I used to pay $35 or more for a pair of cycling gloves, the ones with the fancy gel padding.
A habit I have is if I run over a patch of broken glass, which is quite often on my local bike path; I run the palm of my gloved hand over the front and rear tire.
I do this as I am riding, it only takes seconds, and it will brush away any glass my tire has picked up before it has time to work its way into the tread and cause a flat. The only problem is my nice expensive gloves end up ripped to shreds, usually within a few months.
A little over a year ago when my gloves needed replacing I bought a cheap pair from Wal-Mart for about $5.00. I figured if I was going to wear them out that quickly I would use something that was less expensive to replace.
Well guess what? These cheap gloves lasted longer than the expensive ones; almost a year. I recently bought my second pair.
They don’t have the extra padding on the palm, but I really don’t need it.
The little bit of cushioning my handlebar tape provides I find is enough.
I imagine the palm is not real leather, but it looks and feels like it. The gloves have a mesh back with a Velcro fastening, and a nice feature is a fleecy material on the back of the thumb, which is handy for wiping the sweat from the front edge of my helmet, before it has time to drip all over my glasses.
The other thing is dressing my tires as I have described makes the right glove really dirty. I throw them in the washing machine at least once a week, and let them air-dry over night.
If like me you can live without the fancy padding on your gloves, the next time your gloves need replacing, you will only be risking five bucks if you try a pair of these Bell brand, Wal-Mart cycling gloves.
I’m all for buying quality gear, but in this case cheap and does the job works for me.