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Protect yourself from boring gloves!
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Handske Cycling Gloves

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Express Yourself with Handske Cycling Gloves

Aren't you tired of good gloves with dull designs, or good looking gloves that just don't fit right? Handske matches your mood or gear with reliable performance. Whether you're shredding singletrack, riding #roadslikethese  or ripping the city streets, you deserve stylish protection. Our goal is to create stylish prints on a fixed glove design. 

In our years as cyclists we've been fortunate enough to meet amazing personalities and talented artists in every scene. We wanted to foster a platform for these artists to create, profit and share their art with the cycling community at large.

How to get your hands on them

Become a backer of this campaign and choose your reward. It is really that simple.Your funds will be used to purchase the first production run and pay our artists, you will receive your Handske Gloves at a price only available to backers.

After the campaign we will send out a survey where you can pick your size and model(s) and you can confirm your shipping information and any items you might want to add to your purchase. It's that straight forward. If you have any questions, please email the Handske team at any time.

Who we are

Sem Gallegos and Ard Kessels both have a long history of working in the bike industry, from mechanics to bike shop owners to starting a successful component brand

Sem Gallegos
Sem Gallegos

Ard has worked as a product developer for several garment multinationals, so Handske feels much like a journey back to his roots. Handske is all about bringing the style, bright colors and a good product at a reasonable cost. It is a step away from the micro meters and friction tests, back to the tape measure.

Ard Kessels
Ard Kessels

Featured Artists

Bicycle Crumbs / @bicyclecrumbs / Portland, OR

Mix and match your two Bicycle Crumbs designs.
Mix and match your two Bicycle Crumbs designs.

Bicycle Crumbs needs very little introduction as the in-house designer for Speedvagen and the Vanilla Workshop. He uses unique color palettes, textures and a signature Sharpie Script to draw his love for cycling and bicycles. 

Bicycle Crumbs Gloves: Circles

Love the design, but needs a better name. What's your suggestion?
Love the design, but needs a better name. What's your suggestion?

Crumbs designs were originally submitted as an asymmetric pair. Very different in look, but matching in color. We decided to pull the two apart and make it into 2 designs. You can see the second pair below in the stretch goals. This way we leave the options open to purchase the 2 pairs and mix and match according to how you feel today.

Keira McVitty / @ginger_biskwit / United Kingdom

Professional cyclist, vlogger and occasional artist. Keira has a great affinity with abstract art and strong patterns. 

Can you tell Keira likes bold lines and colors?
Can you tell Keira likes bold lines and colors?

 Rides: 

Wyndymilla Massive Attack with Sram red E-tap and Zipp wheels

Keira's Gloves: PRPL

 

Inspired by bold patterns, thick chunky lines and bright colors, these are a direct reflection of Keira's favorite movements within art: Futurism and Cubism.

Karl Schmidt / @bluehippo / Texas, USA

Karl's art is a free-flow of bright blobs of color that slowly melt across the canvas until all the emptiness has been filled. Also says he loves bikes as much as he loves cycling.

Bright blobs of color anyone? This is one Wicked Fat Chance!
Bright blobs of color anyone? This is one Wicked Fat Chance!

Rides

Road Bike: Serotta Legend w/ black Wound-Up Fork 

Cross Bike: Lysnkey Cooper CX 1x 

Fixed Gear: Seven Axiom (raw ti and pink) 

Mountain Bike: Ventana Zeus 

Fred Sled: 87 Wicked Fat Chance 

Work Bike: Davidson SS/FG 38C fender whip 

l'Erocia: 84 Eddy Merckx [1st gen dura ace]

Karl's gloves: Squiggles

  We challenged Karl with a black and white design. He countered by filling the space with an arrangement of pareidolia swoops and squiggles. Don't worry, we also had to google that word.

 Technical features

Handske Gloves might seem very minimal at first sight, but we have loaded them with just the right amount of technical features to make these your favorite pair of riding gloves.

Stylish protection

While these gloves make you look like a million bucks, it is hard to deny they serve a purpose when you can't keep the rubber side down. Handske gloves are made with full fingers to protect your hands from road rash in case of a crash. 

Sticky palms to make sure your hands stay on the bars in a rain storm or desert heat

 The entire inside of our gloves is covered in a silicone based print that will help keeping your hands on the bars when things get rad.

Touch screen compatibility

 The index finger and thumb have been stitched with a conductive yarn that allows you to operate your phone and GPS device without taking off your gloves. We would not want you to miss that perfect selfie moment.

Extra Lean fit

 Handske gloves are meant to fit you like surgical gloves. Snug around your hands to improve bar feel and minimize bunching on your grips. The side panels on each finger are made of lycra to ensure that perfect snugness.

Neoprene cuffs

By making the cuffs out of stretchy neoprene, we avoid using velcro. Velcro is that stuff that always seems to ruin your brand new jersey in the laundry. Your Handske Gloves will slide onto your hands like your favorite pair of slippers.

Full size terrycloth thumb

For wiping your face after grinding up Alpine climbs. Also works for wiping the smile off your face after bombing back down.

How to order your size

Handske Gloves are made to fit snug on your hands, think of the latex gloves common in the food industry. This extra lean fit will prevent the palm panels from bunching up between your hands and grips and provide the best bar feedback. If you prefer a more loose fitting glove, simply size up.

To find the right fit, measure your hands from the tip of your middle finger to the crease in your wrist. It is the middle of the fold when you tilt your hand forward or backward.

Then use a tape measure or a piece of string and measure your hand around the widest part, across the finger joints, not including the thumb. If your length and width fall in different sizes, follow the larger of the two.

