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2013-05-10 2:09 PM

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Subject: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?

So...I'm not a big fan of road shoes or tri shoes.  I have tri shoes, I can manage with them but I just don't like them much.  It's the slick bottoms with the cleat sticking out. 

I'm pondering getting a pair of mountain bike shoes (so the spd cleat is recessed into actual shoe tread), and replacing the laces with Yanks (so I don't have to deal with tieing laces).  I know that the point of being clicked-in is to have better transfer of power to the pedals, which is made better with the stiff shoe, and using mtb shoes with Yanks will certainly take out some of that power transfer.   But...I'm not even close to podiums, usually finishing FOBOP, so would it really matter?



2013-05-10 2:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
two things:

1. you can get MTB shoes with velcro straps, not all of them are ties.

2. the mtb shoes are going to be quite a bit heavier and not nearly as areo dynamic.

3. I am unsure why you believe that they will be any more comfortable than other bike shoes - in my experience (I have been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, and have owned multiple MTB, Road and Tri specific shoes) there is really no difference.
2013-05-10 4:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
My current shoes are stiff mountain bike shoes with velcro straps and they work well for me, a fellow "FOBOP" for sprint races.
2013-05-10 4:36 PM
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I'm using velcro mtb shoes. Got them when I started mtb'ing and kept using them when I got a road bike. I just got a tri bike so I'm thinking some new shoes are in order but I'll use the mtb shoes and pedals until I save up the cash. (Tri-bike wiped out my spending cash for a little while.)
2013-05-10 4:52 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?

You don't like the slick bottoms or cleat sticking out while you are walking with the shoes on?  While you are riding?  While you are staring at them in the closet? 

Have you gotten a professional fit done on your bike, including the cleats/shoes/pedals?

2013-05-10 5:20 PM
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sounds like the problem is- you want to be able to walk around in your cycling shoes.

 



2013-05-10 5:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
Get some Specialized with 2 velcro straps across the lower part of your foot and the Boa system up top - unless you are Lance or a FOP rider you will never notice the "loss" of power from a less stiff shoe and less foot coverage from the pedals.  Yes this it is a heavier set up but I did B2B IM bike relay with my commuter shoes (tie) and SPD pedals and probably lost 5 minutes max over 112 miles (and that is just a guess to be honest with you and I was top 25% of the bike split)
2013-05-10 7:33 PM
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I love using MTB shoes for commuting, town riding. I also like the fact that you can leave them on while running through T2. ON that note, i have recently purchased some specialized trivents, and wont be using my MTB shoes on my road bike anymore (Very comfortable, and too good a deal to pass up). It is deffinatetly preference though. Do what feels good for YOU!



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2013-05-11 12:23 AM
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2013-05-11 5:57 AM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
Cyclocross shoes. I raced with them for years. Just aim for something with a really stiff bottom as the spd or similar cleat will be quite small and without a stiff sole on the shoe, you might get a hot spot.
2013-05-11 3:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
I wear MTB shoes for triathlon. I'd rather run through transition in these, than leave my shoes on the bike and run barefoot. (Snicker now if you think that is irony considering my board name.)


2013-05-11 6:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?

It may be your tri shoes as all the pairs I have, I have never had trouble slipping when walking or running in them.

I'd skip the elastic laces and go with velcro strap type shoes that come in tri, road and MTB.

My husband's first pair of bike shoes were low end tri shoes with holes for both bolt systems for either MTB or road pedals. He has balance issues so went with MTB as they are easier to get out of.

2013-05-12 11:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
try the SIDI mtb tri shoes meant for xterra.... best of both worlds.
2013-05-18 5:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?

First... No, it's not a dumb idea. If that is what you're most comfortable in, then go for it.

Second... when I started in Triathlon, I was wearing MTB/touring shoes, with the SPD cleat system. I had no issues and looking back at my bike splits, was always in the top 25% at all my races at the time. I didn't lose any time... it's not in the equipment, it's in the engine.

Now a caveat and some information:
I understand where you're coming at, you want to walk comfortably in the shoes... and that's exactly what MTB/touring/CX shoes are meant for. I do still have mine, (which have 3 Velcro straps -one gets left done up, I only need to open/close the top two to get in and out), and they are fine for short rides and commuting. However, if I'm going to be doing longer rides, I need to use road cycling shoes, with EXTREMELY stiff soles. If there is any flex, I will develop Achilles issues.

Another issue I've had with the SPD cleat/pedal system is the "hot spot" as was mentioned before. Because the cleat is so small, the pressure point on your foot is tiny... with my big feet, I would get nerve damage on the bottom of my foot (would go numb and stay numb for days after long rides). Over weeks of doing this, it got to the point of being very uncomfortable to ride. Since switching to SPD-SL road cleats and road shoes, I can ride for hours, day in and day out and never have an issue.

The above ramblings are for interest only and not to sway your decision, because this is YOUR bike and your foot. Too many times, people feel like they NEED to have all the best equipment to do triathlon. That is simple not the case... wear what you want, use what you want, be who you are. Have fun with triathlon, for the majority of us, it's not about winning, it's about getting out there and doing it. Don't fuss about the little stuff... just go out and have fun!

2013-05-18 4:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
They make bike shoes with laces?
2013-05-18 6:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Is this a dumb idea for bike shoes?
i was thinking the same thing.


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