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Old 01-31-20, 03:46 PM
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Anybody try or wear those Bambo socks? Are they pricey or am I just cheap? Do you all wear just any sock or is there a preferred type for Bicycling?
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Old 01-31-20, 03:48 PM
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Anybody try or wear those Bambo socks? Are they pricey or am I just cheap? Do you all wear just any sock or is there a preferred type for Bicycling?

Not white.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:03 PM
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The generic Acadamy hiking socks are good for cycling imo. I have no idea about bambo or cycling specific socks.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:05 PM
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Low ankle socks, white works great (like 2 time stage winner of the Vuelta-Ben King), the brand is irrelevant.

Worth it just to see the spittle forming at the corner of the mouths of the scolds and lecturers as they sputter about some blah blah thing.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:19 PM
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In the winter I wear Smartwool or Darn Tough wool socks...never have cold feet. Rest of the year I wear whatever "sport" socks are laying around, doesn't seem to matter to my feet.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Not white.
To each his own. I like and wear white socks a lot, general wear, work, bicycling, I wear them with any color of shorts or long pants/tights, black shoes, blue shoes, boots, whatever. I am not going to change that because others think they are not stylish. I do not care, think what you will.

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Old 01-31-20, 04:33 PM
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Whatever I buy at Walmart.

Seriously??? Must be a slow time of year if someone has to wonder what socks to wear to ride a bike.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Not white.
why not white?
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Bamboo is so yesterday. Perlys Possum socks.

https://www.pearlyspossumsocks.com/
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For me it has to be wool...There is nothing better than wool socks. I buy mine for cheap at an industrial/work clothing supply store.
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Old 01-31-20, 05:44 PM
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Exclusively white. Adding color adds weight and my W/kg is low enough already.
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Old 01-31-20, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
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Not white.
To each his own. I like and wear white socks a lot, general wear, work, bicycling, I wear them with any color of shorts or long pants/tights, black shoes, blue shoes, boots, whatever. I am not going to change that because others think they are not stylish. I do not care, think what you will.
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why not white?

I had too many of them get stained by mud and grease. Not a problem with black.
Style has nothing to do with it. White socks are fine if I'm not biking.

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Old 01-31-20, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
Anybody try or wear those Bambo socks? Are they pricey or am I just cheap? Do you all wear just any sock or is there a preferred type for Bicycling?
I only wear SockGuy black classic socks with a 3" cuff.

They leave enough room in my shoes for insoles correcting my valgus or varus, wick sweat, don't feel like a long caterpillar crawling up my leg, and don't develop visible stains.

I also wear them when not cycling.

Doing laundry I just pair the two nearest socks because they all match.

At $10 a pair they're much more expensive than cotton, but worth it for the comfort.

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Old 01-31-20, 07:42 PM
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I like black socks myself, same reasons, mud, dirt etc. I do like the low cut models though. Just can't get excited about those mid calf socks.

I get a couple of 3 packs and I'm good all week.



If you sweat on black socks, no stains. I have had white socks stain from sweat.



Every once in a while, I find a good deal on cycling socks. Don't care for white but for 2 bucks, can't beat the price and they match my bike, my other bike!



Wife likes the ankle socks too. But she likes Walmart types as they have multiple colors to match her tops.



I loved my rubber ducky socks but being white, they got thrashed, bugs, sweat, dirt, grease. The water didn't bother them though cause they are duckies!

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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I had too many of them get stained by mud and grease. Not a problem with black.
Style has nothing to do with it. White socks are fine if I'm not biking.
livedarklions, I did not mean to imply that you specifically had a problem with white socks. I get the part about stains from bicycling. I was trying to give the opinion that one should not be concerned with what someone else thinks of as a style faux pas. I am not always able to abide by that myself. White socks is one area that I really do not care.
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Old 01-31-20, 08:38 PM
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I was given a pair of bamboo socks- they are quite comfortable but I don't wear them on the bike.

The fleet of Nashbar Wooleaters are wearing out, supplemented by a variety of mostly wool ones.

Being between shoe sizes, I wear either thin liners under regular ones, or one layer of thick socks.

Black for the most part, but a few "sock game" contenders. No low or ankle socks.
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I'm also a fan of the 3" cuff...not sure why.

Lately, I've been a fan of hi-viz socks with interesting phrases on the back. Kinda like bumper stickers for my ankles. I put thin wool socks underneath for mildly cold temperatures.

I tend to be a bit picky about socks, so I do not mind spending a bit on them. Sale prices, though.
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livedarklions, I did not mean to imply that you specifically had a problem with white socks. I get the part about stains from bicycling. I was trying to give the opinion that one should not be concerned with what someone else thinks of as a style faux pas. I am not always able to abide by that myself. White socks is one area that I really do not care.

No problem, I just used to have the habit of wearing white socks while riding, and one day realized I had a drawer full of stained ones. It was kind of a d-uh, black socks moment for me. I actually thought it was funny how long it took me to realize this.
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When I wear pants instead of shorts I wear calf-high socks that I tuck the pant legs into. In winter those socks have a high wool content for warmth.

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Earned socks are the best!

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All wool at all times, mostly black in various cuff lengths and weights, chosen for the days conditions.
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I purchased a pair of knee high graduated compression blue Alpaca wool socks but they are too damn nice to wear on bike rides. I thought they would be great in the mountains on cold days to go with some thermal bibs but it has been too warm in SoCal lately to wear them.
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A thread about socks? This reminds me of a Monty Python skit that I won't post cause it would probably get me banned for life.

I buy two 12-pair bags of cotton crew socks from Hanes every year, $12/bag. One bag is white socks, the other black. I usually wear the whites while bicycle riding, jogging, etc. Black socks are for work, but may occasionally wear them while riding/jogging. By the end of the year the white ones are usually looking kinda dingy and worn, and I suspect the black ones are in similar shape, so I just 'retire' them to housecleaning duty and get a new bag of each. Works for me.

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Came across this brand at a cycling event and they had I think 3-for-$15 bins out, and also XL size for size 12.5+ Anyway really like them.
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I like wool in the cooler months but own just about everything for summer - white, black, colors, etc. I also prefer slightly shorter socks but not too short. I'm short, too.
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