Measure tip of the middle finger to crease in the wrist and around the widest part of the palm
Measure tip of the middle finger to crease in the wrist and around the widest part of the palm

 

hand sizing guide in inches
hand sizing guide in inches

 

hand sizing guide in centimeters
hand sizing guide in centimeters

Stretch goals

We have set stretch goals for our campaign. When we hit these milestones, we will unlock new designs from our existing artists or even develop a whole new glove for spring and autumn riding.

$10.000 Additional design by @bluehippo: Squiggles too

If you thought that Karl's black and white design was wild, see what happens if we add grey in the mix and flip the colors on you. $10.000 in pledges will make it available to all of us little critters.

These little creatures are eager to join you on your adventures...
These little creatures are eager to join you on your adventures...

$15.000 Additional design by @ginger_biskwit: Pista

Keira's second design shows her love for the velodrome and fixed gear racing. We will unlock it once we hit $15000 in pledges.

steep walls and endless left turns. Pista!
steep walls and endless left turns. Pista!

$20.000 Additional design by @bicyclecrumbs: [your name here]

Matching colors, completeley different from the Circles design but tied in with Crumb's unique textures. This glove is a perfect match to wear as a mixed pair with the original submit. 

Bicycle Crumbs did not name his designs. You name the glove to win a pair of your choice.
Bicycle Crumbs did not name his designs. You name the glove to win a pair of your choice.

$35.000 Wind Proof spring glove

The summer can't last forever and at one point we will need a glove that offers a bit more protection from the elements. Reaching the $35.000 stretch goal will give us the opportunity to develop a wind proof, fleece lined glove for those chilly mornings. This will be your favorite glove for the mid-season, not a full blown winter glove.

Bottle design

Here is what the first Handske water bottles will look like. We have have always loved using Specialized bidons on our journeys and will be producing with them.

 

Risks and challenges

Handske gloves builds on a ton of experience in product development for both soft and hard goods.

Producing items with third party manufacturers, bringing them to our office and releasing them to our friends and customers is what we do full time with Kogel Bearings. For this reason, we feel safe to say that we have done everything within our power to design a solid product.

We also agreed on terms, timing, volume and pricing with our hand selected manufacturers and have everything covered in house to handle the logistics of shipping.

With that said, there are always things that can go sideways in international production or shipping. Factories might not deliver as agreed, colors might be different than approved at sample stage and products might have different measurements from what we expected.

We prepared for this by selecting trustworthy factories that we can actually have a conversation with: a US based contact with a team of merchandisers in their owned factory.

If anything goes wrong, all we have to lose is time. It simply takes a while for someone to correct their mistakes. This project is backed by our second business and we have a reputation to protect. Handske's promise to you is that our team will do whatever is necessary to deliver your gloves once we have accepted payment from our backers.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    We glove you too!

    You will receive the 'Handske Gloves, Established 2018' t-shirt to show you glove our project from the start.

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    Early bird

    One pair of Handske gloves in a design of your choice at the lowest price. This will be your last chance for a while to get such a deal on a pair of Handske Gloves.

    (savings $10 off MSRP)

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    One Pair, you pick the model

    You will receive a pair of gloves designed by the amazing designer of your choice. After this campaign we will send you a survey where you will be able to choose your model and size, then take it to the trails and show that you protected yourself from boring gloves.

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    One pair plus a water bottle

    You will receive a pair of Handske gloves of your choice, plus a custom branded Handske water bottle made by Specialized to stay hydrated on your adventures

    (savings $7 off MSRP)

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    Two Pairs!

    Pick any two pairs you like from the three options available. Why support only one artist if you can support two?

    (savings $15 off MSRP)

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    Two pairs and a t-shirt

    You will receive two pairs of Handske gloves of your choice and we will throw in the Est. 2018 t-shirt to show the world you had our back from the get-go.

    (savings $25 off MSRP)

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    Three pairs!

    Why choose if you can have all of the above? You will receive one pair each of the gloves shown in this project.

    Match your kit, your bike or your mood with this package deal

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    Three pairs, two bottles and stickers

    You will be the ultimate Handske brand ambassador, with all three glove designs from this campaign. We will add two water bottles for your extra long adventures and a sticker sheet to spread your Handske love.

    (savings $35 off MSRP)

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    • One pair of Handske gloves by any of our three artists
    • A Handske Gloves hydration bottle made by Specialized
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    High Five Crew, 6 month subscription

    With this package you will never run out of style. As soon as the first delivery hits our desk, you will receive all three pairs shown in this campaign.

    After that, you will receive three more pairs from future collaborations with amazing artists.

    Regularly $200 per subscription.
    (savings $25 off subscription, $35 off MSRP)

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    High Five Crew, 12 month subscription

    One pair for every month of the year! Match your jersey, your grips, the season or your favorite beverage. The opportunities are endless with a full 12 pairs to start your personal Handske collection.

    As soon as the first delivery hits our desk, you will receive all three pairs shown in this campaign.

    After that, you will receive nine more pairs from future collaborations with amazing artists.

    Regularly $350 per subscription.
    (savings $50 off subscription, $120 off MSRP)

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    Team Deal! your logo, our gloves

    Get your entire team looking box fresh! You will receive 40 pairs. 10 team members, 4 pairs each. 20 members, 2 pairs each, you are in charge!

    You get to pick any available Handske design, we will outfit it with your logo and print it as a one time exclusive just for you.

    We will also add 10 sticker sheets for your team mates

    (savings $450 off MSRP)

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    • 10× One Handske Gloves sticker sheet.
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    You're the designer! 62 pairs

    Pledge for this level and you get to work with one of our artists to make your dream glove.

    Slap your logo's on it, a picture of your beagle, your favorite trail, whatever you want. You design and Handske will produce 50 pairs. We will also sign you up for the 12 month High Five Crew subscription service as a thank you and send you 10 sticker sheets to share with your friends.

    (savings $720 off MSRP)

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