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Anatomy of a Photo: Sock & Shoe Game

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I know as well as any of you that I’ve been checked out lately, kind of like Luke Skywalker hiding away on Ahch-To. But unlike Luke – who cut himself off from The Force – I haven’t cut myself off from The V, so I find myself compelled to take a moment out to celebrate Billions and Billions‘s sock and shoe game.

Massive love happening here.

// Anatomy of a Photo

  1. @RobSandy

    I’d have taken the piss out of him more but even at 15 he can rip my legs off any day of the week so I doubt he’d have cared.

    I’ve got the same problem with Angus he is about to turn 15 and will happily rip my legs off.

    It’s eight weeks until RVV. We’re riding with a few other A Group riders from the club. I haven’t been on the bike for a month due to a kidney stone and it feels like all the good work I’d put in before Christmas has ebbed away. I’m hoping to get the all clear to train early next week but it’s going to be hard to achieve the sort of form I’m going to need to keep up.




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  2. @wiscot

    @chris

    That kid has the eye of the Tiger about him! Looking mighty pro for one so young. Good on him!

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    Thanks. He’s at that age where he’s beginning to care more about how he looks on and off the bike. He’s also getting quite good at turning himself inside out racing and training. He was in bits after last nights FTP test.




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  3. @chris

    @wiscot

    @chris

    That kid has the eye of the Tiger about him! Looking mighty pro for one so young. Good on him!

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    Thanks. He’s at that age where he’s beginning to care more about how he looks on and off the bike. He’s also getting quite good at turning himself inside out racing and training. He was in bits after last nights FTP test.

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    The Force is strong with this one.

    Is his FTP higher than yours now? Must be a sobering moment when that first happens.




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  4. It’s certainly higher than my last test and things will have only got worse since then. He also has the advantage of being considerably lighter than me – if I’m going to ride up hills with him, matching his FTP won’t be sufficient, I’ll need to be 20% up on him.

    A 20% increase on where he is now is doable but he’s only just started ramping up his training. Who knows where he’s going to be by August when we’ll be on holiday near the Pyrenees.

    I don’t need any sobering thoughts, the kidney stone thing has been sobering enough.




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  5. @Frank Welcome back!! And the shoes shall be white…unless it rains!




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  6. I know I’m probably in the minority here, but love Sagz’ shoe/sock combo. Of course, this from the guy willing to wear this shoe/sock combo.




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  7. @xyxax

    I suspect some bike maintenance is in order.

    Welcome back @Frank

    I’ve been plaintively checking the site but to no avail…




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  8. @Phillip Mercer

    In the same vein as the response “Just wear socks” when I complained long ago to a roommate about dirty floors, I may just switch back to wearing black shoes and socks exclusively.

    @chris

    @xyxax

    NOSE MAGNETS

    Are we moving on from nipple lube. This doesn’t sound as comfortable.

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    Nothing could ever replace nipple lube, a substance that I also somehow manage to get all over my shoes and socks.

    sigh…




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  9. Look: a post.

    I am one with the V; the V is VVith me.




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  10. Ok, fine. Hello Frank et al. Wonder if Sagan will ‘sock’ it to them at next week’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad! I thought about this at length, for which I undoubtedly deserve to be cuffed.




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  11. @starclimber

    Ok, fine. Hello Frank et al. Wonder if Sagan will ‘sock’ it to them at next week’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad! I thought about this at length, for which I undoubtedly deserve to be cuffed.

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    It may be hard to tell as I suspect there will be many pairs of Belgian booties being worn! The question is, will Sagan “hose” the opposition?




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  12. @wiscot

    @starclimber

    Ok, fine. Hello Frank et al. Wonder if Sagan will ‘sock’ it to them at next week’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad! I thought about this at length, for which I undoubtedly deserve to be cuffed.

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    It may be hard to tell as I suspect there will be many pairs of Belgian booties being worn! The question is, will Sagan “hose” the opposition?

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    I’m giving you both a slow handclap for such terrible puns.

    On one hand, if Sagan is going well it’s like he can win these sort of races whenever he wants. On the other hand, these are the most unpredictable races and anything can happen.

    On another note, Spring is on the horizon in the UK. I rode in this morning at 7:30 AM in glorious sunshine with kneewarmers and thin overshoes instead of my full Flandrian best. Felt lovely.




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  13. @Frank

    VSP?

    I promise I wont mention that the 2017 VSP was never awarded either.




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  14. @RobSandy

    Snow forecast for the weekend of Strade Bianche in Siena – could do without that!




