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Old 09-18-11, 04:32 AM   #1
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Mittens & drop bars

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As winter is slowly approaching, I thought I'd might try mittens in an attempt to keep my fingers warm. At the moment I use ski gloves but still find that my fingers get cold.

Do any of you use mittens with drop bars?

I have a fixed gear so I don't need the dexterity to change gears, but I need to be able to use the brake!

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Old 09-18-11, 07:24 AM   #2
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I don't have much issue manipulating a brake lever. I use shell mitts over gloves, so I think that gives me a bit more dexterity than if I was using just an insulated mitt. Try braking with mitts on and see how it goes!
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Old 09-18-11, 09:08 AM   #3
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You should be fine with mittens. I used a variety all last winter. For the "warmer" days I have a pair that are gloves with a lightweight nylon mitten that can either cover the fingers or be folded back out of the way. For the really cold days I have another setup that is designed similar but is more heavily insulated and even has a pocket on the back of the hand area for a chemical heat pack. These worked well for me in rides down to -7 F for a couple of hours long rides. Braking is never and issue and I can even shift with the mittens just fine.
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Old 09-18-11, 11:30 AM   #4
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Thanks will try to find a pair before it gets cold.
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So called, lobster gloves offer a bit more.
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I much prefer pogies. With pogies I can typcally wear pretty light gloves even when it's quite cold.

forget pogies...didn't pay attention to "drop bars". pogies don't work with drop bars. I would, however suggest a pair of thin liner gloves inside whatever mittens or gloves you do wear so if there is a problem and you need to work on the bike or require dexterity of any kind you can manipulate things without getting your hand too cold.

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The Lobsters I use are a bit like mittens; it takes me a few minutes every winter ride to figure out where the shifters are, especially with Shimano brifters. You have to move more than just one finger, and figuring out where to put two fingers (after losing a bit of touch sensitivity) takes some adjustment. After the first couple of shifts, though, I've adjusted and forget about it.
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I much prefer pogies. With pogies I can typcally wear pretty light gloves even when it's quite cold.

forget pogies...didn't pay attention to "drop bars". pogies don't work with drop bars. I would, however suggest a pair of thin liner gloves inside whatever mittens or gloves you do wear so if there is a problem and you need to work on the bike or require dexterity of any kind you can manipulate things without getting your hand too cold.
Pogies absolutely do work with drop bars. I heartily recommend them.
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I used a big pair of mittens the last two years and I never had cold fingers... if it gets really cold where you are, get them in a bigger size so you can slip another pair of inside if you have to. I had good experiences with these mitts specifically but they might be overkill for your climate... IDK. The long gauntlets are nice feature I found but they were uncomfortable above freezing temperatures unless there was heavy rain. I could still shift my bar-ends with these on too. They make waterproof shells too which would permit thin gloves in milder weather and the use of heavier ones in the cold.

I used to get cold fingers with gloves but changing to mittens really made my rides in the winter pleasurable.
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Sounds good thanks, I have bought some merino wool liner gloves so will be looking for some nice cosy mittens too.
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Harley Davidson makes leather gloves that are electrically heated with rechargable batteries in the glove...last 4 to 8 hours depending on how high you set them. My hands get cold very easily, but these kept me very warm even at high speeds on my Harleys. Could still use individual fingers, so should be able to shift, etc on a bike.
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Drop Bar Pogies:

http://www.trails-edge.com/retail/te...mfbikemits.htm

http://barmitts.com/
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Another mitten/drop bar user here. Obviously some loss of dexterity compared to a bare hand, but certainly workable. I compensate by applying the brakes a little sooner.

Given that you are on a fixed gear and can brake with your legs, I think braking ability with mittens would be even less of an issue for you.

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