j-p.s, wind-up merchant, hopefully, wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Mar 2003 16:19:30 -0000, Pete Biggs scrawled: ) The (Ozzo) gel mitts I've used really
> do have a big effect. Something ) physically that chunky can't fail to. I forget to put them on
> them every ) now and then and am _only_ reminded by the discomfort I notice after a ) mile or two,
> and usually turn back to get them because they're so useful.
> I'm not convinced.
Well, you are wrong.
> I used Boots medicated chapstick for years. Every time I stopped using it my lips went chapped and
Funnily enough, I use Chapstick (non medicated). I had dry cracked lips for years, before I tried
it. I don't any more, and yes, probably would again if I stopped using anything.
> The one time I stopped using it for more than a couple of months I realised the chapstick had made
> my lips hypersensitive, and eventually they settled down to the point where I only ever need a
> spot of vaseline in cold weather.
> I don't really experience the discomfort you do. Perhaps if I wore gel mitts for a while, then I
> would when I stopped wearing them.
But I got bad discomfort BEFORE I ever tried gel mitts - for years, and do again now when I stop
wearing them. How clear is that!
Are you so cynical that you think the benefits of every cycling product anyone likes are purely in
the mind? It seems you don't appreciate that other people can't have certain problems (and find
solutions to them) just because you've never had them yourself. And hand-pressure discomfort happens
to be a very common problem for cyclists, as well.
Also, unless your hands are /perfectly/ comfortable, ie. your palms feel no pressure at all, there
is a chance that you might be /more/ comfortable with gel mitts. On the other hand, there's also
quite a chance that you would hate them.
In case you don't know, the overall palm thickness of the mitts I use (at a gel insert) is over 6mm,
so it's not material which is going to have an imperceptible effect. And of course, even thin gloves
have a different effect on hand comfort than no gloves.
> ... On another note, isn't vaseline amazing? Lipsalve, hair gel, moisturiser and makeshift
> emergency bike grease.
...And titanium frame polish. But less convenient than Chapstick - for lips not frames.
~PB FA: 62cm Ti frame: http://tinyurl.com/6stt