Gloves are not just for comfort or to prevent shock. I use them always and if you crash (God help us) they might save some skin. I also use them to run over my tire if I go over some glass, it won't allow the glass to get imbedded to far. The leather will grab the glass and pull it out, don't do this with your hands.
Gloves are great for snot and sweat.
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Fitness Minutes: (110,695) Posts: 3,132 9/11/11 10:06 A
lol.. my hands are small enough they fit in large kids size gloves..ther eis no padding.. and it's just glove surface to prevent road rash should i crash.. I agree with padded taping of the handle bars.. i only wear the gloves when it's hot out and my hands are sweaty. ;)
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Fitness Minutes: (14,408) Posts: 464 9/10/11 11:50 P
I tried a few different types of gloves and didn't like any of them (the gel ones were the worst).
I tried all of the gloves trying to eliminate hand pain I was having and they were not the solution.
What I finally did that worked was a three step approach to wrapping the bars. 1. Gel type stuff on the bar tops themselves. 2. Wrapped the bars just before and after the hoods with cork bar tape. 3. Finished by wrapping the entire bars with cork tape. This provided a very soft wide surface to rest my hands on. The pressure on my hands is spread out over a wider area.
I also installed wider bars. The stock bars were 42 cm and I went to 44 cm wide (I wish I had gone wider with 46's). This took a loft of pressure off my wrists and put them in a more natural position with less of a bend.
The members of this community helped me work through this process... and trust me... it was a process. There's a lot of good advice given here.
Now I only wear gloves when its really cold, and I wear an old pair of barely padded Pearl Izumi's.
Edited by: TOPAHI at: 9/10/2011 (23:52)
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I'm not sure my gloves help with padding either. I ride on the brake hoods a lot and what I don't like is thick lumpy seams at the thumb joint. (Gives me blisters) I don't know about how gloves would help carpal tunnel... I wear mine to prevent road or trail rash on crashing. (Haven't crashed lately; knock on wood, but it's always a matter of "when" I crash next; not "if" I crash.)
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There is no best. It's best for you. I pretty much hate all the new gloves, they are either gel (hate gel in the glove), or really thin/thick padding where you don't need it.
I use older pearl izumi gloves with no gel, the do have padding that is very even. It doesn't feel like you have a jelly bean under the palm of your hand. I have some Specialized gloves but don't like the gel.
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Fitness Minutes: (121,977) Posts: 3,694 9/10/11 1:25 P
I think I have the beginnings of carpal tunnel and would appreciate advice on the best short finger glove out there. Thanks!
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