Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Riding without gloves - why?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Riding without gloves - why?

Old 03-15-18, 09:10 PM
  #51  
MikeyMK
Cycleway town
 
MikeyMK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Milton Keynes, England
Posts: 1,402

Bikes: 2.6kw GT LTS e-tandem, 250w Voodoo, 250w solar recumbent trike, 3-speed shopper, Merlin ol/skl mtb, 80cc Ellswick

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 568 Post(s)
Liked 168 Times in 117 Posts
I locked-up the front wheel, on gravel, without mitts, once. Thankfully another rider had a first aid kit.

We're just leaving winter here, now. I'd better start looking for a good pair of fingerless mitts, 'cos i'm fussy. I love my mitts when i've found the right ones.
MikeyMK is offline  
Old 03-16-18, 03:15 PM
  #52  
jefnvk
Senior Member
 
jefnvk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Metro Detroit/AA
Posts: 8,212

Bikes: 2016 Novara Mazama

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3634 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 43 Posts
Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
When I first started riding after a several yearGuess who now wears gloves?

I can understand gloves helping road rash, just not so sure something that's going to cut through an inch of flesh is going to be stopped by a bit of fabric!
jefnvk is offline  
Old 03-16-18, 07:01 PM
  #53  
BikeLite
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 929
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 261 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 33 Posts
That's why I wear steel mesh riding gloves dood...kidding.
BikeLite is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 05:29 AM
  #54  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 4,674

Bikes: Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1418 Post(s)
Liked 702 Times in 360 Posts
One thing is for sure. If the pros start doing it, the masses will follow.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 05:39 AM
  #55  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 4,674

Bikes: Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1418 Post(s)
Liked 702 Times in 360 Posts
Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Maybe because there's no law which says you have to wear gloves while riding?

I supposed Bike Forums would get boring if we didn't have these "Why do people do things I don't do?" threads.
Typical BF MEEEEEOOOOOW kind of response. The OP asked a question without making a value judgement.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 08:30 AM
  #56  
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,627

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1049 Post(s)
Liked 449 Times in 325 Posts
My summer fingerless gloves wore out. Never replaced them. Trained, raced, crashed without them for 15 years or so without problems.

Got a new pair last year. I like being able to wipe sweat, but still ride without them sometimes.

I always wear gloves in cold weather though.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: https://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 08:50 AM
  #57  
buffalo4life
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: buffalo
Posts: 74

Bikes: 86 Trek 330 fixie, 2011 Trek 1.1, POS mb

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
This is an interesting thread. My first year of riding was pretty casual and I didn't wear gloves. The next year I got kitted up and have been wearing gloves for every "real" ride since. I feel naked heading out without something to protect my hands. During mountain biking I wear thin long finger gloves in any temperature. It is hard to believe there could be much aero benifit to going gloveless, but marginal gains and all.
buffalo4life is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 12:40 PM
  #58  
Stadjer
Senior Member
 
Stadjer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Groningen
Posts: 1,237

Bikes: Gazelle rod brakes, Batavus compact, Peugeot hybrid

Mentioned: 65 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3472 Post(s)
Liked 365 Times in 273 Posts
You lose quite a bit of heat through the hands, they are a bit like cooling fins. So I guess they will have to find a balance between how much heat they want to keep and how much they want to lose to the air. So with long sleeves and gloves they might lack a bit of cooling. When it's not freezing it's not really a problem it's just uncomfortable, but these guys like to suffer.
Stadjer is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 01:13 PM
  #59  
Daniel4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,466

Bikes: Sekini 1979 ten speed racer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 933 Post(s)
Liked 162 Times in 112 Posts
Probably in my first decade of riding, I never wore gloves. Didn't really think about it. It was the 1970s. Helmets weren't a big thing back then either nor any of the full kit people get today.

I guess if your handlebars are taped with smooth tape that give cushion, they don't cause any blisters.

But since the late 1980s I bought my first pair of cycling gloves after I joined MEC.
Daniel4 is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 01:22 PM
  #60  
Dave Cutter
Senior Member
 
Dave Cutter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: D'uh... I am a Cutter
Posts: 6,160

Bikes: '17 Access Old Turnpike Gravel bike, '14 Trek 1.1, '13 Cannondale CAAD 10, '98 CAD 2, R300

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1571 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Oh come on. Those guys are racers first... sure. But just as importantly they are cycling billboards. Apparently some teams failed to receive a glove sponsorship. And as a result.... NO GLOVES,
Dave Cutter is offline  
Old 03-17-18, 06:32 PM
  #61  
hazetguy 
I GOT THE MICROWAVE!
 
hazetguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: asheville
Posts: 1,686
Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1237 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,053 Times in 593 Posts
decisions, decisions, decisions.....








hazetguy is online now  
Old 03-17-18, 06:49 PM
  #62  
jefnvk
Senior Member
 
jefnvk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Metro Detroit/AA
Posts: 8,212

Bikes: 2016 Novara Mazama

Mentioned: 63 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3634 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 43 Posts
Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
decisions, decisions, decisions.....
But some of those guys have massive wristwatches and some done. Whom am I to believe?

Seriously I generally wear gloves, but sometimes I forget them. Theyre nice for wiping sweat and glasses (mine have terry cloth on the outside of the thumb) but its really not the end of world if I don't have them.
jefnvk is offline  
Old 03-20-18, 02:03 PM
  #63  
pickettt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 411

Bikes: DiamondBack Podium 7, Focus Raven 1.0, Ritchey BreakAway Cross, (2) Trek 8500, Paramount PDG 90, Trek T2000, Redline Flight Pro 24

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Seriously I generally wear gloves, but sometimes I forget them. Theyre nice for wiping sweat and glasses (mine have terry cloth on the outside of the thumb) but its really not the end of world if I don't have them.


