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johnnyscpjohnnyscp Posts: 34
edited May 2007 in Road beginners
Should you wear gloves when cycling? I wear fleece gloves in the winter to keep warm but what do folks do in the summer?

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  • I wear short fingered (or fingerless?) Specialized BG Gel mitts. They take out some of the buzz from the handlebars, reduce wear and tear on my skin (keeping my hands beautifully soft), they provide a snot (or is it sweat) wipe, but above all, and why I always wear them, they provide palm protection in the event of a fall. I don't fall off very often, but when it has happened (without gloves) the cuts and embeded gravel to the palms can be very painful. Invariably at least one arm goes out to break the fall, and the palm takes the brunt.
  • johnnyscpjohnnyscp Posts: 34
    yeah i was wondering about the effect of hitting the road

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  • Magnus ThorMagnus Thor Posts: 239
    I just had a fall last tuesday that proved to me that gloves and helmets are neccesary when cycling! Tore my gloves in two places and broke my helmet...we still have icy roads occasionally here in Iceland.

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  • I always wear long fingered, simply because with changing temperature possible for some of the 11 rings I wear to get lost even though all been sized to fit so that in normal conditions I CAN'T get them off!

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  • pw1brownpw1brown Posts: 243
    I always wear fingerless gloves in summer. The point about the "buzz" from the road (alfablue) is especially important on longer rides. The backs of the gloves also protect you from stings and scratches from encroaching vegetation.
  • FnaarFnaar Posts: 1,985
    Big thick feckers in winter, ut I can't get used to fingelrless jobbies in summer...my hands get too hot...

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  • onurbikeonurbike Posts: 287
    fingerless in summer are essential for sweat wipe.



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  • GarybeeGarybee Posts: 815
    quote:Originally posted by Bianchi Boy

    Always wear gloves, even in the summer. Should you fall off the first thing you do is to put your hands down to protect yourself.

    Need I say more!


    If you try and break your fall with your hand you're likely to break your collar-bone, In which case the little bit of skin you would of taken off your hand is pretty much irrelevant.

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  • Bianchi BoyBianchi Boy Posts: 323
    quote:Originally posted by Garybee

    quote:Originally posted by Bianchi Boy

    Always wear gloves, even in the summer. Should you fall off the first thing you do is to put your hands down to protect yourself.

    Need I say more!


    If you try and break your fall with your hand you're likely to break your collar-bone, In which case the little bit of skin you would of taken off your hand is pretty much irrelevant.


    Hypocrisy is only a bad thing in other people.



    Not everytime you fall off your bike are you going to break a coller bone, otherwise casulty units would be full of us.

    As previously mentioned gloves, even in summer are esential for protection. Also good snot wipes.



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  • Mark AlexanderMark Alexander Posts: 2,277
    Gloves, mmmm. aid comfort, will help if/when we come off [:I] good for wiping sewat, some provide better grip and, believe it or not.. they can keep your hands warm[:D]

    Don't go out without them[:D]

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  • DavidTQDavidTQ Posts: 943
    definetely glad I have gloves for cycling wipe the sweat the snot, extra comfort on the rubber grips, absorb some of the buzz with their gel padding. Currently got a set of fingerless will go for full fingered come colder weather.
  • webbhostwebbhost Posts: 470
    I wear long handed gloves, for 2 big reaons. firstly incase i fall they will help protect me.. but biggest of all.. they go with my jumper and helmet.. blue white and black all the way :p

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  • nolfnolf Posts: 2,016
    FYI the only downside of gloves is tan lines.

    Some would call this the mark of a proper cyclist but it is annoying that I have a very obvious tan line around my wrist and fingertips. my fingers always look dirty because they r more brown than the lower bit of the fingers.


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  • Full gloves, all the time, even in summer... thin, vent-backed breathable ones with padded palms by Specialized. Protect your hands from insects, bushes, wind, rain, blisters, crashes, stop them smelling of rubber when I get home and make me feel a bit more purposeful when setting out!
    Oh, and the sweat/snot thing too!
  • johnnyscpjohnnyscp Posts: 34
    hmmm so really i need to buy some gloves to use as a hankie.

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  • Snot a bad idea...[:p]
  • quote:Originally posted by Garybee

    quote:Originally posted by Bianchi Boy

    Always wear gloves, even in the summer. Should you fall off the first thing you do is to put your hands down to protect yourself.

    Need I say more!


    If you try and break your fall with your hand you're likely to break your collar-bone, In which case the little bit of skin you would of taken off your hand is pretty much irrelevant.


    I don't think it is a matter of choice - the hands go out in a reflex action (unless you are one of those people endowed with superior control and lightening reflexes such that you can plan your fall...).

    Whilst collar bone and wrist fractures are indeed a risk - what other part of ones anatomy would be preferable to break a fall with??? Elbow? Shoulder? Knee? None of those seem preferable.
  • jjojjascpjjojjascp Posts: 126
    I always wear gloves, feels weird without them. [:)]
    got three types, fingerless, light weight summer ones and thicker winter gloves....and I'm garenteed to put the wrong ones on and be hot or cold[:D]
    I came to touring & commuting from XC & D/H riding. The thought of falling off at 20-30mph and skidding on my bare palms is just one of those things that puts me off.[xx(]

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  • GarybeeGarybee Posts: 815
    quote:Originally posted by alfablue

    quote:Originally posted by Garybee

    quote:Originally posted by Bianchi Boy

    Always wear gloves, even in the summer. Should you fall off the first thing you do is to put your hands down to protect yourself.

    Need I say more!


    If you try and break your fall with your hand you're likely to break your collar-bone, In which case the little bit of skin you would of taken off your hand is pretty much irrelevant.


    I don't think it is a matter of choice - the hands go out in a reflex action (unless you are one of those people endowed with superior control and lightening reflexes such that you can plan your fall...).

    Whilst collar bone and wrist fractures are indeed a risk - what other part of ones anatomy would be preferable to break a fall with??? Elbow? Shoulder? Knee? None of those seem preferable.



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  • fluff.fluff. Posts: 771
    Breaking a fall with your shoulder is no fun atall for the record, and there is no time to roll when the first sign you're crashing is thinking `oh look, I can see my frame and the sky at the same time, how odd'

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  • AshtrayheadAshtrayhead Posts: 963
    You need more than one pair though, don't want to sound like a nanny but you have to wash them as often as you wash your shirts if you're wiping sweat and snot!


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  • carlstonecarlstone Posts: 602
    Full finger glove sfor me. Altura shield waterproof in winter and specialized body geometry mesh backed in summer. I agree that it feels wierd riding without them and both sets have saved me from gravel rash on several occaisions.

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  • So what are the best long fingered gloves out there? I am contemplating either Race Face Garda Long Fingered gloves or the Endura Full Monty. I do mostly road cycling/commuting so don't want one of the many gloves that seem to be made for MTBs. Any advice?

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  • carlstonecarlstone Posts: 602
    Both my Alturas and Specialized gloves look more roadie than MTB, i.e. no knuckle guards, big logos, wrist guards etc.

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