Gloves problem

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by IrishJohn, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. IrishJohn

    IrishJohn Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2012
    Oddometer:
    89
    Location:
    St Louis MO
    This is nuts. I have a Suzuki TU 250 for well over a year now but was all set to give up on it today. The problem has been that my wrists ache like heck after ten or twenty minutes on it, feel really uncomfortable and strained. I also own three or four pairs of gloves and use them interchangeably depending on weather/convenience/proximity - well, it's been a long wet cold winter in St L and today was the first day in weeks I went out for a spin. More to keep the battery charged than anything because the wrist thing is ruining it all for me. I got some groceries but left my gloves behind and some effin effer took them so for the first time ever, because I am an ATGATT weenie normally, I rode without gloves.

    CANNOT BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE IT MADE! NO discomfort whatsoever, the bike felt much more easy to handle and for the first time since getting it (and allowing that I got back into riding after a gap of many years so was taking it easy/nervous at first) I felt the old thrill from bygone years.

    Here's my problem - if I were only using one pair of gloves it would obviously be the gloves, but I have used four to seven different pairs and the result was similar, a kind of aching stretched feeling and pressure at the wrists.

    I don't want to ride without gloves but cannot stand the feeling in my wrists with them but don't know why gloves seemingly cause the problem. Has anyone any insights into this nutty situation please?
    #1
  2. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,822
    Location:
    Gold Coast
    Try riggers gloves. Plain undyed leather. Most hardware stores will have them, pick a pair with a standards mark, preferably CE. I got some double sided velcro and sewed it around the wrist to keep them on. You can wrap the velcro loosely, it should still keep them on, but without aggravating the wrist.

    Did it here to deal with the heat and sweaty hands, however much you may sneer, a LOT better than thin perforated leather motorcycle gloves.

    Pete
    #2
  3. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    965
    I tend to dislike riding with gloves because I invariably death grip the bars. Between reduced feel and especially low friction, I will quickly start to grip tighter and tighter. Which means in just a few minutes, my forearms are aching, my hands are going to sleep, and my wrists start to hurt.

    I have found some semi-solutions. Gloves with rubber cement or similar such on the palms that let my relaxed hand hold the throttle open help greatly. Leather grips that tend to stick lightly to leather gloves has also worked. Fatter grips that hold my hand more open also seems to help reduce the strain.

    I'm also quick to change handlebars. Where my hands are and what angle my wrists are at make a tremendous difference in comfort and control of the bike.
    #3
  4. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    Oddometer:
    15,187
    Location:
    Jax, FL
    I think you guysnare using ill-fitting gloves. You don't want them too tight. Try one size larger. And always go with leather.
    #4
  5. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,296
    Location:
    Detroit mostly
    I agree - size up!!

    I didn't have wrist problems so much as my fingers were getting crunched from the gloves not being long enough. Take something grip-sized with you to try on gloves - a piece of 1/2" PVC or something similar. Make it long enough that you can hold it with one hand and really grab onto it with the other, forcing the glove into the web of your thumb. Wrap your fingers around there and hold tight to see if there are any pinches or whatever. If there are, size up!

    Sadly, the gloves I like the best are rather shorter than would be ideal, and I must file my nails away to nothing to wear them. And even then, about an hour is enough.
    #5
  6. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2012
    Oddometer:
    754
    Location:
    Phuket, Thailand
    Plain leather riggers' gloves are what I wear in warmer weather at home in the west.

    When it gets cooler I wear fleece lined leather mittens, with woollen under gloves when it gets really cold and I have a fair distance to travel. Motorcycle experts may suggest that they limit your ability to operate the controls, but once used to them it is not an issue. Operating controls with cold hands and / or bulky gloves is more of a problem.

    I have never been impressed with "proper" motorcycle gloves. They are too bulky, complicated, difficult to pull on, and expensive.

    Where I am now, gloves are seldom seem. Traveling at relatively low speeds in tropical heat we are prepared to take the risk.
    #6
  7. aterry1067

    aterry1067 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    290
    Location:
    Avondale, AZ
    I'm kinda the same as Foxtrapper. If the palms and fingers of the gloves are too thick, then I lose then sensation of touch and end up squeezing with a lot more force. I try to find gloves with thinner undersides. My favorite riding gloves are pilots gloves, which are basically a piece of nomex on the outside and a very thin layer of leather on the palm-side. These would probably provide very little protection, but they provide great touch feedback. I normally wear deerskin gloves though, and like them OK.

