By Peter Ebro, GripGrab
In years gone by, your bib shorts had to black, and your cycling socks needed to be white. Times have changed. It is now super cool to max out on the colour, length, patterns, and materials of your cycling socks.
Here are our 6 tips on how to up your sock game.
Obey 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 World Tour Peloton: white shoes should be matched with white socks, black shoes should be matched with black socks — don't mix that up.
But feel free to brighten up!
Match your kit with one of our 8 colours of the GripGrab Lightweight SL socks.
The height of your cycling socks certainly matters, and it is often a topic for discussion in pro and amateur pelotons.
Some like them short, others like them long. But there is a general consensus that socks shouldn't be any higher than the middle of the calf muscle - 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 definitely no go! Think of those smelly sweaty shoes! Also be careful not to go too low on your sock height; unless you are female, want tanned ankles, or you just want to challenge this unwritten and highly debated rule of cycling.
So, what is 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. The Lightweight SL Sock is right in the sweet spot — 15cm. The Regular Cut Socks are also a safe choice with their 12cm cuff.
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 are turned the right way), they also make you look fast. Look and feel fast with the GripGrab Racing Stripes.
Avoid the terrible odour 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 some synthetic fabrics do.
Because of this, wool sock don't need to be washed as often, so they are a great choice for extended trips.
Read more about the many benefits from Merino Wool: Buyer's Guide: Why Wool is Gold for Winter Cycling
Cycling in low light conditions requires you to stand out to be safe. Be seen by wearing a pair of visible socks from the Hi-Vis range.
A little bonus tip; they also look cool in daylight!
"As atriathlete, my training consists of manybike and off bike runs— for the duration of this I need socks that keep my feet cool and dry to avoid blisters on the run. The GripGrab Lightweight SL sock does exactly this. Plus they add colour and style to the boring brick run outfits. They look awesome!"
"I am in love with the new Lightweight SL sock from GripGrab. The thin socks with great colours and perfect fit is the obvious choice for road racing or mountain biking. I always use the white classic combo with my white road shoes, but also the pink or orange now. Just change the colour of the shoe — simple!
My helmet, glasses, and shoes are always a match. The better you look, the better the ride."
"White Wednesday,Turqouise Tuesday, Fast Friday. I just lovecolours, so the new Lightweight SL sock is awesome. Can you guess thecolour for Fast Friday? Maybe a mix of two colors. But don't tell my sports director that ... On theteam we use the white and black version of the Racing Stripes for normal races, but if there is any opportunity I ride with thecoloured ones. I'm a fan!"
There are a lot of written and unwritten rules and traditions regarding cycling socks. But fortunately they have been liberalised, 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.
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