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why use gloves?

Old 04-22-21, 12:38 AM
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why use gloves?

why use gloves for road cycling? do some get calluses w/o them, do others wear them for better grip? do some wear for protection in case they go down and have to break the fall with their hands, to save the skin?
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Old 04-22-21, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by motopokep View Post
why use gloves for road cycling? do some get calluses w/o them, do others wear them for better grip? do some wear for protection in case they go down and have to break the fall with their hands, to save the skin?
Any or all of the above. Also to keep the hands warm in cold weather. Some gloves also contain padding to cushion the hands, which some people like. It can also be less convenient to keep a good protective coat of sunscreen on the hands than on the rest of the arms, so gloves can help prevent sunburn.

Also because a well-selected pair of gloves can look very fashionable.
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Old 04-22-21, 02:31 AM
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Only for crash protection for me and I use full coverage gloves for that like you find in hardware stores. They look like cycling gloves but made of leather and covers your fingertips as well. Motorcycle gloves are also good for crash protection

Otherwise, I'm perfectly comfortable without them. I've done 6 hr rides on a road bike without gloves. No discomfort or issues of any kind on the hands at all.

That's until I crashed. Luckily didn't break any bones on my hands but the sprain and road rash on the hands is still quite painful.

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Some types of bar tape can get very slippery from sweat. I will never ride without gloves in the summer because there's such a risk of my hands slipping off the bars. And that's a disaster at speed.

Also, I've crashed a few times without gloves in cooler weather... having your hands torn up is no good for anything.

I use very thin gloves with no padding solely for the grip and protection.
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Old 04-22-21, 04:56 AM
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When I switched to a carbon frame and bars I started wearing gloves to damp vibration a tad.
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Old 04-22-21, 05:36 AM
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Also great to wipe your snot. I'm very snotty.
but seriously, why not wear them?
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Old 04-22-21, 06:05 AM
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Also great to wipe your snot. I'm very snotty.
but seriously, why not wear them?
Agree. Vibration absorption and protection against falls are great benefits. I feel naked without them.
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Old 04-22-21, 06:16 AM
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For me it's only to keep my hands warm. I wear (or carry a pair) them when it's 10 or below (50f).
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All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride start and forgot to bring gloves. I missed the sweat/snot wiping the most because of how hot it was, and luckily didn't need the skin protection but that's another big reason I wear them.
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I wear them just for the suntan lines!

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Originally Posted by Ti473 View Post
but seriously, why not wear them?
Because I don't want to.
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Old 04-22-21, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by motopokep View Post
why use gloves for road cycling? do some get calluses w/o them, do others wear them for better grip? do some wear for protection in case they go down and have to break the fall with their hands, to save the skin?
When our wheels and frames assplode, despite dire warnings against riding them, the gloves help to keep the crabon shrapnel out of our palms.
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Old 04-22-21, 07:48 AM
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I use to not wear gloves while riding. I wear gloves always now while riding.

The pro side for wearing gloves is many of what was said above. Also, ever so slightly snug gloves seem to give some support to my hands so the individual pieces parts of my hands share the loads with the rest more evenly.

The only con's are trying to take them off and no matter how many pair you have they'll still be in the washer when needed at some point.

It's still a personal preference. I care not if you wear them or don't wear them.

However if I see you after a wreck and your hand is all skinned up, I might say you should'a worn gloves. So you'll just have to grin and take it.

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Old 04-22-21, 08:06 AM
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Protect your hands at all costs. Hard to work with injured hands.
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I have a habit of cleaning off my tyres - while I'm moving - if I notice crap stuck on them, like a tiny stone or sandy grit, to prevent it from boring into my tyre and causing a flat. (Usually only happens in the summer when there can be some road tar.) Doing it without gloves is painful.
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Old 04-22-21, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
Protect your hands at all costs. Hard to work with injured hands.
Yep that vid looked familiar to me. I used to wear gloves when cold, or I felt like it. Then I went OTB and hit the pavement at 22mph-- my left hand had chunks of gravel embedded in the palm, and the skin on the back of my hand was shredded too. No Fun / Lesson learned.
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I like wearing minimal but full finger gloves for protection.

I shredded my Rivet CS gloves in my last crash. Hands didn't feel a thing.
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I quit wearing gloves about 30 years ago, except for winter gloves. I have small hands. Back then, brake levers had no reach adjustment. Gloves only made the reach longer. Ifigured out a way to reduce the reach on Campy brake/shift levers about 15 years before Campy added that feature.

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What's the downside, less feel?
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Cheapo mechanic's gloves with tacky palms for me. They preserve grip on sweaty bars and levers—major safety issue—and offer some protection in a crash. Also, with the hundreds of dollars-worth of roadie duds I ride in, it's nice to wear something slightly countercultural.
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Old 04-22-21, 11:07 AM
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Why wear gloves? Because I want to. The end.
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Better grip on the bar when my hands are sweaty. I wear the thinnest possible gloves, because every padded glove I've tried makes my hands hurt.
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Old 04-22-21, 12:07 PM
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Crash protection for me. As someone who types on a computer for a living, I do all I can to protect my digits.
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Old 04-22-21, 12:30 PM
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Forgot my gloves on a hot, humid day and my hands were slipping so bad it was ridiculous.
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