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    Gel Glove recommendation

    I have always struggled with hand numbness on longer rides and rough roads. I do bend my arms and change hand position often. I used Pearl Izumi Gel gloves but they are very old and need to be replaced. I did a search and the current PI do not get good reviews. Can anybody suggest a good gel alternative.
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    I switched to Giordana gel gloves and fizik gel padding on 3TT Ergonova bars 7075 alu not the carbon ones). The combination is unbeatable especially the flat areas on the bars. I also use Challenge Parigi-Roubaix tires pumped to 75psi front and 90psi rear. The comparision between a normal setup and this one is like the difference between a Prius and an S600. The Giordana gloves are the smallest contributor but they protect my ulnar nerve much better than the Pearl Izumis that they replaced. GL.

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    Sorry, but, of the several pair of gloves I have, the only gel ones are PI and I like them. My others are Hincapie, Scott, and Specialized. The Specialized might be a gel glove, but, they'r a couple years old, so any reference wouldn't be to a currently available model.
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    These are what I wear, from Performance Bike...http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400960__400960

    They're not the most expensive, nor the cheapest, glove on the market, but imho they're a quality constructed glove. Used them all spring, summer and fall last year and a few weeks now this year and they have held up quite well.

    Hope this helps you some.

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    Hmmm fizik gel looks interesting. Probably should change the width and pressure on my tyres. 110 "psi 22

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    Thanks. I will take a look. After yesterday only doing 28 miles I will never last 100

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    Spenco used to make some great padded gloves. They appear to no longer be in that business, unfortunately. Google "spenco gloves" and see what you can find.

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    Adjusting my Bars and brake/shifters helped for my hand numbness. I wear specialized gloves and still had the numbness issue. I also swapped out my bars for some ergo ones, and left the gel and bar shapers out. Haven't had much issues since.

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    Serfas Echelon Bartape w/Reactive Gel Pads I have these under the tape on my touring bike. It's cushiony for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JReade View Post
    Serfas Echelon Bartape w/Reactive Gel Pads I have these under the tape on my touring bike. It's cushiony for sure.
    I use Specialized Bar Phat ... which is very similar to what you posted. Between that, gloves and being mindful of my bike fit, I can just about eliminate numbness. Still need to dial that in on my CX/Commuter bike, but my roadie works.

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    I am not sure what brand I have, but I noticed they need to be replaced every year or two. I could not believe how bad my old pair was until I tried a new pair.

    Also: As ill.clyde stated: A few bike fit adjustments may be in order.

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    Specialized BG Gel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Specialized BG Gel.
    I bought a pair of these yesterday and wow! I couldn't believe the difference they made. I haven't tried a lot of different brands but I think you would be hard pressed to find a better glove. Specialized BG gets my vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Specialized BG Gel.
    +1

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    I had a pair of Cannondale gel gloves and I wasn't a huge fan. They were tight and restrictive. I switched to these:

    Giordana EXO Gloves - Men's | Backcountry.com

    And I couldn't be happier with them. I don't think you can ever totally get away from numbness, especially when you're putting that much weight on your arms and hands (as I do), but they certainly feel right and I can go a good hour or two longer before any discomfort at all.

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    I haven't tried them yet, but I prefer gloves with crocheted backs, and I have a pair of them that are padded (non-gel) from AeroTech Designs that I like. They provide decent cushion. They also offer the same glove in gel, and once I am able to ride further, I will definitely be looking at getting a pair.

    I do miss the terry strip from my former gloves a bit, but such is life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatCartmill View Post
    I had a pair of Cannondale gel gloves and I wasn't a huge fan. They were tight and restrictive. I switched to these:
    Gloves are about as personal as saddles. I wore out a pair of Cannondale gel gloves because they were the only ones at the time I could find that wouldn't leave my left pinky numb after even short rides. They started breaking down and I started getting numbness so I tried a few. Louis Garneau seem to work for me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Specialized BG Gel.
    I plan to try these next but my LBS was sold out in my size/color. They feel very well padded in the palm area which is where I go numb. I've tried light padding and no gloves and I seem to do best with well padded gloves.

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