Bicycle Gloves from Pearl Izumi, Bellwether, Fox, Salsa, Castelli, Louis Garneau and more. We have a huge selection of bike gloves! Bike gloves are used to provide extra grip while cycling, to pad against vibration and shock transmitted through the fork, and often to keep the hands warm, which is particularly necessary when cycling in cold weather. The design of most types of bicycles is such that the rider's hands remain on the handlebars while cycling, which leaves them exposed to the weather. The hands are also relatively inactive, and do not have a great deal of muscle mass, which also contributes to the possibility of chill. Bicycle gloves are thus vital for insulating the hands from cold, wind, and evaporative cooling during riding. Cycling places a fair amount of stress on the hands, in the form of prolonged pressure against handlebars whether on the hoods or in the drops. The severity of discomfort can be relieved somewhat by changing riding position, but some degree of discomfort is likely while riding an upright bicycle. Choice of weight distribution between the saddle and handlebars is a setup factor. Padded bicycle gloves or handlebar grips are therefore helpful to increase comfort for most types of bike riding. Excess padding in bicycle gloves, though, can lead to other problems. Normally the hands will rest on the bones in the heel of the hand - too much padding will tend to press on the soft tissues between these and can compress the nerves in the hands, causing something akin to carpal tunnel syndrome. Putting a hand out to break a fall is a natural reaction. However, the hands are one of the more difficult parts of the body to repair. There is little or no spare skin, and immobilising the hands sufficiently to promote healing involves significant inconvenience to the patient. So, many cyclists choose to wear gloves all year round to help avoid skin damage in a fall. Types of gloves: * Fingerless cycling gloves, also known as track mitts. These have a lightly padded palm of leather (natural or synthetic), gel or other material. Historically track mitts were string-backed but now are almost always made of a man-made textile containing elastane. Leather-palmed track mitts and cork handlebar tape are widely reckoned to work well for drop-bar touring bikes. * Windproof or waterproof full-finger gloves are useful in spring and autumn, when real warmth is not an issue. The Gore Windstopper brand is a well-known one. These are also generally showerproof but will become soggy in heavy rain. Palms may be treated to improve friction with brake levers. * Winter gloves tend to be bulkier, perhaps being made in two parts, inner and outer, so that the inner can be washed. They will tend to have longer cuffs, to tuck into jackets and avoid the wrists being chilled, a waterproof exterior and a layer of insulation between that and the liner or inner glove. * Mittens are good in extreme cold as they allow a single pocket of warm air to form around the fingers. They make use of brakes somewhat awkward. Some riders use a thin inner glove and a skiing mitten over the top when riding in sub-zero (Celsius) temperatures. * Lobster-claw gloves are a relatively recent innovation, halfway between glove and mitten. Two fingers are placed in each of two wide fingers, giving much of the advantage of mittens but making use of brake levers much easier. * Mountain biking has evolved to the point where they have their own style of safety gear. This would include a cycling glove designed for the hazards of off road riding. These cycling gloves now have far more padding to lessen shock absorption and increase overall comfort. This, along with their carbon fiber protective plating and full grained leather palms, provide a glove designed specifically for extreme biking. Bicycle gloves should fit snugly but not be tight. Pay particular attention to the length of the fingers as the fingertips can become very cold if the glove's fingers are not long enough. Ideally the glove should be loose on the fingers and fit comfortably around the palm. A tight glove will tend to restrict blood flow and make the hand cold. In very cold weather it is often advisable to follow the skier's practice of thin inner gloves and outer padded waterproof mittens. Silk inner gloves are exceptionally warm and can usually be sourced from mountaineering and other outdoor sports shops. Sweat from hands can make bicycle gloves become unpleasant quickly, so it is best to store them so that air can circulate inside if at all possible (for example on a radiator). After a wet or hard ride it may be best to turn them inside-out to dry. Leather gloves can be washed in cool water and are reportedly best dried out on the hands. Buffering material should be added to position around thumb and palm, this kind of designing can weaken shock transfer from bumpy road through bicycle handle. It is inescapable to fall off when cycling, so strengthening layer or material round the gloves palm part can effectly protect your palm from hurt in that case.