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At what temp do you start wearing gloves for thermal reasons?

Old 09-27-18, 01:08 PM
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At what temp do you start wearing gloves for thermal reasons?

about a week ago took a dark ride after work w/ falling temps in the 60s wearing 2 thin long sleeve layers, thin gloves & shorts. probably would have been fine w/o the gloves cuz it was a short ride
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Usually at 50 degrees or below.

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about a week ago took a dark ride after work w/ falling temps in the 60s wearing 2 thin long sleeve layers, thin gloves & shorts. probably would have been fine w/o the gloves cuz it was a short ride
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Old 09-27-18, 03:22 PM
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Probably about the same, below 50 F. At 60 degrees gloves are definitely not required for thermal reasons (though I always wear some gloves for comfort and safety reasons).
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Old 09-27-18, 10:05 PM
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Meh...somewhere around 40F, though perhaps a bit warmer if it's raining.

Descending is the main time that my hands get chilled, but that is usually preceded by a climb, which heats up my hands pretty well. Also, I run warm.
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In the 40s. I wear the exact same stuff whether it's 50 or 100. I have all kinds of neat cold weather stuff, and don't really get to use it. Last winter I got to wear my bib tights 10 times.

btw, temps in the 60s? I WISH. Our overnight lows aren't even below 60 yet.
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When I was up in Pismo Beach on Monday it was cold and foggy. Temp about 52, so with the fog I started out with my full finger gloves. Very happy to have them along. I did the See Canyon climb with them still on, didnt change gloves till I got to Prefumo Canyon.
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In the low 40s F. I too run warm, and I wear full-finger unlined leather gloves all the time when I'm riding anyway. Once it gets down near 40F I'll switch to insulated gloves.
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Upper 50s as my fingers are the first to go making my ride very unpleasant. Now that you mention it, I should point out that temperature alone is such a misleading reference since how it affects us varies with both humidity and wind speed. For example, the higher the humidity, the less discomfort I experience from a drop in temp.
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Old 09-28-18, 07:24 AM
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Anything below 50.
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Sometimes I wear (summer) gloves for comfort and protection, but I guess mainly for wind protection.
I guess below 40F makes me grab semi-winter or winter gloves.

Still looking for a matching right glove to the lefty I found last year though ;-)
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Old 09-28-18, 04:32 PM
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low 50s
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Old 09-28-18, 05:24 PM
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That would nice if I could have bare fingers down to 50F. I need a bit heavier layering than some of the riders report here on BF (but less than some of my other group riders). Perhaps harder effort rides with little easing puts out enough body heat that layers aren't wanted?


My fingers get cold easily. I do adapt a little as the winter continues, tolerating lower temperatures. And my fingers warm up somewhat after 30-45 minutes into the ride.

62F or higher: fingerless gloves as usual.

55F to 65F during the ride: REI glove liners under fingerless gloves. These are very thin, but that's enough to warm my fingers. It blocks enough of the wind. These aren't too hot even close to 70F, but are also easy to remove and stash in a back pocket. I use these liners a lot!

50F to 60F: windblocking fleece gloves. These breathe well, but are warm.

40F to 55F: oversized goretex shell gloves. these are thin, with a slight fleece lining, but wind and water proof. I add various liner gloves as needed -- I have thin liners and medium liners, and can wear both if needed, or just the shell gloves if it's warmer.

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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post

btw, temps in the 60s? I WISH. Our overnight lows aren't even below 60 yet.
I just moved all the indoor plants in the house. We also moved back the start time of tomorrow's ride from 7:30 to 9AM so as to hopefully make it up to 40F by the time we get rolling.

