Are cycling socks a waste of money?

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby steady eddy » 15 Aug 2017, 12:26pm

I have some "rasta" cycling socks from Brixton Cycles - my son gave them to me as a present -I just love the red yellow and green stripes - they fit pretty well to.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby ian peacock » 15 Aug 2017, 12:37pm

I wear them for racing, but have to be careful: they are often left/right specific. I once started a time trial with them on the wrong feet, and on the command "GO" I shot off backwards!

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby rjb » 15 Aug 2017, 12:40pm

I swear by the thermal hiking socks from Poundland, they were 3 pairs for guess what - a pound :lol:
They are seasonal so may not always be available. They had them in cream, green or black. I have several pairs of the cream ones.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 15 Aug 2017, 12:48pm

Sounds like there are some serious bargains out there.
Looks like I will be trying a few!

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby foxyrider » 15 Aug 2017, 4:23pm

I've used everything from nowt to what I now recognise as horrible knee length nylon things!

My current go to socks are Planet X Merino ankle socks - not too thick but warm in winter and comfortable in summer. Not bothered about tan lines - I go sockless with sandals longer than wearing bike shoes so its sandal lines I suffer from!

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy cycling specific socks but whatever you wear does need to be comfortable - the extra sole padding of hiking/running socks can be uncomfortable in cycling shoes.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby eileithyia » 15 Aug 2017, 10:52pm

Wynne71 wrote:That made me laugh! Wearing the tan lines of cycling with pride.


But of course, rule no 7:- tan lines will be nurtured and kept sharp.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Vorpal » 15 Aug 2017, 11:08pm

I have a daft tan line between my sandal straps.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby mjr » 16 Aug 2017, 11:14am

Tanned skin is damaged skin.
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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby RickH » 16 Aug 2017, 12:17pm

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?!!

(Waves arm enthusiastically in the air!) they go with the one halfway up my upper arm & the pale hands from wearing cycling mitts! :lol:

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby mercalia » 16 Aug 2017, 12:36pm

I just buy "work" socks from Lidl when they come in - are thick and tough and longish

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby Wynne71 » 16 Aug 2017, 12:41pm

Wiggle special offer, two pairs delivered for £10. Feel excellent quality.
Looking forward to giving them an outing this week.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby mig » 16 Aug 2017, 4:51pm

a cycling sock is usually one with a short hose made from cotton, polyester and lycra (or elastane if a cheaper knit.) there is nothing special about them really. sometimes the soles have a loop knit for a softer feel but that oftens flattens in use and the wash.

that said there are some high quality socks aimed at cycling - the defeet woolie boolie is one such - although they are seldom cheap.

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Re: Are cycling socks a waste of money?

Postby landsurfer » 16 Aug 2017, 5:59pm

ian peacock wrote:I wear them for racing, but have to be careful: they are often left/right specific. I once started a time trial with them on the wrong feet, and on the command "GO" I shot off backwards!


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