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    Three more questions

    #1. How do you keep sweat out of your eyes? I wear sun glasses and a helmet, and even when it isn't 90+ degrees out, I am working hard enough to sweat a lot. The inside of my helmet has a little padding that looks like it should absorb some sweat, but after those 5 drops, what do I do? I don't want to have to put on a bandana and the helmet and the sun glasses, but when the salt from the sweat gets into the eyes, I have a problem.

    #2. Do they make a bike short that doesn't have a SUPER HEAVY DUTY MAXI PAD in it for the "taint" pad? I have the Aerotech Designs bike shorts for the 36-38 waist, and the pad inside is twice as wide as the widest part of my seat. I really don't use over 1/2 of the taint pad that is there, and almost zero percent of the pad for the "butt" area. I ride a road only bike and maybe because I am in the forward position most of the time, I need to look at a different design of bike shorts.

    #3. What do you look for in bike gloves? I am thinking of cutting the ends off of some of my "mechanics" gloves that I have worn out the finger tips on and trying that, if there isn't a special glove for biking that make some sense.

    Any help to any of the questions would be greatly appreciated.
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    #1 www.buffusa.com

    #2 I have no clue here

    #3 bike gloves from my understanding have padding in the palms to reduce vibration.

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    1. Sweat band with gutter. I'll post more info if I can find it.

    2. Yes you can get all thicknesses of padding.

    3. For me, lots of padding. I like the thick gel ones.
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    Padding for the gloves so the palms of your hand don't start to hurt on long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caincando1 View Post
    1. Sweat band with gutter. I'll post more info if I can find it.

    I'll help:

    http://www.sweatgutr.com/

    I bought one for my father-in-law. He claims it works.
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    1. I use Headsweats do-rags with the built in headband - works fine for me and I'm mostly bald and sweat like crazy
    2. Don't know
    3. Something with a padded palm but not too thick and not excessively tight. Too tight can reduce blood circulation and lead to numbness in your hands (In addition to all the other things that cause hand numbness!).

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    #1 Headband from Halo. I got one this year, works great, fits under helmet just fine. They make a variety of products.

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    I will probably buy a sweatgutr. That looks like what I need.

    How about the taint pad on bike shorts?

    I will look into something with some gel padding and then try some on to make sure they are not too tight.
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    I use a Halo II

    http://store.haloheadband.com/halo_II_pullover_s/9.htm

    I guess I shouldn't call it a gutter, because there is an actual Gutr like (51) posted
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    1 - never been able to do it, I just grin and bear it - try wearing a sweat band or skull cap under your helmet maybe?

    2 - sorry - I have maxi pad pants too but mine are really comfortable - Lusso coolmax bibs but I thik the company may have gone bust

    3 - my vote too - I much prefer non-padded full finger gloves - as well as mechanix try
    swms gloves - either vent or heat grip
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    there are a few other models but I can't remeber them now sorry
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    As an alternative to gloves, you can get gel inserts for under your bar tape from fizik.
    http://www.fizik.com/shop_products.aspx?cat=bartape

    It's quite comfy and you don't need to wear gloves at all.

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    +1 to the sweat gut'r, I just got one and it works pretty well.

    As far as shorts/bibs go, I have a pair of Pearl Izumi Microsensor bibs with the 3d pro pad and the taint area is fairly thin, but dense. I think if you move to more "pro-style" shorts or bibs it will remove the maxi pad feeling.

    Gloves are an individual choice like some many things. When I buy gloves that have a thick gel pad, the pad breaks down after a few weeks. You will probably just have to try them out until you find a pair you like.

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    I am going to buy the sweat gut'r as it looks like it is designed for what I want. I have used bandanas and other wraps and they work for about 10 to 15 minutes and then they can't handle any more of my sweat and I am wiping sweat off. I will give it a shot.

    I looked at some of the higher dollar shorts and they look like they have a smaller pad and that might be what I want.

    I will have to try some different gloves, but I want to have something on my hands in case of a crash. Other than that I really don't care if I have them or not.
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    I hate the halo sweatbands. That plastic part digs into my forehead and I end up turning it inside out.

    I've been using headsweats headbands and they work pretty well. My Pearl Izumi sweatband is really nice, but not as large so it saturates on longer rides.

