a car and as soon as I hit the peak of the bridge this wind came ripping over the lake and blew me into the chain link fence on one side. I didn't wipe out, but my hand took alllllll the force. I scraped along it for about 10 feet before I finally was able to get my hands to my levers and stop. It hurt like holy hell, but there was no damage at all to my hand and I'm sure it was becasue of my gloves. Oh, and I reccomend a terry cloth insert of some type. It's great for wiping off sweat.

Jervis
I always buy 'em bigterry b
Jul 18, 2003 10:09 AM
While most fitting charts would put me into an L, I found that the snug fit provided killed my circulation. So, I always buy and XL.

Much better feel, no numbness and no gouges in the skin.

Contrary to what Kristin said above, all gloves do no have holes in the back. And, I in fact prefer ones that don't. My current favorite is the Assos Summer Glove with the PI Pittards being a close second. Don't care one way or another about gel - hasn't hit me with a big "wow."
re: Fox Full Finger "Sidewinders"jrm
Jul 18, 2003 10:54 AM
Protect da digits.....
What I've found;KG 361
Jul 18, 2003 1:57 PM
I agree with buying them big. I have at most a med-lg hand but xl gloves fit me best. More padding is not necessarily a good thing-I'm most comfortable with thinly padded, non-padded, or no gloves at all. My most comfy pr of gloves have no padding at all. I'd ride without if it weren't for the possibility of crashing......