How cycling gloves can improve your ride

If you think about it, bike riding gloves are one of the few pieces of cycling gear that make contact with your body as well as the bike. Bike gloves help you to maintain the proper grip on the handlebars when things get sweaty or hot.

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They also help protect your skin in case of a dismount and alleviate numbness and soreness in your hands. Yet just like any other cycling gear, you can’t just grab any pair of gloves, they should fit you perfectly. Cycling gloves are usually disregarded by casual riders but serve many purposes. Gloves are a very important and critical part of your bike clothing gear. Gloves are a permeated tradition on cycling gear.

The common “track mitt” has a light leather padding, cotton back and a Velcro strip to hold in in place around your wrist. Other alternatives include gel padding in the palm area, and stretchy backs so there is no need for a Velcro tab. For the winter time, there are also long finger gloves with various amounts of insulation. Cycling gloves provide many benefits such as vibration retention, improved grip on the handlebars, protection from winter cold and summer sun, and protection in the event of a spillage.

You should always ensure your gloves fit comfortably when gripping onto the handlebars and should feel neither tight or loose under the palm. Padded gloves that are fingerless are the most popular for summer riders.

Mountain bikers prefer palm padding and the fingers covered completely for better protection from trail crashes. Bike gloves are usually divided into two groups, summer, and winter.

Summer gloves are for the warmer season and are mostly used in countries where the climate is warm while winter gloves are mostly used when the temperatures are low. Winter gloves are bulkier as they help protect your hands and keep your fingers from freezing.

This is extremely important as the fingers are used to set in motion the brake system. Summer biking gloves are made of lightweight material and usually include gel inserts on the palm area as this provides a better grip.

The fingers are only half way covered and the elastic fabric helps with the mobility of your hands. The closings of mountain bike gloves are usually being made of Velcro or elastic for both winter and summer gloves.

The designs and colors are most striking. Regardless of the type, when buying, look at the padding on the palm and ensure it’s not too excessive. The padding should have a good cushion but not so much that it will obstruct your grip.

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Key Clothing Items For Aspiring Mountain Bikers

A mountain bike looks different from a road bike, so it would only make sense that the rider would too, right? Though there is no right or wrong bike clothing for mountain cyclists, you’ll enjoy mountain bike riding more if you have the right proper gear.

Protection is also important when riding. You need to ensure you have the proper bike clothing to protect you from hazards of roots, branches, brush, and rocks. Here are some tips to consider when looking for mountain biking gear.

Shorts and padding

Much like other complements, bike clothing shorts for mountain riding offer stretch for better leg movement and a padded crotch to lessen friction and moisture. Most styles of mountain cycling the fit of shorts is not a major concern. Mountain biking shorts include solid fabric and several pockets. Though some fitness cyclists prefer form-fitting shorts for better muscle support.

As for padding, mountain bike shorts are slightly thinner than on the road riding shorts as you tend to sit more upright and your riding position tends to vary between sitting and standing. Most liners on mountain biking shorts can be removed which gives the user the option of buying underwear separately. So, you have the option of choosing the integrated liner or separate cycling underwear is up to the user’s preference.

Mountain bike jerseys

Mountain bike clothing jerseys are not much different from road style jerseys. Though to be wick away sweat, they should be close fitting and of course, long sleeves provide more coverage from branches and brushes. If you are planning to wear a pack you don’t need rear pockets as for pack less rides pockets come very handy for food, tire repair, phone, cash, etc.

Mountain bike gloves

Two major features that distinguish mountain rider gloves and, on the road, cyclists are the padding and finger exposure. Mountain bikes generally have padding on the grips so wearing padded gloves is optional.

For long distance riding, you might opt for increased padding for better comfort. Gloves with no padding are lighter. Cooler, and give better bar feel which is great for steep descents. You also see fewer riders with fingerless gloves as full-fingered gloves is a better choice.

Mountain bike helmets

The style of mountain cycling and riding is a major consideration when choosing a helmet.
Cross country- a helmet with similar coverage as a road helmet that provides good ventilation is a good option.

Trail cycling- As these riders encounter more technical ground that cross-country riders, a helmet with more coverage and protection are a better option.
Downhill and park riding- For these types of riders, maximum coverage which means full face helmet or goggles rather than sunglasses.