Bike Glove Buying Guide

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How much time do you spend on the bike. 

The market has a huge variety of gloves & a wide price range.  Basic gloves start as low as $29 going upwards of $100.  So how do you choose?  Firstly start with the length of your rides and match that up to the features a glove needs to have.  We are assuming that you ride regularly and that is why a pair of gloves interests you.  Regular shorter distance riders won’t need as much padding as those who ride long distances.  Gloves protect your hands from compression that can lead to numbness by adding a layer of padding designed to alleviate pressure.  This padding is usually placed on the outer edge of your palm to protect the ulna

What surface do you ride on?

Where you ride is important because the type of surface you ride on directly effects the levels of vibration & energy that your hands have to absorb.  There is a real difference between riding on a smooth well sealed road surface and a stoney rutted 4 wheel drive track.  Again time on your bike is a factor here, the longer and more often you are on a bike the more your body is exposed to this vibration.  Padding absorbs vibration as well as helping with compression.  Find out more about this important topic at Why are bike gloves important?

Summer vs Winter Riding

Another thing to consider when buying is ventilation vs warmth.  The first decision here is full fingered or fingerless gloves.  Generally this is determined by the season.  As it gets colder you will want more coverage and the insulation that a pair of full fingered gloves give you.  If it’s really cold when you ride add a glove liner underneath your normal riding gloves or get a good quality glove with a temperature rating designed for less than 4 degrees.  Don’t be put off by this covering up of the fingers.  If you are still exercising hard look for wicking fabrics and mesh panels that will help with moisture control.  In the hot months of summer it’s better for temperature control to have air flow around your fingers so this is why fingerless gloves are made.

Grip

Gloves should not interfere with your grip on the handlebars so even when it’s really cold be careful that the bulk of a thick winter glove still allows you to grip, brake and shift gears properly.  Winter gloves designed for warmth are made out of fabrics (wool or brushed synthetic fibres) that are not as durable as other bike gloves so if you want them to last look for reinforcing.  Or treat them kindly!  Certain types of riding e.g. mountain biking can require a good connection or good ‘bar feel’ meaning some riders prefer minimal padding.

Added Features

Finger articulation, touch screen technology, brow wiping surface, wide wrist closures are some of the added features that you can look for in a pair of bike gloves.  Not essential put could be important to making your riding experience more enjoyable.

Kids

Don’t forget the kids.  Kids bike gloves are about protecting their hands when they fall off their bikes which, unfortunately, is a bit more often than us adults.  It’s also a great idea for kids that bike tour/multi-day ride to have a good pair of gloves for all the reasons mentioned above.  See Kids Bike Glove Buying Guide. Approximate age range 3 to 10 years.

goRide’s Women/Girls Youth Bike Glove Solutions

Womens Recreation Glove (Full Finger)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs. Full finger. All season
Surface
On or off road.Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Town/Short commute. Bikepath. All riders who like a good grip feel
Sizes Available
Sizes S, M, L
Cost

$39.95

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Recreation Bike Glove (Fingerless)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs Fingerless, Warmer months
Surface
Best suited to on or off road Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, gender specific, Town/Short commute
Sizes Available
Sizes S, M, L
Cost

$29.95

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Womens Endurance Glove (Full Finger)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
1 hr plus, Full finger. All Season
Surface
Long periods on smooth surfaces. All off road riding surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Mountain bike, Tour, Multi day, Long Recreation Rides
Sizes Available
Size S, M, L
Cost

$69.95

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Womens Endurance Glove (FIngerless)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
1 hr plus, Full finger. Warmer months
Surface
Long periods on smooth surfaces. All off road riding surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Mountain bike, Tour, Multi day, Long Recreation Rides
Sizes Available
Size S, M, L
Cost

$44.95

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Winter Glove - Fleece
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs, Full finger fleece lined. Winter cooler months, morning,evening riding
Surface
Best suited to sealed to smooth gravel/dirt surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, men & women, Town riding, Easy on or off road. Commuters
Sizes Available
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Cost

$45.00

SHOP

goRide’s Kids Bike Glove Solutions

Kids Recreation Glove (Full Finger)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs. Full finger. All season
Surface
On or off road. Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Kids 3 - 10 years who want protection
Sizes Available
Sizes XS, S, M, L
Cost

$39.95

SHOP
Kids Recreation Bike Glove (Fingerless)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs Fingerless, Warmer months
Surface
Best suited to on or off road Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Kids 3-10 yrs who want protection
Sizes Available
Sizes XS, S, M, L
Cost

$29.95

SHOP

goRide’s Mens/Youth Bike Glove Solutions

Mens Recreation Glove (Full Finger)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs. Full finger. All season
Surface
On or off road.Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Town/Short commute. Bikepath. All riders who like a good grip feel
Sizes Available
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Cost

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Mens Recreation Bike Glove (Fingerless)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs Fingerless, Warmer months
Surface
Best suited to on or off road Smooth to well graded surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, gender specific, Town/Short commute
Sizes Available
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Cost

$29.95

SHOP
Mens Endurance Glove (Full Finger)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
1 hr plus, Full finger. All Season
Surface
Long periods on smooth surfaces. All off road riding surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Mountain bike, Tour, Multi day, Long Recreation Rides
Sizes Available
Size S, M, L, XL
Cost

COMING SOON

SHOP
Mens Endurance Glove (FIngerless)
Glove
Ride Time/Features
1 hr plus, Full finger. Warmer months
Surface
Long periods on smooth surfaces. All off road riding surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, girls/women, Mountain bike, Tour, Multi day, Long Recreation Rides
Sizes Available
Size S, M, L, XL
Cost

$44.95

SHOP
Winter Glove - Fleece
Glove
Ride Time/Features
Up to 2hrs, Full finger fleece lined. Winter cooler months, morning,evening riding
Surface
Best suited to sealed to smooth gravel/dirt surfaces
Who should wear
Youth 10yr+, men & women, Town riding, Easy on or off road. Commuters
Sizes Available
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Cost

$45.00

SHOP

MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Glove Fit.

You must have the right size glove for it to fit your hand correctly.  Gloves should not interfere with your grip on the handlebars.   Make sure you measure before you buy…see Sizing Information – Bike Gloves

Cleaning

Consider how you care for your gloves.  They will need cleaned at some stage so be sure to look at the washing instructions as generally the fabrics used are technical and require special care.

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