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    Socks or no socks

    I ride without socks most of the year. Have been for about the last 8-9 years. I have ridden in Diadora, Louis Garneau, and Sidi shoes, and I have never had a problem with blisters or athlete’s foot.. I know few folks that ride sockless. Am I alone on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    Am I alone on this?
    Pretty much, yes.

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    ... can't imagine riding without socks... course, I'm old, brittle and smell of Ben-Gay and mothballs...

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    You must ride with socks....IMHO.......just to keep the stinch of sweaty feet from stinking up the group rides HAHAHA.
    But seriously, I couldnt imagine not having socks in full shoes when riding. I wear mostly shorties swiftwick.

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    Always with socks for me. I can see why tri folks would want to train with out though.

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    My riding buddy goes sockless, other than in the winter and possibly on cool spring/fall days. Says he has no problems. I don't think I could do it, if only because I'd dislike the feel. I'm okay with no socks while wearing sandals or Crocs, but that's as far as I can go.
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    Always in socks, most times in the summer with the ones that just cover the foot.

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    No socks

    I haven't tried that hmmm i wonder if that's more comfortable

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    The only time I do not wear socks is when I am wearing my Keen sandals. I like the wicking effect of socks and my feet get in and out of the shoe easier. But if you like no socks, then go with it.
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    Socks

    Do you wear a sleeveless jersey as well?

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    I think my foot is developing a blister just thinking about riding without socks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougclaysmith View Post
    Socks

    Do you wear a sleeveless jersey as well?
    I do, I do! I also have a a full Garmin-Cervelo kit and a Trek Leopard Kit and a Saxo Bank kit, a yellow jersey, a polka dot jersey, a white jersey, a green jersey, a pink jersey, a camelback, three pairs of Oakley cycling glasses, glasses mounted review mirror, floursecent yellow Mavic shoes.

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    I'm sockless. Not by choice though. My pair of shoes fit so snugly that the feet get uncomfortable with socks in the tow box area. I have a hell of time finding the right shoes. I have a wide toe box but super skinny ankles. I will eventually get a new pair of shoes, but it will take some effort to find the right one. My current shoes are a perfect fit, barefoot. I don't even have to buckle them, they fit so well.

    I insert a dryer sheet in each shoe after I ride.

    Same issue with ski boots for me (although I do where a pair of super thin socks). One manufacturer works for me; Solomon.

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    I wear socks.

    Speaking of socks, how many riders think that "cycling socks" are a waste of money?

    I supported my LBS last week buy purchasing 4 pairs of $11/pr Swiftwick socks. Honestly I can't tell any difference b/w them and my cheapie anklet athletic socks from WalMart. They both work just as well.

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    I use the ankle socks, more like liners.


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    I used to MTB with no socks as I hated the feeling of wet socks. I do use cycling socks, but cheap ones. I like the thin fabric and they do wick well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    I ride without socks most of the year. Have been for about the last 8-9 years. I have ridden in Diadora, Louis Garneau, and Sidi shoes, and I have never had a problem with blisters or athlete’s foot.. I know few folks that ride sockless. Am I alone on this?
    I only wear socks for warmth. Otherwise, no socks. Been doing it for decades. Rode across the country without socks. No blisters. To each his own.

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    I do not ride with a group of people who are trying to look cool.
    Therefore we all wear socks.

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    No socks or shirt or helmet and cut off jeans and one sparkly glove.
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    The only time I wear socks is when the temperature gets below about 55 degrees. Otherwise, I haven't worn socks while on a bicycle since about 1972.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougclaysmith View Post
    Socks

    Do you wear a sleeveless jersey as well?
    Actually, I do wear sleeveless jerseys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitro View Post
    I wear socks.

    Speaking of socks, how many riders think that "cycling socks" are a waste of money?

    I supported my LBS last week buy purchasing 4 pairs of $11/pr Swiftwick socks. Honestly I can't tell any difference b/w them and my cheapie anklet athletic socks from WalMart. They both work just as well.
    I wear socks - and cycling specific socks at that. Cheap socks are ok for short rides or a 40 minute spin class, but for anything longer I need a thin, non/squishy, cycling sock or I'll get hotpsots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitro View Post
    I wear socks.

    Speaking of socks, how many riders think that "cycling socks" are a waste of money?

    I supported my LBS last week buy purchasing 4 pairs of $11/pr Swiftwick socks. Honestly I can't tell any difference b/w them and my cheapie anklet athletic socks from WalMart. They both work just as well.
    I'm this way. I fooled around and got a free pair of socks from my LBS. Swiftwick. Had I bought them myself, they would have been $22 for one pair.

    WTF? I honestly can't tell the difference from them and the cotton/synthetic blend socks I got from WM. They were probably $8 for three pair.

    I wear the swiftwicks because I won them and also because that's what I'm "supposed to wear." But if they're not clean, I grab the cheapos.

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