I can't say I'm jealous, though. Cold weather is good sleeping weather.
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Originally Posted by kranexl View Post
upper 50s as my fingers are the first to go making my ride very unpleasant. Now that you mention it, i should point out that temperature alone is such a misleading reference since how it affects us varies with both humidity and wind speed. For example, the higher the humidity, the less discomfort i experience from a drop in temp.
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Old 09-29-18, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I just moved all the indoor plants in the house..
Ugh we have enormous palm plants I do the same with just one up to our Daughter in VT but still have the rest to dig up and lift in giant heavy pots this summer has been an exception growing season so they are bigger than ever
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Old 09-29-18, 09:11 AM
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I don't use temps as an indication to wear gloves, I put my insulating gloves on when my hands start to feel cold.
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Old 09-29-18, 06:41 PM
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47f, drizzle, 10mph wind. Thought about the full fingers but went with the summer gloves. Glad I did, but I have warm hands plus I was slightly overdressed, but not by much with my moderate effort. Just an hour tooling on gravel. I'd say 40f and I'll throw on the full fingers, but I'll be sweaty.

Oh, saw some deer!
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At 60F and above, it's half-finger cycling gloves. I will start wearing full-finger cycling gloves below that. Below 45F, I replace those gloves with thicker Fall gloves. Below 37F, I then switch those gloves for Winter gloves. Hopefully, there are many weeks left before I switch to those gloves.
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50-60. There's about a 10 degree range where I'm more likely to wear gloves on a shorter ride than a longer one, because on a longer ride everything including my hands warms up after about 15 minutes. I wear a pair of north face windproof fleece gloves between 60f-15f. I have some warmer goretex insulated gloves I can wear below that though honestly I don't really ride below those temps.
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I do remember that from last year. my hands & fingers warm up after about 30 minutes. at least, while wearing gloves

toes on the other hand, for me, never warm up
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Originally Posted by Oso Polar View Post
Probably about the same, below 50 F. At 60 degrees gloves are definitely not required for thermal reasons (though I always wear some gloves for comfort and safety reasons).

This is a great post. I agree, I wear thin Profila gloves in temps sometimes up to 70, but for comfort, not warmth. They have padding that can absorb shock on choppy road or offroad. I wear padded Pearl Izumi winter gloves for temps 32F - 0F.
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I see gloves (mittens when it's really cold) as part of the big picture. How warm a glove I wear is related to how warmly I dress overall relative to the starting and expected temperatures I am going to ride. How much climbing also factors in as some of my warmer gloves do far better than others for hard climbing. My hands run cold so I have to factor that in.

I love full fingered unlined MTB gloves for serious climbing and wear them over a wide range of temps, from 80F to mid 40s. For me. the toughest judgement calls come in the low 40s to low 30s range when sweated up gloves can be very cold; Chopper mitts and liner mittens often are my choice because of the versatility. (Inner mittens out up to 70F+ works really well and in down to the low 20s. I used that combo below 0F when I was a young stud for a 12 mile commute.)

Aside - there is a real plus to riding bikes that operate well with mittens in really cold weather. Yet another reason fix gears (with good brakes) rule in winter.

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Originally Posted by Oso Polar View Post
Probably about the same, below 50 F. At 60 degrees gloves are definitely not required for thermal reasons (though I always wear some gloves for comfort and safety reasons).
I would have expected a much lower temperature given your screen name.

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0C/32F and sometimes switching a bit below or a bit above. Paradoxically there is for me a tendency to stick with whatever attire was used earlier, i.e. push down riding w/o gloves or up in gloves. I keep no metal surfaces around grips that could be touched by bare hands in the cold.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
about a week ago took a dark ride after work w/ falling temps in the 60s wearing 2 thin long sleeve layers, thin gloves & shorts. probably would have been fine w/o the gloves cuz it was a short ride
I have Reynaud's (poor circulation in hands) and I live in Calgary, so... I wear gloves for thermal reasons more often than not, year round!

I use layers on my hands the same way I do on my body: thin merino wool liner gloves, under a softshell (windproof and water resistant) glove in +5C down to -5C, or a polar fleece lined softshell mitten when it's colder than -5C. Under-15C I steal a pair of electrically heated gloves from a friend
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