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Berzin

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05/20/2020 01:17 PM
I need some cycling gloves and was wondering which to get. Castelli sell a couple of different ones but I have no idea which one would be good for me. I like gloves with decent padding, so I was considering the Arenberg gloves or the Entratas. The Rosso Corsas are out because I prefer to have the velcro strap on the wrist. Anyone have any experience with these gloves or could make a recommendation?
Cosmic Kid

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05/20/2020 02:05 PM
I have several different pairs of gloves that I love....but all have zero padding in them, so can't really help you.

But the Pearl Izumi Pro Aero and Specialized SL Pro Long Cuff are the ones I really like....abd the Specilized are on sale for $10 right now, down from $45. Guess I am one of the few people who actually like them!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Dale

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05/20/2020 05:09 PM
I buy gloves like a fat kid buys candy bars but for road riding I only wear them to keep my hands warm. Anything above 50* or so and I'm gloveless except for mountain biking and then I've got a pair of street motorcycle gloves with scafoid protection and knuckle armor. It's saved me from innumerable smacked knuckles.
longslowdistance

Posts:2006

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05/20/2020 07:03 PM
All bike - rider interface gear is personal. Shoes saddles bar tape gloves. There are shared experiences of that’s junk. But otherwise truly YMMV.
Orange Crush

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05/20/2020 08:11 PM
All gloves to keep me warm are ski gloves. That section is better stocked and better priced.

I have one pair of padded short finger gloves meant for gravel rides that are so rarely used that I keep forgetting to bring them. Somewhat of a self reinforcing circle.

LSD you forgot tires tire pressure and probably a few other things but yes agreed.
longslowdistance

Posts:2006

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05/20/2020 08:50 PM
Yes good point.
Forgive my pontificating: If there is a real chance of a fall, like riding in a pack or mtbing, gloves are body armor.
Love wool for riding in cool weather, insulates even with my sweaty hands. Quality motorcycle gloves are a couple of powers of ten more protective. I ride motos too and own some, but seems like overkill for a pedal bike.
79pmooney

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05/20/2020 09:13 PM
I don't like to spend money on summer gloves that I wear primarily for crash protection. Always seems to me to be tempting Murphy to spend much money there. I liked the Performance $15 quite a lot - comfortable, long lasting, good terry cloth and not Murphy bait. Fairly thick non-gel padding.

Now, on my good fix gear, I ride with long fingered MTB gloves to protect my fingers from the undersides of the brake levers on hard climbs. Dankine are my favorite but the Giants I bough last were $10 cheaper and are working very well. (No velcro on the Giants. No padding, just an extra leather (or "leather") on the palms for both.

I have a variety of gloves for cooler and cold weather but my go to are the all leather "chopper mitts" with wool or synthetic mittens (not gloves) under if needed. I love the temperature span that combo covers. 15F (or a lot colder when i was far younger, burned far more energy and tolerated a lot more up to mid 70s with just the leather mitts. Buy them really big. The bigger, the more hand positions you get. (Being mittens, you lose some split fingered options. Being high quality leather, if you keep theim up with occaisional Snow Seal or likewise, they stay very grippy, giving you some really nice positions that wold be way too tiring with anything else. (Brifters shuold work fine if your gloves are big enough. This dino hasn't used them yet.)

Ben
DonnaMobile

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05/21/2020 11:05 AM
Berzin, those two gloves are opposites. The Arenburg is a gel glove described as “ SOFTEN YOUR RIDE Made for the rigors of the Forest of Arenberg, this glove features Castelli Damping System padding to protect your hands and increase control and comfort.“ The Entrata is described, “If you don’t need a lot of padding and just want a glove to protect your palms on the bars or in case of a tumble, this glove has you covered.”
bluezurich

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05/21/2020 02:24 PM
My experience with gloves (30 years figuring it out...) is I just want something that will allow me to wipe my tires without falling apart, wipe my nose, I want the half fingers to stay put and not push my wedding ring off my finger and do not cause numbness. I have learned to stay away from thick padding and to stay with actual leather palms with no tomfoolery gadgetry. POC Essential Light gloves pretty much fit the bill.One thing, I'd rather have a tab than a pull on but that's secondary.
longslowdistance

Posts:2006

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05/21/2020 10:45 PM
Forgive me again but I back pedal. A previous poster is right that some minimalist motorcycle gloves intended for technical riding at slow speeds might make an excellent choice for bicycling in some situations.
zootracer

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05/22/2020 03:14 PM
Ditto on wiping your nose. If you need more cushioning try gel bar tape. If you look at the pro peloton, lots of riders use gloves, lots of riders don't.

I used Specialized gloves way-back-when. Lasted forever. Just pick a color that won't fade in the sun. No experience with Castelli. I imagine they are pricey and also run small.
bluezurich

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05/23/2020 09:47 AM
Gotta bump this for tire wiping. In the 70-90's , everyone wiped. Now, I seem to be the only one. #1 reason for me to wear gloves.

Then again, folks used to wave, point out road obstacles, give hand signals for passing/slowing/picking it up.....
Cosmic Kid

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05/23/2020 09:47 PM
I still wipe my front wheel....but my road bike is an aero frame and can’t get my hand between my rear wheel and seat tube. Trying to wipe the rear wheel above the seat stays is a recipe for disaster.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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05/24/2020 12:19 AM
CK, my "rule" in my racing days was to always find the seatstay first. This for a Fuji Pro that had a very close rear wheel. Does your bike have no space between seatstay and seat tube?
Orange Crush

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05/24/2020 12:10 PM
Yes tire wiping was common but it was probably because flat protection back in the day sucked.
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