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    Durable cycling gloves?

    Being a Clyde, I feel like I am pretty tough on some things. At home I joke about being a Lummox or a big dumb Ox, but the fact is I have a lot of strength and much of the worlds things seemed designed for more delicate use. Gloves are a particular problem for me, I never seem to get more than a few months of use out of them before the wear and tear of me pulling them off makes them start falling apart.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I'd like something bicycling specific, I struggle with hand numbness. Although I'm looking for full finger for right now, eventually (about May or so!) I'll also need a fingerless pair which ideally would have some sort of tab on them to make getting them off easier.

    Or has everyone just resigned themselves to buying new gloves every couple of months?
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    I have the same issue with gloves as you do. Havent found a fix yet.

    On the hand numbness, you might consider getting a professional fit at the bike shop. Not the "get in and get out" fit job but a true fit. Will help the hands, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I have the same issue with gloves as you do. Havent found a fix yet.

    On the hand numbness, you might consider getting a professional fit at the bike shop. Not the "get in and get out" fit job but a true fit. Will help the hands, etc.

    Concur on both points.

    Haven't found durable gloves yet. I did have horrible numbness issues, then a bike fitting fixed that. My hands were still numb for the next few days but it slowly went away and hasn't happened since. A properly fitting bike should not be causing numbness.

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    Don't yank gloves off by the wrist. Unclasp them at the wrist, then gently slip in a thumb deeply on the (reinforced) palm side and let the gloves turn themselves inside out as you peel them off. Wash them (washing machine is OK), fasten the gloves together with the wrist velcro so they are easier to find both gloves. Low heat or air dry. I have a couple pair of long-fingered gloves and several pair of shorties and have yet to destroy them over the past 3 years/10,000 miles. I guess about $35/pair. Yes, the glove get sweat-soaked and help me wrestle the bike up some steep climbs. They help with hand numbness and grip.

    My bike was fitted but a heavy cyclist with an aggressive ride posture is going to be putting some weight on the hands. Rough pavement doesn't help.

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    I used Specialized BG gloves. You can find them cheap every now and then at any LBS that sells Specialized. They tend to last me about 1-2K miles before they don't do well. I wash mine fairly regularly (throw 'em in with the cycle shorts, hang to dry).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    Does anyone have any recommendations? I'd like something bicycling specific, I struggle with hand numbness.
    I myself have tried several brands, including Pearl Izumi and other expensive brands. IMO too light weight and delicate. I got tired of spending $30 a pair (back in late 90's). I now use the $12 special from Performance when on sale. Much tougher and I am very rough on gloves as I wipe debris from my tires, front and back while on the fly.

    Another thing is that if you are having numbness problems, your fit is off and the extra strain on your hands may be adding to excessive glove wear. I wouldn't be surprised if your bar tape is thrashed too. (if you're riding a roadie)

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    I've found that mechanics gloves are perfect full finger gloves. I've got a pair with gel in the palms that are on their fourth or fifth year. They are nearly identical to a full finger cycling glove, only they stand up to wear much, much better. Your local auto parts/tool shop should have them.

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    mith: was the hand numbness on the road bike or mtn bike? What did they do to correct it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    I've found that mechanics gloves are perfect full finger gloves. I've got a pair with gel in the palms that are on their fourth or fifth year. They are nearly identical to a full finger cycling glove, only they stand up to wear much, much better. Your local auto parts/tool shop should have them.
    +1 In the summer I usually don't wear gloves when I'm on the road. But the rest of the year and when I'm mountain biking all I wear are Mechanix gloves. They're the best thing going hands down. You can pick up a set at Lowe's or Home Depot for around 20 bucks and they'll last a looooong time.

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    MZ, My son lifts weights and the gloves used in that sport are similar, but more heavy duty than cycling gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    mith: was the hand numbness on the road bike or mtn bike? What did they do to correct it?
    MTB. The saddle was too low, and the bar ends were too far towards me, putting strain on my ulnar nerve. So he raised the saddle and angled the bar ends more forward, and bingo, no more knee pain, no more hand or crotch numbness.

