By Peter Ebro, GripGrab
Back in the good old days, the bibs were supposed to be black and the socks white like the bar tape. But times have changed and it's now more than OK to max out on the colours, lengths, patterns, and materials on your cycling socks.
Here are our 6 tips on how to up your sock game.
Obey the Velominati rule #27: "Cycling socks can be any damn colour you like, but make sure the sock matches the rest of your kit."
And try to remember the unwritten rule in the Pro Tour Peloton: white shoes should be matched with white socks, black shoes should be matched with black socks — don't mix it.
But feel free to colour up!
Match your kit with one of our 8 colours of the GripGrab Lightweight SL socks.
The height of the socks certainly does matter and is often a topic for discussion. Some like them short, others like them long. But there is a consensus that the socks shouldn't be any higher than above the middle of the calf muscles, so don't wear compression socks on your bike. Even UCI have forbidden knee-high socks: "The socks and shoe covers used in competition must not extend above the middle of the leg"(UCI Technical Regulations p. 46).
No socks are no go! And be careful not to go to low on your sock height, unless you are female, want tanned ankles, or just want to challenge this unwritten and highly debated rule of cycling.
So, what's the correct height? Well, it really comes down to personal preferences, but you can stay safe and look good, by aiming for a sock height of around 12-16cm. Here is the Lightweight SL Sock right in the sweet spot — 15cm. The Regular Cut Socks are as well safe choices with their 12cm.
If you want to make sure that you don't break any written or unwritten cycling rules, then stay safe and classic with a pair of white socks in just the right length.
But remember, when wearing white socks they have to be totally white — there is nothing as uncool as over-washed greyish socks.
Not only do stripes make you appear slimmer (if they're turned the right way), they also make you look fast. Look and feel fast with the GripGrab Racing Stripes.
Avoid the terrible odor of foot sweat by wearing a pair of socks made from Merino wool. Wool has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, meaning that it won’t start smelling when you get a bit sweaty the way synthetic fabrics do.
Because of this, wool doesn’t need to be washed as often and is a great fabric for extended trips.
Read more about the many benefits from Merino Wool: Buyer's Guide: Why Wool is Gold for Winter Cycling
Make sure to be seen when riding in low light conditions by wearing a pair of visible socks from the Hi-Vis range.
A little bonus tip; they also look cool in daylight!
There are a lot of written and unwritten rules and traditions regarding cycling socks. But fortunately they have been liberalized, so now everybody can up their sock game in the way they want!
Let us know: What is your best tip on how to up your sock game? Leave a comment below.
Get a full overview of the GripGrab range of socks: Buyer's Guide to GripGrab Cycling Socks
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