    Any glove is better than no glove, but it's also your ride and you can ride with (or without) anything that makes you happy and comfortable.
    #7
  8. woolsocks

    woolsocks Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2011
    Oddometer:
    232
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have 3 pairs of gloves. Two are longer gloves with and without insulation and a gauntlet that goes over the wrist. The third pair is my summer pair that is full leather and ends at the wrist. The summer pair is by far the most comfortable and my stance on the bike is more relaxed since I don't have to hold my arms funny to account for the bulk of the gauntlets. Could the gauntlets be cutting off your circulation or causing you to hold the bars funny?
    #8
  9. VTphoneman

    VTphoneman Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2013
    Oddometer:
    259
    Location:
    New Hampster
    Sounds like the gloves are too small like others have said. Motorcycle gloves should be loose when flat handed. I always make a fist and hold it for a minute or two when trying on gloves. If it doesnt wear out the muscles for your hand it should be good.
    #9
  10. Elusion

    Elusion Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Oddometer:
    85
    Location:
    US
    I'll echo what's already been said: your gloves may have been too small.
    #10
  11. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2012
    Oddometer:
    958
    Location:
    The Beast, California
    Get some leather gloves that fit well. Soak them thoroughly. Ride in them 'till they're dry on a hot day, for a slow ride. Come home, and let them dry completely. Oil the hell out of them. They should fit much better now.

    I've got the same issue, and it seems to be a fit issue. Basically, the gloves fit perfectly until I grab the bars, and then the thumb on the other side of the bar from the rest of my fingers pulls the fabric/leather tight across the back of my hand and my pinky fights it. Had this issue with every pair of gloves I've ridden in. Gotta get 'em wet, and I mean really sweat in them a few times, and they'll fit better.
    #11
  12. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,856
    Location:
    NEPA
    I had the opposite problem. I never used to like wearing gloves, I noticed my hands getting numb on long rides,(I don't take long rides in winter, so figured it was just long rides) but noticed it didn't happen in spring and fall when I wore single layer non insulated leather gloves. Now if I don't wear them even on a short ride my hands fall asleep.
    #12
  13. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,472
    Location:
    US, SE PA & Central ME
    Where is the pain, as in which portion of your wrist?
    Back of the wrist, underside of the wrist, or outside surface(s)?
    #13
  14. BossMaverick

    BossMaverick Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Oddometer:
    249
    I had discomfort with the diameter of grips while using gloves. You really need some flexible gloves for stock grip diameters.

    The $10 solution is to get grip puppies. It makes a night and day difference. I really think that a set would help your pains.
    #14
  15. davidji

    davidji bike curious

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,122
    Location:
    california
    You need to be able to put your hands on the grips, putting some weight on the bars, without the gloves hurting your fingertips. If you can't, the gloves are too small.

    Also it should be easy to curl your fingers around the grips. If the gloves aren't too small, maybe you just need better gloves.

    The point about grip size is valid too. I think grips are typically sized for people with small hands. If you don't have small hands, larger grips might be nice. Grip Puppies are good, though I find they insulate me from the grip warmers too much. If I didn't use heated grips I'd still use Grip Puppies.
    #15
  16. holckster

    holckster dougholck

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2006
    Oddometer:
    905
    Location:
    Lodi, Ca
    These look comfy.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ICON-MENS-PURSUIT-MOTORCYCLE-LEATHER-VENTED-PERFORATED-GLOVES-XL/111324538937?_trksid=p2052191.c100028.m2067&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131025134803%26meid%3D6146564831700040480%26pid%3D100028%26prg%3D20131025134803%26rk%3D14%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D251399968594
    Similar to the Decade gloves I've been wearing for 5 yrs with no issues, but my size is out of stock right now and I feel like I deserve a new pair, so ordered the Icon.
    BTW E-bay is cheaper ($60) than Amazom prime ($75) ???
    #16
  17. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2012
    Oddometer:
    958
    Location:
    The Beast, California
    We'll (I'll) want a review of the Pursuits if/when you get 'em. :evil
    #17
  18. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,856
    Location:
    NEPA
    Btw, you should give up on the TU250, I'll take care of it for you.

    Sent from my KFTHWI using Tapatalk
    #18
  19. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,366
    Location:
    Central OH
    I say try different grips. Get some that you think you need, bigger diameter cruising, grippy dirt bike style, etc.
    #19
  20. Riplinstill

    Riplinstill Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2014
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Asheville, NC
    I don't use riding gloves unless it's really cold. If you ever fall off, the last thing you want to do is put your hands down. I learned that from snowboarding.
    #20