Hazards of riding without gloves

Have you ever felt numb, tingling and powerless in your hands after riding? If your answer is YES, you may have committed the problem of overuse of hands.

In fact, as long as you adjust your movements and use your equipment, you can help keep away from injuries.

It can be seen from the Tour de France with photo records that the drivers at that time were heroes worshipped by the French people.

Even though the water bottles were made of metal at that time, people were not used to wearing helmets when riding, and they did not use professional gloves when riding.

It is not surprising that people have not realized how to protect their hands.

They rely on the hand-to-hand method to conquer the world.

It was not until a Japanese named Qingshuijinji invented the first pair of professional riding gloves that riders formally used riding gloves as one of their personal equipment.

The brand founded by Mr.

Qingshuijinzhi is the famous PEARLiZumi.

In 1937, the contestants in the Tour de France did not wear professional riding gloves at that time.

Just as the American basketball shoes were clearly divided from the concept of sports shoes a hundred years ago, riding gloves, as a subdivision of professional products of riding equipment, also made riders regard them as important as riding clothes and riding helmets.

The 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 speed drop gloves.

In addition, some brands have launched 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 fingers and full fingers.

The palm part is thickened.

According to the location and adaptation, the material used for the palm pad is also different.

For example, the palm pad of the road car is much thinner than the glove of the mountain car.

If your handlebar is flat, grasp it without professional gloves, and the pressure is directly transmitted to the median nerve of the master thumb, index finger, middle finger and part of the ring finger, causing hand numbness, finger pain and weakness, which is called wrist tunnel syndrome in medicine.

Long-term compression of the median nerve will lead to loss of sensation of the thumb, index finger and middle finger, muscle atrophy, and hand neuralgia radiating to the shoulder and elbow joint.

If you use the handlebars, do not wear professional riding gloves to hold the handlebars or change the position of your hand, it will compress and over-extend the ulnar nerve, causing ulnar neuropathy.

The ulnar nerve controls the person’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 action, especially the little finger.

As long as it is a sports bike, the wrist joint is in a tension load state.

Because the rider uses a different sitting posture and grip way from the leisure bike, this 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 minimize the pressure on the wrist joint.

Compare it with the back of ordinary gloves, and you will find that its front side is not flat but upwardly, which is exactly consistent with the rider’s grip position.

It can be seen that as long as the movement of two wheels is controlled by the hand, the protection of both hands is second only to the brain.

In case of sudden accidents during the movement, when both hands are on the ground, it can effectively prevent scratches and cuts on both hands.

It is common for mountain players to fall off their bikes.

Most of the riders’ understanding of riding gloves stays at the level of their own functions.

In fact, in the correct understanding, riding gloves have both active safety and passive safety.


When the vehicle is overturned, the rider will often touch the ground with the palm of his hand to make the body land slowly.

If there is no glove for shock absorption, such action will easily cause the palm to be worn and seriously damage the joint.

Shock-absorbing palm pad is thickened to reduce the impact on both hands.

Anti-slip function The palm and the back of the fingers generally have glue drops, and some use microfiber cloth with a certain damping, which can play the anti-slip function.

Second, many brands of passive safety now add reflective strips/reflective coatings on their gloves, which can effectively remind the other side of oncoming vehicles or oncoming vehicles when riding at night.


Moisture absorption, sweat absorption, ventilation and anti-slip are mutually reinforcing.

When the bicycle is in high-speed motion, the control effect of the rider on the bicycle depends largely on the hand skills.

If gloves are not worn, sweating of hands is the second, and there are unsafe factors for sliding caused by sweating.

It is worth mentioning that when choosing gloves for children, in addition to the proper size, they usually do not need too many functions such as shock absorption, and focus on anti-skid safety.

Anti-slip and targeted design of patterns are the biggest characteristics of children’s gloves.

Apart from helmets, gloves are probably the products that have been out of the street with cars for the longest time.

With the prosperity of domestic cycling in recent years, riders can choose more and more riding gloves, which can make your hands more comfortable on the flat roads in the city, and can also cope with various uneven roads in the suburbs.

Looking back on the development history of professional cycling gloves, from top events to popularization, this may be one of the most attractive portrayals of cycling as a mass sport..