As most of you probably know from Instagram, I have a strong penchant for bright and colourful socks. In fact, as a self-confessed sock-a-holic, I can’t believe this wasn’t my very first blog!
Every morning I open the sock drawer and carefully choose a pair to match my mood and/or my bike kit. Cool socks are like good coffee: a pleasure, and a necessity!
As with disc brakes , bar-tape colour, bib length, tire choice etc., it seems there are a lot of dissertations about socks out there. From brands to cycling fashionistas like myself, sock length and aesthetics require the most careful consideration before setting your backside down on a bike. And true to the motto, whether you have the legs or not, you gotta have the look 😃
Sock Doping is the art of matching (or not matching) your socks to the rest of your cycling kit to create a unique individual style.
If you ask Taylor Phinney, he will apparently tell you to flex your knee to 35 degrees, then measure 2.5cm below your calf: that’s the point your sock should reach.
I don’t really need mathematics but I’ll go with the idea and it seems so do most other people. I might even pull them up slightly to 1cm below the muscle. It will pop out better and he, you may as well use all the tricks you can to look like a PRO.
Photo from the courtesy of PongoLondon.cc
This is my favourite part! I mean come on guys, you look at the pro peloton today and you just wanna cry. Not only do jersey designs leave a lot to be desired (let’s leave that discussion for some other time), but where is the fun and the joy on the only piece of clothing which doesn’t require oversized logos? I’ve only seen black, and white, and the odd fluoro yellow… As for patterns, forget it.
I’m not judging anyone who wants to go classic, that’s totally fine. But I didn’t read beyond the first line of the Velominati rules. I wear white and black, but only if there’s a twist. Usually, there’s quite a lot of twist. Most of the time it matches my kit, and on rare occasions it’s just plain outrageous. But who cares, it’s me, and like winnipegcyclingchick I just get a massive kick out of speeding down the road with mood- and speed-enhancing colour on my shins.
And you know the best part about it? It’s contagious. I rock up on an 8k bike or in a business suit and watch people’s smiles and eyes light up, just because of a couple of pink and orange stripes at ankle-level. There’s a reason I chose not to be a banker.
5 Reasons to Funk up my Feet
- Colourful socks make me happy
- I look faster; I feel faster.
- Dammit, I AM faster
- It makes for great conversation, and lots of smiling
- and, I love smiling
Bonus: Apparently it results in better sex. If you don’t believe it, you can read the article here.
I decided long ago that life is way too short to wear boring socks.
So yeah, I’m a sock-a-holic. Take a peek inside my sock drawer and check out a few of the several hundred pairs I own… (Yes, you read that right! Laundry can be quite a challenge.)
Give me a bike, a caffeine shot and a pair of funky socks. I don’t need any extra needles, pills or inhalers to add panache to my rides thanks.
Because whenever I’m out on my bike and the road is going up and my heart rate is spiking and my brain is swearing and my head is starting to drop (yeah it happens to me too), I always have two choices: I can look down to check where the guy on my wheel is (and probably swear some more). Or I can look down, take inspiration from my green & purple feet, put the hammer down and forget all about him.
I’m thinking maybe we should distribute a few packs of Happy Socks at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez in July and see how the guys fare in the attacks. We might be surprised!
A belated Happy Easter 😃
Pictures from Emma Bilham / Christophe Aebischer
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