Why Don’t Bike Socks Last Longer?


Okay, so I’m lucky enough to live in a climate that allows me to go sockless each and every day of the year.  But I do wear them when I’m riding.  But can someone explain to me why bike socks don’t seem to last?

Pearl Izumi Attack SockI have quite a few different pairs of bike socks so at most, I only wear the same pair once per week.  My rides are generally less than 2 hours, and I never walk around in my shoes or socks following a ride.  So, if my socks are only getting one to two hours of use per week (at most)….they should last at least a couple years right?  Yes, even if I ride year round here in Grenada.

I’m not saying all of my cycling socks have sucked in the long lasting department, but several have fallen apart within a year.  Some get holes.  Other start losing elasticity and don’t stay tight to my skin.  What’s the deal?

My latest pair of cycling socks is the Pearl Izumi Attack sock.  I’ve only had them for a couple months, but already I can tell they have staying power…..but time will tell.  I’ll be sure to update you on how long these ones last and how they compare to other cycling socks I’ve ridden with.

Your Turn.  How long do your cycling socks generally last?  What brand/pair has held up the best for you?

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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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