If you’re a bike mechanic, chances are high that you go through a lot of disposable gloves. The nitrile gloves are great for protection from chemicals and provide excellent manual dexterity, but they’re certainly lacking in the durability department. However, going to a thicker glove usually results in not being able to properly work on the complex parts of the bicycle. Of course, then there’s that whole thing about throwing away many nitrile gloves once they rip and become worthless.
If you’re looking for something in between the bulky mechanic’s and thin nitrile gloves, Finish Line may have the answer. Designed to be reusable but thin enough as to not compromise your dexterity, Mechanic Grip Gloves look pretty good…
Made with a polyurethane palm, the gloves Will protect you from brake or suspension fluids as long as you don’t dip your whole hand into a bucket. The coating is also thin enough that all but the most intricate tasks should be possible while wearing them. Additionally, the back of the glove is left as open mesh for breathability. Available in the small/medium and large/extra large, Mechanic Grip Gloves will sell for $4.99 a pair.
Now that your hands are covered, Finish Line also has something for your floor. Their new Absorb-it Mat is meant to go under your repair stand or even your trainer and is capable of absorbing a substantial amount of liquid. Available in two sizes, the large mat will hold an impressive 2.5 liters while the smaller will hold 1 liter. Once the mats are full, they can be power washed clean and then air dried and they will go back to their original shape. Absorb-it Mats will sell for $13.99 for the small and $29.99 for the large.
While these lubricants aren’t new, their tiny packaging is. Called the pocket size, the 0.65oz bottles of lubricant are perfect for sticking in your car, your pack, or anywhere someone might ask “yo, you have some chain lube?” Dealers will be able to order them in a 30 Pack fishbowl and each bottle will sell for $2.99.
Over at another table across the show, White Lightning was showing off their new Matte Finisher. Designed specifically to clean matte finish frames, the cleaner uses a foaming spray and is safe for all materials and paints. Each aerosol bottle will sell for $9.99.