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Old 08-08-13, 11:10 AM   #26
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Crashing strikes me as a funny justification for gloves - trying to break your fall by sticking out your hands isn't the best idea.

Slippery bar tape strikes me as another poor justification - why buy the bar tape if it's not functional as-is?
So why did gloves become so popular. Plenty of folks are posting here as if wearing gloves is the last thing they can imagine. Fair enough. But you have to admit there are lots of gloves being worn out there. How did that come about if none of the benefits are real?
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I've been considering riding my evening commute home with no gloves simply because my tan lines are starting to look ridiculous. :/
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Old 08-08-13, 11:13 AM   #28
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I acknowledge there are benefits, but like anything, the degree of benefit is personal and subjective.
I am in no way anti-glove.
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Old 08-08-13, 11:16 AM   #29
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Yup. Might as well wear elbow & knee pads if crash protection is a major worry. When crashing, keep your hands on the bars and just go with it. I've seen a couple of mid-crash pictures of guys with their arms extended in front of them. What the heck were they thinking ?
They were probably thinking, "AAAAAAAH!".
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So why did gloves become so popular. Plenty of folks are posting here as if wearing gloves is the last thing they can imagine. Fair enough. But you have to admit there are lots of gloves being worn out there. How did that come about if none of the benefits are real?
Beats me. What were the traditional bar tape materials - leather and what else? I can see leather being pretty slippery when sweaty, but I don't have that problem with my tape (fizik microtex or whatever). Evidently some people like to brush debris from their tires while moving and gloves are recommended for this, but it's not something I do.
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No gloves is way studly. We got a lot of studly folks on here. That's why you see advice for no gloves here, yet almost everyone you see on the road, like riding their bikes, are wearing gloves. I only ride with one guy who doesn't wear summer gloves. He's totally studly and would never go down, he's such a good bike handler. "No gloves" sends a message.
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I rarely wear gloves when it's warm. Usually only in races and even then more often than not I'll forget them because I don't usually wear them. However I was wearing gloves in my last crash, a 30 mph finish line tangle-up in a crit. My gloves were damaged, but strangely enough on the back of the glove. I suppose this is because my hands were still on the bars when I hit the deck.
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No gloves is way studly. We got a lot of studly folks on here. That's why you see advice for no gloves here, yet almost everyone you see on the road, like riding their bikes, are wearing gloves. I only ride with one guy who doesn't wear summer gloves. He's totally studly and would never go down, he's such a good bike handler. "No gloves" sends a message.
I can't say I ever really looked if other cyclists are wearing gloves....I'm usually checking out their bikes and what groupsets/wheels they are riding with.
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No gloves is more aero.
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Maybe this is just a NorCal thing, but it seems like about half the group in the local race rides here is barehanded.
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No gloves is more aero.
weighs less too.
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I don't wear gloves primarily for tan line reasons. Tho I do wear full finger when it's cold or wet.
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I took my gloves off during a climb on a warm day. Never again...there was nothing to wipe off the sweat going in my eyes.
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Its about style. Let's ask women about matching the gloves to the kit and matching shoes. How many pairs of shoes do women riders have?
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I don't like gloves because they are very hard to find a good fit for the size of my hands and cause cramping more often than not as a result.

I do however use a candlestick to burn the hair off my hands to enhance my aero profile...generally at the table with dinner guests.
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Back in the day another practical use for gloves was cleaning tires on the fly, to reduce punctures from pebbles, glass, ect. Still find them useful for wiping sweat when it's 100F plus out. Never do wear socks though.
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As Jay Z put it so eloquently, "What you eat don't make me sh*t."
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As Jay Z put it so eloquently, "What you eat don't make me sh*t."
I don't understand anything Jay Z says.
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Its about style.
I hope not, but a few people say they don't wear them for vanity reasons - tan lines.

The idea of road cyclists doing anything for style is pretty hilarious. We're talking about aging men who shave their legs, wear spandex, and put on goofy helmets with goofy sunglasses.
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I pretty much never ride WITHOUT gloves these days. I did a 10-miler the other night, on the Gulf Coast, at about 10 PM, with no gloves and my bar tape was literally soaked from hood to stem. Hoods were really wet, too, and I was honestly concerned about my hands slipping off. The rest of the time I was down there I wore gloves on all my other rides, and it was much better. Much less slippery sweat to worry about on the bar tape.

Also I've taken a fall from a bike with no gloves where I used the palms of my hands to break my fall. NOT fun. Gloves can save you from a lot of pain should you take a fall.
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I hope not, but a few people say they don't wear them for vanity reasons - tan lines.

The idea of road cyclists doing anything for style is pretty hilarious. We're talking about aging men who shave their legs, wear spandex, and put on goofy helmets with goofy sunglasses.
I feel like I just got slapped in the face by reality.
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