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Old 04-16-08, 09:30 PM   #1
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Commuting gloves recommendations

I went for my first 20-mile ride of the season today, and without my winter biking gloves, I could feel that something was going to start getting uncomfortable in my palms sooner or later. What are some good gloves that keep pressure off the ulnar nerve and that space between the carpal bones?

I've heard that thick padding makes your hands move around, but I don't want to damage my hands with vibration and shock. I don't know what a good compromise is, as I haven't worn biking gloves since the 80s, and my gloves at the time were crap even for then.
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I went for my first 20-mile ride of the season today, and without my winter biking gloves, I could feel that something was going to start getting uncomfortable in my palms sooner or later. What are some good gloves that keep pressure off the ulnar nerve and that space between the carpal bones?

I've heard that thick padding makes your hands move around, but I don't want to damage my hands with vibration and shock. I don't know what a good compromise is, as I haven't worn biking gloves since the 80s, and my gloves at the time were crap even for then.
I'm partial to Perfromance Bike's Crochet glove. Work great and don't break the bank.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1140
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I never leave home without my Specialized Body Geometry fingerless gloves.
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Do you have drop handlebars or straight mountain bike handlebars? If straight, consider different grips in addition to gloves. Ergon makes some nice ones and there are other similar designs.
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numb hands/gloves?

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I went for my first 20-mile ride of the season today, and without my winter biking gloves, I could feel that something was going to start getting uncomfortable in my palms sooner or later. What are some good gloves that keep pressure off the ulnar nerve and that space between the carpal bones?

I've heard that thick padding makes your hands move around, but I don't want to damage my hands with vibration and shock. I don't know what a good compromise is, as I haven't worn biking gloves since the 80s, and my gloves at the time were crap even for then.
You might try raising your bars to take some weight off your hands in addition to using the widest tires you can fit on your bike. High volume tires take the road vibes away. A longer wheelbase bike with slack angles can help also. Most people try to solve their hand problems with mere gloves in a vain effort to keep their bike set up in a racer position because they often think thats the way its supposed to look. You can improve comfort immensely by trying the above..........or just buy gloves and have sore hands.
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Eh, raising the bars will get my face in the wind. I like to ride fast! Gloves are a mitigating element. It might be a good idea to raise the bars for long treks, though.

The Body Geometry gloves look pretty good.
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I recommend the Fox Racing Incline glove... one of the head guys at my LBS recommended it to me last summer for XC mountain biking and commuting; he said it's the only glove he uses in the warm months. It is full-fingered, so in the dead of summer it might get a bit warm, but as long as the temperature is above 45 I wear these and love them.
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Eh, raising the bars will get my face in the wind. I like to ride fast! Gloves are a mitigating element. It might be a good idea to raise the bars for long treks, though.

The Body Geometry gloves look pretty good.
It might be interesting to keep a journal of your times with a bar 1-2 inches higher than now and see just how much slower it doesn't make you go. Maybe some aero bars for those headwinds coupled with a higher bar for normal riding or try a performance recumbent. That is, if the gloves don't solve things.
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Just keep trying gloves. I tried a pair of Specialized BG and couldn't stand them myself, but I'm sure that someone else will want them if I ever get around to selling off all of my extra gear.
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I like my PI Cyclones for the winter and cold, and PI makes a shorty version with the same palm padding for the warm weather.
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I have a pair of Pearl Izumi fingerless pull-ons with gel padding that I like a whole lotsa.
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Performance Classics FTW! Comfy, minimal padding and cheap enough to replace once a year, which is about all I get out of a pair.
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You know those really cheap cloth gloves you can get at the dollar store? I don't see a problem with those.

http://lifehacker.com/photogallery/P...d-Tell/2821838

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