Oh bugger, I have to agree again! Gloves can save some skin and most certainly are an SPF advantage for 4-5 hours out in the sun. Padded gloves can limit Median Nerve compresson. However, if you are going to break bones then even padded lycra is unlikely to help.
Is this where I mention dorky sun-sleeves or should I just quit now? :-)
I've got a pair of sun sleeves I occasionally wear that simulate full sleeve tattoos. That negates the dork factor.
You reckon? ;-)
Yes - but only cause I'm too old to be a dork. I'm old enough to be an Old F**t so dorky factors don't apply.
I can lend you a dorky mirror for a while and you can keep my dorky useless bell if you'd like to complete the look.
I already have a mirror and bell (and a zounds).
The bicycle mount for the phone catches the eye as well.
For heaven's sake don't let Frank know any of this!
But, tell me more... like do you a have a frame mounted pump, basket, full face helmet, fixie and over-sized saddlebag??
Yes to the frame mounted pump and over sized single saddlebag. The over sized saddlebag matches the mudguards and I'm too old for a fixie, however I have replaced to mountain bike chain ring with a road triple - does that count. The two extras are a dual bottle mount behind the saddle because with the zounds and a tool kit in a bottle I don't have enough space for a drink, and custom laced wheels (3 forward three back for the front and crows foot for the rear)
Would you count a tubular scarf used as a mask.
I forgot to mention that the handlebars are made from surgical grade stainless steel so they can carry the weight.
Having come off my bike both with and without gloves, I can tell you that it is defiantly better to land on a padded glove than to scrape your hand along the bitumen with your full body weight on it. I have also found gloves help absorb some of the shock during long rides. That said I have ridden thousands of kms before I started wearing gloves, other than for warmth in winter, and so they are not essential. Apart from comfort, it comes down to risk and the type of riding you are doing. If the distances and type of riding mean the risk of coming off is relatively low, gloves are probably not needed, but if you are doing many kms on a road bike, chances are if you don't have gloves on, sooner or later you will lose some skin.
Damn....this conservation made me want to buy a pair of glove. =_=;