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    Ive been using a pair of "Thinsulate" gloves from Home Depot for over a year now. Full-fingered and $10. They keep my hands warm and are thin enough for gear shifts etc. Last week I tried on a pair of $30 'XL' Pearl Izumi - I couldnt get them past my wrists - I felt like OJ in court

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    Try a Fred Meyer and look at the Glacier Gloves. They are affordable, and have quite a variety. I got a pair that are advertised as waterproof - we'll see - and seem to be big enough my hands may actually stay warm on the cold mornings on the way to work.

    As others have posted, I don't think your gloves are going to cure the numbness. Instead, you need to consider your fit on the bike, it sounds like too much pressure on your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    Being a Clyde, I feel like I am pretty tough on some things. At home I joke about being a Lummox or a big dumb Ox, but the fact is I have a lot of strength and much of the worlds things seemed designed for more delicate use. Gloves are a particular problem for me, I never seem to get more than a few months of use out of them before the wear and tear of me pulling them off makes them start falling apart.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I'd like something bicycling specific, I struggle with hand numbness. Although I'm looking for full finger for right now, eventually (about May or so!) I'll also need a fingerless pair which ideally would have some sort of tab on them to make getting them off easier.

    Or has everyone just resigned themselves to buying new gloves every couple of months?
    I quit buying cycling gloves long ago since I demand durability that no cycling glove can give me.

    Now I buy anti-vibe work gloves that give more protection and wear than any cycling glove ever did.

    Examples.........
    http://www.amazon.com/ProFlex-910-Im...418805&sr=8-13

    http://www.amazon.com/Mechanics-Leat...419110&sr=8-12

    The anti-vibe work glove offerings are vast so just cruise the net until you find your ideal glove.
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    nightshade: stupid question but why do they call them anti vibe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    nightshade: stupid question but why do they call them anti vibe?
    These are work gloves that usually have gel enhanced palms to dampen shocks from hammering, jack hammers etc. so common for the laborer or craftsmen.

    These gloves also have solid wrist support features that help avoid carpal tunnel damage. Some gloves also have a quick removal feature to get them off in a hurry.

    All in all the anti-vibe work gloves offer lots more for the money than cycling gloves that are just pretty faces that just keep your hands clean!
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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    I just replaced a pair of PI Cyclones after 5 years of beating them up on daily commuting for the cooler 9 months of the year. $40 well spent, IMO. Bought another pair of Cyclones to replace them because now they come in neon yellow/reflective. Still only $40 at REI.

    My Endura full finger gloves have lasted an entire CX racing season without fail. $25 and they're going strong. I only wear them for racing, though, so they're not seeing a whole lot of use; just very abusive use when I do wear them.

    When it's really cold I have a pair of PI Lobster Mitts. I've had them for 3 years and they're still in great shape. They don't get a ton of use up here, but I've put a fair amount of commuting and randonneuring miles on them.

    During the summer I wear my leather/crochet Nashbar specials. $9 a pair and I don't care if they only last one summer before they're crunchy. They're comfortable and cheap. I'd feel terrible having to toss a $150 pair of Dromartis or Raphas, even after 5 years; but not my $9 no-names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    I quit buying cycling gloves long ago since I demand durability that no cycling glove can give me.

    Now I buy anti-vibe work gloves that give more protection and wear than any cycling glove ever did.

    Examples.........
    http://www.amazon.com/ProFlex-910-Im...418805&sr=8-13

    http://www.amazon.com/Mechanics-Leat...419110&sr=8-12

    The anti-vibe work glove offerings are vast so just cruise the net until you find your ideal glove.
    I like the logic behind this idea. I never would have thought of it, but now I want to go check some out.
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    Cannondale had some traditional , Crochet back gloves, leather palm was great,
    the crochet back went away too soon.

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    I resign myself to having to replace gloves every year or so. I find Performance or Nashbar gel gloves work OK.

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    I've found that gloves that work for my commuter don't work for my road bike. Not a distance thing - I've ridden my commuter on several 200k rides. But a 200k last weekend, my LG Windry Eco Flex Gloves simply didn't have the padding where I wanted it.

    My Specialized Radiants, on the other hand, did wonderfully. Except when it got too warm and I swapped to the thinner LG gloves.


    The LG gloves need to be replaced anyway - one of the palms has a tear in it (on a non-load-bearing portion, so it doesn't create blisters). Now that I know they won't work for long rides on my LD bike... I have good reason to find a replacement midweight glove.
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