Cyclist Friend Explains Necessity Of $35 Socks

  • code_joe

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    Oct 25, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/cyclist-friend-explains-necessity-of-35-socks,18259/
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    Oct 25, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    HAHAHAHAHA..

    I love it !

    you know what ? i WANT those socks !
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    Oct 26, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    Lol! Thanks for that
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    Oct 26, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    Hahahaha this is hilarious. The ending caught me off guard, but makes sense!
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    Nov 05, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    code_joe saidhttp://www.theonion.com/articles/cyclist-friend-explains-necessity-of-35-socks,18259/
    From the article: "Throughout the 10-minute conversation, Coseglia, who took up biking several months ago and rides an average of 6.5 miles two times per week, ..."

    Uhh...I wear $5 socks from Target, hand-me-down clothes, and cheap Walmart "Vans-style" skate shoes with BMX pedals, and currently average over 40 miles per week...and that's just what's logged on Strava, which I don't use on every ride.

    In fact, I recently did a 30 mile ride (technical trails, not road) wearing nothing but sock-less boat shoes and swim trunks, no shirt, because it was just too hot and humid for clothes.

    6.5 miles two times per week is less than the average school kid who rides to school cause he's too young to have a car.
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    Nov 05, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    I guess that means you are better than the fictional subject of an Onion article.
  • Beeftastic

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    Nov 05, 2013 7:00 AM GMT
    Well, I didn't see the article going THAT WAY lol. That was extremely funny. And it made me extremely hard.
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    Nov 05, 2013 7:19 AM GMT
    Absolutely Hilarious!
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    Nov 08, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    Funny article, I was not expecting the ending!icon_eek.gif

    erik911sd saidI guess that means you are better than the fictional subject of an Onion article.


    Heh.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 09, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    $35 socks, whats next $200 tighty whiteysicon_question.gif
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 09, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    if you are not a cyclist than you would not understand why he spent that amount of money on a pair of socks.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 09, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidif you are not a cyclist than you would not understand why he spent that amount of money on a pair of socks.
    I am a cyclist but I still don't understand the supposed need to waste $35 on one pair of socks.
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    erik911sd saidI guess that means you are better than the fictional subject of an Onion article.

    Yeah, all this drama over a parody. Now the reality:

    There are indeed specialized biking socks, though not typically as pricey as this Onion piece suggests. They wick moisture well, when you're sweating heavily during a long ride. They're also thin, not like bulky cotton socks. That keeps your feet cooler, and also more snug in your cycling boots.

    Pedaling doesn't create the foot impact of running and other sports, so you don't need a thick, and insulating, padded sock bottom. And if you're riding over several days, as I sometimes do, the thinner, synthetic socks can be hand washed in a hotel sink and will quickly dry overnight. The same is true of my briefs, shorts and jerseys, too. By morning they're all dry.

    It also happens that I use my biking socks with my golf shoes, as well. While they really don't offer any performance advantages in golfing, as they do for road biking, I like the bike sock patterns that are available more than plain cotton ankle socks. I even have a pair of biking socks with the HRC equals-sign logo on them.
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    My Swiftwicks are awesome. I even wear them to work with my business attire. Their prosthetic sock (The Valor) is even more awesome. The Valor is the best piece of gear I never knew I needed.
  • jockjoy

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    Mar 16, 2018 5:12 PM GMT
    Yeah, I didn’t see that ended coming.

    Getting serious for a moment, I would say: never underestimate the importance of socks, as well as athletic shoes and insoles, in competitive sports.

    My favorite sport, tennis, punishes the body, especially on hard courts.

    Many of my tennis friends have had foot problems, especially plantar fasciitis.

    I had it once, and Internet searches showed that foot doctors recommended ASICS shoes, both for tennis and running.

    When I started wearing them, only about three of my tennis friends wore them. Now, over twenty of them wear ASICS shoes.

    A guy can buy shoes one half size larger than normal in order to accommodate two pairs of Thor-lo tennis socks.

    It's not unusual for tennis pros to wear two pairs of virgin socks.

    It's also smart, in my opinion, to throw away the cheap insoles that come with new athletic shoes and replace them with cushioned specialized/sports insoles.

    Your feet, knees, and hips, etc. deserve maximum cushioning.
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    Mar 16, 2018 6:15 PM GMT
    jockjoy said
    Yeah, I didn’t see that ended coming.

    Getting serious for a moment, I would say: never underestimate the importance of socks, as well as athletic shoes and insoles, in competitive sports.

    Yeah, special tools for special jobs. In serious biking you wear very rigid, cleated shoes, some prefer to term them boots, that barely flex at all. Not unlike ski boots in that regard, and you can barely walk in them.

    Can you wear any loose, white cotton ankle socks? Sure, but not as comfortable if you're biking for a longer period over a greater distance. A bicycling sock is optimized to the task.

    With wicking material to keep your feet dry. as wet skin is prone to blisters. Thinner, since they don't need to perform impact cushioning during walking or running. More like men's evening dress socks, or perhaps peds are the better comparison. Yet they need to be tough, full elastic to stay snug, and cool when you're body is sweating and needs to lose as much heat as possible.

    And I like them being easy to dry, since I always air dry mine, not wanting to put them through a clothes drier. In fact, sometimes when out for several days I've sink-washed them in the hotel, along with my other quick-drying specialized riding gear.

    And really that can be typical of almost any sport. Specialized gear that's built to meet that specific task. Golf is that way, for instance.

    My golf polos are likewise more expensive, because they have special features. Much greater length, for one thing, so they don't pop out of your waistband and give you plumber's butt, when you squat down to gauge a putt. Or as you lean down to tee-up, or to retrieve your ball from the cup.

    Made of special lightweight, ultra-cool moisture-wicking fabric, yet most with an SPF-50 rating against the sun when out on the course. Golf caps can have those features, too, not an ordinary logo cap, although some golfers choose those, anyway.

    My golf shorts are also incredibly lightweight & cool, with beautiful satin-taped seams like in fine dress trousers. But also tough, and with deceptively generous slash pockets for balls, glove, a special small pocket for tees, along with other adaptations. My tennis shorts also had almost trick pockets that could accept at least 2 tennis balls, despite their brief, snug style (back in the day).