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Oh, so this is why cycling socks cover the ankle...

Old 08-22-11, 04:21 PM
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Oh, so this is why cycling socks cover the ankle...

For some reason, the "Insert Image" tool isn't working; but I got a nice chainring bite on the back of my right ankle today. I'm assuming that this is one reason for the quarter-length on cycling socks, which I intend to pick up ASAP.
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Old 08-22-11, 04:23 PM
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"Not for the super-squeamish"
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Old 08-22-11, 04:25 PM
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Actually, socks are not safety equipment. I've never heard of this problem before.
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Originally Posted by grolby View Post
Actually, socks are not safety equipment. I've never heard of this problem before.
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Old 08-22-11, 04:27 PM
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I'd guess cycling socks cover the ankle so that cycling sock manufactures have a good place to display a logo.
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Never heard of this problem either. Are your cleats on the bottom of your shoes?
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Old 08-22-11, 04:28 PM
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If it can cut through your skin, thin fabric probably won't do much to slow it down.
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Old 08-22-11, 04:32 PM
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Socks don't provide you much protection. I took a spill a few weeks ago. My ankle got scraped up through the sock, and the sock appears to be undamaged.
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To insert an image it's easiest by using the "Go Advanced" option and copying the image location from a website like Photobucket or Shutterfly or the like.

But many members really do not care to see bloody messes so I wouldn't encourage you to do so.

How the heck did you do that, anyway?
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Old 08-22-11, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Nerull View Post
I'd guess cycling socks cover the ankle so that cycling sock manufactures have a good place to display a logo.
Probably this.

I now buy taller socks so that in the Winter, I can make sure my leg warmers or tights overlap instead of expose cold ankles.
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Dude, you are screwed. All that hair is going to make it impossible for those wounds to heal. Good luck pealing the band-aid off. Ouch!
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How did you get 4 perfectly parrallel marks from one chainring that is at a right angle to the natural leg position?
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Dude, you are screwed. All that hair is going to make it impossible for those wounds to heal. Good luck pealing the band-aid off. Ouch!
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Originally Posted by travelerman View Post


"Not for the super-squeamish"
So mr. traverlerman, it was a chainring bite you say. Did you like it so much that you tried to do it again three more times? What exactly were you doing with your bike when those "bites" were incurred?
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Old 08-22-11, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post

How the heck did you do that, anyway?
While approaching a stop, I generally [disengage, unhook, pull-loose] my right cleat from the pedal while slowing down, then when I am almost stopped, I set my right foot down on the pavement until it's time to get going again.

For some reason (slight decline altering my speed, fuzzy head from a longer-than-usual ride, Pretty Running Girl across the intersection waiting at the light to cross my way), my bike went to the left, and before I could dis-en-cleat my left shoe, I hit the pavement on my left side, and struggled - comically, I'm sure - to twist the cleat from the pedal with my own weight and the bike's bearing down, and with nothing to hold onto, since I could not make contact with the pavement with my right foot (locked in place sideways as I was). Somewhere in the epic struggle - either the initial fall, or the effort to loosen my left foot, my right ankle sustained the (looks-worse-than-it-is) crankarm bite in the photo, as well as some mild road rash on the momentarily-trapped left knee.

I didn't notice the right-ankle crankarm bite until I was pedalling away again, then felt something wet on the ankle - unfortunately, not a dripping water bottle.

(BTW, the Pretty Running Girl stopped and asked if I was OK, and I indicated that - with the exception of my injured pride - I would be alright).

Now... does anyone know how to fix a saddle scuff? Two or three small pieces of leather on the left side of my Selle Seta M are raised/ripped, and its only being one week old (along with the bike), I am more sick about that particular injury than the one to my ankle..
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Well, that's a hell of a tipover story. I suspect the girl is embellished or entirely fictional.

When I tipped over, I was surprised by a car and stopped abruptly, despite technically having the right of way but obviously a bit more at stake. Still clipped in with both feet, I went over. Very tame bump on elbow, bruise on hip. No snakebite, but more importantly no pedestrian witnesses.
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Well, that's a hell of a tipover story. I suspect the girl is embellished or entirely fictional.
Give the man a bone. He might be in a dry spell.
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Originally Posted by travelerman View Post
While approaching a stop, I generally [disengage, unhook, pull-loose] my right cleat from the pedal while slowing down, then when I am almost stopped, I set my right foot down on the pavement until it's time to get going again.

For some reason (slight decline altering my speed, fuzzy head from a longer-than-usual ride, Pretty Running Girl across the intersection waiting at the light to cross my way), my bike went to the left, and before I could dis-en-cleat my left shoe, I hit the pavement on my left side, and struggled - comically, I'm sure - to twist the cleat from the pedal with my own weight and the bike's bearing down, and with nothing to hold onto, since I could not make contact with the pavement with my right foot (locked in place sideways as I was). Somewhere in the epic struggle - either the initial fall, or the effort to loosen my left foot, my right ankle sustained the (looks-worse-than-it-is) crankarm bite in the photo, as well as some mild road rash on the momentarily-trapped left knee.
I don't think this situation was what was in mind when they determined the appropriate length of the sock. Glad you're ok.
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It already looks like you have thick wool socks on. Oh, wait,........my bad.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
Well, that's a hell of a tipover story. I suspect the girl is embellished or entirely fictional.

When I tipped over, I was surprised by a car and stopped abruptly, despite technically having the right of way but obviously a bit more at stake. Still clipped in with both feet, I went over. Very tame bump on elbow, bruise on hip. No snakebite, but more importantly no pedestrian witnesses.
I was clipped in and just started to move forward when an ambulance turned on its siren behind me. I stopped, looked, and then realized I forgot to clip out.

I very elegantly rolled over onto the sidewalk, onto my back, and with the bike clipped in sticking straight up in the air. Lots of witnesses. No injuries. Just applause.

I wish there was a pretty girl involved. Oh well...

That will heal quickly. Keep it clean and your good to go.
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At least that part is over now. Did mine in the driveway.
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that's a funny story. lately I have been coming to a complete stop before I even clip out. perhaps you could practice falling more? and try to avoid the chain ring... or... or... get a guard on your outermost chain ring that would look boss.
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Clearly you need Schwalbe Marathon Plus socks. Possibly with Mr. Tuffy sock liners.
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Originally Posted by travelerman View Post


"Not for the super-squeamish"
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