Retro string back mitts

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Retro string back mitts

Postby Godlykepower » 16 Apr 2015, 8:14pm

...can you still get them? I've seen a couple of places doing synthetic leather ones, but does anyone still make real leather, proper mitts?

I was going to treat myself to a pair of the Dromarti's, but it seems they no longer make them?
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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby botty » 16 Apr 2015, 8:28pm

Looks like these people are selling off their ones:

http://elevengear.com/riding-gear/broom ... ale-items/

but if anyone knows anywhere else I would love to know as well.

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby Godlykepower » 16 Apr 2015, 8:48pm

Those aren't really the style I'm after. They are very similar to the Rapha mitts which are meant to be brilliant, but I really want the string back, not full leather.

I'm tempted by the Brick Lane Bikes ones, but there is no sizing chart for me to consult. I might just take a punt on the synthetic Altura mitts in the meantime. I know they were stupidly expensive, but I'd love to have a pair of the Dromarti's if they were still available.
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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby Samuel D » 16 Apr 2015, 8:55pm

The Specialized 74 gloves are made with real leather (Pittards, to be specific) but are not string-backed. Expensive but well-reviewed. Have ulnar-nerve padding (“Body Geometry”).

Altura make or made a crotchet-style mitt but the palms are synthetic leather.

Brick Lane Bikes sell these, which seem to fit the bill, but I certainly can’t vouch for their quality or comfort.

And Bontrager do a Crotchet Glove which may also fit the bill. I don’t know if they’re available in Europe.

I’m looking for something similar and would welcome other suggestions.



Edit: I posted this before reading your insistence on a crocheted back.

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby rualexander » 16 Apr 2015, 9:39pm

http://www.alpinebikes.com/shop/clothin ... et-mitt-1/

I've had a couple of pairs of these over the past few years, good gloves, size can be a bit of gamble so be prepared to send them back for a different size if you order online.

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby pete75 » 16 Apr 2015, 10:08pm

Although sold as weightlifting gloves these are virtually identical to traditional string back track mitts.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEIGHT-LIFTIN ... 20f0a6d298

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEIGHT-LIFTIN ... 232227fec3

The "weightlifting" gloves in the first link are sold for £1.99 or £2.49 depending on size.
When they become cycling gloves the price increases to £14.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Swiss-Retro-C ... 2ee04dc86a

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Re: Retro string back mitts

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby Dynamite_funk » 17 Apr 2015, 7:37am

pete75 wrote:Although sold as weightlifting gloves these are virtually identical to traditional string back track mitts.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEIGHT-LIFTIN ... 20f0a6d298

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEIGHT-LIFTIN ... 232227fec3

The "weightlifting" gloves in the first link are sold for £1.99 or £2.49 depending on size.
When they become cycling gloves the price increases to £14.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Swiss-Retro-C ... 2ee04dc86a


Exactly what I was going to suggest ;)

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby Vorpal » 17 Apr 2015, 8:58am

I bought mine at a cycle jumble. But the gent I bought them from seems to be (was?) a trader, as I've seen him at other jumbles and cycling events. When I got mine (6 years go?), IIRC. they were £1 per pair. I've seen similar ones at Mildenhalll rally, sold by someone else.

There have been a couple of other threads about this, too.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=86115&p=776803&hilit=crochet+mitts#p776803 was the most recent.
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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby deliquium » 17 Apr 2015, 11:17am

I have the Altura crochet backed with 'synthetic' leather palms, which are well made, wash easily and are lasting well. They have a very useful advantage - for there is a piece of toweling on the upperside of the thumb to provide those of us whose nose much runneth, some benefit from a swift wipe after port or starboard snot rocket manoeuvres :wink:
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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby pete75 » 17 Apr 2015, 12:12pm

Vorpal wrote:I bought mine at a cycle jumble. But the gent I bought them from seems to be (was?) a trader, as I've seen him at other jumbles and cycling events. When I got mine (6 years go?), IIRC. they were £1 per pair. I've seen similar ones at Mildenhalll rally, sold by someone else.

There have been a couple of other threads about this, too.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=86115&p=776803&hilit=crochet+mitts#p776803 was the most recent.


When Cycle Promotions used to go to the York rally they always had a big box of track mitts at a quid a pair. Presumably they did they same at other places.

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby Vorpal » 17 Apr 2015, 12:30pm

Now that you mention it, I did see some at Cycle Promotions sales. And it may have been them at Mildenhall. But I'm pretty sure that the gent I bought mine from was independent. I chatted with him a little (and bought a couple of other items at the same time as the mitts). I did see him at other jumbles and things, but I don't know how far he ranged, as I never travelled too far for that sort of thing, myself.
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Retro string back mitts

Postby Scruff » 17 Apr 2015, 1:57pm

Just had an email through with these mitts mentioned...
(A bit more than a quid a pair)
http://www.velo-heaven.co.uk/collections/cycling-gloves

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby robgul » 17 Apr 2015, 9:35pm

Decathlon had them last time I went in there (and bough 3 pairs) - crochet back, padded, suede finish palms. Superb.

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Re: Retro string back mitts

Postby deliquium » 18 Apr 2015, 5:11pm

What are the best ways of cleaning/washing leather and crochet mitts? Does the leather benefit from any dressing?
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