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Old 04-13-11, 05:46 PM
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Ergon's + gel gloves= overkill??

Just got some Ergon GP1's and now looking to replace the gloves that I've been using. My current pair are the gym/weightlifting type- plenty of padding, but get's rather warm when the temps climb above 75F...
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Try it and see. I have no problems with mesh-back gloves in the summer time.
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Old 04-13-11, 07:51 PM
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Have a set of GC3's on order, for my Bike friday .. let you know,
rarely over 75 here, last year.. never.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Just got some Ergon GP1's and now looking to replace the gloves that I've been using. My current pair are the gym/weightlifting type- plenty of padding, but get's rather warm when the temps climb above 75F...
No ... well, I suppose it all depends on the sensitivity of your hands (i.e. ulnar nerve etc). I've been using Ergons with 'gel gloves' (either Specialized or Pearl Izumi: mitts in warm weather, full gloves cold) for going on six years now; perfect combination for me: no issues at all re. comfort OR control ... quite the converse. Wouldn't even consider any other set up ... and I tried everything before settling on this combination.
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Probably overkill for me but I usually run bare handed in the summer time.

Oh, never tried Ergons either, but I reckon they're kinda like Oakley 3's, right? I rode with them a while back in the day. They kinda sucked bare handed. To much contact surface area meant sweat and slime.


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If I were to wear gloves with my ergons, I'd prefer some of the un-padded variety. I like that the ergons use the palm of the hand as cushioning. I've got tough, leathery, not so sensitive hands though. Ride what you want and don't think twice about it.
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Old 04-14-11, 02:53 AM
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Gloves are there to protect your hands in a spill.
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Old 04-14-11, 08:23 AM
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I actually dislike padded gloves. I have smaller hands so I get hand cramps from the padding because it effectively makes the bars larger diameter. It feels like I'm holding onto a 2x4 or something. Rode for a year with padded gloves and always had cramped up hands. Forgot to wear the gloves one day and realized I had no hand pain. Been wearing unpadded ever since.

A glove with padding just at the base of my palm might work okay. It's the padding at the base of my fingers and between my thumb/index finger that doesn't work with me.

Ride your Ergons for a while and see what you think. It's all going to be personal preference.
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Old 04-14-11, 08:31 AM
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Drops & soft bar tape with simple, lightly padded gloves.

That's my opinion anyway...
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Old 04-14-11, 09:17 AM
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Gonna get lots of varying responses for sure...

I rode with regular grips and gel gloves for the first year and suffered some pain now and again. Nothing major. After switching to Performance's "Ergon" knockoffs (way cheaper), I've experienced no pain at all.
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Try it and see. I found the Ergons great as is.
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Ergons, when installed properly, are quite comfy on their own. I've never liked padded gloves myself. Tried to like them, tried three different pairs worth to like them, but they always end up causing me hand discomfort and/or throwing off my chi in those "panic/react NOW" situations. Just ride the Ergons for a while and see if you still want padded gloves then; you may end up saving twenty bucks.
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After today's ride, I think I'll try some unpadded gloves before shopping for gels. My left hand had a little numbness during the ride home, but I may not have the Ergon's dialed in just right yet.
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I have Ergon GP1s on one bike and similar Ergon-like grips on the other three. Very comfortable regardless of whether I go out bare-handed or gloved. My regular riding gloves are a pair of lightly (gel) padded mechanic's gloves. No overkill just comfort.
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Old 04-14-11, 05:35 PM
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In the winter, I wear merino glove liners; in the summer, no gloves for me.
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Just got some Ergon GP1's and now looking to replace the gloves that I've been using. My current pair are the gym/weightlifting type- plenty of padding, but get's rather warm when the temps climb above 75F...
Get a pair of Spenco Ironman padded gloves from http://www.bikeisland.com There's a pair for 20.00 and a pair for 30.00. Get the 30.00 pair. The extra 10 is well worth it. No shipping charges.
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You can never have too much overkill.
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In the winter, I wear merino glove liners; in the summer, no gloves for me.
Yep, suave tape should be felt with the bare hands for sure!
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Not overkill. Even if you have ergons, the gloves give protection in case you take a spill. I always seem to hit palms first.
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I have and still wear a pair of old school 20yr old gloves with the string backing.

I was thinking of getting a new pair but decided against it as I think these do me just fine still.
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