I have noticed that many pros and others don't use gloves in cross unless its really REALLY cold. Personally I rarely if ever do a ride of any type without mine.
Do you use gloves?
If not, why?
I am not sure why many don't. Its not like its too hot.
Please help me understand
Good question. In training and warm up I never wear them if it's over 55 for both road & cross. On the mountain bike I'll usually warm up without them then throw them on before it gets technical. I rarely fall in training, but for racing I prefer the extra protection and peace of mind from having a little bit extra protection. I use the 661 Raji and it's the closest I've come to feeling like not wearing gloves.
Yes, absolutely. I used to wear my road gloves,until I accidentally got my fingers into bladed spokes of a rotating wheel on a run-up. Now it is full finger, full time, even though I ride in NorCal where most CX races are warm and sunny.
I recommend a simple pair of six6one w/o padding - only $20. They fit very well and don't take anything away from handling ability or "feel" for the course.
Taken from another perspective, have you ever seen a Formula 1 driver without gloves?
I never thought about it much until this thread, but I always wear them. I have long skinny hands that get cold easily, so that's probably the biggest reason, but I crashed and got some road rash on Sunday from a CX race and cleaning it with scuzzed up fingers and hands would be much worse than it already is.
Unpadded, full-finger all the time on the 'cross bike. I couldn't care less on the road. But in the dirt I'm always falling, grabbing stuff and getting mutilated. I crashed this weekend and cut my hand through my glove. Glad I had them on.