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.
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.
Bicycle Crumbs / @bicyclecrumbs / Portland, OR
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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