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Old 06-13-06, 11:48 PM
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gloves or no gloves

I like my hands naked.
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Old 06-13-06, 11:52 PM
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Sometimes gloves, sometimes no. It doesn't matter too much for me, but on a cold day or on a long ride I like my hands covered.
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Old 06-13-06, 11:54 PM
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No gloves in socal. Unless I know I'll be doing a century
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Old 06-13-06, 11:56 PM
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no gloves. i will probably eventually. I like the free feeling, but losing a lot of skin off my hands will probably change my mind.
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Old 06-13-06, 11:58 PM
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Gloves, although the one ride I did without gloves in 100+ heat recenty was wonderfully cool. I just want them there if I crash.
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Old 06-14-06, 12:07 AM
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Always gloves.

Good for quickly (and carefully!) running over tires after riding through broken glass I wasn't fast enough to avoid.

Saves skin when you hit the deck!
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Originally Posted by Dalai
Always gloves.
Good for quickly (and carefully!) running over tires after riding through broken glass I wasn't fast enough to avoid.
Saves skin when you hit the deck!
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I never ride without them.
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Old 06-14-06, 12:10 AM
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Dalai, I've read things about sweeping tires...all negative. Basically it said that in the time it takes for you to reach down and swipe, your wheel has rotated x number of times...yada yada yada. Plus, it is pretty dangerous albeit cool looking though.

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Yeah, dangerous if you don't have gloves on There's no way I'm going to stop every time I run through some crap on the road... it only takes a few seconds.
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I can see the possibility of wiping debris off a tire, but I can also see that gloved hand just pushing the debris further in the tire or having no effect at all. All I can say for sure is that my friend who always wiped his tires and I who didn't (tried it a couple times, got a burned finger and/or dirty gloves) usually got about the same amount of flats in a year's time.
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@Jacobi - I've read similar things. But old habit's die hard! If it's a heavy section of glass, I will even pull over and carefully do the same but carefully checking the tires for any imbedded items.

Regularly (once every week or two) prior to filling up my tires before a ride at home. I also slowly check for any nicks and cuts in the tread and in those for any small bits of glass or gravel and remove with a knife point.
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I like wearing gloves. I think I wear them because I don't really like the feeling of having a a warm torso and legs with cool hands. Cool hands/fingers creates a mental division in that they begin to feel seperated as they deal with differing conditions compared to a stable core. I don't know how to explain that.
If there is a cool chill/breeze against my hands while the rest of me is sweatin like a pig I can almost begin to feel sick.
Same with hats/helmets and sweaty hair. If my head is going to be very warm/swampy and the hair on back of by head becomes sweaty and rapidly cools as the moisture evaporates you can kiss my performance goodnight. Totally disturbs my mental focus. I like to keep as constant a temp as possible throughout my body while riding. I like being warmer than cooler. I perform better when sweat drips from every part of my body than when I'm cool, dry and comfortable. I believe that is because once you hit a certain point you lose all inhibitions and don't care about -anything- else but the task at hand. If I were to be cool and comfortable all throughout it's as though my brain wouldn't quite understand how much work I'm doing and thus never get truly focused -or in the "zone."
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Old 06-14-06, 01:12 AM
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I wear gloves 99% of the time, it will save hands. The 1% I don't is because I accidently forget them in my cycling bag or at home and then I really feel like a dork for not wearing them.
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Race-yes.

Training-no.

Track-always.
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riding alone, somtimes gloveless.

riding with company, always with gloves.
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Old 06-14-06, 03:39 AM
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Always gloves...... I like being able to hold things after a crash........ I used to not wear gloves for training...... I fell once at a low speed due to some wet pine needles....... hand was wrapped for a week. I don't want to know what my hand would have looked like had it been at 30 mph

For me always gloves..... the only down side is the stupid glove tan.
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Originally Posted by domestique
the only down side is the stupid glove tan.
newbie!

that 'stupid glove tan' is a badge of honor, a BADGE OF HONOR i say! you've got to earn it!
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Originally Posted by botto
newbie!

that 'stupid glove tan' is a badge of honor, a BADGE OF HONOR i say! you've got to earn it!
It does help to explain the shaved legs!


By the way OP, if you need another reasoon to wear gloves take a look at this guys palms......(posted from another glove thread)

EDIT: Removed for graphic purposes and at request of bike froum member... sorry for those offended.... if you wish to view pic.... click here.
http://grahamwatson.com/dublin/misc/image65.html


Also a reason to wear a helmet!

EDIT: Removed for graphic purposes and at request of bike froum memeber.... sorry for those offended.... if you wish to view pic.... click here.
http://grahamwatson.com/dublin/misc/image29.html



I also remeber reading in another glove thread about how someone's riding partner went to wipe glass off his wheel w/o gloves and cut through his palm to his tendon..... he now has a screwed up hand... if anyone can remeber which thread that was post it. thanks

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Was that really necessary?

Not only do I have to wade through, and skip over, the daily "I don't know how to ride a bike so I crashed" threads, now I have to have pics of bloodied pros?

next time give a warning!



Originally Posted by domestique
It does help to explain the shaved legs!

By the way OP, if you need another reasoon to wear gloves take a look at this guys palms......(posted from another glove thread)

Also a reason to wear a helmet!

Edit: I also remeber reading in another glove thread about how someone's riding partner went to wipe glass off his wheel w/o gloves and cut through his palm to his tendon..... he now has a screwed up hand... if anyone can remeber which thread that was post it. thanks
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Originally Posted by botto
Was that really necessary?

Not only do I have to wade through, and skip over, the daily "I don't know how to ride a bike so I crashed" threads, now I have to have pics of bloodied pros?

next time give a warning!

I apologize if you are offended..... My intent is not to scare or gross people out, but to shock people into realzing the dangers of this sport. These pictures have already been posted before on Bike forums.... and are also posted on Graham Watson's website...... That being said I thought it was nescessary to share.

Again I apologize for you taking offense and will remove the images and only list the url.... thankyou for bringing this to my attention.

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not offended, just eating lunch at the time.



Originally Posted by domestique
I apologize if you are offended..... My intent is not to scare or gross people out, but to shock people into realzing the dangers of this sport. These pictures have already been posted before on Bike forums.... and are also posted on Graham Watson's website...... That being said I thought it was nescessary to share.

Again I apologize for you taking offense.
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No way I would ride without gloves in case of a wreck and road rash to the hands!
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Originally Posted by vampares
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and your point is???
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Gloves every ride since I was a kid. Now it's such a habit I feel naked without them. I keep riding the gel kind, but honestly I've worn some of the pairs long after the pad is literally gone (thanks Pearl). I have come to realize that all I need is a slab of leather on my palm.

I even use them on the trainer....:gasp:
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
I can see the possibility of wiping debris off a tire, but I can also see that gloved hand just pushing the debris further in the tire or having no effect at all. All I can say for sure is that my friend who always wiped his tires and I who didn't (tried it a couple times, got a burned finger and/or dirty gloves) usually got about the same amount of flats in a year's time.
Wiping tires is entirely useless.
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