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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-20-09, 03:54 PM   #1
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Which bike gloves? Who has the best deals?

I have large hands and my gloves do become wet with perspiration. Who has the best gloves for me?

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Old 03-21-09, 12:09 PM   #2
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Personal preference really.

I have size 11 hands and dislike padding and loose/padded gloves so mechanic/work gloves are what I tend to look for.

Here're some brands I like

Southwestmotorsports gloves (now camelbak) - http://www.camelbak.com/index.cfm?si...y&catID=gloves

icon work gloves - https://www.ironclad.com/www/index.jsp

hatch gloves - http://www.hatch-corp.com/law/gloves.aspx

mechanix gloves - http://www.mechanix.com/us/

pearl izumi gloves (esp. the "zilch" model) - http://www.pearlizumi.com/shop.php?p...&mode=products
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Old 03-21-09, 02:00 PM   #3
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Wal Mart has a nice open end finger pair for around $9. Its what I use. I tried on several $20-$30 pair that didn't feel any different.

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[QUOTE=Jerry in So IL;8572473]Wal Mart has a nice open end finger pair for around $9. Its what I use. I tried on several $20-$30 pair that didn't feel any different.

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Walmart Gloves don't do large hands
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I don't know Red. I wear XL gloves and their L gloves fit good. I've even worn a pair of light cotton gloves under them earlier this year.

YMMV, but cheap enough to go and check out.
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It is definitely personnel preference and you need to figure out what you like. My favorite pair was a set of Spenco but I don't believe they make em anymore. I tried some Specialized that seemed good in the store but they put pressure in places I didn't like. I now use Louis Garneau ErGoAir which I am very happy with. You may also want to consider some weight lifting gloves.
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I've had $30 PI's, Fox, Specialized BG, and Cannondale gloves but the $12 specials at Performance are just as good. Better than the PI's IMO.
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I've had $30 PI's, Fox, Specialized BG, and Cannondale gloves but the $12 specials at Performance are just as good. Better than the PI's IMO.
I like the Performance gloves, but my $12 pair only lasted a couple of months before they started to fall apart. I bought a $20-25 pair of Pearl Izumi gloves and they've been going strong for almost 9 months. And I really like the Pearl Izumi Cyclone full-finger gloves I bought for winter use!
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I like the Performance gloves, but my $12 pair only lasted a couple of months before they started to fall apart. I bought a $20-25 pair of Pearl Izumi gloves and they've been going strong for almost 9 months. And I really like the Pearl Izumi Cyclone full-finger gloves I bought for winter use!
Ahh, there are $12 gloves at Performance then there are the $12 SPECIALS at Peformance. I thoght about posting and should have that I wait till the gloves go on sale. So I get the Performance $30 pittard gloves on sale for $12-$15. They are much better than the standard Performance $12 glove.

I posted the $12 SPECIALS but I guess you didn't pick up on it. My fault for not being clear.

I bought Gina $30 PI and she doesn't care for them. SHe likes he Performance pittard gloves, fit her better. Fell apart too and she doesn't wipe her tires like I do. I guess everyone has a different experience!

I bought her 2 pair of $30 gloves in one week. Didin't care for them. Sp gopt her a third, then the Performance specials. Other gloves are sitting there. Maybe she'll use them someday!
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Ahh, there are $12 gloves at Performance then there are the $12 SPECIALS at Peformance. I thoght about posting and should have that I wait till the gloves go on sale. So I get the Performance $30 pittard gloves on sale for $12-$15. They are much better than the standard Performance $12 glove.

I posted the $12 SPECIALS but I guess you didn't pick up on it. My fault for not being clear.
You're right, I missed that. When my friends say that something is a "$12 special", that usually means that there's actually nothing special about the item or the price... except perhaps an implied lack of quality. Which seemed to fit the description of the last cheap pair of Perfomance gloves I bought

The Performance Pittard gloves actually look pretty nice! I was tempted by them the last time I bought gloves, but they weren't on sale at the time whereas the PI gloves I ended up with were. I'll definitely keep my eye out for them next time around. Thanks for the pointer, and the follow-up!
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My all time favorites are Pearl Izumi Pittards.. The only gloves I've worn for the last 15 years.. Obviously lots of others love them as well for them to have been around for so long... Most styles dont last a season or 2.
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One Pearl Izumi glove to avoid is the Gel Lite. The synthetic leather tears easily. Mine were unusable after six months. Too bad, because I've liked the other PI stuff I own.
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The cheap Nashbar gloves work just as good as the overpriced name brands.
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Do any of the gloves mentioned above allow for some tanning?



I already know I will have the farmer's tan, I don't need to have a pair of perma gloves to go with it....
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It is definitely personnel preference and you need to figure out what you like. My favorite pair was a set of Spenco but I don't believe they make em anymore.
http://www.spencocycling.com/ They do, but they're not easy to find. MOF, I just picked up my second pair of Spenco Elites a few days ago. The elastic wrist band finally ripped completely off my first pair. I had this pair for about 3 years. My buddy's now using Spencos too after trying mine.
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I got the PI Attack on sale at Performance, and I freaking love them. I forgot them for my first triathlon, and I made sure not to make that mistake at the second one. Next to my helmet, these are a must for my rides. I'm sure there are better gloves, but not at that pricepoint.
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Do any of the gloves mentioned above allow for some tanning?



I already know I will have the farmer's tan, I don't need to have a pair of perma gloves to go with it....
I wear the PI Gel Race gloves most of the time, but they have solid backing on them; not even a little oval to tan onto the back of your hand.
My favourite for tanning is any of the old-school macrame backed gloves so you get that nice lattice looking tan on the backs of your hands, complete with the big oval spot which screams "Hey everybody, look how much time I spend on my bike!"
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I rode the Spenco gloves back when you could buy them in the bike shops...

My current favorite pair of gloves are Giro Milan. The palm is lightly padded in places, but the rest is a very soft leather similar to what is used in good golfing gloves. It breathes very well, and is comfortable. However, it covers the entire back of the hand, so no interesting tan lines...
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Funny, I just bought a pair of new gloves a couple weeks ago at a bike shop that is more of a repair shop than retail store, as some of their accessories seem to be dated. They are Spenco "Ironman" gloves, and are comfortable so far.
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Funny, I just bought a pair of new gloves a couple weeks ago at a bike shop that is more of a repair shop than retail store, as some of their accessories seem to be dated. They are Spenco "Ironman" gloves, and are comfortable so far.
+1 for the Ironman gloves.
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wal mart has a nice open end finger pair for around $9. Its what i use. I tried on several $20-$30 pair that didn't feel any different.

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+1 In the work clothes section there really well made nice gloves IMHO anyway . I agree
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...00_10000_17002



$7.99 right now at Nashbar, also available in natural color rather than black.
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Mechanics gloves - any hardware store.
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Harbingers

A while back I posted a thread similar---I have "hams", not hands. I am riding with a nice, inexpensive pair of Harbinger gloves. They fit nicely, have some decent padding, and are rather inexpensive.

Here is what I wear:
http://www.harbingerfitness.com/cgi-...x.cgi?138&&sku

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I have a pair of Trek gel padded gloves that I like real well.
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