For the first time I am noticing multiple references (in posts about bar tape) to folks road riding without gloves. Since forever (30+ years) I have been indoctrinated that gloves are a necessary part of the cycling clothes kit even in the sweltering Houston heat. And that goes back to when gloves were really primitive - crocheted cotton backs with unpadded leather palms. It seems funny to me that now when gloves are super high tech, folks are declining to wear them. Especially considering all the functions they perform like keeping your hands from slipping when wet with perspiration, padding your palms against discomfort and nerve damage, protecting your hands in case of a fall, acting as a brow wipe, etc. Is this just a few outliers or is this a real trend?