Gloves wear them or not

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by wayde, Jun 18, 2008.

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do you wear gloves

  1. always

  2. only in the cold

  3. only for long rides

  4. never

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  1. wayde

    wayde Guest

    I used to wear gloves while going for rides in the cold BUT my brother wiped out on his motorcycle at 45 kmh and was covered in road rash arms legs shoulders hands he said it's not too bad nothing really hurts but his hands he took chunks out of his skon he has a hard time eating working driving and even wiping he said he went out for the first time in a long time with no gloves and recommends that I and everyone i know with a bike like ours wears gloves to protect hands you can handle road rash all over but you need your hands to function and he's having a heck of a time doing things with his messed up hands.

    With that being said please all you guys and gals out there please find yourself a good pair of gloves and wear them i made it part of my routine ! check bike over bolts gas etc 2 helmet and gloves and 3 ride ride ride, I also always wear pants and a long sleeve shirt I don't care how hot it is i like my skin and intend to keep it.

    I started a new post so you all would see this and it wouldn't be buried in another one somewhere.

    Have a good long safe ride

  2. jared3377

    jared3377 Member

    This is a good reminder that I've been meaning to get a pair. Not only will they save my hands in case of an accident, but they're nice to ride with...
  3. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    When I took a good fall on my Suzuki Katana a few years back I was glad to be wearing some leather gloves, they were all torn to heck. Without them I would have been in the same situation your bro is in now. They'll definitely save your digits.
  4. crabdance

    crabdance Member

    I bought gloves before my engine kit arrived. I thought it was a good investment. I don't want to loose too much skin in an accident and that's why I bought them. I bought the kind with the tips of the fingers cut out so if I stop in a store I can still get to my wallet with no problems and my pockets too. I recommend gloves to everyone.
  5. smitty

    smitty Guest

    Once, many years ago, I was cycling to the laundromat. Because I was only going to the laundry, I left without helmet and gloves. I was "sitting up" (on a road bike...ten speeds, full Campy with a drop bar. The standard of the day) with a bag o'laundry under my left arm. As I went around a corner, (to the right,) the front tire skidded sideways for maybe five inches. When I fell ,I suffered a road rash on my right arm and took two small chunks (maybe a quarter inch in diameter and a quarter inch deep,) out of my left palm.

    The holes in my palm pained me terribly, and lasted for about six weeks. I could not comfortably grip a handlebar, nor lean on that hand, for that whole time. Since then, I have Known that gloves are NOT for comfort while riding, But rather for comfort after a fall.

    Another time, considerably after that, I was Knocked off my bike, at speed. In that fall, both of my cycling gloves were torn to shreds, but my hands suffered no damage. (But the rest of me was very sore, with pulled muscles and bruises.)

    Nowadays, I ALWAYS wear gloves and (DOT approved) helmet.
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  6. akyramoto

    akyramoto Member

    I'm pretty adamant about wearing gloves just for the facts mentioned above. I get a funny looking tan lol
  7. I don't like wearing gloves at all and only wear then when it's below 30 degrees out and only when riding. Gloves take away from feeling your controls I think.
  8. Accender

    Accender Member

    Helmet and gloves are good mmmmkay.

  9. I think this way because I used to be a mechanic and I needed to feel what I was doing. It's just what I'm used to. I mean they even have these Mechanic gloves now that today's mechanics swear by cause nothing leaves their grip,it's plenty thin and at the end of the day their fingernails are still clean.
    Not me. I need to feel what I'm doing. And yes. That ties in with the handling of my bike.
    (I still don't wear a helmet and I'm not proud of that. But I dunno. It's just me I guess. That stuff kinda smudges me or something... I need to change about that helmet though)
  10. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Who needs gloves? I only wear gloves when its real cold outside. On the nice days you will see me riding in shorts and a T shirt. I'm not afraid of getting scraped up If I crash. It won't be my first time. I am more concerned about hitting my head! I don't know how anyone can stand wearing gloves in the middle of the summer.
  11. Alan

    Alan Member

    Full protection on the motorcycle, but on my MB's, it's just sunglasses. Well, I do wear clothes too.
  12. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    yeap have too,

    with out my hands i wouldnt be able to deal, am sure it would go down lovely blood dripping all over the cards or the nice green felt layouts.. I used to climb but for the same reason pretty much retired from that hobby too, even with my fingers taped up it was too easy to get cuts, bruises etc.

