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    Bike socks

    Bike socks have become my favorite bike-related purchase. I received 2 pair for Christmas last year and now I'm hooked. I like them because they are fun and colorful.

    On today's group ride on the Roubaix, I wore my mountain bike shorts, a baggy grey cotton t-shirt that says "Ride for Life!" on the back, my new red anklets with the daisies, and my Sidis. Fred, or anti-Fred?

    Anyway..... bike socks are much more expensive than other socks of similar style. Anyone know of a source for bike socks that don't cost $10.00/pair?

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    Every year on BRAG a vendor has 3 for $10 Sock Guy socks. Limited selection and a lot of oddball leftovers of custom socks for rides and promotions, but some of them are cool and all of them are good quality.
    They offer the same deal online, but you don't get to choose the designs.
    http://suncyclecenter.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=1018
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    I bought a 12-pack of irregular Hanes low-cut athletic socks for $6. But they are 80% cotton. Which works fine for me as my feet rarely ever sweat. I can ride 40 miles & then pull my socks off and they are dry.

    They look like this:
    http://www.hanes.com/Hanes/Products/...Hanes/H88.aspx

    I've seen cycling socks on sale for $3.99/pr. REI has socks they sell for around $6-$7 pair and sometimes have sales on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yen View Post
    On today's group ride on the Roubaix, I wore my mountain bike shorts, a baggy grey cotton t-shirt that says "Ride for Life!" on the back, my new red anklets with the daisies, and my Sidis. Fred, or anti-Fred?
    It sounded good, at least up to the point where you mentioned the Sidis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    I can ride 40 miles & then pull my socks off and they are dry.
    TMI, Tom. Just sayin'
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    Like T Bomb, I wear cheap cotton low cuts. Unless it rains, my feet stay comfortable.

    So far, I haven't been sucked in by the cutesy sock trend.

    Although I have noticed how nice they look on women , perhaps it's more of a girl thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Like T Bomb, I wear cheap cotton low cuts. Unless it rains, my feet stay comfortable.

    So far, I haven't been sucked in by the cutesy sock trend.

    Although I have noticed how nice they look on women , perhaps it's more of a girl thing.
    What does that say about me? I have lots of 'cutsey' socks. Including the blue and yellow smiley socks the OP owns.

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    Once you go wool, nothing else will seem good enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Every year on BRAG a vendor has 3 for $10 Sock Guy socks. Limited selection and a lot of oddball leftovers of custom socks for rides and promotions, but some of them are cool and all of them are good quality.
    They offer the same deal online, but you don't get to choose the designs.
    http://suncyclecenter.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=1018
    Sorry, it doesn't appear the special is available online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    What does that say about me? I have lots of 'cutsey' socks. Including the blue and yellow smiley socks the OP owns.
    I'm certain that I'm in the minority, as usual, when it comes to style - cycling or otherwise. maybe DnvrFox should do a poll.

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    I like fun socks, period. I like wearing bike socks with my jeans to work. I like the height (not anklets that fall down into the shoe, or higher socks that fall down anyway). I don't think it's a cutesy girl thing.... for me, I can be myself and not adhere the standard cycling uniform. I can express my individuality through socks.

    I cannot imagine wearing wool clothing next to my skin and sweating in it in any weather. What is the appeal? No, really - I want to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    TMI, Tom. Just sayin'
    In this case, it was relevant. The weakness of cotton is when it is wet. If it isn't wet, then cotton is fine. For socks, jerseys, or whatever. For some people, cotton socks would be a bad thing.
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    I never used to wear cycling specific socks- till my LBS gave me a a pair in 2003. What a difference- my feet were comfortable for a 14 hour ride. As Tom said- These were wool socks.

    Then come a certain winter and it was was Cold and wet. I splashed out on a pair of Sealskin socks. Waterproof and warm. Fantastic. It must be the Lack of cotton in Cycling socks that does i.- Now where can I get woolen shorts for those Enduro rides.
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    I could never make up my mind about socks. Some wear white while some wear black. (some wear none but that's a different problem)

    Rather than struggling with the decision I bought about 2 dozed pair of grey.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    I'm certain that I'm in the minority, as usual, when it comes to style - cycling or otherwise. maybe DnvrFox should do a poll.
    I use cheap cotton ankle socks that I buy in bulk at Sams Club.
    I do have two pair of athletic hi-tech socks that I bought 5 years ago for another sport and I wear them from time to time - they are slightly more comfortable on a long ride. I have been thinking about bike specific socks but that might be a good thing for the christmas list.
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    The book is upstairs, I'm downstairs, and I don't want to go up and wake up my wife (I'm 10 minutes from leaving for a 45 miler). The book, "Long-distance cyling handbook" says clearly that only white socks may be worn whilst riding. Period. The book was written by an elistist Brit (probably a Tory), so who am I to argue with him?

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    Since my jerseys are colorful I tend to stick to white or yellow socks. Most are the Livestrong socks I picked up at the events I attended the past two years. Performance and Nashbar usually have socks for $5-7.

    I do have some "just for fun" socks. I bought this pair recently and love them. I always wear them with my 50+ jersey Most people don't pickup on the fellow flipping the bird but those who do just smile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Once you go wool, nothing else will seem good enough.
    I love my wool socks once the temps turn a little cooler. I know they're good in warmer weather but I stick to sandals or my light socks during summer. I even bought non-cycling wool socks to wear after trying the cycling type.
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    Here is a source of cheaper cycling socks. You can pick your own style, or else get the cheaper, grab bag price- they pick the colors for you.

    http://www.longscycle.com/webstore/s...?categoryID=23

    http://www.longscycle.com/webstore/s...?categoryID=23

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    I find them on sale frequently enough, I stock up then. Cotton socks are too bulky. They feel hot and some how make for more friction. Plus on group rides, my beer stein socks helps to remind us of how we choose to relax post ride. A couple beers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    I'm certain that I'm in the minority, as usual, when it comes to style - cycling or otherwise. maybe DnvrFox should do a poll.
    I tried the low cuts and they slip down or don't cover my heel properly.

    I use Freddish high top white socks for everything - walking, bicycling, etc. Or, I wear no socks at all at times.

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    Staying in Logan, UT for the summer where LIN socks are manufactured.
    They had cycling socks, 3 pr for $10, at their annual Sidewalk Days Sale.
    Swapmeets are another great place to pick up cycling sox for under $5 a pair.
    Yeah, 9 bucks a pair is too pricey!
    As for wool cycling clothing, that's all that used to be available. Nice thing about wool is that it does NOT smell even if you sweat heavily. It's warm in cold weather and wicks and keeps you cooler in the heat. Even in the rain you'll be warmer/more comfortable in wool than synthetics.
    The only drawback now is the hefty price.

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    I was at an Orvis outlet store today - I saw wool athletic socks for $6. Unfortunately they did not have anything in my size.
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    +1 Longs Cycle. Cost about $3/pair. Just bought another six pair last week.

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