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.
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.