How dangerous is riding without gloves? You’ll know after reading it!
“Have you ever felt numb, tingling or powerless in your hands after riding? If your answer is yes, you may have committed the problem of overuse of your hands.
Timely understand the common sports injuries during cycling.
In fact, as long as you adjust your actions and use your equipment, you can help you avoid injuries.” It can be seen from the tour de France with photos that the drivers at that time were heroes worshipped by the French people.
Even though the kettle was still made of metal at that time, people were not used to riding and wearing helmets.
They didn’t use professional gloves when riding.
It’s not surprising that people haven’t realized how to protect their hands.
They conquer the world by hand to hand combat.
During the tour de France in 1937, the contestants at that time did not wear professional riding gloves.
Like the American basketball shoes clearly divided from the concept of sports shoes a hundred years ago, riding gloves, as a subdivided professional product of riding equipment, also made riders regard them as as as important as riding clothes and riding helmets.
Riding gloves are special gloves for cyclists.
According to different types of bicycles, they can be divided into mountain bike gloves, road bike gloves and downhill gloves.
In addition, some brands launch gloves specially designed for extreme sports, which are necessary both in terms of physical safety and riding comfort.
According to the season, there are half finger and full finger.
The palm part is thickened.
According to different positioning and adaptation, the materials used for the palm pad are also different.
For example, the palm pad of road bike is much thinner than that of mountain bike gloves.
If your handlebar is a flat handlebar and you don’t wear professional gloves to grasp the flat handlebar, the pressure is directly transmitted to the median nerve controlling the thumb, index finger, middle finger and part of the ring finger, resulting in hand numbness, finger pain and weakness, which is called Carpal tunnel syndrome in medicine.
Long term compression of the median nerve will lead to sensory loss of the thumb, index finger and middle finger, muscle atrophy, and nerve pain in the hand radiating to the shoulder and elbow joint.
If you use a handlebar, do not wear professional riding gloves, holding the handlebar or changing the position of your hand will compress and over extend the ulnar nerve, causing ulnar neuropathy.
Ulnar nerve controls people’s ring finger and little finger.
Short-term compression will cause paralysis and weakness of the ring finger or little finger; Long term compression will make the ring finger and little finger unconscious and unable to complete the normal finger curling movement, especially the little thumb.
As long as it is a sports bicycle, the wrist joint is in a tense load state.
Because riders adopt a sitting posture and grip mode different from leisure cycling, it makes the wrist joint in an abnormal tension state for a long time, and its negative impact on nerves and tendons is even lifelong.
The special function of riding gloves is to relieve the pressure on the wrist joint to the greatest extent.
Compare it with the ordinary gloves after the back is laid down.
You will find that its front is not flat but upturned, which is exactly consistent with the rider’s grip posture.
It can be seen that as long as the two wheels held by the hand move, the protection of both hands is second only to the brain.
Once a sudden accident occurs during exercise, it can effectively prevent scratching and cutting hands when both hands touch the ground.
It is common for mountain players to fall off their cars.
Active safety and passive safety of gloves.
Riders’ understanding of riding gloves mostly stays at the functional level of gloves.
In fact, in the correct cognition, riding gloves have two aspects: active safety and passive safety (does this sound like the introduction of Volvo car’s safety function?) 1、 Active safety anti falling protection.
When overturning, riders often touch the ground with their palms first to make their bodies land slowly.
If they do not have gloves for shock absorption, such actions are easy to wear out their palms and seriously damage their joints.
Shock absorption function.
The palm pad is thickened to reduce the impact on both hands.
Anti slip function.
There are generally glue drops on the palm and back of fingers, and some use super fiber cloth with certain damping, which can play an anti-skid function.
2、 Passive safety nowadays, many brands have added reflective strips / reflective coatings on gloves, which can effectively remind each other when riding at night.
3、 Moisture absorption and perspiration, ventilation and anti-skid are complementary.
When the bicycle is in the state of high-speed movement, the control effect of the rider on the bicycle largely depends on his hands.
If he does not wear gloves, his hands sweat hard.
Secondly, there are unsafe factors in the sliding caused by sweating.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like without wearing gloves.
The consideration of material selection and details is reflected in the feeling and environmental response of both hands and people in the state of cycling.
1) Lycra fabric is widely used on the back of gloves and finger insertion materials because it has no pressure on the limbs.
It has good moisture absorption, sweat wicking and air permeability.
2) The palm of the glove should be fully lined with anti-skid and wear-resistant anti-skid rubber grain leather material or leather material, which can increase friction and adhesion.
The glove should be flexible and close to the hand, so that the fingers can use freely, which can increase friction and adhesion.
3) At present, the mainstream palm pad is made of SBR or gel (higher specification), which can effectively absorb the vibration and impact from the handlebar.
4) The wrist of gloves shall have elastic tightening design, and the wrist mouth of gloves shall also be lengthened.
The finger bend is made of fabric, which is in line with the ergonomic finger bend design.
This design not only enhances the flexibility of the finger, but also has the function of ventilation.
mountain bike gloves are mainly shock-absorbing, with thick pads.
Protective materials are added to the back of the hand to reduce hand injury caused by falling or friction.
The gloves of road vehicles should be light, the pad should be thin, and attention should be paid to anti-skid design..