Triathlon Cycling Shoes vs. Road Shoes

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    If you want to have a faster transition during a race, triathlon cycling shoes are going the be the better option. TRIATHLON TAREN GREATEST HITS: New to …

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    1. Difference between disposable income and not?

      Also, everyone's foot is different, for me, I'm wearing socks every time. I'm not doing a flying mount so there's literally no purpose in throwing down another $300 for more gucci stuff when in fact I should be running, swimming, and spending more time in the saddle.

    2. I've been using "mountain bike shoes" (more technically commuter shoes, Shimano CT41) for 2 years. But here is my rationale.
      1) I already had them
      2) For a pro, their transitions are generally at locations that are prepared for a triathlon. For my triathlons I'm usually in a parking lot at a park/school/public location. In short, I am assuming the pro's don't have nearly as many rocks/pebbles/sticks to deal with that I do.

      Sometimes I throw socks on (that have been soaked in baby powder!) sometimes I don't. My transitions tend to be in the top 5 fastest for the event (even though I don't finish anywhere near top 5 in the event).

      I'm likely giving up a little bit on the bike, but I am much more confident/comfortable running through transition itself. Now if someone wanted to buy me new shoes, I'd be all for trying Tri-shoes!

    3. Good points for experienced triathletes but newer ones may be well served by mountain bike shoes with a recessed cleat. A well executed flying mount is fastest but a poorly executed one is slow, risky and possibly dangerous. Just spectate at the mount line and watch the midfield to see what I mean. Learning to pur the MTB shoes on fast in transition and then running to the mount line is a safe and efficient way to get started. Ratchet straps dhould be avoided if possible but that's harder to do these days. Flying dismounts are probably easier to learn, less risky and less dependent on the type of shoe.. i believe they are also an even better opportunity to save time

    4. OMG.. manflu releases the inner b1tch 🙂   (poor durianrider).    Anywhooo…  I agree Tri shoes all the way, but with one caveat.   You need to be doing a flying mount and dismount.  If you are popping your shoes on in T1 and hobbling to the mount line then you are not going to get any real gains.   I did my first triathlon with tri shoes and a flying mount a few weeks ago and knocked a total of 3 minutes of my transition times from the same race last year.  Not sure I would have go that benefit with out learning to mount and dismount.       The other difference worth pointing out on the shoes is the direction the straps open.   road shoes open inward and a lot of brands are not only difficult to do a flying mount in they are downright dangerous because the open strap can get caught in the chain.  tri shoes don't have this issue because they open outward.Get well soon buddy

    5. The point durian was making was in particular with age groupers who don't name flying mounts. Pros do this but moist amateurs don't. Some races don't even allow non elite races to start with shoes clipped in and held with elastics.

      Also in longer distances, many age groupers take their time in transition putting on socks and full road shoes. His point is also why do they invest in things like aero helmets to shave a few second when they can save those seconds with MTB shoes.

    6. Simply put, you gotta get in your bike shoes. It costs more time to put them on while stationary in transition, no matter what shoe it is and how well you can run with it. Tri shoes are designed to be put easily while on the bike, while you are moving and covering ground. Thats why they are the fastet option, thats why the pros are using them.

    7. I've recently done my first sprint, and I was using my old mtb shoes (on road bike). I want to buy some tri shoes for next season, but I was wondering about using tri shoes for training (turbo trainer and road rides). Any disadvantages of using them on "daily" basis? Like lower durability, blisters, etc compared to road shoes? Cheers