As winter approaches, trail side repairs lose their summer appeal due to the amount of gloop on the bike. Obviously, better tyres and slime tubes reduce the likelihood of punctures, and cleaning and servicing improve your bike’s reliability. Despite this at some point something will go wrong. In the cold and the rain many of us keep our gloves on and get them covered in oil and mud. This means that we usually wreck the gloves and make the grips dirty. Carrying small wipes or a cloth helps, but a better solution is latex gloves. They last several uses and can be stored clean if you turn them inside out. They allow fingertip adjustments and prevent your sandwiches tasting funny afterwards! So if you have a box in the garage carry a pair in an outside pocket of your backpack and save your biking gloves and avoid Montezuma’s revenge.