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Should my cycling gloves match my bike or my kit?

Old 04-05-16, 07:39 PM
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I'm in Florida. It is unseasonably hot ALL year and it is humid. I can't imagine wearing gloves... although, it would cut down the need for sunblock on my hands.

That said, I think if you're the sort of person to have a kit, your kit should probably match your bike, and that would make your question moot. ;-)

And that said, I wear regular clothes when biking. I'm a bit old fashioned like that. I say wear what you like. I do think reflective gloves is an excellent suggestion, though. Do that.
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Old 04-05-16, 08:42 PM
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Wow! We are on to the third page about glove colors! For me, gloves are all about comfort (before, during and after crashes). I spend very little time looking at my hands when riding. And a wise person once told me that it was none of my d*** business what was going on between someone else's. My guess as to their perception has nothing to do with my choice of glove colors.

That said, most of my gloves are black though a long fingered brown MTB glove is one of my favorites. Really bright colors would make sense as they would be easier for motorists to see when signalling a turn. But black and brown are the best for road grime, an integral part of the life of a cycling glove.

Oh, and I have a small superstition re: expensive gloves. Gloves are ruined in most crashes. Paying a lot for them is asking Murphy to get involved.

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Old 04-05-16, 10:16 PM
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Reflective material is useful for hand signals if you ride at night.

I've never given any thought to the appearance of cycling gloves because their purpose(to me) is to serve as crash pads to be abraded on the road rather than having my flesh flayed off.
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Old 04-05-16, 10:36 PM
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The nice thing about inexpensive synthetic work gloves is that they can be thrown in the wash when dirty.
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Old 04-05-16, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by IndianaRecRider View Post
Now that there is funny!!

Anyone's small hands ---- will be even smaller: if such a person be the type who bites his/her own fingernails. Add that assures of no snagging to the material.
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Old 04-06-16, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer View Post
I'm in Florida. It is unseasonably hot ALL year and it is humid. I can't imagine wearing gloves...
I could be mistaken but I think gloves (like the vented 1/2 finger type) might help in this situation. I know that when I'm wearing my vented gloves, it helps with grip of sweaty skin on the bars. When I ride and forget my gloves, there is a noticeable difference in grip quality and the sweatier my hands are , the more compromised my grip becomes (without gloves).
I guess it all boils down to personal preference.
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Old 04-06-16, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by dragoonO1 View Post
... because their purpose(to me) is to serve as crash pads to be abraded on the road rather than having my flesh flayed off.
Mine as well.
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Old 04-06-16, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer View Post
I'm in Florida. It is unseasonably hot ALL year and it is humid.
It's impossible for weather to always be "unseasonably hot."
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Old 04-06-16, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Stratocaster View Post
I tend to like when my kit, bike, helmet are color coordinated.
Oddly, I seem to be the only one - judging by the group rides I've been on so far.
Some of these people will wear seemingly any and all colors!
I'm with you on that one. My bike, clothes, helmet, shoes, and gloves all match. However, it's not like a full kit of one brand, all designed to be coordinated, just the same colour schemes. I tend to stick to black gloves.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Mine as well.
+2. They also provide more grip during rainy rides AND they make good snot rags.
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Old 04-06-16, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
Black work gloves with high-viz backs, and reflective material. Helps make signals viable in the dark, and rain.


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No need to match exactly, but avoid terrible mismatching IMO.
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Old 04-06-16, 08:19 AM
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Worrying about something like this is at number 943 on my list of what to worry about.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Worrying about something like this is at number 943 on my list of what to worry about.
That high?

As far as I'm concerned, this entire thread is out of place. It belongs on some kind of fashion forum rather than here.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
It's impossible for weather to always be "unseasonably hot."
It's hyperbole. ;-) It's my way of saying it's hotter than it reasonably should be all year.

Oh, sure we get a few weeks of tolerably cool weather here and there in December and January, but it tends to be punctuated with with what could pass as summer weather in other parts of the country.
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gee let me think about this, I can't decide, maybe if we knew what color underwear you wear we might be able to color coordinate your gloves.
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I take pride in the fact that my jersey doesn't match my bike and my gloves don't match my jersey.
I will admit I do have a Syracuse jersey that I wear tall argyle Syracuse socks with on some t-shirt rides because it's fun. But it still doesn't match my bike or my glvoes.
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Originally Posted by techsensei View Post
I used to be the clothing buyer for a chain of bike shops. I vote for multiple matching kit.
I used to be a buyer at Walmart.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
gee let me think about this, I can't decide, maybe if we knew what color underwear you wear we might be able to color coordinate your gloves.
The real question is do you try to match the colour of your chamois?
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
gee let me think about this, I can't decide, maybe if we knew what color underwear you wear we might be able to color coordinate your gloves.
Guess I should be buying flesh colored gloves.
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Old 04-06-16, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ltxi View Post
Guess I should be buying flesh colored gloves.
If he's that anal about his gloves he probably wears underwear under his cycling shorts.
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I don't understand why people have only one pair of gloves. You probably have a few sets of shorts, a few jerseys, a few socks. I wash my gloves almost as much as I wash my other stuff, so have 3 pair in circulation. One pair is go-with-anything black, one is go-with-anything white (crochet) and one is red... which I only wear with my red jersey and red and white socks, and the bike with red handlebar tape. Or not.

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The nice thing about inexpensive synthetic work gloves is that they can be thrown in the wash when dirty.
Nah. Every cycling glove in the world can be washed in the washing machine without consequences. I don't know why anyone would think they're fragile in any way. They probably are made of the same sort of synthetic materials as your work gloves (which btw - I agree are excellent substitutes, especially for cold weather). Seriously, you'd wear gloves without washing them? I'm no germ prude, but cycling gloves get disgustingly filthy - hell, look at your bar tape sometime (unless it's black, in which case, don't bother).

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Old 04-07-16, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by dragoonO1 View Post
Reflective material is useful for hand signals if you ride at night.

I've never given any thought to the appearance of cycling gloves because their purpose(to me) is to serve as crash pads to be abraded on the road rather than having my flesh flayed off.
Alright. I'm sold.

I hadn't thought about that angle because I haven't fallen off of a bike since 1991.

My gloves will not match my bike, and I don't have a kit. So there.
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I thought everyone had a multiple matching kits for every bike. I guess I am not normal.
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