Choosing the correct pair of gloves is critical to enjoying a comfortable ride. They help in absorbing sweat and in eliminating road vibration. When chosen right they will fit you right, provide great comfort and look aesthetically appealing. Read through to understand the parameters we consider while choosing the right pair of gloves.
ANATOMY OF A GLOVE
• Uppers: This is the topmost part of the glove. The material here is often thick to provide protection from wind and weather and add some form and rigidity to the gloves.
• Palm: Cycling gloves have thicker palms made from leather or synthetic leather for grip on the handlebars. The palm is also the part of the glove that has the most amount of padding (usually). This depends on the type of gloves and what they’re intended for.
Road gloves typically have padding here and towards the center of the palm. MTB gloves have better overall padding that is thicker and made of a more heavy, robust material to take the abuses of everyday trail riding.
• Fingers: ‘Full-finger’ gloves cover the entire finger while fingerless gloves are often described as ‘mitts’. The former offers more warmth and protection for or trail/gravity riding, the latter is a popular summer choice for cyclists that still want the grip and palm protection of a glove.
• Cuffs: This is the part of the glove that goes around your wrist. It needs to be snug and comfortable – too tight and it will restrict circulation, too loose and the glove won’t feel like a snug fit. Cuffs should ideally be adjustable (by means of a Velcro fastener) so they don’t flap or chafe.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Gloves are generally categorized into two types Full finger and Half-finger. Full finger gloves prevent thorns from cutting through your forefingers, hence they are a great choice if you riding single-track trail.
On the other hand, If you are riding on the road / in humid conditions, half finger gloves are always recommended because of their breathability and they allow you to feel your brake lever.
We recommend full finger if you are a mountain biker whereas half finger gloves are recommended if you riding inside city limits and if you an aspiring road biker
Choose a pair that feels comfortable i.e. sufficient mobility in your palm, not feel heavy and which gives a snug fit. Majority of the gloves are made up of synthetic leather on the palms and spandex on the top.
It is important for the material to be breathable and flexible allowing for sweat absorption and easy mobility, respectively. If you are riding in the rainy conditions you should opt for waterproof gloves.
Padding is another important thing to consider. It helps in absorbing road vibration which enhances your ride comfort on long rides. Generally, padding is of two types: foam and gel.
The foam allows better connect to the bike’s handlebar because of minimal padding. Gel, on the other hand, is heavily padded, providing greater protection from intense surface vibration. Choose a form glove if you riding on road & gel gloves if you are riding the trails.
Choosing the right size is key to comfort. The glove will only do its job when it fits well. Follow the below 4 steps to get your size right
- Measure the circumference of your palm, making sure you measure the widest part of your palm (below your knuckles). Note to exclude your thumb in this step
- Take the measurement from the tip of the middle finger to the end of the palm
- Use the largest of the above two measurements’ to narrow down to the correct size
- Finally, use the chosen measurement to compare it with the sizing chart of the brand
There you go. Owning a pair of cycling gloves are essential. We are confident that by following the above tips you will walk halfway onto getting the right pair of gloves. Wish you happy cycling!
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I never stopped riding my bike! It all started with me cycling to school. It then became my tool of choice to stay fit, which seeded my passion for long distance cycling. I love the simplicity of cycling as it makes you an integral part of the elements (Rain, Cold, Heat, Climbs, Descends) which in turn makes you value every pedal stroke!
Working as a Bike Specialist allows me to spend my entire day with bicycles and working with other like-minded people.
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DREAM BIKE: S-Works Tarmac
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