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  15. @wiscot

    @RobSandy

    Sagan’s not racing HN, so there’s as much chance of him winning as there is of a VSP happening, a new article appearing, customers getting kit and Keepers getting paid.




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  16. @Brett

    Sounds like a suggestion to add an additional name to the Lexicon definition of COTHO?




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  17. I just logged in and wrote this post to remind myself about how this oddball crowd taught me so much about cycling and therefore about life. I will be checking in for further developments.




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  18. @Brett

    What the hell happened to Fronk? FRAAAAAAAAAAAAANK! Pull out of it, man! Cobble up a Cogal, or something. ‘Please’. I might even attend, again. God help me.




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  19. @Brett

    @wiscot

    @RobSandy

    Sagan’s not racing HN, so there’s as much chance of him winning as there is of a VSP happening, a new article appearing, customers getting kit and Keepers getting paid.

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    You’re right!




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  20. @Marcus

    @Brett

    Sounds like a suggestion to add an additional name to the Lexicon definition of COTHO?

    Can’t add enough C’s.




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  21. I know the combo is horrible but I’s just gotta love me Rule #28




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  22. @KogaLover

    I know the combo is horrible but I’s just gotta love me Rule #28

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    Are you and ChuckP related by any chance?




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  23. @wiscot

    No we are not, but I dig his mix of colours. My usual sock choice is plain white though. These are the only non-old-skool socks I have.




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  24. @KogaLover

    @wiscot

    No we are not, but I dig his mix of colours. My usual sock choice is plain white though. These are the only non-old-skool socks I have.

    But we could be!

    I have a couple pairs of plain black (or mostly black) socks but no plain white. I actually need to get a pair or two of the latter.




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  25. Some other shoe/sock combos I dare to wear.




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  26. @chuckp

    What strikes me is not the fact that you wear these combos (way outside of my comfort zone btw, but respect!) but rather the fact that you make an effort to take pics of those. I can see you saving these pictures, and waiting for that solemn moment where you can finally post them…. Would be good for an AOP article or Freudian sockiology.




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  27. @KogaLover

    @chuckp

    What strikes me is not the fact that you wear these combos (way outside of my comfort zone btw, but respect!) but rather the fact that you make an effort to take pics of those. I can see you saving these pictures, and waiting for that solemn moment where you can finally post them…. Would be good for an AOP article or Freudian sockiology.

    For me, socks are like neckties. A way to make a “statement” and not slavishly follow the crowd or convention. But they don’t always have to be “loud” or “in your face.” For example, these Primal socks.




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  28. @chuckp

    @KogaLover

    For me, socks are like neckties. A way to make a “statement” and not slavishly follow the crowd or convention.

    “Yes, we are all individuals!”

    “I’m not.”




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  29. @chuckp

    @KogaLover

    @chuckp

    What strikes me is not the fact that you wear these combos (way outside of my comfort zone btw, but respect!) but rather the fact that you make an effort to take pics of those. I can see you saving these pictures, and waiting for that solemn moment where you can finally post them…. Would be good for an AOP article or Freudian sockiology.

    For me, socks are like neckties. A way to make a “statement” and not slavishly follow the crowd or convention. But they don’t always have to be “loud” or “in your face.” For example, these Primal socks.




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    Plus, making your escape from the kid’s playground can be good sprint training, depending on how irate the parents are…




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  30. @RobSandy

    @chuckp

    @KogaLover

    For me, socks are like neckties. A way to make a “statement” and not slavishly follow the crowd or convention.

    “Yes, we are all individuals!”

    “I’m not.”

    Anarchists of the world, unite!




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  31. Gentlemen!!! Some sense please! I refer you to the amazing Tiesj Benoot at the end of the race where the only items that remained white were his socks and shoes!!! Pro!




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  32. @chris

    Bib tights over the top of what? Not his LS base layer? That sounds fucking hideous.

    I hadn’t realised Euro was a thing with the young people. Angus has never mentioned it but he’s a Youth rather than a Junior. Maybe that is still to come. Perhaps they’re referring to this.

    Euro brings to mind Italian teams with arm and leg warmers that match the main colour of their jerseys and a billion sponsor logos. And absolute overkill when it comes to scarves, buffs and snoods. Fortunately, Angus has recently ditched his red legwarmers.

    Fuck, I wasn’t ready for that.




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  33. and, Welcome back @Frank, good to see you peeping about. I too had concerns for the demise of the scriptures. I was starting to think there may be a need for a crusade.




