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When did cycling gloves go out of fashion?

Old 05-27-24, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
How would it affect your personal choice if the pros did stop wearing helmets? I presume you donít wear a helmet anyway.
...my attempt at sarcasm flopped I guess. I presently do wear a helmet but going to try weaning myself from wearing one.
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I had quit wearing gloves for a number of years until I had carpal tunnel surgery on my hand. I bought some really cheap gloves to help with the post-surgery discomfort and am still wearing gloves all these years later.
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I find gloves very convenient for snot-management.
Your mucus may vary.
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Originally Posted by jadmt
Canít wait until helmets get dumpedÖ..who needs emÖ..
Cheaper than a neurosurgeon. Had a good friend many years back take a low speed tumble without a helmet and smacked her noggin so hard, she was unconscious in the ICU for weeks and could never return to work because her eggs were so scrambled. She never fully regained her mental faculties.

Also witnessed an autopsy where I guy ran into a light pole and the resulting pressure in his brain caused it to turn into the consistency of red Cream of Wheat. That image is indelibly etched.

So it can never happen to you? Unfortunately on a bike, you canít always control all the variables.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Cheaper than a neurosurgeon. Had a good friend many years back take a low speed tumble without a helmet and smacked her noggin so hard, she was unconscious in the ICU for weeks and could never return to work because her eggs were so scrambled. She never fully regained her mental faculties.

Also witnessed an autopsy where I guy ran into a light pole and the resulting pressure in his brain caused it to turn into the consistency of red Cream of Wheat. That image is indelibly etched.

So it can never happen to you? Unfortunately on a bike, you canít always control all the variables.
most of the brains I have seen looked nothing like cream of wheat...more like chunks of chicken...
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Old 05-27-24, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jadmt
most of the brains I have seen looked nothing like cream of wheat...more like chunks of chicken...
Evidently they didnít simmer long enough.
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I don't pay attention to what the pros do, I'm so far removed. But I wear gloves on every ride because road rash hurts.
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2024 Giro - Stage 19, Andrea Piccolo -EF team, hit a small pothole which turned his front wheel. He endo'd and landed arms down and on his torso and knees.
Tore himself up quite a lot.
Wasn't wearing gloves and both his hands were so badly torn, he couldn't even put them down to get himself up...
Abandon... It'll be a long recovery.
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Old 05-28-24, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclezen
2024 Giro - Stage 19, Andrea Piccolo -EF team, hit a small pothole which turned his front wheel. He endo'd and landed arms down and on his torso and knees.
Tore himself up quite a lot.
Wasn't wearing gloves and both his hands were so badly torn, he couldn't even put them down to get himself up...
Abandon... It'll be a long recovery.
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Originally Posted by cyclezen
2024 Giro - Stage 19, Andrea Piccolo -EF team, hit a small pothole which turned his front wheel. He endo'd and landed arms down and on his torso and knees.
Tore himself up quite a lot.
Wasn't wearing gloves and both his hands were so badly torn, he couldn't even put them down to get himself up...
Abandon... It'll be a long recovery.
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I bet he wears gloves from now on. Tuck and roll crash ďtechniqueĒ obviously didnít work for him either! Many crashes like this are beyond our control and then it helps if you have some form of protection. Helmet and fingerless gloves is a bare minimum for me and I sometimes wear light elbow and knee pads for mtb, which have saved some nasty injuries over the years.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
I bet he wears gloves from now on. Tuck and roll crash ďtechniqueĒ obviously didnít work for him either! Many crashes like this are beyond our control and then it helps if you have some form of protection. Helmet and fingerless gloves is a bare minimum for me and I sometimes wear light elbow and knee pads for mtb, which have saved some nasty injuries over the years.
I hear that about elbow and knee pads. Finally graduated to those after too many bruises and blood loss. Never was as good as I thought I could be.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
I hear that about elbow and knee pads. Finally graduated to those after too many bruises and blood loss. Never was as good as I thought I could be.
Yeah Iíve walked away unscathed from numerous mtb crashes that would have certainly removed all the skin off my knees and elbows. Wearing pads is something I picked up from my skateboarding youth. I donít wear them all the time for mtb, but certainly anywhere unfamiliar and challenging.
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This from BQ's Jan Heine:
"In longer events, numb hands and even nerve damage are common. The Rene Herse Randonneur bars may look unconventional, but they’ve evolved from a shape that has been fine-tuned for decades. The upsweep provides three-dimensional support for the palms of your hands to eliminate pressure points. (The palms of your hands aren’t flat when you hold the bars.) This works so well that I’ve stopped using gloves for these long adventures. I found that gloves can bunch up and cause blisters—and I just don’t need them any longer."

