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    I use gloves on every ride, they're part of my kit and it feels weird to ride without them.

    for me, their purpose is not crash-related.

    in the summer, they keep my sweaty hands from slipping on the bars. in winter, they give me something to wipe my snotty nose on.
    eff all y'all...

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    I usually wear gloves, but lately I've been opting to leave them at home. I used the Lizard Skins bar tap and think it feels awesome so on warm mornings I go sans gloves. I especially like doing long alpine climbs without gloves, of course descending it would be smarter to put some gloves on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Hamilton View Post
    Of course it's the first natural reaction. But you can break that reaction and train yourself to react differently. It's like learning how to ride a bike. The first step is realizing ANYONE can do this but not if you don't try.
    That's true, but just about every pro race it seems someone goes out with a broken collarbone from the unexpected. Perhaps someone should clue them in how to train for that, it might make them a boatload of money
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    That's true, but just about every pro race it seems someone goes out with a broken collarbone from the unexpected. Perhaps someone should clue them in how to train for that, it might make them a boatload of money
    Well, sure, but these guys are really pushing the envelope and it's a lot of riders doing a lot of riding. Whatever the odds of a bad fall as a function of how many miles you ride and how fast you're going, these guys are doing enough of both that it's going to happen.

    Also, sure, they get some bad falls that break bones, but they also get right up from a lot more of their falls without anything broken except maybe the bicycle. How do you think they do that? It's not by sticking their hands out. Nothing can guarantee you won't be hurt in a fall. But what you can do is improve your odds of minimizing your injuries.

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    I Really only wear gloves when it is cold or super hot. Overly sweaty hands is not a fun experience on my bar tape, and the cold zaps my fingers useless. I rode for years without gloves, just prefer it that way. Lately though, I have been wearing gloves more often..
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    Gloves for me... but my hands get cold easy.

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    I have small hands... gloves make them feel bigger and more masculine.

    That's why I wear gloves.

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    I'd rather break my arm/wrist trying to slow a fall than roll and use my head. Tuck and roll is easier said than done, for me.

    The one time I forgot to wear gloves, I managed to remove most of the skin on one palm. That kind of injury for some reason takes a long time to heal. No other injuries other than a scuff on a knee.

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    I would rather ride without. Every time I crash, I seem to tear up a new set of gloves. I need to figure out how to skip the new phase and just have old gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelbikerider View Post
    I would rather ride without. Every time I crash, I seem to tear up a new set of gloves.
    Hey, those gloves are expensive, man. Skin grows back for free.

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    I like the generic answer for questions like this.
    Who cares what other people think/do.
    If YOU want to wear them, then wear them,
    if not, then don't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Whats a biker?
    Oh, snap.

    / Always gloves. Not only do they add a bit of padding and will protect my hands will I get around to falling off my bike again, but they look really cool and PRO, too. Like I finished, but didn't win, Paris-Roubaix.

    And they give me awesome tan lines.

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    Nicole is on the money on this one. I have trained myself to not put my hand out to break my fall. When people do this they break their collar bone. I have thought about this while riding. I have said this over and over to myself lying in bed the night before a race. I have been down in races a few times and it paid off. Even in that spit second of going down I said it to myself, kept my hand on my bars, tucked my head into my chest and took the hit on my shoulder. Got up rode away no prob.
    Sticking your hand out might end up in someones spokes. Seen it happen. Ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    Nicole is on the money on this one. I have trained myself to not put my hand out to break my fall. When people do this they break their collar bone. I have thought about this while riding. I have said this over and over to myself lying in bed the night before a race. I have been down in races a few times and it paid off. Even in that spit second of going down I said it to myself, kept my hand on my bars, tucked my head into my chest and took the hit on my shoulder. Got up rode away no prob.
    Sticking your hand out might end up in someones spokes. Seen it happen. Ugly.
    The question is Gloves or No gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    The question is Gloves or No gloves
    Gloves, sweaty palms are slippery. And if you get the kind with terry cloth on the back you can use them to wipe yer nose after you launch a snot rocket .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    The question is Gloves or No gloves
    Didn't you already answer that with your vote? The rest of this is just discussion. Doesn't seem like that should be restricted to just yes or no as well.

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    Gloves for me, since having a palms-down crash while commuting that skinned my palms. I wear full finger gloves for MTBing so I can remove thorns from my front tyre while on the move, and on the road bike to keep my digits pinkish when it's cold. Even in the heat of an Arabian summer I like to have the protection, cushioning and snot-wiping facilities offered by gloves. Plus, gloves = more cycling gear to have.
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    I like gloves for the wiping surface, keeping my hands warm when needed, and long-fingered gloves that don't slip when the levers are wet from riding in fog/mist. I don't know how to get rid of the tan lines though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    Gloves, sweaty palms are slippery. And if you get the kind with terry cloth on the back you can use them to wipe yer nose after you launch a snot rocket .
    Ditto! I only use terry back gloves. Great for wiping sweat... and yea the nose too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    I have trained myself to not put my hand out to break my fall. When people do this they break their collar bone.
    Strange... I'm pretty sure I didn't put my hand out to break my falls the last two times I broke my collar bone (after the front wheel abruptly slid out under me). At least that's what I gather from the way my gloves and clothes looked like after I regained consciousness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Hamilton View Post
    So don't put your hands out. Don't fight it. Everyone falls, so learn to bring your hands and arms IN toward your chest as you fall so you spread the impact across the whole side of your body, and then ROLL.

    This is an important enough safety issue for any serious cyclist that if you're having trouble learning how to fall on your own, I think I might look around for a martial arts or similar class where they teach this stuff.
    Why not join a circus instead? The acrobats'll teach you how to tumble.

    On a more serious note, gloves aren't just about having padding when you stick your hands out, it's about having some protection on a very sensitive part of your body as you're about to hit the tarmac after enjoying the sky/ ground/ sky/ ground vista as you step off your bike. Even if you don't put your hands out they're still flying around as you tumble, plus you'll need them to help stop you in case you slide into a wall/ other hard object.

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    I wear gloves about half of the time. most of the time i'm not wearing them it's because i forgot, but i also think it's more comfy without gloves.

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    another vote for gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordy748 View Post
    Why not join a circus instead?
    If you like that idea and have the natural athletic ability, go for it. A bike is more my speed. I'm just trying to share some information about how to minimize the risk of injury in a fall. If you're thinking about gloves as a way to protect you in a fall, you're doing it all wrong.

    Look, I'm about as UN-athletic as anyone you might ever meet. As a kid, I was always the last to be chosen for any sport that required even modest coordination. No one ever wanted me on their team for anything involving a ball. What I loved about bicycling that this was something even a klutz like me could do.

    So if even I can learn how to take a fall, there's no way you can't learn. You pretty much can't be as miserable an athlete as I am. Yes, yes, there's that unpredictable instant when you realize you're falling. But your actual fall to the ground isn't instantaneous. There's time for you to decide what you'll do.

    But you need to be prepared and for a lot of people, as was mentioned earlier, a good way is to close your eyes and visualize falling and what you want to do when it happens. Someone mentioned doing that lying in bed the night before a race. Great way to do this. If you think through ahead what you want to do when it happens, you WILL have time to do it.

    If even a klutz like me can do this, I'm convinced ANYONE can do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole Hamilton View Post
    It occurs to me to clarify my comment about bringing your hands in toward your chest. This assumes you're already flying free from the bike or for falls in general. If you're still clipped in and you still have your hands on the bars, hold on tight and take the bike with you.
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