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hello peps,
I fancy a new pair of cycling socks to replace my running socks which as a hole in it and oil stains. Please could someone recommend where to buy a pair of socks for road cycling? I fancy spashing out as compared to a good road bike it is alot cheaper. I'm hoping to use them in the london to brighton cycle ride.
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  • lincolndavelincolndave Posts: 9,441
    Have a look here , https://www.pongolondon.cc
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 6,156
    Prendas Ciclismo
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 7,447
    I bought a pack of 7 pairs of black socks for £5 from Sainsbury's.

    Save your money and wear, um, socks.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,312
    Get yourself a pair of aero trip socks - it's going to get you to Brighton tens of seconds faster.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 7,447

    Get yourself a pair of aero trip socks - it's going to get you to Brighton tens of seconds faster.

    Or simply use Elastoplast on your shins instead of socks.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,978
    edited 23 August

    Get yourself a pair of aero trip socks - it's going to get you to Brighton tens of seconds faster.


    I'd probably spend as long as possible getting to Brighton.
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  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 4,676
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  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 6,156

    Have a look here , https://www.pongolondon.cc

    £17 a pair!

    Seiously? Like seriously, seriously?
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 7,447
    Don't you need a license for that?

  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 6,156
    Its blimmin' ridiculous. And people buy this stuff.

    Fair play to companies being able to make, what 500% profit on a pair of socks but wtaf are people doing buying this stuff?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,424
    DeFeet always been good for me.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    I pretty much buy any sports related socks on amazon or at Decathlon. Don't need to be cycling specific.
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    edited 23 August
    I have had Pongo (in the sale) amongst other socks (Planet X, Ale, Endura, Defeet), but the best socks out there in my honest opinion, are GripGrab Lightweight SL Socks.

    Prior to them I always just thought cycling socks were by the by.

    These ones are the goldilocks ones I guess, as some are too thick, and some are way too thin, where as these just feel luxurious, comfortable, breathe well, and come up really nicely after a run through the washing machines.
    They seem to use different thickness material across the sock, including some more meshy areas - they work for me from Spring to Autumn.

    Just to add, I bought some Endura socks that also have coolmax material in them, and they were nothing like as good as these, and have been regulated to normal sock duty as a result :D

    LOADS of colours, and 2 different lengths - I prefer the longer ones.

    One thing of note, they do come up a bit large, so for me as a UK size 10, Medium is perfect.

    They aren't cheap at £15 a pair, but I did recently manage to nab some from Tredz in a sale at a more palatable £8 a pair.
    However if you are planning a long ride, and you said you wanted to splash out, for me they really justify the cost.

    These are the longer ones I prefer:
    https://wiggle.co.uk/gripgrab-lightweight-sl-socks

    Shorter ones I can't see the point of:
    https://wiggle.co.uk/gripgrab-lightweight-sl-short-sock

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  • laurentianlaurentian Posts: 1,896
    You can get 6 pairs of these for £11 at Sports Direct.

    Six Pairs.

    https://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-half-cushioned-crew-3-pack-socks-413182#colcode=41318230

    I'm not a "pro" or even terrribly, anally serious about my cycling but £15 for a single pair of socks seems to be about £12 too much!
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,813
    Don't want to step on anyone's toes (😉) but is wearing sweat absorbent cotton socks really that good an idea?
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 17,783
    I'm always amazed by people's capacity to be surprised that expensive things exist.
  • I bought some DHB Socks from Wiggle (https://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-sock), £6 a pair which I think isn't too bad really. Most running socks I buy are like £12 a pair but they have more padding, etc.

    The DHB ones are just basic socks, quite thin but they fit well and are comfortable.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078

    I'm always amazed by people's capacity to be surprised that expensive things exist.

    Not surprised they exist, but amused that people don't buy something just as good for a lot, lot less.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,978
    All I need in a pair of cycling socks is that they offer arch support. I do have arch support in my shoes, but I can tell when wearing old/poorly fitting socks on long rides.

    There are always bargains to be had. Prendas worth a note, but they're slowly reducing stocks to only offer caps in future, if I recall correctly.
    Ben

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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,312
    It's small change in the scheme of cycling things. Personally I probably fall somewhere in the middle - I'd spend maybe £10 on some nice cycling specific socks or some merino winter socks - more than that is getting a bit rich - I still prefer something a bit nicer than a pack of sports direct specials though.
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    edited 23 August
    sports direct is owned by ashley, so I personally would not be spending any of my money in there.


    elbowloh said:

    I'm always amazed by people's capacity to be surprised that expensive things exist.

