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How to Choose Bike Gloves

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This guide has been written by cycling review expert Alex Bristol

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Cycling gloves are among the most important gears you should buy if you love cycling. Today they are so many on the market which makes it hard to determine the best. However, purchasing just any cycling gloves is not the best idea because they work differently.  Some are designed to provide warmth, others for comfort and grip while others are made to protect your hands in case you fall. In this article, we shall explain some of the things you should check when buying cycling gloves.

  1. Grip

One of the reasons why you will need to use cycling gloves when riding is to provide the required grip of the handlebar. This means that when buying, you need to ensure that the material you have picked will provide the best grip. The material should be slip-resistant even when the handlebar is slippery.

  1. Insulation

If you are searching for cycling gloves you can use during winter, they must be thick enough to provide warmth. On the other hand, look for those with a breathable palm if you will be using them during hot poor sunny days.

  1. Durability

Due to the materials, some cycling gloves lasts longer than others, this means that you need to ensure that the material is durable enough.  You should also check the warranty. The best cycling should have a warranty of at least one year.

  1. Ease of cleaning

Cycling gloves are made of different materials. This means that you need to ensure that they require different methods of cleaning. Some can be cleaned in a machine while other can only be cleaned using your hands. For example, leather gloves should never be cleaned in a machine.

  1. Waterproof

If possible, you should look for waterproof cycling gloves. These ones will keep your hands dry when riding in humid areas or when it is raining. Leather gloves are the best for that.

  1. Style

You will find that cycling gloves comes with different colors. This means that you need to compare different styles available before buying. However, you should not buy just because of the appearance, you need to ensure that they are made of quality materials which will last for a long time.

  1. Design

Bike gloves come with different designs. Some are fingerless while others have a full finger design. Sometimes it can be a bit confusing when choosing between these two designs. However, you should consider the following.

  • Full finger gloves- Some of these gloves have a breathable palm which makes them suitable during the summer. However, most of them are made for use during the summer because they have thick layers which keeps you warm. They also provide excellent protection in case of an accident because your fingers are not likely to get hurt.
  • Fingerless gloves- These ones are not suitable for use during the cold climate. They are the best for recreational rides. Unlike the full finger gloves, these ones are very thin which means that they do not provide the best protection in case of an accident.

Conclusion

If you are not sure about the best cycling gloves you should buy, we hope that the above points will be of great help. You also need to consider the purpose of the gloves to ensure that you have picked the best.

                                                 

Sources:

1.Choosing the right bike gloves – Post by Bike Advisor

Related Post: 10 Best Cycling Gloves [Review]

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