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You may have already seen this trick, but I hadn’t, so I did a quick write up of it in case any of you wanted to try it.

I usually have my phone mounted on the bike when I ride so I can listen to music. I wear gloves, so it’s impossible to swipe past a song on the phone with my gloves on, since the touchscreen won’t work with my gloves. You could buy touchscreen sensitive gloves, or you could use this cheap fix; for $11.00, you can make every pair of gloves you have touchscreen sensitive.

You need some electrically conductive thread; I bought a spool of it on Amazon, though some better stocked craft/hobby stores may have it on hand. Here’s the link:

https://www.amazon.com/Adafruit-Stainless-Medium-Conductive-Thread/dp/B00SK8M62Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482354720&sr=8-1&keywords=conductive+thread

I just did the index finger on my left hand, since I just need it to swipe the touchscreen to change songs. You could do the finger and thumb if you want to try something like enlarging the screen (obviously, something you wouldn’t do while riding).

The trick is that the thread has to go all the way through the glove, so it can touch your finger inside the glove. I sewed from the outside (the lining of the gloves was too thick to turn the gloves inside out), and made large loops from the tip of the finger down towards the palm. The loops are about a half inch long. I made sure I could feel the thread inside the fingertip of the glove. Once the large loops were made, I ran a few stitches across the fingertip, perpendicular to the large loops, to tack the loops down so they didn’t snag on anything. You don't need to be a great seamstress to do this fix; if you can thread a needle, this shouldn't be any problem.

In spite of how bulky the gloves are, you can still swipe the screen, or dial a phone number (again, not while riding!). It also works for a GPS screen.
 

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That's cool. Is electrically conductive thread just wire?
Clipped from the web: "Most threads are metalized with an alloy of various metals, which can include silver, copper, tin and nickel. The core is normally cotton or polyester."

Essentially, common thread is bonded / embedded with metal particles via pressure or vacuum.
Sometimes, one element of a 4 part woven thread is straight up wire.
 

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The thread certainly gives the appearance that there is no solid strand of wire in it, so I'm inclined to believe that the fiber itself is impregnated with a conductive material.
 

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Odd, my gloves work my Garmin GPS just fine through the Ram Aqua box plastic cover just fine. Not magic threads needed.
 

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I never had a problem using the touch screen with any pair of riding gloves I've owned except my Klim Fusion gloves. Even with rubber gloves on I can still use my touch screen.


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I never had a problem using the touch screen with any pair of riding gloves I've owned except my Klim Fusion gloves. Even with rubber gloves on I can still use my touch screen.


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You're fortunate then. None of my gloves work with a Droid Turbo phone. They do work on a Garmin 2455. Don't know why, and it doesn't really matter now, since with a few quick loops of thread, all my gloves can now work with all my devices.
 

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Nice hack, RCinNC. Pressure sensitive screens (like my Garmin) work with any glove, but capacitive screens (like my smart phone) need bare finger or a conductor. I think I'll "convert" a pair or two of my old gloves!
 

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Nice hack, RCinNC. Pressure sensitive screens (like my Garmin) work with any glove, but capacitive screens (like my smart phone) need bare finger or a conductor. I think I'll "convert" a pair or two of my old gloves!
Thanks, mjcujo! That must be the difference then; pressure sensitive vs. capacitive.

I can't take credit for the hack; I went searching for a solution because I'm too cheap to buy a set of snooty touchscreen gloves, and found a bunch of other guys who had discovered this before I did. It was the cheapest, easiest way compared to new gloves, or some of those brush on solutions that have to be replaced every few weeks. I got enough thread for 11 bucks that I can do all of my gloves, plus the girlfriend's.
 

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Hey guys,

I've been lurking here for a few weeks and reading some good info here.

I bought 4 stylus for $2 from ebay, I just have one on a short string attached to the phone mount. I looked at the thread and some of the other gloves but for $2 this solution works with any gloves.

Cheers
Ruci.
 

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Hey guys,

I've been lurking here for a few weeks and reading some good info here.

I bought 4 stylus for $2 from ebay, I just have one on a short string attached to the phone mount. I looked at the thread and some of the other gloves but for $2 this solution works with any gloves.

Cheers
Ruci.

Yep, and welcome to the forum!

You guys aren't trying to use your touch screen devices while in motion right?

 

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Yep, and welcome to the forum!

You guys aren't trying to use your touch screen devices while in motion right?

I do, to the extent that I swipe the screen when I'm riding to change songs. I can do that without looking at the phone. That's the only reason I did this project, so I could change a song with my gloves on.

I enjoy seeing squids do things like the one in that picture. If it wasn't for guys like that, there's be a lot less "squid fails" videos on YouTube, and I'd be stuck watching cute kitten videos.
 

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My summer gloves have the tips that work on my Samsung Galaxy S6. The winter ones are the challenge. $11 sounds good.
 
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