The Benefits of Wearing Gloves While Biking
Wearing gloves while riding bikes might be as natural to you as actually riding your bike, or it might just be an afterthought.
Wearing gloves has more benefits than just being able to match another item to your kit or bike. Here are the main benefits.
Safety – this is the most important reason to wear gloves while cycling. While no one plans on getting in an accident, things happen. When we crash, we tend to throw our hands out to protect the rest of our body. If you’re wearing gloves, your hands will be more protected in the event of a crash, thus saving a little piece of your body from road rash, other cuts and scrapes, and dirt becoming embedded in the palm of your hand.
Comfort – gloves have padded areas located on the palm that help you have a much more comfortable ride. It also helps dampen the road vibration, which allows you to not get so tired so quickly on your bike ride.
Grip – let’s face it, you ride your bike for enjoyment, but also for a little bit of exercise. When you’re going for it, you probably work up a bit of a sweat. Wearing gloves will help you keep your grip when your palms get sweaty. This, in turn, will allow you to maintain better control of your bike no matter what your body is doing. Even if you aren’t a sweaty person, mother nature might decide to rain on your (bike) parade, making things a bit slippery if you like to ride sans-gloves.
Baby Towel – most gloves come with a little area that has terry cloth or other soft material so you can wipe the sweat from your brown, spit from your mouth, or even blood from a small cut. These baby towels on your gloves can come in handy when you’re in a pinch.
Warmth – while we don’t need to worry about this one right now, if you ride in the winter you’re going to want some protection against the cold. Gloves come in different weights, so you can choose a heavier one for winter riding to keep your hands warm.
These benefits go for road riding, mountain, bike and everything in-between! If you aren’t sporting any gloves right now, or you’ve had yours a while, stop in! We carry a huge selection of all types of cycling gloves, so you get the comfort and fit you need! As always, if you have any questions, call or stop in. Our staff is happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.