Gloves for Triathlon Bikes
A Triathlon bike has multiple contact points. One of these contact points is our hands on the aero bars. A challenge for most riders is choosing the correct glove. It is important for riders to find one that provides comfort and grip, while at the same time one that won’t modify your bike fit. The most common problem with traditional cycling gloves is the extra padding. This extra cushion is designed to give you comfort on road bike handle bars, but not on the aero bars of a triathlon bike.
The photo above demonstrates a rider’s hand resting on the aero bars without gloves. Notice how the hand and wrist are in a natural position while holding the aero bars.
The photo above demonstrates how choosing the proper gloves for triathlon bikes maintain the hand and wrist in a natural position while holding the aero bars in this case we used the Giro Zero
The photo above demonstrates how using a traditional road bike glove with the extra padding dramatically modifies a bike fit by forcing the rider to bend the wrist at an uncomfortable angle in order to maintain a grip on the aero bars in this case we used the Pearl Izumi Pro
After many years, manufactures have recognized the need for triathlon specific gloves. The gloves that I personally use and recommend to my clients are the Giro Zero . They are designed for riders who want a direct connection to the aero bars without the risk of changing their bike fit.