The Best Bike Gloves


Full or long fingered gloves provide extra protection for mountain bikers or during in between weather on the road. The short or fingerless gloves are traditionally used by road riders, keeping the fingers free. Choose gloves with breathable fabric and padded palms. Padding reduces road and trail vibration. The swatch of fuzzy fabric on the back of the thumb provides the perfect sweat wipe on the go. Fit and comfort are the most important factors. Top-named brands of gloves include Giro, Trek, Race Face, and Endura.

Common Pitfalls

Too tight gloves cause numbness in the fingers and cramping throughout the hand. Fabrics without venting or breathability result in sweaty hands, making for a very uncomfortable grip on your handlebars. Look for well stitched seams and bound edges for a pair that will last.

Where to Buy ?

Sporting goods stores offer low to mid range cycling gloves. Bicycle stores and Internet stores like tend to offer a wider range of prices and brands. Beware of buying online. Gloves should only be bought without trying them on if you are buying an exact brand and style replacement. Otherwise, sizes vary from model and brand. Ideally, always try on cycling gloves and flex your fingers well.


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