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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/11/08 10:51 P

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Update on the gloves .... she liked them both and can not decide. She asked which one was cheapest and I said never mind;-)

I have not told her about the gel type yet but may.

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5/9/08 8:42 P

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i like the gel in my gloves, i think it takes out some of the vibration from the road. i would like gel tape on my handle bars, my boyfriend has it, he likes it.

if she exchanges them, try to have her think about how she holds her bars and where the pressure is. i have some gloves with 2 pads, which i thought would be good to protect my carpel space, by keeping the pressure off the wrist, i have another pair that has gel just on the palm side away from my thumb, that reduces the vibration and gives my some padding when i am resting my hands on the brake hoods.




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5/9/08 6:00 P

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For the fingerless gloves, I just get what’s on sale and fits. I usually wear out a pair of gloves every year. I have several pairs since they MUST match my outfit! Gel or no gel makes no difference to me. It’s the fit that is important to me. I have large hands, for a woman, so I usually get men’s gloves. The women’s XL do fit but not all shop carry that size.

Full finger gloves are another issue. When the temperature drops I have to keep my hand warm. They really have to be wind-blocker gloves, as they all claim to be.

I do use the terry thumb part to wipe my nose after doing my one finger/one nostril blow. I wear a great beanie under my helmet for the sweat. The beanie has a mesh top so it comfortable in hot weather. In cold weather I pull it down over my ears. It’s amazing to me that this same beanie, with the mesh top, keeps my head warm in cold weather. And I have these beanies in different colors, also to match my overall outfit!


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5/9/08 5:57 P

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Gel in the gloves not only provides padding for the palm, but reduces road vibration. I think gel reduces hand fatigue on long rides. I also have gel padding in my bike shorts. I know gel is better there!

Another reason for gloves is protection. Most people going down will extend their hand to cushion the fall. It's a instinctive reaction. I crashed going 24 mph and, among other things, I ripped the leather palms of one glove, not at the seam. Thing what would have happened to my hand if I'd not had gloves on, think hamburger.

Always ride with gloves.

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5/9/08 3:45 P

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My gloves have a bit of gel in them and I prefer it because I tend to lean forward at times as it helps reduce the pressure on my hands.

Another option with getting non-gel gloves is that you can always add extra tape to the bars for extra cushion. It was time to buy new tape for my bars and my LBS wrapped them for me. He left my existing tape in place and wrapped the new over the top. What a difference!!! It absorbs a lot more of the vibration from the road and I now have a better grip on my bars.

Just a thought....

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/9/08 12:50 P

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Jules

That is why I asked the LBS about their return policy, who I was purchasing it for, and for what occassion. She said no problem. She offered a gift certificate but my wife is not into those. I do anticipate me having to return them;-)

Jim

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5/9/08 12:47 P

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My vote is you get what you pay for, and you need to know what you want for yourself. I think your gesture of getting her gloves is great. I hope she likes them, but please don't be offended if she wants to try a different type of glove?

Gloves are there to give comfort while you're (not supposed to be) leaning on the handle bars, and to protect your palms in case you do hit the dirt/road. Do you notice the little cloth part by your thumb? The material that's different from the rest of the back of the glove? Someone told me it's to wipe sweat out of your eyes, someone else told me it's to wipe your nose. Whatever, you decide.

Way to go thinking ahead to Mother's Day!

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5/9/08 12:03 P

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Those are the same sizes I tried on. As far as comfort and performance, it's all about what feels good for her. My husband's gloves have lots of thick gel and he loves it and goes on long rides. For me it was too much so she'll have to see what feels good and no matter the cost if it doesn't feel good she won't wear it or she won't ride for as long. You want to avoid blisters from poor gloves.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/9/08 11:32 A

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Zola

I ended up buying a women's large and a men's medium to see which she preferred.???

I wanted to let her know about the gel gloves but if there is not that much more comfort or performance over the regular padded gloves why fork out the extra money???

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ZOLA_NATALIE's Photo ZOLA_NATALIE Posts: 1,512
5/9/08 11:27 A

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I just bought some gloves for myself. My husband's gloves have lots of gel padding. Mine don't have as much because I have smaller hands the 1/2 cm of padding made it so I couldn't reach the break lever. I tried on 15 pairs of gloves and they have some gel on the outer part of the palm while the rest is regular padding. I also decided on full fingered gloves as it is cold here. I may pick up a summer glove though when it warms up. Anyway, it's a matter of preference and comfort level. Also, if they don't fit right, have her try on gloves at the shop and don't limit it to women's gloves. The men's medium ended up fitting better for me.

Good luck!

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/9/08 11:14 A

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I was at my LBS picking up my bike from its tune up. My wife wanted a black pair of cycling gloves and since Mother's Day is around the corner. I bought 2 types and they were reduced in price and I was able to get my bike club discount to boot.

But I bought the standard type glove ..... there were some gel gloves.

My question is: Are the gel gloves all that much better then the regular padded gloves? They were higher in price but is there that much difference in comfort???

Pls advise

Thanks

Jim

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