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    1. Skull caps rule the world of sweat management. You can buy a white Nike one at any sporting goods store, I just wash mine out after every ride. And sometimes in the middle of the ride too. Nice cooling effect too.
    2. Don't know, the regular ones don't bother me anymore.
    3. Hate gloves except in cold weather. But the knit ones with padded palm look decent for somebody that wants to wear them. There are lots of brands that look similar to me, trek, pearl izumi, etc.
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    I only wear gloves when I know I'm going to sweat buckets or when it's raining so that I can improve my grip on the bar, hoods, etc. Otherwise gloves don't make much sense to me.

    I always, always, always ride with an XL sweatband on one arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    I only wear gloves when I know I'm going to sweat buckets or when it's raining so that I can improve my grip on the bar, hoods, etc. Otherwise gloves don't make much sense to me.

    I always, always, always ride with an XL sweatband on one arm.
    Gloves save your hands from getting torn up with road rash, when.....not if you hit the road. Always plan around a crash happening rather than trusting to luck it won't.

    For sweat, I either wear a doo rag as a skullcap or my Bianchi hat under the helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Gloves save your hands from getting torn up with road rash, when.....not if you hit the road. Always plan around a crash happening rather than trusting to luck it won't.

    For sweat, I either wear a doo rag as a skullcap or my Bianchi hat under the helmet.
    I'm a snowboarder. When I go over the bar (once a month on my mountain bike), I never stick out my hands. Always go down on my shoulder and roll.

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    I've never worn gloves, either. Even back in the day when I rode a lot. I keep a pair with me, though, in case it gets a little chilly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    I'm a snowboarder. When I go over the bar (once a month on my mountain bike), I never stick out my hands. Always go down on my shoulder and roll.
    Same here, but I'm strapped to the bike by the feet......a roll isn't always possible and I'll be landing on pavement in traffic instead of a nice soft dirt trail.
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    Hi,
    that Aerotech short has an unusually large pad. Get a pair of good bike shorts, the black lycra ones.

    Funny thing about pads, there are a bunch of different designs and everybody
    has their own take on what works. I only ride Boure Pro, but I think I am the only guy here that does. Pearl Izumi makes great shorts if you have long legs. Velowear.com has good shorts. Then there are the crazy expensive shorts like Assos and Castelli. A lot of people start out with moderately priced shorts and then each short seems to be more expensive than the last until they find one they like.
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=1120

    I like this glove..
    http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...color_code=021

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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    #1. How do you keep sweat out of your eyes? I wear sun glasses and a helmet, and even when it isn't 90+ degrees out, I am working hard enough to sweat a lot. The inside of my helmet has a little padding that looks like it should absorb some sweat, but after those 5 drops, what do I do? I don't want to have to put on a bandana and the helmet and the sun glasses, but when the salt from the sweat gets into the eyes, I have a problem.

    #2. Do they make a bike short that doesn't have a SUPER HEAVY DUTY MAXI PAD in it for the "taint" pad? I have the Aerotech Designs bike shorts for the 36-38 waist, and the pad inside is twice as wide as the widest part of my seat. I really don't use over 1/2 of the taint pad that is there, and almost zero percent of the pad for the "butt" area. I ride a road only bike and maybe because I am in the forward position most of the time, I need to look at a different design of bike shorts.

    #3. What do you look for in bike gloves? I am thinking of cutting the ends off of some of my "mechanics" gloves that I have worn out the finger tips on and trying that, if there isn't a special glove for biking that make some sense.

    Any help to any of the questions would be greatly appreciated.
    1) If a bandanna works for you, go with it. One thing you can do, is take the bandanna and soak in cool or cold water, wring it out, and then put it on, the cool bandanna will help cool your head.

    2) You might write or email the company, telling them about needing a smaller pad, it could be they do not realize that some people would like a smaller pad. Might be a whole new product line, and might net you a few free pair for suggesting it.

    3) A good palm pad, some gloves, like my Louis Garneau full fingered MTB gloves, have hard armour on the outside of the first two fingers, as this part of the hand can be easily damaged in an unplanned dismount.

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    By the way, a thought, if you want a smaller Chamois, look at Triathlon shorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Same here, but I'm strapped to the bike by the feet......a roll isn't always possible and I'll be landing on pavement in traffic instead of a nice soft dirt trail.
    I know you're not a clipless pedal guy, but the predictability of clipping out really helps in those situations. It's been a long, long time since I've dumped my road bike. I should probably buy some gloves after saying that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    By the way, a thought, if you want a smaller Chamois, look at Triathlon shorts.
    I was thinking about that, since the reason I started biking was to compete in a triathlon next year. I guess I never expected the chamois to be that big and so much of it unused. Even if I would sit up
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