Wear them like Niels Albert, see if we care.
With a whoop and a start we launched the PDX-Ray wool socks and oversocks today. If you were to pass the PDX Airport Carpet Socks through the X-Ray machine at your local airport, this is what we envisioned they would look like on their way through.
But, what are oversocks you might be asking yourself? Fair enough question, as socks are confusing enough. Oversocks or couvre-chaussures as they are known elsewhere are traditionally worn over your cycling shoes to protect them, and your toes, from the elements. They do wonders in keeping your white shoes white in the winter. I have only seen one other use for them, and that was when Tim Johnson accidentally wore them as socks. "I did think they were rather thick" he remarked when we pointed out the error in his ways. C'est la vie as they say. More on those later.
But, that is not the only thing that we have going on here. From now until we are out of them - we have 50 - we will be including one of these "No Garmin / No Rules" sticker that our friends Jen Abercrombie and Chas Christiansen. How brilliant is this? Sure, you might not be able to track all those commuter miles, and you definitely won't be able to take that segment on Skyline, but damn, you're free!
And the second one, the colorful one, that's our Generic Sticker - Volume 1. "Stickers are the currency of the bike industry." "Stickers are the currency of the bike industry." Every time I make a new sticker I think about this phrase, it gets stuck in my head in fact. Plus, I'm more guilty of it than anyone I know. If only I could find the perfect spot for that Cippolini sticker that Specialized made, oh how his zebra skinsuit shone. Anyway, let's not get off topic. Our friend Radio Freddy wrote a little piece about stickers on his BKB site a little while back called Currency and if that is not a trip down memory lane for you, then I don't know what is.
Plus, we have some ATHL (that's how we refer to ourselves, or the IRS does) sticker packs that we lovingly put together the other night. We have been tossing these little beauties around since the beginning — maybe you got one, sorry if you didn't — but we thought that maybe you would want to share them with your friends? Maybe? Get The Athletic Sticker Pack!