    What sucks the most 110+ degrees, your hands start to heat up fast, and i cant even go fingerless ahh !!!!

    it was 110 today and its not even summer yet, well for another 5 hours anyhow.
  13. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Yep. I don't think I am going to get hurt too bad at 20-30 mph. It's still a good idea to wear a helmet, but most of the time I don't.

    When I was 16 I was flying down a hill on my mountain bike at about 25-30 mph. I was holding my work apron in my hand. I worked at a grocery store. Well, it must have got caught in the wheel because all of a sudden i flew over my handle bars. All I was wearing was shorts and a T shirt. No helmet. I was knocked out when I hit the road. Someone had to drag me off the road. I was lucky I didn't hit my head real hard. I suffered from road rash pretty bad. In school my nickname was road kill for a while lol.

    At bicycle speeds, the only safety equipment I will wear is a helmet. I'm not afraid of road rash :evil:
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  15. brendonv

    brendonv Member

    I havent yet but im a newbie, i always wear Jeans and a jumper when i ride, my dads a ex motorbike rider and leather clothing has saved his life many times, he said i have to. If its a hot day when you ride the wind makes you cold anyway so a jumper and jeans doesnt hurt.
  16. lennyharp

    lennyharp Member

    I have to laugh about nobody is going to get hurt at 20-30 mph. I used to race and have crashed many times on just a plain bicycle; generally at these very speeds on a bike that weighs less than a lot of motors and hardware used on MotoredBikes. I never went down face first, but that is a real possibility when your front wheel washes out from under you. Your instinct is to get your hands down to break the fall. They take a lot of abuse in a crash and all you need to help is half fingered leather palm gloves. They used to be a knit crotchet back and now are stretch Lycra backed. They are pretty cool as I ride in 115 degree heat here in Phoenix.

    Another instinct is to roll your body over the shoulder and arm. This can end up with a broken collar bone. We used to practice falling off the bike at speed on grass. This helps to develop good instincts in a crash, as well as how to ride out of a slide. My worst injuries were road rash from sliding over pavement without enough skin protection. I shaved my legs so the wounds would clean up and heal better.

    At 30 miles per hour you will have things go wrong and every now and then will need some healing time. Are you really tough enough to handle missing skin with dirt and oil and pebbles and sand ground into any bare flesh? The crash is ok but the clean up and healing are much worse with feeling back after the shock of initial impact. Abrasions are technically very similar to a burn where you need to regrow the skin that is gone. You have a high incidence of infection to these type of injuries.

    Keep riding and you can test these theories of mine out. I will risk those injuries as I love the independence of using my own power to get around. The motor makes it even a little more fun and I think both safer and more dangerous. It is certainly safer to be able to accelerate with traffic and sometimes out of a tight spot. If you go down you have a heavier vehicle that may batter you as you go down.

    I am just wanting some reality to this discussion of are gloves and possibly more protective clothing worth it. Me I like to use gloves and a helmet but do have to remind myself to use them. Keep riding and do it as safe as seems sane to you.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2008
  17. wayde

    wayde Guest

  18. motman812

    motman812 Member

    Also, the gloves might help you avoid getting into an accident in the first place.
  19. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Yea, my exact post was this one.

    It's crazy reading Lenny's post above about how some don't expect to get seriously injured at 20-30mph. I was turning in a parking lot pretty dern slowly, and all of a sudden flipped over the bars, *very* nearly hurting my collar bone or something, just like Lenny suggested. I was honestly barely going faster than idle, and now my palms are cut up.

    Use adequate lighting at night, or don't ride. Seriously. Gravel is your No. 1 enemy.
    Use gloves.
    Use headgear. Even that leather "aviator" headdress is better than nothing.
  20. sparky

    sparky Active Member