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post #1 of 21 Old 04-26-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Having come off a couple of times and been fortunate enough to not have a hand injury (both 'sliders', not impacts with fixed objects) I am asking if the knuckle guards do anything but help sell gloves?
A double layer of leather on the palm/heel of the hand, little finger and knuckles seems to do the job, so why the titanium/kevlar/unobtanium twinklies on the back?

On an associated note, there were gauntlets on both pairs of gloves and that seemed to be quite effective in keeping the sleeve from riding up.

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so why the titanium/kevlar/unobtanium twinklies on the back?
Ever been hit in the knuckles by a flying stone or insect at speed? I have and I wish I had had knuckle protectors on gloves in those days.
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It depends on how you hit. The knuckle bones are very near the surface and are major joints. Bones can be bridged and repaired but ruin those joints and the hand will never be the same. I have 34 screws and mini bridgework in my hand from a high speed get off but my knuckles were untouched due to the Kevlar cover so I can use a clutch again.

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These were the gloves I was wearing when my last bike lost fight to a pickup truck. I believe they speak for themselves. My hands came out without so much as a scratch.
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It depends on how you hit. The knuckle bones are very near the surface and are major joints. Bones can be bridged and repaired but ruin those joints and the hand will never be the same. I have 34 screws and mini bridgework in my hand from a high speed get off but my knuckles were untouched due to the Kevlar cover so I can use a clutch again.
Ah Jeeze Greywolf, I'm trying to eat dinner here and now can't rid my mind of the image of your hand that needed 34 screws to put it back together...get any arthritis in that hand?

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get any arthritis in that hand?
It's really in the wrist. The break in the wrist only had three screws but it involved the joint. I've had arthritis in my left knee for over 40 years so it's nothing new. I have a pretty high pain threshold so I do okay.

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Road Gloves :
Having come off a couple of times and been fortunate enough to not have a hand injury (both 'sliders', not impacts with fixed objects) I am asking if the knuckle guards do anything but help sell gloves?
A double layer of leather on the palm/heel of the hand, little finger and knuckles seems to do the job, so why the titanium/kevlar/unobtanium twinklies on the back?

On an associated note, there were gauntlets on both pairs of gloves and that seemed to be quite effective in keeping the sleeve from riding up.

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13 years of roadracing, I've done the experiments. Knuckle guards are good.

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Besides the aforementioned rocks and debris...

I know we don't have lane splitting up here (yet), but imagine your knuckles coming in contact with a vehicles side mirrors at speed as you cruise by.

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Good stuff guys!

As a much younger man, I did an extended lean against a roadside barrier (25+ yards) and only wore out the top layer of leather - both the glove and the jacket - against it. I've no idea why I held onto the bike that long!

Being safety oriented, (I'm a Risk Manager by trade) this really is of interest to me. It does seem that most gloves concentrate on the uppers to the detriment of the palm, pinkie and wrist areas. What is the ratio of palm to back of hand injuries? Never seen any stats, although Workers Compensation stats are all about palm and wrist, they are skewed for our purposes.

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+1 for knuckle guards reducing injury.
CF was guard was effective and did not splinter or wear thru.

Earlier I had a pair of what seemed to be tight fitting guantlets, one of which came right off without any marks on the gloves.
Pity I cannot say the same for the back of my hand.

When selecting gloves I always look for hard knuckles (CF or GRP).
I do not select gloves with plastic or metal knuckle protectors. I also check the shape, some are too u-shaped and dig in on the edges.
I also look for double leather on the bottom edge of the hand extending up the pinky.

I consider hard finger joint covers and also odd lumps on the wrist section to be a cosmetic waste of leather/plastic
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