So hard to work out which forum to put this in. The spanner night last night reminded me that I still hadn't got around to reviewing the mechanics gloves I bought recently. I looked at many of the offerings from the auto stores but most were simply too bulky (or designed more for appearances than function). So instead I tried the local safety supply store which recommended these: http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/product/pip-g-tek-gloves-34-874.html Apparently they're quite popular with professional mechanics and although their sort of disposable for the average person I reckon they should last a while. Haven't used them much yet but they do certainly seem to work well. Although you lose a little feel they're thin enough to still be able to handle small components - and if the parts are oily/greasy the gloves actually make them easier to manipulate. They should also reduce the risk of getting cancer from the chemicals in fuel/oil, though I mainly bought them just so it's actually possible to work on the bike in winter. Since I buy a lot of stuff from the safety place I was able to buy just a single pair for 5 bucks. Some places though may only sell them by the dozen - in which case it might be worth finding a few other Netriders to share. Also be a good opportunity to stock up on earplugs, cheap sunglasses, reflective vests, etc. (Netrider safety shop night perhaps?).