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Old 08-09-13, 11:57 AM   #76
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Do you shave the backs of your hands?
Do you shave your palms?
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Old 08-09-13, 12:04 PM   #77
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Is there a place I could get gloves? And which gloves are the best? ie brand,model, etc...
Nearly anywhere, and there are no BEST gloves, it depends on what you want / need and what fits. I go to Lowes or Home Depot and get leather full finger gloves designed for working with tools. The gell is firmer and generally the gloves made a little more heavy duty and fuller size. They last forever.
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Old 08-09-13, 12:10 PM   #78
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Do you shave your palms?
I'm not worried about being aero.
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Old 08-09-13, 12:25 PM   #79
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Do you shave your palms?
Why the hell would you shave any part of your hands? It's not like you're going to accumulate much hair there and it can't make that much of a difference....
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I use workout gloves at the moment, but I think Nashbar sells pearl izumi gloves for like 15 bucks that usually retail for 30. They're just more padded. If I don't use gloves my hands get sore after about 10 miles. Maybe I'm just a wimp.
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Old 08-09-13, 12:35 PM   #81
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Why the hell would you shave any part of your hands? It's not like you're going to accumulate much hair there and it can't make that much of a difference....
Depends...some of us are just more "active" than others.
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I used to wear gloves back when I wanted to be taken seriously. Now I don't give a damn.

Don't even wear them to race XC.
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Old 08-09-13, 05:53 PM   #83
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Just got my third pair of gloves in the past two years. Worn them out. Better for sweat and nose wipe. My last "accident" I was riding with a stiff tailwind, flying under a bridge on SART when two young men pushed a shopping cart in front of me. Man, my disc brakes are good. I slowed mostly until I hit it dead center. It was too quick to try to dodge it and the alternative was to dive off the side and down into the concrete river. So at the speed I was going I flew off my bike, did the Superman ( arm out front prone ) flew over the shopping cart (barely) and fell straight down about five feet. Its been a month and the two circular pads below my thumbs are still sore. the gell in my gloves blew out onto the cement.There is no drop and roll for this. At least this time my face didn't do the rebound slam. By the way when I jumped up and ran after those little punks they ran like little girls. I picked up and went on....Hands still hurt but no rash and cuts so the gloves were great.
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Just had a crash on Tuesday. Any injuries from it gloves wouldn't have helped.
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Why the hell would you shave any part of your hands? It's not like you're going to accumulate much hair there and it can't make that much of a difference....
Your name combined with your reply, is rather amusing.
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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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I do that every time I fail to avoid some glass. It's one reason I always wear full-fingered gloves (easier for rear tire).
I clean with my fingernails, often
Took off the gloves because they were just wet rags that kept me from controlling the brakes in the rain, they just get wet and in the way, every ride, better control without them,imho
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Your name combined with your reply, is rather amusing.
thanks. No but the comment on palms was half wise assed in my opinion and thats more what I was referring to, but sure, I love irony just as much as the next guy.
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I don't like the tan lines you get from wearing gloves.
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I wear gloves. I've always worn gloves. For 44 years of riding bikes I've worn gloves and I'm going to keep wearing gloves.

So nuts to all you weirdos that don't wear gloves!!
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I like to be a minimalist but since yesterday's 30mile ride with a beet red palm, I'm picking up a padded pair.
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No gloves while training because I got tired of saying no, I don't play golf.

Gloves while racing or riding Ina group I am not familiar with.

No slipping without gloves due to sweat and I live in the tropics. I ride good tape.
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I don't like the tan lines you get from wearing gloves.
Then how does anyone know you're a real cyclist?
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Gloves suck.

4. They're hot. I live where its 90 degrees and 100% humidity in the summer. Let's not exacerbate things.
BS. You're talking to a lot of people who live in sub-tropical and tropical climates who know how this works. This doesn't happen even in Houston except under very unusual circumstances. In Iowa I am sure there is a time of many summer days when it is 90 degrees and a time of day when the humidity is close to 100%, but those are not the same time of day. The only time this is likely to happen is when the sun back comes out after a huge rain. In general when the temperature goes up the relative humidity goes down. So it may be 75 degrees and 95% humidity around 8:00 AM but when the temperature is 90 degrees at 3:00 PM, the humidity has dropped to maybe 70%. Still high, but not crazy.
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It's funny how much contradiction occurs among different posts (and among different topics) just due to cyclists' various environments. In a past thread some folks were saying that on the hottest days of summer they still wear base layers. And elsewhere folks that were saying they never notice the extra upper body layer that bibs contribute even in the summer. Here folks are saying gloves are too hot to tolerate. There's no truth but what works for you.
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BS. You're talking to a lot of people who live in sub-tropical and tropical climates who know how this works. This doesn't happen even in Houston except under very unusual circumstances. In Iowa I am sure there is a time of many summer days when it is 90 degrees and a time of day when the humidity is close to 100%, but those are not the same time of day. The only time this is likely to happen is when the sun back comes out after a huge rain. In general when the temperature goes up the relative humidity goes down. So it may be 75 degrees and 95% humidity around 8:00 AM but when the temperature is 90 degrees at 3:00 PM, the humidity has dropped to maybe 70%. Still high, but not crazy.
When I lived in the swamps of North Carolina it would hit 90/90 quite a bit.

After 10 years in AZ I start to cry when humidity gets above 30.
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I thought gloves were a Fred accoutrement, like fanny packs.
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I like to be a minimalist but since yesterday's 30mile ride with a beet red palm, I'm picking up a padded pair.
I'd consider getting fitted professionally, sounds like to much weight on the hands.
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I don't like the tan lines you get from wearing gloves.
Which is also why I ride topless in the summer (solo). Those tanlines look funky haha.
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I like to be a minimalist but since yesterday's 30mile ride with a beet red palm, I'm picking up a padded pair.
Hairy palms and Rosie Palms have now both been addressed. Sweet!
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I wear gloves when racing or if I know roads will be terrible otherwise no gloves.
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