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Get To Grips With Your Cycle Gloves
Most cyclists would agree that your gloves are just as important as any other aspect of cycle clothing; they aren't worn just for comfort, but also protection. So what should you be aware of when purchasing gloves for cycling? Well one of the main factors is comfort and support; cyclists should be ensure that the gloves feel snug and comfortable whilst still allowing for a firm grip to be made on the bike grips. It is also important to ensure they have a gel based padding which will help absorb the jolts and shocks when riding, and may otherwise be transferred to your elbows and shoulders - not the nicest feeling.
Something else worth noting is to ensure that the cycling gloves have a fleece lining on the back of the thumb, this helps you wipe your nose when riding; a great inconvenience if you need to stop when you’re in motion. If you feel your hands get too heated when wearing gloves for cycling then the way forward may be to purchase the fingerless variety. You will then have the benefit of padding without your hands getting too hot. These are ideal for road cyclists however downhill cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts may want to invest in the full finger variety. These will offer protection from the debris the rocky terrain can throw at you, as well as offering warmth and comfort in the colder climates. However some brands on the market do allow for cooling during the hot summer months, such as the “Planet Bike” Orion Full Finger Cycling Gloves.
Generally there are different gloves for the different seasons, so a visit to your local cycle shop will be able to advise you on what would suit you best. There are all season gloves on the market, for example the “Sealskinz” All Season High-Viz Cycling Gloves, but as these are full finger, some cyclists may still find them too hot for the summer periods. The best way to see if a certain brand of gloves is for you is too simply try them on, this in itself will give you a hint as to whether they will benefit you and your cycling.
Another recent addition to the cycle glove family is the “Lobster Glove”, acting as half glove, half mitten hybrid. These function by placing two fingers in each of the two slots, which in turn allows some dexterity in the use of the bicycles brakes.