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Old 09-06-14, 10:53 PM
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No gloves???

I can understand why some people prefer to ride with no gloves during hot summer days, but over the years I have seen a lot of riders dressed with shoe covers, full leg warmers, arm warmers and vest, yet Naked hands.
My hands get cold pretty quickly under 55 deg, at which point I generally turn to my long finger gloves. Now that it is starting to get colder in the mornings here, I have seen some photos of people I follow on Instagram as well as people we pass on our early morning rides with no gloves.

Why bare handed, yet rest of body is covered?
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Old 09-06-14, 11:11 PM
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my hands would do pretty well down to 35/40 assuming the rest of my upper body was adequately covered.
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Old 09-06-14, 11:18 PM
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I'm also Portland-Metro..... I don't wear gloves because I hate them.
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I usually don't do gloves 'til 40 deg. Maybe 45 if raining.

But I still wear shorts and SS jersey down to 55.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I usually don't do gloves 'til 40 deg. Maybe 45 if raining.

But I still wear shorts and SS jersey down to 55.
I don't know how anyone can stand to wear more than that. Even if it's raining- I'd rather have bare wet skin than sticky clothed wet skin. Plus, you dry out a hell of a lot faster.
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Old 09-07-14, 12:14 AM
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Gloves cause tightness in the palm of my hand, but in the winter time I use them.
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Old 09-07-14, 12:40 AM
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They can't feel their electronic shifters with full finger gloves and haven't purchased any touch sensitve ones that would work with their various onboard screens and devices:-)
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I wear them all year long. Nice for wiping sweat off of my eyes and brow; I have a better grip on the hoods with them on; in the old days we said that in a crash they saved your palms.
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Old 09-07-14, 03:06 AM
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can't do without half or full-fingered gloves. forgot my half fingered gloves on a little 2 hr ride around metro san diego a few months back and the backs of my hands were
sunburned beyond belief. been using the chiba brand ones lately and love them. have some full-fingered pearl izumis that have lasted 3 seasons since i use them for maybe 35-40 rides a year.
never been in a crash that involved my hands all that much; it has always been the hips, knees and elbows but assuming the gloves would offer better protection than the rest
of the cycling clothing ensemble. main benefit for me (besides no hand sunburns) has always been the extra padding in the palm/thumb area.
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Old 09-07-14, 04:53 AM
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A few years ago I was surprised to learn that many cyclists never wear gloves. Over the course of the 30+ years I have been riding for fitness, I have never seen a serious cyclist not wearing gloves in Houston. Objecting to them could be a generational thing. It seems to be growing over time.
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Old 09-07-14, 05:12 AM
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I wish my hands didn't get so cold.
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Yep, same here. I get more numbness in the hands with gloves than without them.
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They add weight and drag.
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I wear gloves for the tan lines. Nothing gives you that über-cool street cred like half-fingered glove tanlines.
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Being a jazz guitarist I wear gloves.....protect the hands and full fingered ones for sure.
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i dont get why anyone would not wear gloves all they time for safety reasons
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I wear gloves for crash protection, short fingers in the summer and long fingers in the winter, though I tend to wear pretty thin gloves even in the winter, single layer air permeable fabric down to the low 40s and thin "windstopper" gloves below that. It's very rare that I wear insulated gloves, but I basically never ride below 32F. I only go out and ride at a pretty good clip so am generating plenty of body heat. Similar for my feet in that I'll put toe covers on in the low 40s to cover the vents in my shoes but that's about it. These are usually 1.5- 3hr non-stop rides. Longer or more casual rides may require more insulation.
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A crash last year at 40km/h totally shreaded the palm of my right glove; my head and helmet never touched the pavement. After the crash I was able to get up and continue riding. Without the glove I would certainly have been side-lined for a couple of weeks. Cheap insurance...
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
I wear gloves for the tan lines. Nothing gives you that über-cool street cred like half-fingered glove tanlines.
Totally.
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I understand the reason why people where gloves. I wasn't taking a poll for who does and doesn't. I'm more curious to know how people can ride without gloves when it is colder outside. I would imagine the wind cutting through you fingers would make your hands cold. I know mine do, which make it uncomfortable to ride.
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I need gloves on hot summer day because my palms get sweaty and slippery. When it's cool, I can do without gloves even if I do need arm and knee warmers, as my hands get warm once my body is warm.
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I avoid gloves because that's just more laundry and nobody got time for that.
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My domestique hands me those little disposable handwarmer thingies if and when I need them. Or a towel to dry my hands when sweating.
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I avoid gloves because that's just more laundry and nobody got time for that.
People wash their gloves? Do you wash your helmut too?
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
People wash their gloves? Do you wash your helmut too?
You've never had that experience where you wipe your nose or face on a glove that has a week's worth of sweat built up on it? You get stank all over your face and that's all you smell until you can dial it up to 400 and get some wind in your face. Yuck!
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