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Disposable VS Mechanic's Motorcycle Work Gloves

>> Ashley Benson

February 20, 2013 - San Diego, CA

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Sure, the whole idea of really getting your hands dirty when you're working on your motorcycle is extremely romantic. But it really only takes one or two hours of scrubbing in the garage sink after a quick oil change to clear up any doubts that motorcycle workshop gloves are completely underrated.

Disposable Workshop Gloves

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When it comes to picking up a pair of workshop gloves, a few options are available. The biggest difference with these gloves will be disposable versus non-disposable. The disposable category most often includes Latex and Nitrile. The differences in the type comes down to the material they're made of. Both are good, but some people tend to be allergic to Latex, and the Nitrile work gloves are also a little better at protecting against slightly harsher chemicals.

What They're Good For:

Disposable workshop gloves are perfect for the quick oil change or cable lube job. Easy to get on and off without any clean up afterward, both latex and nitrile work gloves protect your hands from mild chemicals such as oil or lube. Plus, they're pretty darn inexpensive so you won't feel bad about tossing them.

What They're Not Good For:

These gloves are pretty thin, which is what keeps them inexpensive and disposable. But it also means that they won't be much protection when you're really getting into the rough stuff. In other words, don't bother using them to keep your hands protected when you're doing a job that requires elbow grease such as changing a tire. Plus, if you're going to be working out in the elements, these thin gloves won't keep your hands safe in hot or cold conditions.

Non-disposable Mechanic's Gloves

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Fabric mechanic's gloves are pretty much a necessary staple in a motorcycle tinkerer's garage. Most of them will be more expensive than disposable gloves but they vary pretty greatly in price.

What They're Good For:

When you're really getting into the tough stuff, not only are chemicals a worry, but injury and hand fatigue are also common issues with motorcycle maintenance. Fabric mechanic's gloves are great at giving you an extra bit of grip while putting a pretty decent layer between your skin and possible injury. Plus they'll still keep you from getting covered in minimal liquids. Not to mention that these gloves can help keep your hands either warm or cool if you aren't lucky enough to work in a garage with heating or air conditioning.

What They're Not Good For:

While they'll keep you from getting covered in small amounts of motorcycle fluids, they're not the best for doing projects where your hands will come into contact with lots of chemicals. For example, these gloves shouldn't be used when cleaning out motorcycle air filters or lubing your motorcycle chain. It'll keep the chemicals from getting all over you, but you'll find them almost impossible to get clean and end up ruining them. These projects are best done with gloves that you can just toss afterward.

The Bottom Motorcycle Mechanic Glove Line:

Long story short, there's no one better type of glove. Every motorcycle owner who plans on doing all or at least most of the work on their bike should just invest in both disposable work gloves and fabric mechanic's gloves. Leave the harder jobs to the thicker and sturdier mechanic's gloves while using the disposable latex or nitrile gloves for the messy jobs involves a whole lot of chemicals.

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