If you’re riding into the fall you’ll want ones with full fingers. Once you realize how fun this is and keep riding well into the frosty days you may want some lobster claw (Vulcan hand sign) gloves too, or perhaps a pair of liners to wear under your full-fingered ones.
Reasons you want gloves:
- People fall down sometimes. Even grown-ups. If you fall and manage to get a hand out to break the impact a bit, you’re going to scrape your palms.
- Your nose runs when you bike. Heck, mine runs even on a hot summer day–something about the nice breeze I make for myself. Good bike gloves come with a little soft patch for nose wiping. If this sounds gross, contemplate the alternative.
- The padding on the palms helps cushion road buzz and the jouncing when you hit a pothole or crack in the pavement.
- Most bike gloves have a reflective logo and/or piping that adds an extra bit of visibility. I’m all about the bling: The more my bike, my clothing, and my accessories reflect when the headlights hit, the more visible I am to the driver.
- Duh–your hands get cold. As you know if you ski or engage in other outdoor winter pursuits, frozen fingers really hurt. This is one place where you don’t want to skimp or skip. You need to be able to shift and brake so those hands have to work.
- They can provide a touch of color for accessorizing, if you’re into that. I just got the beautiful white crocheted Ana Nichoola gloves in time for the last of the autumn warmth and I love their classy look!*
I was going to make this a blogspedition to see what others have to say about gloves, but the reality is that they just take them for granted as part of your standard gear. They don’t actually blog much about gloves themselves unless it’s a review of one particular brand and I was looking for more general information.
When I search the Big List of Women’s Bike Blogs for “gloves” I find dozens of posts that make passing references to warm gloves, gloves that weren’t heavy enough for the weather conditions on a nippy day, pretty gloves (which are really hard to find), and the seasonal change from half-finger to full-finger or from full-finger to lobster claw.
Hence this round-up of posts that show fun photos that show gloves along with a review comparing some for winter. Not so coincidentally, the fashion blogs also show you women riding in all kinds of clothing and weather conditions.
- On Copenhagen Cycle Chic: Posts they tagged with the phrase “fashionable gloves”. In particular check out the hot pink gloves on the silver-haired lady in “Chilly Autumn Mornings.”
- Girls and Bicycles: Blogger Sarah Chan wears a beautiful pair of Italian red leather gloves in “Back to School”
- St. Andrews Cycle Chic: The woman pictured in “Cozy” has stuffed mice(?) or something on her gloves.
- London Cyclist: “Winter Gloves Revisited”
- A different way of keeping your hands warm, discovered via Twitter: BarMitts. Anyone tried these? What did you think?
*I managed to score the last of this season’s Ana Nichoola gloves (shown above) to sell through Bike Style. I have a few pair each in S/M/L for $45 +tax/shipping. They run small, so the small is genuinely for petite hands. Email info AT bikestylespokane.com ASAP if you want a pair.
Posts in our 30 Days of Biking Blogging Inspiration & How-to Series for Sept. 2011 30 Days of Biking
- 30 Days of Bike Commuting: You Can Do It!
- Why We Ride/Resolve to Ride–A Blogspedition
- Preparing to Commute by Bike: Get the Worry out of the Way
- Buying a Bike for Commuting: Some Questions and a Blogspedition
- How to Bike Commute: Getting the Gear Together
- Bike Commuting 101: Carrying Stuff
- On a Roll with Wilma Flanagan
- 30 Days of Biking: Week One Report
- Ride with your Community: SpokeFest Rocks!
- There and Back Again: How to Pick your Bike Commute Route
- Intro to Bike Commuting: Route Selection Part 2
- More Bike Commuting Route Selection Tips: Part 3
- Thinking Like a Driver vs. Thinking Like a Bicyclist
- Biking as Downtime and other Musings on Overproductivity
- 30 Days of Biking: Week Two Report
- On a Roll with Katherine Widing
- I Shouldn’t Assume
- Falling Down on Your Bike. It Happens. To Grown-Ups.
- Pretty Handy, Gloves. The Blogspedition Assumes You’ll Get ‘Em.
- What to Wear for Your Bike Commute? Clothes.
- How to Get a Dropped Bike Chain Back On, Grease-Free
- 30 Days of Biking: Week Three!
- It’s All in the Attitude
- Things I Now Do on My Bike Without Having to Think About It
- Mental Essentials for Bike Commuting: Risk and Trust
- More Mental Essentials for Bike Commuting: Friendliness and Openness
- Even More Mental Essentials for Bike Commuting: Tolerance, Humor, and Persistence
- Bicycling Rites of Passage, Spokane Style
- Dear Reader, I Chicked Him
- 30 Days of Biking: Final Report!
- What features do you like about your current gloves?
- Any tips on what to look for or avoid in choosing gloves?