At times when you are running out the door and grabbing grabbing gear on the fly, you maybe tempted to use whatever socks you can put your hand on for mountain biking – a pair of business socks old work socks or thick padded sports socks.
You might think that one pair of socks are as good as any other. But are they really?
They just are just a cover your feet right…wrong
Socks do a number of things. According to www.reference.com
Over the years I’ve tried many many different types of socks. Thick , thin and somewhere in between, sports socks and even during my days of short course triathlon I would ride without socks at all. Which often ended up with horendous blisters…
I soon found out that thinner socks are the best to wear for mountain biking.
Why you might ask?
For me thicker padded sports socks when worn with well fitting cycling shoes feel way too restrictive and uncomfortable….even giving me feet claustrophobia.
When looking for a new pair of socks for mountain biking, you can go with the expensive cycling socks, but I have found a pair or good quality thinner socks for me are as good as an expensive pair of cycling socks – just make sure they are breathable fabric, well fitted, but not to tight and don’t slip down or will blister your ankle.
Even in the dry, wet, mud or dust a good pair of socks will help you look after you.
I have some socks that are quite old and have sections that are starting to wear – particularly around the heel and arch – and even this can cause a fair bit of rubbing and blisters on your feet.
So next time you’re thinking about socks for your ride make sure you keep this in mind think about your feet very very important part of your body. If your feet suffer so will you and that’s the last thing you want …your awesome weekend ride with your mates to be cut short just because of a poor choice of socks.
So keep in touch and see you out on the trails.
About The Author
Rod Bucton, mountain bike fanatic from Mid North Coast, New South Wales Australia…discover the shortcuts to mountain biking for beginners and while you’re at it follow Rod on Facebook or Instagram.
Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and damage. By choosing to ride a bicycle, you assume the responsibility for that risk, so you need to know — and to practice — the rules of safe and responsible riding and of proper use and maintenance. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle reduces risk of injury.