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    weightlifting gloves for riding?

    Hi, I just started riding a couple months ago (bought a Bianchi Cortina). I ride about 5 - 7 miles a day in Prospect Park before work and my hands get pretty slick after the big hill. I have some Nike weightlifting gloves I'm not using (shoulder problems mean I'm not allowed to lift anymore) - can I use them or do I need special cycling gloves?

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    You can use them.

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    You can use them, but they suck pretty bad in my experience.

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    I used to use some cheap Nashbar riding gloves for weightlifting and they worked pretty well.

    I'm assuming you could do the opposite.

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    Cycling gloves aren't expensive. They have padding in the right places of the palm so there is little to no discomfort in the hands. Get some gloves. I have about 6 pairs for the different bikes and rides I do. Then there's cooler weather and winter gloves. We'll discuss those in a few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexenmeister View Post
    I used to use some cheap Nashbar riding gloves for weightlifting and they worked pretty well.

    I'm assuming you could do the opposite.
    Just cause you can use a large screwdriver to pound in a nail doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea to try to use a hammer to tighten down a screw.

    Point is, the weightlifting gloves might work okay. However, I know of at least one bike commute blogger who had used weightlifting gloves and much preferred the switch to bike-specific gloves.

    Besides, as has been said, Bicycling Gloves can be had cheap
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    Cycling gloves aren't all that expensive, but since I didn't have $20 bucks I got myself some weightlifting gloves instead.
    I gotta say, they really have reduced my calluses.
    I'm new to cycling though so I never knew that you had to wash gloves. My gloves have no tags or anything, so I guess I never thought of it.
    But considering the snot and sweat I've wiped off over the past weeks, I'm giving these a wash this upcoming weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enjoi. View Post
    Cycling gloves aren't all that expensive, but since I didn't have $20 bucks ...
    $20???
    Try these:
    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pvthf..._gloves/pp.htm
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/sub/184-Gloves.aspx
    http://www.pricepoint.com/thumb.htm?...price&ascend=0
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    Thanks for the replies and links!

    I tried out my lifting gloves on my ride this morning, and they definitely kept my grip dry, but they are a bit stiff for keeping my hands curled for 20+ minutes. I'll get some cheap cycling gloves (only cheap thing about taking up cycling so far) and give those a try.

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    Just because something was not designed with a specific activity in mond, does not mean it will not work well for that activity.
    e.g.

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pisim..._gloves/pp.htm

    This glove is a mechanic's glove intended for use with impact tools.
    But you notice it is being sold by an online bike shop.
    It is also the best d*mned "bike" glove I have ever used, and is more durable than any other bike glove I ever used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    Just because something was not designed with a specific activity in mond, does not mean it will not work well for that activity.
    e.g.

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pisim..._gloves/pp.htm

    This glove is a mechanic's glove intended for use with impact tools.
    But you notice it is being sold by an online bike shop.
    It is also the best d*mned "bike" glove I have ever used, and is more durable than any other bike glove I ever used.
    You are absolutely correct. However, I believe, if you look at all the responses, pretty much everyone said "you can try, it might work, but it'd probably be better to just by an inexpensive pair of cycling gloves".

    I wouldn't spend money on "trying" something that may or may not work when there are reasonable options that will. If it weren't marketed as a "bike" glove I certainly wouldn't spend $30 on a random mechanics glove in hopes that it would work for biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enjoi. View Post
    I'm new to cycling though so I never knew that you had to wash gloves. My gloves have no tags or anything, so I guess I never thought of it.
    But considering the snot and sweat I've wiped off over the past weeks, I'm giving these a wash this upcoming weekend!
    With Borax, or your hands will eventually smell like feet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caecilia42 View Post
    Thanks for the replies and links!

    I tried out my lifting gloves on my ride this morning, and they definitely kept my grip dry, but they are a bit stiff for keeping my hands curled for 20+ minutes. I'll get some cheap cycling gloves (only cheap thing about taking up cycling so far) and give those a try.
    1. take a feel inside of the glove palm - there should not be any protruding seams
    2. there is no guarantee that $40 gloves will be better that $10 gloves


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