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    Do you where socks when riding?

    Just wondering if people where socks when they are riding or not.

    I wear them when I am mountain biking but not usually when I am road riding.

    This question pertains to when the weather is nice and not like it is these days. Right now I wear boots and wool socks just to get to the garage for all the snow.
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    That question should read WEAR socks and not "where" socks.

    Just a little bit of a brain fart to start the New Year off!
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    I wear them because my feet will get blisters if I don't .
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    I always WEAR socks when I ride. WHERE do I put them? On my feet, of course! Why? Because I am WARY of getting blisters. Besides, DeFeet's WARES are so cool, I can't bear not to WEAR them!

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    I believe my mother drilled into me at a tender age the conviction that not wearing socks is a good way to get a fungus infection on the feet, so I've been a lifelong sock adherent, and that includes when cycling. In three months, I will start receiving my monthly Social Security payments, and I will be able to afford more of those cycling socks, which are infinitely (well, maybe not infinitely, but a lot) better than cotton ones. Maybe that will be the impetus I need to start riding more. I'm not making any New Year's resolution along those lines--I don't make resolutions.

    But I wear socks.


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    I guess I got into the habit of not wearing them from training for triathlons where I don't wear them after exiting the water and doing the bike section.

    I have never had a problem with foot infections and it certainly is cooler on the feet without them.
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    Our nephew used to live in Spain. While visiting he drew our attention to the fact many European- males, I guess- do not wear socks in street clothes, unless dressed for work. It appeared he was correct. Is this common in the world outside Europe. They said that is how Europeans tell- in part- if you are American.
    Maybe this pertains to European cyclists as well? I thought socks helped in delaying smelly feet/shoes and blisters. I have cycling socks that fit my cycling gear. Hate to not wear them. My favorite socks are my french flag and California Republic socks. Would not ride without them. My French flag socks, while touring in Burgundy- were a real hit. If only my French was better.

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    I own 14 pairs of defeet socks, never ride without.

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    My socks are my favorite part of my outfit.

    I have a pair that say Girls Love Dirt, and a pair I got for free from SmartWool from the MTB Championships @ Mt Snow.....



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    But what colour socks do you where?
    Is it a crime against fashion to where coloured or black sock on a bike?

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    I ride on the road most of the time and almost all of my socks are black, dark grey or dark blue. Most of the them are Perl Izumi or DeFeet and have either a logo or design on the cuff. I started wearing the dark socks after years of white socks simply because the white is so darn hard to keep looking clean and bright. I figured if black is good enough for mountain bikers then I'll do the same. Doesn't bother me at all and most of my riding buddies wear dark colors too.

    I think it makes you look cooler and the designs often illicit comments from friends and other riders. One of my faves is a black DeFeet pair with the shape of the barking dog on them that says "Bite Me!" below it. Since I've have my fair share of dog chases I thought it appropriate. They were a special pair that I picked up at a national MTB event a couple of years ago. Limited editions are cool!

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    I live in Iowa and it is 10 degrees. Yes, I wear socks. Lots of them.

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    I always wear socks. Usually smartwool but sometimes defeet.
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    Grey Smartwool most of the time, with the occasional special event socks like the California Republic ones (^5 cyclezealot)

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    Wear socks, all the time.

    My favorite are the Hula Girls Socks by DeFeet. My wife's favs are her Day-Glo Pink Flamingo socks.

    My second fav are my Saeco Lightning Socks. Black socks with Lightning bolts all over!
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    Don't your feet get all jammy if you don't wear socks?
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    i wear waterproof socks ie porells drys
    when im out splashing in the mud [sorry mountain biking]

    when im touring with the tandem i use shimano spd sandals
    take waterproof soks just in case...this solves problem of
    wet shoes...wet feet dry out lol....
    this is for summer tours only...

    winter time thin socks under porelle drys toasty

    also when you wear spd sandals no socks to wash

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    I don't find that my feet get very sweaty at all without socks. The vents in the bottom of my shoes are quite nice.

    The funny thing is I used to wear socks all the time but then I started riding with a group that didn't so I thought I would try it out. It was great. I don't wear them now unless the weather is cooler.
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    I have a pair that say Girls Love Dirt
    Gee! Why am I not surprised?

    Anyway, yes I do. They are black Defeet socks to match my shoes (sometimes I wear white). I'm going out on a limb here and this is just my opinion but here goes. I think riders who don't wear socks look tacky. I mean they are part of the ensemble. Whether you wear your club garb, some pro-team replica or plain jersey you want to look good. I used to ride with some guys who wear some old almost see-thru shorts, tank tops and no socks. I mean come-on! They looked like homeless people just riding a bike to get from point A to point B.
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    I'm a rebel against all of my trackie friends. I always wear socks. I just don't like going without them, that's all. Sometimes when they're even going for a road ride, they won't go with socks in order to be identified as a trackie...yes well, I guess it's all just in my endurance riding roots...

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    Socks ? Yes, hiking wool ones from REI, they are
    cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The thickness also serves to give my foot a good snug
    fit in the biking shoe. And when wet they still keep
    my feet warm.

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    Yes unless I'm wearing sandals...

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    I have only been riding for a little over 2 years, but I always did wear socks...until I saw several people NOT wearing them this last year. I figured I would try it for myself. I liked it alot, so in the summer months I don't wear socks anymore. My opinion is it keeps your feet cooler and dryer than wearing them. I just recently bought a road bike so I will have to experiment with my road shoes this summer to see what works best, but I know I will be sock-less once again for the upcoming summer mountain biking season.(Not that I ever quit riding MTB's)
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