There was a thread back in the winter or late fall sometime about the use of gloves (and other safety equipment). The consensus was mixed. I personally always wear gloves. I know what it feels like to have no skin on your palms and didn't enjoy it too much ;-)
I ride on the hoods 98% of the time. Cycling gloves manufactures need to add padding in the area between your thumb and index finger and the area in the center of your palm where your thumb meets your wrist.
As far as glove go I wear them all the time year round for comfort and safety.
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) says, "Padding is key. Padded gloves and handlebars cut back on stress and possible injuries." Cycling Sisters echoes this sentiment, suggesting that new bar tape can help pad handlebars and that cycling gloves "add extra padding, relieving some pressure on the hands."
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