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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. @Frank

    VSP?

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

  2. @RobSandy

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

  3. @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.

  4. @Brett

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

  5. 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.

  6. @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.

  7. @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!

  8. @Marcus

    @Brett

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

    Can’t add enough C’s.

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

  10. @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?

  11. @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.

  12. @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.

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

  14. @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.

  15. @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.

  16. @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.”

  17. @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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  18. @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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  19. 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!

  20. @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.

  21. 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.

  22. @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.

  23. 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?

  24. With the black Qhubeka socks.

  25. @chuckp

    Looking good…

  26. @chuckp

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

  27. @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.

  28. @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!

  29. 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.

  30. @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?

  31. 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.

  32. @Teocalli

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

  33. @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!

  34. @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.

  35. @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.

  36. @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.

  37. 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.

  38. Today’s shoe and sock combo

  39. This is a test

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  40. Okay, now that we’ve addressed the bike and the rider, what about riding itself?
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 3: TAKE IT EASY, YOU’RE NOT A PRO. All this talk about “hardmen” (by the way, the book was a trifle, barely worth the effort) is irrelevant to you. So are Greg LeMond (his correct name) sayings, “V,” and the other lures to try to make you feel guilty about not pedaling like a crazed madman every inch (sic, dammit) of every ride. You are not a professional bike rider and never will be one. (Ignore this commandment if you are a professional bike rider, which is unlikely if you are reading this). Take it easy on your rides, relax, enjoy the scenery, don’t emulate everything the pros do (except for the few, it’s not a lucrative career path anyway). If it helps you ride, you can even use a motor. And while you’re at it, stop referring to legs as “guns.” It’s confusing, and besides guns are used to scare off possums and kill people.

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  41. Hi. As the erstwhile manager of this site is out to lunch and the kind persons who have been contributing to it this past year have decamped to a new site, I thought it would be fun to step in and continue the work of the site, but with a better slant. Thus, I present The Cycling Commandments: The New And Improved Testament. I use “commandments” to give these precepts greater moral authority, and also because, at least for now, I have ten of them.

    This sock love article is the perfect place to start because it illustrates COMMANDMENT NUMBER 1: GET A LIFE. Why obsess with sock length or even sock color? Why worry about practically any aesthetic of bikes, gear or clothing? Don’t you realize that it makes you appear to be a nerd? someone who has nothing better to do or concern oneself with? Also, why waste the energy and effort to be “compliant”? So the next time you sense yourself worrying about the proper length of bar tape, or whether your tire labels are lined up with your tire valves (you really couldn’t find the valves otherwise?), or whether the pedals are in the “proper” position when you take a photograph of your bike, or whether its proper to use common sense and carry what you need for a ride in a bag attached to the seat vs. a mythical rule against doing so, Get A Life and forget about it.

    Closely related is COMMANDMENT NUMBER 2: NOBODY GIVES A CRAP. What are you, a model? Do you think a potential boyfriend\girlfriend might be enticed by your appearance, when you’re sweaty and dirty from a ride? Are you afraid the Bike Police are going to give you a demerit on their Cool Riders list because you have a Shimano derailleur with a SRAM cassette? Wrong-o. No one is looking at your bike or clothing. Nobody Gives A Crap. Stop fretting.

    Okay, now that we’ve addressed the bike and the rider, what about riding itself?
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 3: TAKE IT EASY, YOU’RE NOT A PRO. All this talk about “hardmen” (by the way, the book was a trifle, barely worth the effort) is irrelevant to you. So are Greg LeMond (his correct name) sayings, “V,” and the other lures to try to make you feel guilty about not pedaling like a crazed madman every inch (sic, dammit) of every ride. You are not a professional bike rider and never will be one. (Ignore this commandment if you are a professional bike rider, which is unlikely if you are reading this). Take it easy on your rides, relax, enjoy the scenery, don’t emulate everything the pros do (except for the few, it’s not a lucrative career path anyway). If it helps you ride, you can even use a motor. And while you’re at it, stop referring to legs as “guns.” It’s confusing, and besides guns are used to scare off possums and kill people.

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  42. Closely related is COMMANDMENT NUMBER 5: DON’T RIDE ON ROCKS. Cobblestones are an anachronism. There are better ways to build roads now. With few exceptions, you are not in Belgium (and even Belgium has paved roads), and you certainly are not Eddy Merckx (see Commandment Number 3). And why bother to ride “off road” or to seek out gravel (i.e., small rocks)? What’s so bad about nice, smooth pavement? What are you if you try to avoid it—a masochist? Do you also drive your cars into potholes? Sheesh, use your noggin.

