Whether you are competing in the Tour de France or have only just got into cycling, it is important to feel as comfortable as possible on your bike. Adjusting your position and getting appropriate gear are important factors but the role of the socks on your feet is often overlooked. These socks need to ensure your feet are comfortable on the pedals for the duration of the ride. So what should you be looking for when trying to find the right socks?
A snug fit for some cycling socks is a must. It ensures that the socks are held in place throughout your ride meaning blisters are avoided. Not only that, but a snug fit at the top of the sock ensures that dirt and moisture don’t enter the sock as you ride through the elements.
Let’s talk fibres. Natural fibres like cotton often absorb moisture when you sweat. This happening over a few hours of cycling will make the fibres expand, resulting in rubbing and blisters forming. For the best cycling sock, synthetic materials like nylon are superior. They not only reduce the risk of blistering, but are woven more tightly, leading to a closer fitted sock on your foot.
Keeping your feet cool
As you clock up the miles on your bike, your feet can overheat meaning a breathable material is important. Synthetic materials are good again here as they direct sweat away from the sole of your foot, leading to a cooling effect.
Ok this one might not be as important but hear us out... If you look good, you feel good, which means you’re more likely to power through when you're struggling to reach the top of a hill. Choose socks with a design that makes you feel confident to ride your bike in. Who knows, maybe some racing stripes on your socks will make you go faster...
Our cycling socks here at STRIDIES were specially designed for maximum comfort when cycling. Comfit Arch along with Seam3Toe and Dymo-Air technologies mean they are loaded with tech and perfect for those long days in the saddle. Not only that, but whenever we sell a pair of socks we donate a pair to homeless shelters across the UK, meaning that buying socks from us does not only help you set a new personal best, but it helps those in need too!