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  34. @ClydesdaleChris

    and, Welcome back @Frank, good to see you peeping about. I too had concerns for the demise of the scriptures. I was starting to think there may be a need for a crusade.

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    Every ride is a crusade, brother.




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  35. My latest. Picked up a pair of fi'zi:k R3Bs for cheap on eBay because they had some cosmetic blemishes. Qhubeka Charity socks from Versus (I got a pair in black too). I know … a little subdued for me, eh?




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  36. With the black Qhubeka socks.




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  37. @chuckp

    Looking good…




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  38. @chuckp

    Those hands look like they’re trying to pull your socks down to a reasonable height ;)




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  39. @MangoDave

    @chuckp

    Those hands look like they’re trying to pull your socks down to a reasonable height ;)

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    Agree, socks are too tall. The white of the white socks does not match the white of the shoes. Black socks are better.




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  40. @KogaLover

    @MangoDave

    @chuckp

    Those hands look like they’re trying to pull your socks down to a reasonable height ;)

    Agree, socks are too tall. The white of the white socks does not match the white of the shoes. Black socks are better.

    No … My legs are too short!




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  41. Newest kicks I’m reviewing for PEZ. Lake CX402s. Look up their retail price! Heat molding for a custom-like fit. Stiffest yet most comfortable shoes I’ve ridden. But not lounge slippers off the bike.




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  42. @chuckp

    Wow, they cost! Never really get the heat moulding concept. I’ve had loads of off the peg cycling shoes, all have been comfortable but all have stretched and changed over time, which I take care of with the straps etc. Can you reheat and re-mould them after they have stretched?




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  43. Not sure if I posted this a while back but I’ve fitted a pair of these as I have a high arch that standard footbeds don’t reach. Really impressed with the home custom ones. Stick them in the oven till the indicator changes colour then pop them in your shoes, jump in, cook your feet till they cool and jobs-a-goodun.




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  44. @Teocalli

    Now that type of heat moulding DOES make sense to me.




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  45. @Steve Trice

    @chuckp

    Wow, they cost! Never really get the heat moulding concept. I’ve had loads of off the peg cycling shoes, all have been comfortable but all have stretched and changed over time, which I take care of with the straps etc. Can you reheat and re-mould them after they have stretched?

    Lake tells me that they can be re-molded as many times as you want. FYI you’re not heat molding the entire upper. The brown part in this pic is what you’re heat molding. Basically, you’re custom forming the cup/heel of the shoe.

    Lake also makes custom heat mold-able footbeds and I’m hoping to get a pair of those too. I have low arches/flat feet and the stock insole has just enough arch support that I can feel it. Not to the point where it hurts or a bother, but I can definitely feel it more so that the insoles in my other shoes.

    The other shoes currently in my stable are Pearl Izumi Pro Leader III and fi'zi:k R3B. Both have very stiff carbon soles, but the Lake CX402 is stiffer. But way more comfortable to ride. It’s hard to describe. Just wearing the Lake CX402, you can feel how “stiff” and “tight” they are. Yet, that all sort of “disappears” when you ride.

    Look for my review on PEZ!




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  46. @chuckp

    I do have a pair of Lake shoes, cheaper ones, and they are as comfy as my Sidis tbh. The CX402 sound great, but fortunately I got a pair of Sidi Laser Vernice at about 70% off at the end of last year; I’ve only used them twice, so that prevents me feeling the need to reach for my credit card and buy more Lakes.




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  47. @Steve Trice

    @chuckp

    I do have a pair of Lake shoes, cheaper ones, and they are as comfy as my Sidis tbh. The CX402 sound great, but fortunately I got a pair of Sidi Laser Vernice at about 70% off at the end of last year; I’ve only used them twice, so that prevents me feeling the need to reach for my credit card and buy more Lakes.

    When I think of Lake shoes, what comes to mind immediately is Andy Hampsten in the ’88 Giro.




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  48. @chuckp

    What a great photo that is. Isn’t the harrowed face of Cioccioli a throw back? Remove the headband, make the pic black and white, and he could be in a race with Coppi.




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  49. In Frank’s bio: “his interests outside of Cycling and drinking are Cycling and drinking” Not entirely true. You’re a guitarist as well! I totally understand. It complicates things a little when you struggle with the mind numbing choice of whether to spend part of your future retirement money on new wheels or that Mesa-Boogie combo that you’ve been lusting after. Yes, this time I went with the Boogie and some pickups.




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  50. Today’s shoe and sock combo




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