Answers to COmmon iSSUES
You don't have my size
We offer our gloves in three basic sizes, small, medium and large. If you need a size we don’t currently offer, email us and let us know. We may be able to do a special size order for you.
WHICH CREDIT CARDS?
Currently, we only accept PayPal. We are working on adding other payment methods, so please sit tight.
what size do i need?
Please refer to the sizing chart. Sizing charts are available in the photo galleries of each item.
But if the chart doesn’t help, maybe this will:
ThiMy hand measures about 9.25 cm wide across the palm. I almost always wear a medium (or size 8) glove no matter the manufacturer.
In Gammi Sport gloves, I can wear both medium and large. But I prefer the snugger fit of the mediums.
Gammi gloves, like those of the 1980s, have large, very stretchy, elastic backs, so they will fit various hand sizes. There is little to restrict the stretch. This is unlike many modern gloves made with a mix of materials.
SHIPPING outside the U.S.
We’ll ship just about anywhere in the world. Shipping rates to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Down Under vary.
Returns and exchanges of new, unused items in their original packaging are accepted within 30 days of purchase. If you want to return your gloves or have a problem with them, please contact us via email and let us know and we’ll do our best to help and make you happy. All returns must include an RA number. Please reach out to us for one.
How do i place a custom order?
We offer custom gloves and bib shorts. We want to get your order right, so we prefer to work directly with you on your custom order. To start a conversation about a custom order, please contact us via email.
HOW SHOULD I WASH MY GLOVES?
We wash our gloves only when necessary. And this depends on how often we ride and in what sort of conditions. My gauge for washing? If they’re visibly filthy and/or stink, I wash them. And when I do, I wash them with my kit using a mild laundry soap like Woolite®—a popular US brand of laundry soap designed for washing delicate fabrics in cold water on the gentle cycle. I basically follow the Woolite® instructions, washing in cold on extra-gentle. This is how I wash all my cycling kit, vintage and new. And, of course, I let them hang dry.
Over time, the leather of the gloves may become stiff. This is normal, especially at the wrist area where sweat can accumulate. It’s one of the things I remember fondly about my gloves in the 1980s. The stiffness usually goes away during riding as the leather becomes soaked with sweat again.
We have never used leather softeners on the leather palms, but have heard it may help keep the leather softer longer.
How LONG WILL MY GLOVES LAST?
That’s a difficult question to answer accurately. It depends on how often you use them, how often you wash them, how you use them and what they may be exposed to.
When we decided to make gloves using the same materials as were used back in the day, it was due, in small part, to the fact that we found the fancy new gloves, with their high-tech materials and high prices, often failed in 2 to 3 months or less. It was the rare glove that lasted beyond 9 months. It was rarer still for a pair to hit the one-year mark. I had come to believe that the modern synthetic leathers and abrasion-resistant fabrics used would mean my gloves would last years. They rarely, if ever, did.
When I set out to make Gammi Sport gloves, my main goal was to bring back the look and feel of the gloves I loved wearing in the 1980s. But, if I’m honest, with the mistaken belief that modern gloves were designed to last kicking around in my head, I worried my gloves wouldn’t stack up, even to the short lives many of mine had lived.
I have worn eight to ten pair of Gammi gloves over the past year. Of those, only one had a minor issue when the Lycra separated from leather on my right index finger by about a quarter inch (6mm). This happened about a month into their use. I continued to wear them to see if it would get worse. The separation never grew. I believe the problem stemmed from a manufacturing error, whereby the sewer failed to get enough overlap between the two materials and the Lycra simply pulled through the thread and away from the leather. I still sometimes wear those gloves, a year later.
I would estimate that I have had no problem getting six months or more from a pair of gloves. I say six months because many of my gloves have only seen action for that amount of time or less. All the gloves I started wearing a year ago (July 2019-July 2020) are still perfectly functional, albeit well-patinaed.
Recently, we received two purchases from customers who bought their first pair about 11 months ago. One of the customers noted in his order that it had been a year since he bought his first.
We can’t guarantee how long your gloves will last, but we can say we’ve been pleased with the results we’ve had, as well of those from customers who have reported in.
WILL YOU BE MAKING GLOVES WITH THICKER
They say, never say never, but probably not. I lamented the fact that gloves with thin padding went away sometime in the 1990s. I never got used to heavily padded gloves and gloves with two, three or even four sets of padding across the palms. One of the big motivators for me to start making gloves was to offer them with minimal padding like the gloves I loved from the 1980s had.
Did you know that the pros of the past (through the early 2000s) didn’t train with gloves on? And the reason they used gloves wasn’t for comfort on the bars, but to protect their hands in the event of a crash during a race?
I understand hand discomfort while riding. I really do. I may be in the minority, but I’ve never found that more padding cured or ever relieved the condition. Looking at my daily habits and lifestyle, I believe much of my hand and wrist pain comes not from cycling (with or without gloves), but from the many hours I sit, typing at a computer and rolling my mouse around. Right now, as I type this, my left hand is in great discomfort and is slightly numb.
When riding, I find it best to move may hands around the bars often. Thinner padding makes this easier and provides a more secure grip on the bars. When I’ve used heavily padded gloves in the past, I found they, like heavily padded saddles and thick chamois pads, tended to press their fleshy masses into my tissue causing even greater discomfort in the form of numbness. It was as if the soft, thick padding oozed into every nook and cranny, cutting off the blood flow deep in my tissue.