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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 06-30-12, 05:25 PM   #1
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Need glove advice.

I ride frequently and I need the name of a good, well-padded short-fingered glove.
Going by looks on a webpage is not the way to go IMO.
So, any input would be appreciated.

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Old 06-30-12, 05:35 PM   #2
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Go to a good bike shop(s), and try on different brands till you find some you like!

Gloves like shoes are hard to size over the internet. Plenty of good gloves out there, from brands like Specialized, Giro, Louis Garneau, Bontrager (Trek), Fox and many others.

Well padded doesn't mean it will be more or less comfortable than a less padded glove, where the padding is matters more than the quantity of the padding.
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Old 06-30-12, 05:37 PM   #3
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Yeah, go to a bike shop.... at least one... if not a few of them and just get a feel of what they got and buy from them. Gloves are tough. Summer gloves are much easier to find then winter gloves. Winter gloves are not created equally when it comes down to thickness and how far in coldness you can ride with them.
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Old 06-30-12, 05:38 PM   #4
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Oh, one more thing.... if you have a road bike, I might suggest the gel under the tape on the bars. It really does help, especially if you decide not to go with gel gloves.
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Get some Mechanix Gloves from Advanced Auto $10.00 on sale, today is the last day.

Just cut the finger tips off.

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Yeah, go to a bike shop.... at least one... if not a few of them and just get a feel of what they got and buy from them. Gloves are tough. Summer gloves are much easier to find then winter gloves. Winter gloves are not created equally when it comes down to thickness and how far in coldness you can ride with them.
I've found that thin skiing gloves work better than most winter cycling gloves. I've got a pair of Dakine's that I absolutely love.
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I've found that thin skiing gloves work better than most winter cycling gloves. I've got a pair of Dakine's that I absolutely love.
are the warm? Water proof at all? Can I ride in 10 degree weather?
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mith: Also, going to try bar mitts for this winter. I hear they are awesome.
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Go to a good bike shop(s), and try on different brands till you find some you like!

Gloves like shoes are hard to size over the internet. Plenty of good gloves out there, from brands like Specialized, Giro, Louis Garneau, Bontrager (Trek), Fox and many others.

Well padded doesn't mean it will be more or less comfortable than a less padded glove, where the padding is matters more than the quantity of the padding.
Totally agree, you won't know what's comfortable for you unless you try them first. Lots of good glove choices out there, if the fit is right.

My favorite brands so far are Pearl Izumi and Giant, because they fit me well and are comfortable. I can't stand a too-tight glove. I also have a pair of full-fingered Cannondale Slice gloves for cooler weather that I really like. But I wouldn't have picked any of these if I hadn't tried them first.
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mith: Also, going to try bar mitts for this winter. I hear they are awesome.
Those bar mitts really interest me. If they're back at the expo tent at Hilly Hundred again this year I may have to break down and buy some.
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Go to a good bike shop(s), and try on different brands till you find some you like!

Gloves like shoes are hard to size over the internet. Plenty of good gloves out there, from brands like Specialized, Giro, Louis Garneau, Bontrager (Trek), Fox and many others.

Well padded doesn't mean it will be more or less comfortable than a less padded glove, where the padding is matters more than the quantity of the padding.
Yes. The primary purpose of gloves is to keep you from tearing your hands up in the event of a crash. They're not supposed to keep your hands from pain or numbness---that comes from too much pressure on the bars. Try moving your hands around during a ride, and work on core strength-building exercises. Your hands steer and control the bike---they don't support all of your upper body weight.
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Well, I've got big ole lunchbox hands and I have a very hard time finding gloves that fit. The 2 pairs I like are Giro and Pearl Izumi. But yeah, you should really just go to a shop and try them on. They are mostly all padded in the same spots so it's really about fit more than anything.
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Those bar mitts really interest me. If they're back at the expo tent at Hilly Hundred again this year I may have to break down and buy some.
You can order off their website too!
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Oh, and when you find the right pair, you'll know. They will fit like a glove!
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After trying a few different synthetic material gloves I ended up trying the Giro LX leather gloves. I like the Giros best. They can be a little sweaty in warm weather but I like their fit and comfort.
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I ride frequently and I need the name of a good, well-padded short-fingered glove.
Going by looks on a webpage is not the way to go IMO.
So, any input would be appreciated.

Thanx
The best place to look for well padded sturdy gloves is where work clothing is sold. Gloves sold there can be found (or converted to) fingerless.

Gloves sold for vibration work will have the best padding found in a glove while being very wear resistant so they last longer. I prefer Carhartt gloves by a wide margin.
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I use Atlas wieght lifting gloves. They have a mesh back, paded leather palms and the short fingers. Even with them being black hands stay cool and sweat has not been an issue. Mostly with the long rides on the moutian bike. Road bike I usually go with out but I seldom go over an hour and a half now days. Time is short right now.
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The best place to look for well padded sturdy gloves is where work clothing is sold. Gloves sold there can be found (or converted to) fingerless.

Gloves sold for vibration work will have the best padding found in a glove while being very wear resistant so they last longer. I prefer Carhartt gloves by a wide margin.
Nightshade, some time you should post a picture of yourself on your big old sturdy bike with your big old sturdy gloves.

The Carhartt's are a good idea, though they might be too hot for many.
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