Things to Consider when Buying Kids Bike Gloves …
Full fingered vs fingerless – weather
If your child is riding most of the year including in cooler temperatures it can be a good idea to give them gloves with more coverage (fingers) and better insulation. Winter gloves designed for warmth are made out of fabrics (wool or brushed synthetic fibres) that are not as durable as bike gloves so if you want them to last look for reinforcing. 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.
Full fingered vs fingerless – type of rider
For kids that are mountain biking seriously or as a sport – getting coaching, racing or out on the trails most days – full fingered gloves will give them more abrasion protection and tend to have better padding. For most other kids that ride a simple pair of fingerless gloves in the right size provides the protection they need without interfering with grip.
Get the right fit
Gloves should not interfere with your grip on the handlebars. So sizing is really important, make sure that the gloves still allow them to grip, brake and shift gears properly. Even when it’s really cold be careful that the bulk of winter gloves still allows them to have good contact with the handlebars.
Time on the bike
Time on your bike is a factor. The longer and more often you are on a bike the more your body is exposed to vibration. Padding absorbs vibration as well as helping with compression from too much weight in your hands. If you’re planning on bike touring with your family gloves are a good investment for the kids – for training rides & during the riding adventure itself.
Surface they 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. So off road riding or bumpy on road surfaces require a bit more protection in terms of padding. This padding provides a buffer to the damage repeated vibration can cause. Again this is an important consideration for bike touring/multi-day riding.
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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 to make gloves are technical and require special care – a hand wash.