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- 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.
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?