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I donít wear gloves


soon I wonít wear shorts or a jersey


just a helmet and clipless shoes itís the future
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I might start wearing gloves on one of my bikes, got a single speed and the grips or tape gave me chemical burns on my hands.

Over 2 weeks after exposure

I got a shop to switch the tape, but now Iím paranoid and donít trust the hoods, they say I need new brake levers to swap that. Considering using gloves when riding that bike, and I often dont wear a shirt, usually donít wear a helmet, use street shoes, feel like gloves would look silly. But I have tough hands (work with them for a living) and this was not a mechanical rubbing of skin. Could be Lyme disease but that would be a bizarre symtom. It looks a bit better than the picture now, but still tender like 3 weeks later.

as for crashing, Iíve torn up my hands while crashing, and for me that isnít reason to wear gloves. Iíd be shocked if I donít tear them up again at some point, itís just something I accept. Cost of doing business I suppose, wearing padding in case of a worst scenario is bad juju in my opinion.

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I have been wearing them since the middle 1970s. Better grip of the hoods and drops, can wipe sweat away from the brow better, safer in a crash, prevention from sunburn....
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
I have been wearing them since the middle 1970s. Better grip of the hoods and drops, can wipe sweat away from the brow better, safer in a crash, prevention from sunburn....
Waaay too logical and rational. And you forgot shock absorption. Now clean up your act!
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Considering using gloves when riding that bike, and I often dont wear a shirt, usually donít wear a helmet, use street shoes, feel like gloves would look silly.
Yeah, that would look silly.
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I expect modern padded tape is ultimately the reason.

I rode with gloves for years, for all the reasons discussed.

I'll occasionally ride gloveless these days, even on a 200k if weather is nice. If weather is cool, I'll wear unpadded full fingered gloves. I don't find padding helps comfort. With unpadded tape, gloves mattered for comfort.

I've crashed with gloves and without. With is better. Not crashing is even better. I make my decisions and accept the consequences. The boney protrusions at ankle, hip, and elbow would also benefit from protection. I have scars on scars there.

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Interesting. The responses in this thread show who does and who doesn't read both thread titles and opening posts. Seems to run about ten who don't to every one who does.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Interesting. The responses in this thread show who does and who doesn't read both thread titles and opening posts. Seems to run about ten who don't to every one who does.
As noted in post #17, the premise of the opening post appears to be false, so reading it is of questionable value.

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Most threads are a start of a conversation, and like conversations, they wander broadly. Sometimes the OP has a specific Q or Qs. That will wander also.
There are always plenty of other conversations, when one no longer has interest in any particular one...
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Unless it's well below 10 degC I never wear gloves when riding and haven't for several decades. I see no point. I wear full finger gloves when it gets cold.

The safety angle for me is nonsense given that I've crashed once in the last 15 years and when that happened my front wheel slipped out so quickly that I went straight down onto my shoulder, still holding the bars. And I ride a lot, at a reasonably fast pace, and have done lots of TT racing.

I ride somewhere with a low accident likelihood (rural roads with virtually no traffic). For the infinitesimallly small likelihood of crashing I choose to wear a helmet (high stakes: brain damage prevention) but not gloves (low stakes: gravel rash prevention).

If I road raced I would 100% wear gloves.

Horses for courses.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
As noted in post #17, the premise of the opening post appears to be false, so reading it is of questionable value.

https://www.giroditalia.it/en/foto/
Looking through pics of Stage 15, Pog had no gloves at the finish, but was wearing gloves in an earlier pic. He ditched them at some point.
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Gloves are like condoms. Good protection yet without them it feels so good
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