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Sock Cuff Length?

Old 05-04-21, 12:38 PM
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Sock Cuff Length?

What's the current fashion for sock cuff length?

I'm seeing a lot of riders out there with 6" crew-length socks. They look like gym socks.
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That seems to be what all the cool kids are wearing. I prefer a 3-4", but I'm old and not soo cool anymore.
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The current fashion trend is definitely for longer socks. My preference is 4"-5".

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Old 05-04-21, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Snotrub View Post
I'm old and not soo cool anymore.
Thanks. I'm old and have never been cool, so the 3" cuffs suit me fine.

Although those 6" Wollie Boolies are nice in Winter.
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I picked up 3 pair of Darn Tough cycling socks on clearance a few years ago. They come to just above my ankle joint so definitely not cool but they are comfortable an wear like iron. And since I ride solo I see a lot more rattlesnakes and roadrunners than other cyclists and they don't seem to care one way or another how high my socks are. Winter I have some heavier mid calf socks I wear with my long compression tights.

Honestly, when I do meet other cyclists I don't think I've ever looked at their sock length. It just seems really stupid.

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I like the Swiftwick Four size. I used to wear the Ones, but dirt/dust always seemed to get in my sock...LOL...
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I have a few pairs of tall socks and they all are pretty tight. I wonder if hight is for the compression effect?
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I prefer 4" cuffs.

Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
I have a few pairs of tall socks and they all are pretty tight. I wonder if hight is for the compression effect?
I can't see lower leg compression being too sought-after. There can be an aero advantage, though (which is why the UCI is regulating it), so that, along with fashion, are probably the main reasons.
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I wear Swiftwicks in the One length. I'd wear the Zero length, but I need the sock to come above the top of the shoe. As for what the current trend is, I'm not up on that. I think Bill said it best.

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Apparently 6" or 4" depending on leg length. The sock should end just below the calf muscle. Gravel and MTB do their own thing, you might see what resembles 80's aerobics leg warmers.
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Didn't we beat this up a few weeks ago in another thread? Don't know if I posted anything in that thread, but I care not to be fashionable.

The pro for short socks is that if you have a gunky chain, it's easier to wash off you than the sock. The con's? I can't think of any unless being afraid they are out of fashion is one.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
I have a few pairs of tall socks and they all are pretty tight. I wonder if hight is for the compression effect?
In the running segment you see lots of runners, particularly people in the 50+ crowd wearing knee length compression socks or sleeves. I have a couple pairs of Swiftwick Aspire 12s. Mostly use them in cold weather during marathons. You can feel the compression. I can't say if they improve my performance or not.(still BOP) My wife thinks knee length compression socks or sleeves really help with recovery after a long event. I guess if a person thinks they help, then they do.
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I really dislike the look of the longer socks. Reminds me of the socks my grandpa used to wear under his slacks back in 1969.


Plus, the short ankle socks in XXL PI choke my ankles. Not big round ankles but from front to back, seems wide so socks don't fit well. I can't imagine having long sock choking my ankles and above. Looks really uncomfortable wearing long socks. I like just enough to protect my feet from the shoe without the choking. Plus graphics fade as they stretch. My rubber ducky socks always looked like overly stretched faded rubber ducky socks.


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I need socks long enough to show off the cool colors/designs but short enough to show off my muscled calves.

The socks in the above photo are too short.
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Isn't the right sock length not so long that you get mistaken for a runner, not too short to be mistaken for a triathlete?
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
I really dislike the look of the longer socks. Reminds me of the socks my grandpa used to wear under his slacks back in 1969. ..............................
I'm a Great Grandfather x 2 and my socks are above calves with smiley faces, stripes, colorful designs on them AND my wife made water bottle covers that I put over the bottles to keep ice water and BUD 0.0 colder longer or the coffee warmer longer and also helps to keep the bottle's top cleaner.
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I wear footies. I hate the look of socks beyond my cycling shoes. Not to mention the tan lines. Plus, longer socks are heavy. Lol.
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15cm. This has to be correct because it's metric.
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I wear baggy shorts just below my knee. Socks must be long enough to overlap just under my shorts.
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Long socks or short; as long as my left and right sock match each other, I consider that to be a victory.
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My standard: length of whatever, as long as from sock brands I've bought before and they lasted a long time and they are on a discounted sale. Matching is a plus, not required.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
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The pro for short socks is that if you have a gunky chain, it's easier to wash off you than the sock. The con's? I can't think of any unless being afraid they are out of fashion is one.
The pro has to wear socks that meet the current UCI standard. Cons better wear socks that meet their fellow inmates' approval. The rest of us can wear what we like. This is a free country.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I wear short to shortish Sock Guy socks, longer with tights or warmers and longer still on cold days. I almost always wear silk liner socks or in winter, old man's near knee height length socks under.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
The pro has to wear socks that meet the current UCI standard......
I forgot about the professional cyclist. I guess they do need to conform to rules.

I'll have to tell a few about that when I see them riding in the kit of their favorite team and their socks don't measure up!
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This is addressed in Rules 27 & 28.
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I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version of the rules cover it:

Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
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