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    Back to being a Clyde.... ZappCatt's Avatar
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    Track specific gloves

    Do you racers use Track specific gloves?
    If so, what brands? Where did you buy them?
    What specific features would make a glove Track Specific?

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    None really.

    the old lycra gloves were cool to race with.
    S/F,
    CEYA!

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    I use football gloves, specifically those made for running backs. Cutters if you need to know the brand, although Neumann makes a good one too but a little less tacky. The palms are made form tackified leather, so they're pretty sticky. The grip you get while using these pups with keiring grips is phenomenal. You don't have to wrap your hands around the bar and grip as firmly during longer races, and when you're really givin'er during a sprint or standing start, your hands don't move.
    Taras

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    What are the requirements for a track glove anyway?
    Does it have to be minimalist, like the bike? So it's like, there aren't any fingers, just a pad of leather strapped to your palm or something?

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    It seems a lot of trackies use football gloves as tara mentioned above. Wide receiver, lineman gloves, by under armour, nike etc.

    A lot of them even prefer them over the hi-end keirin gloves.

    Full-fingered for sprint action.

    On the amatuer level, I have seen regular wool gloves, mountain bike gloves, regular lycra road biking gloves.

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    Cool, thanks. I am going to try a pair of cheap receiver gloves. I actually had a pair in college that I got from a guy on our football team and they were pretty warm in addition to the tackiness. I might try them as my Cali Winter glove.. a little extra grip in the wet couldn't hurt.

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    I was reading an ebay description on Keirin gloves that the racers are taught to not let go of their bars in the event of a crash, making knuckle protection more necessary built into the gloves. Why would they be taught this? Can someone please enlighten me?

    And I'm gonna have to try out those running back gloves, don't feel like spending $50+ shipping on most of the Keirin gloves I've found on ebay, and over $100 on the Mizunos!... (I'm getting more track oriented drops tomorrow. They're off the Fuji Feather track bike) Hell, can't beat $20! I was looking into Nittos but didn't want to spend 90+ on a commuter bike.

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    I think the idea with holding onto the bars when you crash is to avoid the typical "superman" pose that usually results in a broken collarbone. Also, these guys can take a lot bigger hit on their shoulders due to the armor they wear.

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    I use these Uline Warehouse gloves, very sticky and inexpensive.
    http://www.uline.com/BL_1029/Gription-Gloves

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    Fox makes a 'carbon knuckle' no fingered glove my friend seems to like. fox unabombers


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    Well, ended up getting these new Nike Vapor Jet gloves. They were the closest thing to mostly black that they had and they were a bit stickier than the Cutters. We'll see tomorrow on my ride to/from work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestizoracer310 View Post
    I was reading an ebay description on Keirin gloves that the racers are taught to not let go of their bars in the event of a crash, making knuckle protection more necessary built into the gloves. Why would they be taught this? Can someone please enlighten me?

    And I'm gonna have to try out those running back gloves, don't feel like spending $50+ shipping on most of the Keirin gloves I've found on ebay, and over $100 on the Mizunos!... (I'm getting more track oriented drops tomorrow. They're off the Fuji Feather track bike) Hell, can't beat $20! I was looking into Nittos but didn't want to spend 90+ on a commuter bike.
    I'm guessing it has something to do with keeping you more compact in the event of a crash. I definatly would not want to be strung out away from my bike taking more space up on the track. This could potentially leave you more open to being hit by other riders causing a bigger pile up. Also if you were to fall and let go of your bars its possible to get your arm caught in another riders wheel. It would be especially easy to do if they have an aerospoke type wheel. If this happened I'm guessing there would be a good amount of blood especcially if you were to have a freak situation where your hand was to get caught in the another riders chainring! I'm just throwing things out there... as for the keirin gloves, they definatly look cool.

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    Think about watching a professional skateboarder crash, and how they roll up into a ball and pop back up doing things that would kill or break the limbs of most ordinary people. It's the same idea on the track, stay compact and let the broadside of your body absorb the blow. If you try and stop your fall with your hands, no good will come.
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