Left thumb for sweat, right thumb for snot....and never the twain shall mix.
pickettt is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 06:36 AM
  #64  
Crewchief911
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Texas
Posts: 115

Bikes: Cannondale SR400

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
Weight and wind resistance.
Just curious...how much of difference can gloves weighing a couple of ounces really make? Will they achieve a measurable gain in time and speed by not wearing them? Not trying to be a smart a**, I'm just having a hard time believing it, and would like to know it it really does.
Crewchief911 is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 06:50 AM
  #65  
Kapusta
Cyclochondriac
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 4,252
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1828 Post(s)
Liked 1,117 Times in 662 Posts
Originally Posted by Crewchief911 View Post
Just curious...how much of difference can gloves weighing a couple of ounces really make? Will they achieve a measurable gain in time and speed by not wearing them? Not trying to be a smart a**, I'm just having a hard time believing it, and would like to know it it really does.
When you consider how much we all know presta valve caps slow you down, and the fact that gloves are many times the weight and wind resistance, this should be a no brainer.

Of course, like valve caps, dimpling can make a big difference, so if you must wear gloves, look for dimpled models.
Kapusta is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 08:06 AM
  #66  
Daniel4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,466

Bikes: Sekini 1979 ten speed racer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 933 Post(s)
Liked 162 Times in 112 Posts
Originally Posted by Crewchief911 View Post
Just curious...how much of difference can gloves weighing a couple of ounces really make? Will they achieve a measurable gain in time and speed by not wearing them? Not trying to be a smart a**, I'm just having a hard time believing it, and would like to know it it really does.
Competitive swimmers shave their legs and body hair due to resistance too.
Daniel4 is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 09:25 AM
  #67  
SHBR
C*pt*i* Obvious
 
SHBR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Shanghai
Posts: 1,337
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 596 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 40 Posts
Maybe its fashionable?

It is hard to understand from a marketing perspective, gloves have a huge markup, far more than most bicycle accessories.

Although from an injury perspective, more things to fix in the ER more $.

More opportunities for medical industrial complex as well.

I'll keep wearing gloves, even to the grocery store.
SHBR is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 09:28 AM
  #68  
bigsky109
Member
 
bigsky109's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Montana
Posts: 45

Bikes: Kestrel Talon w/carbon fiber 88mm wheelset, Trek 820MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Used to ride without gloves, fingerless or not.....Now I ride only with gloves. I sweat and my hands slip without gloves on. I ride Motorcycle too and always were gloves in case of crash....they do save your hands since instinct is to stop fall with hands. The are also great for wiping sweat and snot......yes they should never mix.
bigsky109 is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 10:10 AM
  #69  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 39,872

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 64 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2537 Post(s)
Liked 1,783 Times in 881 Posts
We do bump and fall drills (on grass) with our juniors to try to train out the instinct. It's safer to keep your hands on the bars. If ejected, tuck and roll.
caloso is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 11:04 AM
  #70  
enine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 601
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I haven't found any comfortable gloves. Maybe its from only trying some from big box *mart stores but every pair wife or I tried would make our fingers go numb after a while.
enine is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 11:13 AM
  #71  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 39,872

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 64 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2537 Post(s)
Liked 1,783 Times in 881 Posts
Originally Posted by enine View Post
I haven't found any comfortable gloves. Maybe its from only trying some from big box *mart stores but every pair wife or I tried would make our fingers go numb after a while.
I have found that gloves with padding make my hands go numb, so I will only wear unpadded ones. They still make my hands numb, but it takes longer.
caloso is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 12:42 PM
  #72  
Hypno Toad
meh
Thread Starter
 
Hypno Toad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Hopkins, MN
Posts: 4,242

Bikes: N+1; 17 Breezer Radar Pro; 15 Surly Pugsley; 13 Felt Z85; 11 Globe Daily; 09 Kona Dew Drop; 96 Mondonico

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 892 Post(s)
Liked 456 Times in 267 Posts
Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I have found that gloves with padding make my hands go numb, so I will only wear unpadded ones. They still make my hands numb, but it takes longer.
Same here.
Hypno Toad is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 12:56 PM
  #73  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 9,363

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 102 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2775 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,262 Times in 862 Posts
Originally Posted by caloso View Post
We do bump and fall drills (on grass) with our juniors to try to train out the instinct. It's safer to keep your hands on the bars. If ejected, tuck and roll.
Yup. My mantra when I raced, "don't let go of the bars until after I hit the ground". I raced it the days of toe-straps. Tucking and rolling was awkward at best. Not being a gymnast, I just accepted that skin lost related to fewer bones broken. And the more skin lost, the shallower each wound and faster heal.

Ben
79pmooney is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 01:38 PM
  #74  
Stratocaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: PA
Posts: 702

Bikes: 2015 CAAD 10; 2016 Felt Z85

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 156 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Because they prefer to for whatever reason.

While asking why questions, mine would be why would anybody who's made his own personal decision about something as trivial as gloves care why someone else opts to do it differently.

And so my question would be if someone decides to ask an honest question why would anybody who's made his own personal decision about asking honest questions care why someone else opts to do it differently?
Stratocaster is offline  
Old 03-21-18, 03:01 PM
  #75  
FBinNY 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Posts: 35,964

Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter

Mentioned: 124 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4362 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 24 Times in 23 Posts
Originally Posted by Stratocaster View Post
And so my question would be if someone decides to ask an honest question why would anybody who's made his own personal decision about asking honest questions care why someone else opts to do it differently?
Asked and answered.

See post no. 34, then the conversation in posts 35-39, and again in 44 & 45.
__________________
FB
Chain-L site

An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
FBinNY is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.