Mountain Biking - When it comes to mountain biking and trail riding gloves are most essential for grip and protection. With trail riding, hands act as extensions of the handlebars to maintain control. Gloves for mountain biking are typically textured on the palm for maximum grip with padding in the palm to protect the rider’s hands from injuries that can develop over time. Given the added risk of crashing when mountain biking, MTB gloves need to be durable enough to withstand any impact that could be encountered while riding on trails. This will allow the rider to use their hands to brace themselves if they do topple of the saddle.
Road Biking - Gloves are crucial for road biking, too, but for different reasons! Road bikes typically don’t have the kind of suspension that mountain bikes do. And so, any shock delivered by the road can be transferred to the rider’s arms and body through the fork and handlebar. Padded gloves can help absorb shock to enhance comfort and protection on a long ride. Another feature typically found on road biking gloves is a fleece or cloth patch on the thumb, which comes in handy to wipe away sweat or a runny nose while riding. When racing against the clock, or on a serious training ride, most cyclists do not have the time to stop to access tissues or a hanky, and thus this feature comes handy - more often than not!