Thoughts on going glove free?
I've always used minimally padded gloves, but on a recent multi week tour I tired of them. Gloves have never been a problem at home where I have multiple pairs I can launder frequently. But touring, I either had to deal with washing them in sinks and needing a day or so to dry, or had my hands smelling funky after removing them during our frequent stops for food, site seeing, etc. The gloves also became hopelessly waterlogged in a lengthy storm we rode through and I had more control without them. So I've been riding sans gloves a couple weeks without undue problems. With the recent heat wave its also been nice not to be wearing sweat soaked gloves for hours. Maybe gloves provide minimal protection in a crash, and they do provide some cushioning if those who are sensitive. But I'm not sure that explains why it seems everyone from the local bike club to the tour peloton wear gloves. Am I missing something? And wonder if other tandem captains go glove free?