A great pair of socks can be your best friend on any kind of bike ride. They come in all kinds of lengths and materials depending on what kind of ride you’re going on.

Sock length is a personal matter, but most people in the cycling world wear longer socks for both style and comfort. Three-quarter socks protect your ankles from getting scratched by pebbles or obstacles in both mountain and road biking, plus they often come in funky eye-catching designs that can catch driver’s attention while making your kit look rad.

Most socks are cotton, but for cycling in cooler weather a nice pair of Merino wool socks can be insulating while also wicking sweat.