Although it's legs, feet and arms which are put under most stress during a bike road - be it mountain biking or road cycling, it’s the hands which can really suffer on a ride, especially during poor winter conditions. A good pair of cycling gloves brings about a massive array of benefits for the cyclist, helping keep even the toughest of rides enjoyable and productive. One of the biggest reasons to wear cycling gloves, is the protection that they provide to the hands. The hands are one of the first parts of the body to hit the ground if you crash, with them being outstretched onto a wide range of uncompromising surfaces, from downhill trails to tarmac roads. Shredding a pair of gloves is preferable to shredding the skin on your hands, this factor means that many glove manufacturers realise, creating armoured gloves suitable for protecting the hands during mountain biking. Another reason to buy cycling gloves, is the comfort that they provide for the hands - with cycling being one of the most punishing things we can do on the hands. During the bike ride, the hands are constantly gripping the handlebars over a wide range of terrain, which means skin can become rough and broken - with carpal tunnel syndrome in some more severe circumstances. Cycling gloves also provide greater levels of control, when moisture from perspiration or rain can loosen grip levels between bare skin and handlebars. Gloved hands do not slip, meaning handling and braking is easier and safer. Alongside design and style, long finger gloves VS short finger gloves are the obvious choice - with longer finger gloves designed for winter and mountain biking conditions, and short finger gloves designed for road cycling and the warmer summer months. At Westbrook Cycles, all of the cycling gloves that we supply online have been sourced from brands who we know and trust to deliver the very best product, at the very best prices. Brands included within the range include Castelli, Dainese, Santini, Scott, Solo and 100 Percent. You can view the full range above and just get in touch if you have any questions.