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Trackliche 03-20-14 09:32 PM

Socks or No Socks- the Definitive Thread in a Single Post!
 
Oh, the never ending sock versus no sock for sprinters debate. I thought I would post a question, but knew the answers already. As such, I have saved each of you the time spend responding by simply writing out your responses myself.

Dalai- Simple one sentence answer.

Quinn- I generally try to find the most uncomfortable way to ride. Some days it's with socks, some days it's without. Either way, I'd rather spend the effort doing another six or seven 750m repeats (at only 99% of max) than making a selection from my sock drawer. That said, there's some information about what method is best, but my coach asked me to keep it secret. Do what works for you, I'll do what works for me, and if we sprint one another I'll F'ing eat you.

Carleton- I'm not so sure, Quinn. I've done a season with socks, a season without socks, a season alternating socks, and a season with a layer of almond butter on my feet instead of socks. Having spent close to a year's worth of time scouring the net for every single photo including the feet of a track sprinter, I'm pretty well qualified to speak on what every single pro in the world does, too. At this time, my conclusion is that you'll have to decide for yourself.

Quinn- I don't understand why Carleton is arguing. We're saying the same GD thing. Why doesn't anyone take me seriously?

Carleton- ;)

Carleton- Here's an obscure blog post from a very recently retired World Cup coach that outlines a few basics about socks.

Baby Puke- I play it by ear. I like training old-school without socks like we did in keirin school, but whatever floats your boat. These days, I'm just satisfied if I have *time* to put socks on. You know, the baby puking and all.

Carleton- Awesome one-liner about socks.

Carleton- And here're about 40 pictures of Team GB testing socks vs. no socks

Carleton- And here's a graph that has something to do with socks

Quinn- Great. In the time you did that research, I trained enough to. . . well, I trained a whole lot.

Brian Ratliff- According to some crazy engineering law, it's obvious that socks are considerably more efficient than going barefoot. It essentially boils down to heat dissipation and energy use. Simple, really.

noglider- I just love you guys, I love track bikes, and this whole thing is just really really cool.

JMR- Socks are quite comfy, keep the shoe-stench down, and generally provide a greater aesthetic. I'm a fan, as are many of my mates down here where the weather is fading into autumn.

Carleton- Here's a pic of a race at Dick Lane. Steve Hill has socks, I don't have socks. One of us won, but I don't think it was because of the socks. :D

Kayce- Socks hurt technique. Work your technique.

xengravity- Oh crap. I think socks might be a problem for me. I've bought the perfect track socks, but I'm not sure I have them set up correctly. Help?

Alleghenyjet- At my age, the socks just keep wrinkling around my ankles. But I'm gonna race like hell this weekend!

Trackliche- Wait, what?

-TC

gtrob 03-20-14 10:31 PM

haha nice.

The only people who don't wear socks are nasty triathletes who like to pee all over their saddle and tape their lunch to every corner of their bike.

Baby Puke 03-20-14 11:35 PM

This is awesome. And I actually have an opinion: Road, socks. Track, no socks. Why? Bobby Walthour, that's why.

carleton 03-20-14 11:51 PM

Hahahahahaha!!!! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. You got us all just right!

I'm still confused, though...

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/...90_468x345.jpg

http://kirklandcoaching.files.wordpr.../chris-hoy.jpg

Both are Hoy :(

jods 03-21-14 02:25 AM

The bottom picture is Jason Kenny, blue Bonts with the Logo covered up. Also double strap, think Chris always used a single strap and either black or white Bonts

Velocirapture 03-21-14 07:10 AM

HAAAHAHAHAHA! :roflmao2:

queerpunk 03-21-14 07:29 AM

this is ******' terrific*. almond butter killed me. multiple sequential carleton posts killed me. so dead-on! chapeau, sir.




*even though i take umbrage at my exclusion. :50:

VanceMac 03-21-14 08:43 AM

Aces. Nailed it!

Velocirapture 03-21-14 09:10 AM

oh wait! haha - and don't forget that if you do decide to by socks, fit is critical. No point in spending xxx on fancy socks if they don't fit perfectly

:p

carleton 03-21-14 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jods (Post 16597490)
The bottom picture is Jason Kenny, blue Bonts with the Logo covered up. Also double strap, think Chris always used a single strap and either black or white Bonts

I stand corrected!

Quinn8it 03-21-14 09:18 AM

**** Socks!

Brian Ratliff 03-21-14 11:17 AM

Hilarious ;).

DMC707 03-21-14 11:25 AM

No socks for me - ever . not on track , road or mountain bike (I have 11 4E feet and haven't popped for full custom shoes yet is why)

---looks like you put a lot of thought into this thread though, i busted out 3 sets of deadlifts and 1 set of zercher squats in the time it took you to write it :thumb:

shotgunBOOMBOOM 03-21-14 12:27 PM

I have lurked and pored over every thread in this forum over the last couple weeks and this. is. hilarious. I lost it at Carleton's emoticons.

Impreza_aL 03-21-14 02:22 PM

http://atomicss.com/wp-content/uploa...isane_6095.jpg
http://m6.i.pbase.com/o3/11/664411/1...TheoBos.jl.jpg

socks of the correct length!

carleton 03-21-14 02:27 PM

UCI Banned Socks that cover the Shoes :(

(Unfortunately, this is true.)

carleton 03-21-14 02:33 PM

We can't do this anymore:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/135/36...d6a86dfbb3.jpg
(Michael Creed)

Source: Men's Points Race | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I think I have a photographic memory...not sure why or how I remember these images or their sources :(

slindell 03-21-14 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carleton (Post 16599171)
UCI Banned Socks that cover the Shoes :(

(Unfortunately, this is true.)

UCI also banned socks that go higher than mid calf. I think they are working on a 3:1 rule - foot length must be at least 3 x sock height with measurements required unless using UCI certified socks.

gtrob 03-21-14 03:25 PM

Really? So UCI would have an issue with this?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6MYVVbdiYW...0/DSCF7073.jpg

slindell 03-21-14 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gtrob (Post 16599294)
Really? So UCI would have an issue with this?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6MYVVbdiYW...0/DSCF7073.jpg

Tall socks, no sleeves - that must be a triathlon.

Trackliche 03-21-14 11:43 PM

So glad you all enjoyed it. Also so glad the thread descended into nudity. Nice work!

-TC

Six jours 03-21-14 11:49 PM

I feel left out. Make fun of me too, damnit!

taras0000 03-22-14 11:47 PM

That's a double strap on Hoy's set up in that picture.

jods 03-23-14 04:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by taras0000 (Post 16602668)
That's a double strap on Hoy's set up in that picture.

But that's not Hoy, it's Jason Kenny.

taras0000 03-23-14 07:20 PM

True. I was speaking of how Hoy is usually seen wearing only a single strap. Just pointing out that he does use doubles as well.


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