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Old 04-23-10, 08:10 AM   #1
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gloves for racing in cold rain

40 mile RR tomorrow.

forecast calls for rain and a high in the low 50s. cat4 goes off at 2:30, so hopefully it'll be that warm or warmer.

ive ridden in the rain a bunch this week and made the following observations:

55 degree 25minute TT - short gloves: i was fine. might have gotten cold if it was longer or at lower intensity. but i think probably mid 50s is my over under for gloves when its wet.

1 hour commute yesterday low 50s and raining pretty hard - PI gavias: good 3 seaosn dry glove but not water resistant. was soaked though within 45 minutes.

1 hour commute this morning low 40s and raining and windy - PI lobsters: these were totally waterproof, and i've used them on cold slushy wet rides of up to 4 hours and stayed dry, BUT theyre very heavy and probably too warm for anything much higher than low 40s. or are they.

so, i guess i have a gap in my glove selection. need something for 40-55 with rain - so something highly water resistant but light-ish.

or i might just go with the short gloves and suffer though it.
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Old 04-23-10, 08:13 AM   #2
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Arm warmers.

I ended up left shifting with my right hand on the last lap at Mineral Wells simply because I was one of the few who was not wearing arm warmers. Soaking wet, sloppy, 50's, 74 miles. I was ok until about ~50 then noticed my fingers would collapse trying to push the levers. Arm warmers would have helped maintain the warmth in the wrist and forearm area where I was losing grip strength.
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I use a pair of Time RXS Rain gloves, and I absolutely swear by them. They wetter it gets, the better they grip. They don't get sticky/tacky, but somehow I don't have any slipping issues ever.
Your post reminded me that I want another pair, and it looks like them might be discontinued? Anyway, if you do see a pair, my advice would be to buy them. They aren't waterproof like dishwashing gloves, but I've yet to find a pair of rain gloves that is even close in my opinion. (The leather is buttery soft and has stayed that way for a full year... they are very high class)
They seem to come in a "Winter" configuration with some insulation as well as the same leather surface as the "Rain" gloves, those might work well. Since the rain gloves aren't insulated, I don't wear them in temps lower than 40.

The best glove I've found for cold, wet days cooler than 45 is the Castelli Dilluvio... They feel like a fortress on the hands. The pebbly surface keeps the grip working decently, and the gloves are completely impenetrable. With a pair of mechanics gloves as liners I'd ride these down to about 15F.

FWIW, I took these two pair of gloves to our January and February training camps in the san juan islands (puget sound) and they were perfect for the exact conditions you describe - 30s-50s and rain
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I like my Specialized "deflect" long-fingered gloves for anything in the rain.

Just keep the speed up, and you won't get cold.

Water resistant? F-that, you want breathable - just stay warm, wet is a part of the game.
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Craft lobsters with light wool liners.
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i have PI lobsters andi have several pairs of smartwool liners.

i think i will make something work without buying anythign new
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i think i will make something work without buying anythign new
good choice
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race just got postponed 3 weeks due t oweather related safety concerns

more time to get my HTFU on, i guess

was excited about first long, non-gimmicky RR, but i'll take a few extra weeks of prep and a chance for decent weather. though as a commuter hard man i was actually thinking bad weather would work for me.
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