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Old 08-14-16, 06:29 PM
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Possible to keep hands dry?

I've been having issues with hands and gloves getting absolutely soaked, especially on my morning commute, to the point of having to change gloves about 2/3 of the way through. Also I love riding in the rain when it's warm out, but don't like my hands inside wet gloves, or gripping wet bar tape without gloves. My hands slide around too much (which is why I wear gloves in the first place) and it just generally feels gross. Doesn't feel too safe, either.

Is changing gloves (and thus carrying spares) my only option?

I got some thick ski gloves to use on the coldest mornings in the dead of winter, but I can't even use those for anything above upper 20's deg. F because my hands sweat in those and get them soaked, and it's really hard to get those gloves to dry out.
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Old 08-14-16, 10:38 PM
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Hyperhidrosis?

Are you saying this is a new condition? Feet getting soaked too?


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Old 08-15-16, 06:57 AM
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This is due to LivingintheSouthisis. Same thing happens to me. My gloves are so soaked after my morning commute that they are still wet when it's time to head home in the afternoon. However, you might try wearing sweat bands on your wrists like tennis players use. Most of the sweat is probably dripping down your arms. I might even try this myself. It used to help a lot back in my tennis days.
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Old 08-15-16, 07:35 AM
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If you spray some "antiperspirant" on your hands or feet, they will sweat far less. Note that antiperspirant is not the same as deodorant.
I use it on my hands during the summer months and on my feet during the winter months. In the winter, dry feet stay warmer for a while longer. I know that booties help but this works if my feet get too warm in the booties.
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Old 08-15-16, 09:53 AM
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you live in a southern climate I wonder if you can ride without gloves when rain is expected. if the wet gloves in from perspiration then maybe try riding w/o gloves? up here in my area I have used glove liners in winter and through wet cold conditions. they help keep my fingers dryer and warmer. not sure if they would help in your case. I think they do make thin wind proof / water proof cycling gloves but are likely to be expensive

I decided to wear my full fingered gloves this morning and they are moist. they should dry in my car during the day. however I'm only doing one-way commutes one day a week and will be driving home. I remember commuting year round I did have several pair of gloves stocked here and there includign at the office so that I could leave a set to dry in the boiler room over night and be ready for the return trip the next day
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Old 08-15-16, 10:00 AM
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It's so humid in central TX right now that I look like I went for a swim. I will wring out my gloves and skull cap at store stops and get half cup of sweat out of them.

No problems with slipping since I use the gel/cork HB tape and it has a decent grip to it.

I have a variety of LG, Specialized and PI gloves. They go in the wash after every ride. If not, they get very nasty.

I have no idea how to keep them dry through a long ride. I don't think it's possible.

The worst is when it's so humid you're shoes start to fill up with sweat!
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Old 08-15-16, 10:40 AM
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My recommendation would be to use Fizik tacky bar tape and ditch the gloves.
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Old 08-15-16, 10:58 AM
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I have stopped wearing glove this year because of the high heat and humidity. I have Brooks leather bar tape and I still can grip well when it is wet. I got tired of putting on soggy gloves before riding home, since they weren't drying out while I was at work.
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Old 08-15-16, 11:04 AM
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Your hands sweat to cool down. Not sure why this is a problem.
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Old 08-15-16, 11:28 AM
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If it's been raining that much and that hard, you'll want to change bar tape and/or gloves. Otherwise, tarwheel's wrist bands make sense to stop sweat dripping down your arms.


I'm ready to move north for the rest of the summer, it's been too darn hot and humid.
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Old 08-15-16, 01:14 PM
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As mentioned above, your hands (wrists mainly but also the back of your hands) are are critical cooling radiator. Using anti-perspirant will keep your entire body from being able to cool itself. Gloves, helmets, and leaning forward all prevent natural cooling. On any given day and ride I will be much cooler wearing jeans with no helmet or gloves and riding an upright bike than wearing lycra, gloves, and helmet on a drop bar road bike, hybrid, or mountain bike.
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Old 08-15-16, 06:08 PM
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I tried doing 20 miles in FL once without gloves and it was even worse. Hands and bar tape were so wet and gross. I might try the sweat wristband idea.
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Old 09-04-16, 09:59 AM
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Also, consider a glove/boot dryer (often used for skiing). I have one at work and home. Shoes and gloves go on these after every ride (unless going to the wash at home). Keeps the odor out and gets the gloves dry by evening commute. They've been a great investment.
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Two pairs of gloves for me in the summer and I use a small fan at home to dry them. In the winter, no problem with sweat. I wear gloves as another protective barrier between me and the road.
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