  43. I cannot overemphasize the next riding precept: COMMANDMENT NUMBER 6: BE EXTRA SAFE ON DOWNHILLS. Unfortunately, when you ride a bike, sooner or later, you are bound to crash—even if you have bike handling skills akin to Peter Sagan (you don’t, see Commandment Number 3). The higher the speed of your crash, the greater the probability of injury (and pain hurts). Conversely, the lower your speed, the greater your chance of avoiding a crash in the first place. All things being equal, you go faster on downhills as compared to flats or climbs. (It’s a matter of simple physics.) Thus, you need to pay extra attention to managing your speed on downhills. Apply Commandment Number 2 (Take It Easy), work your brakes often (what else are they for?), don’t try to pass, and you’ll make it just fine.

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  44. There’s one more on riding — COMMANDMENT NUMBER 7: OBEY THE TRAFFIC RULES. Why is it that this one is ignored by the so-called experts? Most often, when you ride a bike, you share the roads with cars, trucks and motorcycles. They are bigger and faster than bicycles, and if they hit you it hurts. Minimize that probability. Obey the traffic rules (e.g., stop at stop signs), they are there for everyone. (Also, related to Commandment Number 6, why do you think your desire to take the best “line” when you bike downhill allows you to veer into the left \ uphill lane? That’s not in the traffic rules and it is very unsafe.)

    Now, let’s switch gears (no pun intended) to COMMANDMENT NUMBER 8: GET A HEALTHY BALANCE. Biking should not be your only form of exercise or sports. You’ll develop freakish, oversized legs with skeletal arms. The t-rex is extinct. You won’t develop hand to eye coordination or much interactive teamwork (again, Commandment 3). Mix in some running, tennis, basketball, squash, curling, lacrosse or weightlifting with your cycling. Also, make sure to take plenty of rest days from cycling.

    We’re almost near the end, to COMMANDMENT NUMBER 9: SAVE YOUR MONEY. Money is not just for spending on bikes; it is needed for food, shelter, clothing, and charity. N + 1 < 0. You can only ride one bike at a time. There are many cheaper components than the top of the line brands. The marginal cost of weight reduction is very high.

    Finally, and related, is COMMANDMENT NUMBER 10: RESPECT THE ADVERTISERS. You’re not a pro, but bike companies and other businesses sponsor the pros. They spend money so can relax as a couch potato and watch your cycling heroes. Pay some goddamn respect for a change. Buy and wear a kit from your favorite team, and if you have two favorite teams you can wear a jersey from one team and shorts from the other team (so what if they clash, see Commandment 1). Buy some Soudal glue, Bora kitchen products or Segafredo coffee, and play the lottery from time to time. Fortunately, Oleg Tinkoff has left the sport and you no longer have to support him, because you can’t afford to stay at La Datscha.

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  45. One got left off, out of order. It’s a riding precept that is important but poorly understood: COMMANDMENT NUMBER 4: STAY OUT OF THE RAIN. Didn’t your mother teach you anything? You can catch a cold in the rain, or even pneumonia. Moreover, wet roads leads to slips and crashes. Why would you want that? More to the point, why would you think it’s virtuous to make a special effort to ride in the rain. Do you also rush to your car to drive in a deep snowstorm because it’s cool to fishtail? Use your common sense. Stay indoors, drink hot chocolate, and work on crossword puzzles. It’ll clear up soon. If you really must cycle, hop on your indoor trainer. (It’s not an answer that the pros ride in the rain on race days, see Commandment Number 3. Also, truth be told, the pros would like the day off too.)

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  46. In sum:

    The Cycling Commandments: The New And Improved Testament.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 1: GET A LIFE.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 2: NOBODY GIVES A CRAP.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 3: TAKE IT EASY, YOU’RE NOT A PRO.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 4: STAY OUT OF THE RAIN.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 5: DON’T RIDE ON ROCKS.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 6: BE EXTRA SAFE ON DOWNHILLS.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 7: OBEY THE TRAFFIC RULES.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 8: GET A HEALTHY BALANCE.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 9: SAVE YOUR MONEY.
    COMMANDMENT NUMBER 10: RESPECT THE ADVERTISERS.

  47. @Stendhal

    … or just ride your bike to how you feel.

  48. @sthilzy

    I could not have said it better. Peace.

  49. @Stendhal

    What a load of crap. Leave the site. Step away from the keyboard. You missed the comet. Don’t show up now and try to redefine the vibe. You might have better luck trying to redecorate Graceland.

    Cobbles an anachronism? Yep. Stick with that. Stay away. Roubaix? Flanders? Nothing to see here.

    You have so many golden ideas and such stellar writing. Why don’t you start your own site and build up a following for your original, witty and insightful commandments. I, for one would visit, well….never!

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  50. @Harminator

    The French diplomat Talleyrand said, “I never abandon a party before it has abandoned itself.” Velominati abandoned itself. What vibe is active? My comments are obviously facetious although valid in some aspects. If they stimulate this site to revive itself, so much the better. I have a copy of The Rules signed by a principal author.

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