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Cycling gloves for road and MTB riding

When you are out on your bike, we recommend you to wear cycling gloves for additional handlebar grip. In this buyer's guide we would like to explain to you what the differences are between various types of gloves, which paddings there are, how cycling gloves should fit and what you should pay attention to if you would like to use your smartphone when wearing cycling gloves.

In our online range, you will find a huge selection of women’s, men’s and children’s cycling gloves in all standard sizes, price ranges and colours for road, MTB and touring use. Discover our range of gloves suited for summer and winter, from renowned manufacturers such as ROSE, Castelli, GORE WEAR, Roeckl, GripGrab, ENDURA, Northwave and more.


What’s the use of cycling gloves?

Technical cycling gloves are an essential part of every cyclist’s kit. They are made from high-quality materials and come with practical features. Thicker palms e.g. made from synthetic leather with slip-resistant silicone prints keep sweaty hands from slipping from the bar grips. Additional foam or gel paddings reduce road or trail vibrations to protect your hands.


Which cycling gloves?

The best cycling gloves are no good if they are not the right ones for you and your intended use. Their purpose decides about the materials the gloves should be made of, whether they should have short or long fingers, whether you need a foam or gel padding, whether the gloves should be compatible with touchscreens and so on. Therefore, various types of cycling gloves are available in the ROSE online shop.

For one thing, our range includes special winter gloves. These are cycling gloves made from insulating materials to protect your hands from cooling out. Moreover, many winter gloves with full fingers come with a wind- and water-resistant membrane or surface treatments to protect you from wind, rain and spray.

Depending on their use, you can also choose between road gloves and MTB gloves, to be perfectly prepared for your next tour. We have already categorized them according to the materials and paddings used. This way you know exactly what you need.

In addition, our range includes a choice of short finger gloves and full finger cycling gloves.


Which cycling gloves for winter?

The best cycling gloves for winter are made of a combination of materials that is specially adapted to the cold season. For one thing, cycling gloves for sub-zero temperatures should have a warming lining that provides good insulation against cold. The outer materials of winter cycling gloves are carefully selected to ensure great insulation. Depending on the temperature and your sensitivity to cold, you can choose between windproof, water-repellent softshell winter cycling gloves or thermal cycling gloves with a wind- and waterproof membrane. This ensures ideal protection during the cold season as well.


Cycling gloves – which size do I need?

Choosing the right size of gloves is extremely important. Cycling gloves mustn’t be too tight, nor too large. The gloves should be snug to provide ideal grip and allow for a perfect functioning of the palm padding. They shouldn’t be too tight as to be restrictive and cause your hands to feel numb. The fingers should have enough space and at the wrist, too, the gloves should not be restrictive. Our experts in the customer service centre and in our ROSE BIKETOWN stores will be happy to assist you with choosing the right size.


With or without padding?

If you have already worn unpadded cycling gloves on a tour, you will surely appreciate the effect a padding has. Riding over uneven roads or trails causes micro vibrations that will reach your hands despite a suspension fork on your bike. The vibrations lead to premature fatigue in your hands. Cycling gloves with a high-quality padding are ideal to prevent this. We offer gloves with foam padding as well as cycling gloves with gel padding.


Gel padding

Cycling gloves with gel insert are a great alternative to gloves with foam padding. The gel offers better shock-absorption and thus even more protection from vibrations caused by uneven roads or trails. Cycling gloves with gel are thus ideal for bikers who are looking for strongly shock-absorbing gloves.


Cycling gloves with protectors

Especially in the mountain bike sector it is recommendable to use cycling gloves with knuckle protection and made from robust materials. These gloves have special protectors at the knuckles that absorb impact energy when taking a fall and distribute it over a large area. This ensures perfect protection on your bike tour. Cycling gloves with integrated protectors can be found in the category MTB gloves.


Cycling gloves with touch function for smartphones

Standard gloves make using your smartphone a lot more difficult during a tour. Especially for this use, there are cycling gloves with metal threads at the fingers. These make it possible for you to use your smartphone. Cycling gloves that are compatible with touchscreens are marked as such in the product descriptions.



With these helpful tips, you are sure to find the right gloves for cycling. Simply compare the different cycling gloves and find the perfect pair for your type of sport. Our experts will be happy to help you if you feel insecure and need additional advice.

In our online range, you will find a huge selection of women’s, men’s and children’s cycling gloves in all standard sizes, price ranges and colours for road, MTB and touring use. Discover our range of gloves suited for summer and winter, from renowned manufacturers such as ROSE, Castelli, GORE WEAR, Roeckl, GripGrab, ENDURA, Northwave and more.