Finally, I am going to talk about the things that the title of this entry implies that I am going to talk about. I have never really liked feeling bound to talk about what the title says I am going to talk about, but I am giving in today.
Runners wear no show socks.
All cyclists used to wear 2 inch high socks.
Road cyclists now wear about 4-5" (10cm ish) high socks.
Mountain bikers wear about 7" socks (17cm ish) high socks.
Triathletes wear either no show or knee high compression socks.
There really should be rules about this. You should have to follow those rules and guidelines. If you choose not to follow those guidelines, there should be some sort of police management of that. I think it is ok to wear the next longer socks for just about anything. In other words, if you want to wear knee high compression socks while riding your mountain bike - that is ok. But, you cannot skip over a level and ride knee high socks on your road bike (unless you are a triathlete and are just out on your road bike training for a more technical tri. But if you are that person, you should have to wear compression arm warmers at the same time so people do not confuse you with just a normal roadie who might be breaking the fashion rules.)
I think in reality, this is just a fashion rule. There will be runners or triathletes or even mountain bikers that will argue that it is more than a fashion thing, it is a functional thing. You and I know better.
There are other fashion rules as well. No white after labor day. Long basketball jerseys that come down below your knees are not really shirts - that is called a skirt and just looks stupid. You really shouldn't tuck your ears in a flatbrimmed hat as it looks just stupid. Cowboy hats are for when you are on a horse or on the set of Urban Cowboy. Unless you are a hockey player or a country and western singer, a mullet does not look cool. There are a few others, but I have probably offended enough people now - I will stop.
Cycling is a long sock affair these days. If you are not on the bus with that, then you are really not with it.
As I was saying before, you can go up one class of sock length above the activity you are participating in. It is a breach of etiquite to go up 2 lengths. Compression socks on road bikes, running with longer than 5" etc... But, you can never never never go down in length. No road cyclist should ever be found wearing no show socks or even the old vintage 2" socks anymore. It is verbotten, and against the rules.
There are plenty of peole that break all the rules about sock height. In fact, there are people who I ride with regularly that do. Girls can sometimes be spared the rules, as they want to look good in other girl type outfits. Kinda works for them. Guys, no way. There is never a reason. Never.
There was really a bunch of good riding, here in northern Europe this week. Weather wasn't always good, but it was when we were riding. I believe that @trekjordan is lying when he says the the weather in Luxembourg isn't very good. (Have you been to wisconsin and seen the weather there? Don't even get me started.
Socks. They are important. You be the judge.