    Not surprised they exist, but amused that people don't buy something just as good for a lot, lot less.
    That could be levelled at everything and anything though really couldn't it?

    Food (Appreciate there is a taste/nutrition/health aspect with this)
    Bikes
    Clothes
    Cars

    To name but 4.
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  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 7,447
    pblakeney said:

    Don't want to step on anyone's toes (😉) but is wearing sweat absorbent cotton socks really that good an idea?

    Cotton is highly breathable unless it's wet, so I think it depends on just how sweaty your feet are. I'd prefer it to £17 nylon socks that's for sure.
  • ibr17xviiibr17xvii Posts: 871
    mrb123 said:

    DeFeet always been good for me.


    ^^^This^^^ for me as well.

    Can usually be found on eBay or Wiggle etc for a decent price.

    Plenty of wild & wacky designs as well if that's your thing.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 6,156
    elbowloh said:

    I'm always amazed by people's capacity to be surprised that expensive things exist.

    Not surprised they exist, but amused that people don't buy something just as good for a lot, lot less.
    this, totally.

    not surprised they exist, just surprised that people buy them.
  • molteni_manmolteni_man Posts: 290
    Ben6899 said:

    All I need in a pair of cycling socks is that they offer arch support. I do have arch support in my shoes, but I can tell when wearing old/poorly fitting socks on long rides.

    There are always bargains to be had. Prendas worth a note, but they're slowly reducing stocks to only offer caps in future, if I recall correctly.

    Ben6899 said:

    All I need in a pair of cycling socks is that they offer arch support. I do have arch support in my shoes, but I can tell when wearing old/poorly fitting socks on long rides.

    There are always bargains to be had. Prendas worth a note, but they're slowly reducing stocks to only offer caps in future, if I recall correctly.

    Just checked and you’re right re Prendas - they’re just focussing on caps. Real shame as their retro jerseys were really good.

    https://www.prendas.co.uk/blogs/news/time-for-change




  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    edited 23 August


    Just checked and you’re right re Prendas - they’re just focussing on caps. Real shame as their retro jerseys were really good.

    https://www.prendas.co.uk/blogs/news/time-for-change

    Huge shame, bought some kit from when when I was first starting out and more recently, really helpful with sizing queries and returns when required.

    Reading that it looks like leaving the EU and the pandemic has hit them hard :-(

    Are people genuinely surprised that some people buy items for a certain price when a lower cost alternative that fulfills the same remit exists?

    Do those same people drive either very old 2nd hand cars, something like a Dacia, or something that is REALLY economical regarding fuel consumption, is cheap (or free) to tax, and cheap to insure and service?

    Presumably they also do not have a carbon bike, and wouldn't need anything above a claris groupset on the steel or aluminium bike they do own?
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    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,978
    On a positive, they will still have winter socks and hats. Definitely worth a look.
    Ben

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  • molteni_manmolteni_man Posts: 290
    Ben6899 said:

    On a positive, they will still have winter socks and hats. Definitely worth a look.

    Just bought a cycling cap on there for an upcoming birthday for a cycling friend having visited the site to read their news. Caps and some socks discounted….. and free delivery too!
    https://www.prendas.co.uk/collections/warehouse-clearance

  • djhepdjhep Posts: 13
    pblakeney said:

    Don't want to step on anyone's toes (😉) but is wearing sweat absorbent cotton socks really that good an idea?

    What i would give for sweaty feet on the bike lol...
    The temp range of my feet ranges from just shy of frostbite in winter to just cold in summer.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,646
    edited 23 August
    djhep said:

    pblakeney said:

    Don't want to step on anyone's toes (😉) but is wearing sweat absorbent cotton socks really that good an idea?

    What i would give for sweaty feet on the bike lol...
    The temp range of my feet ranges from just shy of frostbite in winter to just cold in summer.
    Perhaps the 6 X sd pairs would work nicely then, with some size *53 shoes o:)

    If such a thing exists, if not, Lake wide fit 48s!
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
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