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?
the old lycra gloves were cool to race with.
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 - :noun. 1. Typically an overweight has-been that can sometimes be seen pootling around a velodrome on an old Look KG 233.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
Fox makes a 'carbon knuckle' no fingered glove my friend seems to like. fox unabombers
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...
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.