People riding around with no gloves was my leading indicator that all is not well in the brains of my fellow Americans. I’ve said this before but I will say it again: You don’t appreciate what amazing appendages your delicate paws are until you jack them up, and they’re the things you’ll stick out to break your fall when you fall. The $280 Racer gloves in the photo provide a graphic example of all the places on your hand where things can go most painfully wrong: On the street, $15 Home Depot gloves are way better than nothing. I can still see the little scars on my fingers from 32 years ago from a not-that-fast, no-gloves street crash.