Are cycling socks a waste of money?

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Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 14 Aug 2017, 7:28pm

I'm beginning to get the cycling bug well and truly, currently riding a Giant hybrid, but have a road bike on the way in three weeks.
On the learning curve that is SPD pedals and shoes, a few hairy moments, but fingers crossed no scars as of yet...

I see a lot of ads for cycling socks, and am wondering it they are a fad, an advertisers made up gimmick or actually of worth.
Walking socks have been a part of my armour for a while, invaluable on hikes, and have running socks for the days I have the knee capacity to continue running.

The running socks have so far been fine in either trainers or the Shimano shoes, but am wondering if there is something to gain from a few decent pairs of cycling socks.

All thoughts, good and bad, grateful received.

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Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Heltor Chasca » 14 Aug 2017, 8:00pm

Total fad/gimmick/con, but my Handlebar Moustache socks from Velotastic are the comfiest things I own.

Feet are one of the 3 cardinal contact points that I believe you should look after. They are integral, but don't flex much in cycling specific shoes so they are prone to getting cold and having circulation issues. I moved my cleats backwards and ditched the inner sole and I'm comfy. Decent socks do help even though in the past I've ridden with nothing other than the shoe in hot weather.

In temperate climes my feet are warm but not sweaty and they don't ruck up so I don't get hot spots.

Love them. Wouldn't be without them, but any good quality sock will suffice.

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Re: Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 14 Aug 2017, 8:04pm

That's what I was thinking....thanks for the great response.
Might buy one pair and compare any difference in feel and heat/comfort between them and regular running socks.

I've found the Shimano shoes pretty stiff, but as the velcro tabs fit securely, I don't feel too much movement during cycling.

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Re: Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby robgul » 14 Aug 2017, 8:06pm

Have to say I find that cycling-specific socks are more comfortable - especially the Aldi ones - possibly because of the "compression" effect.

I suffer from peripheral neuropathy (affecting just my feet and lower legs) as a result of chemotherapy and the advice was to wear tight-fitting socks to ease the discomfort (I even sleep in compression socks!) That said the specific socks were still better even before the chemo stuff, especially when I changed to clipless about 15 years ago as I was getting "SPD foot" from pressure on the cleats.

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Re: Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby mattsccm » 14 Aug 2017, 8:16pm

Not really as long as what ever your wear is comfortable. Of course this may be cycling specific socks for some reason, maybe because your others are awful. I like thin wool. Warmer when wet and not so sweaty.
More important is length, style and colour. 8) Never ever saggy grey M&S ones worn at half mast and especially if with pasty white legs. Tall socks work best with long legs. Ignore Froome and Wiggins if you're a stumpy like me. Crisp white looks good until dirty. Maybe carry a spare pair for café stops? If a logo, they should match your cap. No world champion stripes please unless you are a world champion or they are cheap. Black is boring. If you have no more than size 8 feet try ladies socks. They come in nice bright stripes etc and are a bit shorter in the leg. Always wear them the same length otherwise your tans lines won't be sharp. All this is very important. :lol:

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Re: Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby freiston » 14 Aug 2017, 8:23pm

I wear the Aldi cycling socks (but they do sell different types - I like the ones with plenty of material above the ankle - can't be doing with socks that barely cover the ankle). They are very comfortable, hard-wearing and as cheap if not cheaper than any decent sock - so on that point I would say they are better value for money than regular socks. I couldn't comment on any other cycling sock though.
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Re: Does anyone know.....are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 14 Aug 2017, 9:04pm

I hadn't taken the compression effect into account when thinking about this. Makes sense though.
Certainly worth a try then. Off to Aldi after work then.....!

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Postby gaz » 14 Aug 2017, 9:41pm

My opinion of Aldi cycling socks was also "worth a try". After trying, next time I saw them in store, I bought some more.

They remain my go to socks for summer riding.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby philvantwo » 14 Aug 2017, 10:29pm

Only wear socks in the winter to keep my toes warm, never wear them in the summer and who wants a daft tan line just above their ankles?!!

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Postby Wynne71 » 14 Aug 2017, 11:05pm

Found some dhb merino socks on Wiggle at £5 a pair, half price. Worth a try, so ordered some. If they are hype and no good, they still look like decent socks.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby eileithyia » 14 Aug 2017, 11:12pm

Summer I wear 'trainer socks' to avoid as much as possible the ankle tan line... :lol: vain? Moi? And find them perfectly comfortable.
Winter I wear some cycle specific socks I have picked up from retail line in Mallorca, nowhere the price of some socks, or for very cold days have used some thicker walking socks. I certainly would not be parting with excessive amounts of money for cycle specific socks.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby mjr » 15 Aug 2017, 12:31am

I'm another user of walking socks or extra-long merino cycling socks. Many cycling socks are just too damned short - there's no reason to have a gap between trouser cuff and sock top that you have to put sunblock on or it gets burned!

I have a very warm pair of tall ski socks that get used in deep winter. Mmmmm, toasty and worth whatever I paid for them! :lol:
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Malky 1422 » 15 Aug 2017, 7:51am

Having just returned from the Semaine Federale, and looking at some socks at the exhibition, the sales guy came over giving me all the virtues of these socks at a mere 17 eu. a pair. I always stock up when Aldi have them in at about £3 and they are fine. We also never realise how long our big toe nails are getting either untill they have cut a hole in the sock...I cant afford these boutique prices.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby brooksby » 15 Aug 2017, 10:22am

philvantwo wrote:Only wear socks in the winter to keep my toes warm, never wear them in the summer and who wants a daft tan line just above their ankles?!!


Oh, I don't know about that. I think having a tan line just above your ankles and around your knees, plus a defined "short sleeve" tan line, is like a masonic handshake :D

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 15 Aug 2017, 12:00pm

That made me laugh! Wearing the tan lines of cycling with pride.