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Old 06-22-12, 11:31 AM   #1
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Castelli Aero Race Gloves

I picked up a pair of these. They fit very nice, go on easy and seem to come off almost as well. Minimal padding (which I prefer) centered mostly around the heel of the palm. They're intended to give an aerodynamic benefit, however minimal.



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Should I use these strictly in TT's or would I look like a total Poseur showing up to training rides & crits in them? (Of course, my clydesdale status makes me look out-of-place when lining up for races anyway.)
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Questions about "would I look like a fred if" are best directed to the 41.

The 33 doesn't care how you look. We care how you ride.
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I won't wear any gloves in a TT unless it's wet, very cold, or both. I wear aero gloves in races, mainly because I like the minimal padding though.
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Questions about "would I look like a fred if" are best directed to the 41.

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True enough.
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no gloves = pro
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The guys that worry me are the ones that wear spiked gloves in crit's.
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no gloves = nasty skinned-up knuckles when you inevitably hit the pavement

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those guys dont have to work with their scabbed hands come Mon if they fall.
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Full fingered gloves in races for me
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Only gloves I wear:
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$50 glove that will probably shred anyways in the case of a wreck vs free bare skin that is more aerodynamic than said glove.

My choice is obvious for TTs.

I wear my normal long finger gloves for Crits, the 1w of savings I would get from that aero glove is not superior to the fact that I like my fingers, and wish to continue using them, if and when I get involved in a nasty wreck.
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I wear gloves when it's cold.
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The guys that worry me are the ones that wear spiked gloves in crit's.
That's an option? I gotta get me some of those. What I really need though, are spiked shoulder pads like the Raiders fans.

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Only gloves I wear:
Really? I'm not busting balls, I'm actually curious.
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Unless you're wearing strong gloves, they're not saving your knuckles. Ask me how I know...


No gloves in a TT. Nobody cares about your gloves otherwise.
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I'm curious too - are you being serious? After my last run-in with the world, I've been thinking about something like those (Fox Unabombers) and cutting off the fingers. Because yes, it sucks grinding down your knuckle almost to the bone.
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I'm curious too - are you being serious? After my last run-in with the world, I've been thinking about something like those (Fox Unabombers) and cutting off the fingers. Because yes, it sucks grinding down your knuckle almost to the bone.
Maybe I should include more smileys in my posts. Those are motorcycle gloves. Might be a tad of an overkill for bicycles.
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Actually I have a friend who rides in motorcycle gloves. Also some track riders routinely wear them too.

Check out the gloves in this video.
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Actually I have a friend who rides in motorcycle gloves. Also some track riders routinely wear them too.

Check out the gloves in this video.
Whatever floats your friends boat really, but statement still stands it's an overkill. Of course when I think motorcycle gloves I think 200+ with armor and designed for triple digit crashes.

As for video, not sure why he was riding in what looked like motorcycle gloves on a trainer. I am going with artsy shots or something.
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Maybe I should include more smileys in my posts. Those are motorcycle gloves. Might be a tad of an overkill for bicycles.
Ah, didn't realize that. They look like MTB gloves to me.
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I used to wear motorcycle gloves as well when I first started crit racing (used to race motorcycles). They were not leather on the top, and were not spiked/armored like those. Very heavy duty synthetic summer gloves (lots of ventilation, but still very thick, and leather palmed). I crashed twice in them though and put my hands down on asphalt, and they don't even have a scratch.
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I always wear aero gloves (although the Mavic ones as I prefer the lack of written words on them...) they're just more comfortable than mitts. They've protected the palms fine in a crash, which is the main reason I wear gloves of course, scraped knuckles aren't that horrible.
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Maybe I should include more smileys in my posts. Those are motorcycle gloves. Might be a tad of an overkill for bicycles.
That's why I asked. They looked a bit much.

I've seen some guys wear everything from that to home depot work gloves...
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