March 01, 2016

The Benefits Of Cycling Gloves

Cycling gloves are considered by some to be an optional fashion accessory, solely intended to make cyclists look more like professionals. However, even for casual riders, cycling gloves have benefits that improve the overall riding experience. Along with gloves and eyewear we consider gloves a safety as well as comfort item.

There are three main reasons why cycling gloves should be a part of every cyclist’s gear kit:

1. Protection

The most important aspect of gloves is that they protect and comfort cyclists’ hands. The constant pressure, friction and vibration on palms and fingers can lead to calluses, blisters and general discomfort. The padding and extra protective layer of gloves greatly reduces the chance of skin irritations forming. For very long rides, cyclists can also experience numbness or tingling from the pressure in their wrists. Riders are less likely to experience this with cycling gloves.

Another protective factor of cycling gloves is shock absorption. Bumps in the ground cause energy shocks through the arms and towards the hands, and this is particularly the case with mountain bikers. The padding on cycling gloves absorbs most of the impact so the ride will feel smoother.

Shocks also occur if a cyclist falls off their bike. Even the most professional cyclists fall off their bikes occasionally. Cycling gloves will help absorb the shock and protect the skin from damage when this occurs. Take it from us picking gravel out of your palms and encountering a "surgical scrubbing brush" in a hospital  is best and easily avoided wear gloves!

Increasingly Australian's are concerned about keeping the sun off the backs of their hands (a high exposure and skin cancer area). While few gloves are formally UPF rated all except the mesh backed versions are naturally high sun protection.

2. Grip

Cyclists must grip their hands on the handlebars for a smooth and stable ride, however this can be difficult when hands become sweaty. Fatigue and bumps can also contribute to a lack of grip and increase the chance of falling. The material used in cycling gloves provides a better grip than bare hands and wicks away sweat.

3. Temperature

Different cycling gloves are worn depending on the season. Summer gloves expose the fingers, have thinner, ‘mesh-like’ material and remove sweat quickly. Winter gloves are usually full length gloves with thicker, insulated material to keep hands warm and block the wind. Riding without warm gloves on a winter morning is very challenging!
Besides warmth, protection, and grip, some cycling gloves also include material that can be used for wiping a runny nose or sweat from the forehead, and some now are highly water resistant.  Therefore, for the benefits gloves provide, and the relatively inexpensive cost to purchase them, many cyclists would not be without their good-looking, practical, cycling gloves.




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554 reviews
Good value + good quality. Not as warm as you may expect.

Sizing chart is very accurate, but if in doubt I recommend going up a size. May not be as warm as you expect of a "fleecy" jersey, So I would say that it HAS to be worn over a base layer or under a light weight jacket. It's early days usage wise, but it looks like it is very good quality.

Projel gloves

gloves too small but staff very happy to exchange, very good service and great to be able to talk to staff on phone thanks

mmmmmm cumfy

Wore it the first time today in Perth in 8C over along sleeve jersey.
The first 15 minutes it was toastie warm. After about 20 minutes a slight chill but it was nice as it kept my operating temp even. After 23kms and 51 minutes arrived at work and was surprised at how good I felt. Minimal sweat, good stretch and very comfortable.. Very happy with it.
Overall very happy with the product and service from cycling sports.

Bellwether thermal Capri

True fit, comfortable and flattering style with the best chamois I have experienced! Great now the mornings are cooler.

BBB Men's Quadra thermal longs - Warm legs (no pad)
Great Winter Riding

Great for my winter commute - warm and comfortable