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Bicycle Gloves | Ride safely

Updated on July 6, 2011

Hand protection - Your hands will thank you someday!

Anyone who knows how to ride a bicycle should also know that`s almost impossible not to fall eventually sometime... I did, several times so far!

And every time there`s a bicycle accident or fall it`s almost certain our hands will pay a price. My hands already had some moments... with and without wearing bicycle gloves. So I can attest the importance of good hand protection.

My experience shows me that it isn`t easy to make a definite choice when talking about bicycle gloves. I have used full fingers, half fingers` gloves... I even used to wear no gloves at all. And the last ones are those who protect my hands the least... or even truer - no gloves means no protection at all for your hands!

After a couple of crashes without wearing gloves I decided my hands didn`t deserve such bad treatment. So I started to wear them almost every time I ride... almost, because there`re a few situations when I still leave my gloves at home. And that earned my some scars on both hands along the way.

Cycling gloves also fulfill two other functions: warmth and comfort. And if you ride longer distances you know what I`m talking about.

If you`re one of those who don`t like the suntan left by any kind of gloves... then here you can always find a great gift for someone special! Perhaps your riding mate!

Good bicycle gloves can save your hands!

Photo by richardmasoner @
Photo by richardmasoner @

Full-fingered bicycle gloves

Some say they`re to hot or that they don`t allow full movement of the fingers... it`s all true, but if you want to keep the skin of your handsĀ and fingers intact, then this are the kind of gloves you`re looking for.

There are several types of full-fingered bicycle gloves and your choice must be made depending on the type of use you`ll give them. There`re some light ones made out of lighter and cool materials which make them very good for long rides on warmer weather. If you live in colder countries then you should go for the more impermeable andĀ thick to protect your hands from rain and cold.

If you`re a more extreme and radical rider then you must find some bicycle gloves that will protect all your hand`s bones. These ones come with rigid armored surface to protect your hands` skin and bones whenever you crash.

Photo by timtak @
Photo by timtak @

Half-fingered bicycle gloves

Fingerless gloves are often padded in the palm area to provide protection to the hand. Having your fingers exposed allows you to ride safely without interfere with sensation or gripping.

In contrast to traditional gloves, often worn for warmth, fingerless gloves will often have a ventilated back to allow the hands to cool down. This makes them ideal for warmer climates.

If you don`t want to brake a nail or leave your fingerprints everywhere you touch... perhaps there aren`t the gloves you`re looking for.

Half-finger cycling gloves

Even bicycle mechanics should always wear gloves!

As you can see (click to see full-size image) I am not wearing gloves... but I should because those oils and grease are not good for my skin.
As you can see (click to see full-size image) I am not wearing gloves... but I should because those oils and grease are not good for my skin. | Source
Park Tool PT-06 Nitrile Mechanic's Gloves
Park Tool PT-06 Nitrile Mechanic's Gloves

MG-1 Nitrile Gloves keep hands free of grime and protected from potentially harmful chemicals and solvents. MG-1 Nitrile Gloves are thin enough to maintain finger dexterity, yet tough enough to resist snags. They provide superior fit, are easy to slip on and off, and can even be re-used. Sizes M, L, and XL. Box of 100.


Even when we`re not riding gloves can be very useful

That`s right even when you`re at home doing some repair on your bike, gloves can be very helpful protecting your hands and fingers. Of course this time what we need are a pair of rubber mechanic`s gloves.

Not only they protect from scratches against sharp edges but they also create a shield against oils and grease used while assembling your bicycle or doing some maintenance.

Our skin doesn`t like to be in direct contact with such chemical substances which can cause skin problems in the future.

So if you do your bicycle`s maintenance yourself you should consider getting some type of rubber gloves to avoid injuries as well as prevent contacting your hands with harmful petroleum based products used in bicycle mechanics.


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    • prasetio30 profile image


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You are the master of biking. Thanks for share with us. I love riding bike as well. But I did this in my leisure time. Well done and vote up!


    • doodlebugs profile image


      7 years ago from Southwest

      I once slid down a hill on my bare hands after a nasty fall. Ever since, I have worn gloves.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      7 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you rorshak! Safe (and fun) rides :)

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      rorshak sobchak 

      7 years ago

      Any kind of protection is great! better to be safe than sorry. Great write up.

      rorshak sobchak

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      7 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks agusfanani! Our hands are too much precious... so we must take good care of them :)

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      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, we need them for safe rides. Thank you for informing this useful info.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      7 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Judy, nice to meet you! Thanks for being the first one to comment here :)

      You should start riding more... soon you`ll find out what kind of gear you need. Having fun is much more important than wearing the right clothes ;)

    • zoeylife profile image


      7 years ago from Houston

      This is good info because I have always wanted to know how to dress if I started to ride but I felt stupid asking someone. lol! Thanks!


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