£100 budget for shoes and pedals

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29/10/2012 at 09:43

I have a budget of £100 to get a pair of tri cycling shoes and pedals. Any recommendations on what to get and where from would be appreciated.


29/10/2012 at 10:00

you'll be pushing it with a £100 unless you're happy to go down the used route.   £100 will barely get you a pair of tri shoes, and pedals equally as much.

if you want pedals - I'm assuming clipless - Shimano SPD-SL or Look Keo are the most popular.  look on ebay for some used ones.

if you have road shoes, you don't need tri shoes until the budget allows, but again you never know what bargains you can find on ebay - really depends if you're happy with used shoes


TheEngineer    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:07
TheEngineer    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:08

And if it doesn't *have* to be a triathlon shoe... which I would suggest is not critical if you're budgetting £100...


29/10/2012 at 10:10

Thanks. I don't have any cycling shoes at the moment. I'm currently using normal pedals with running trainers, so not ideal (but does allow for quick transitions during duathlons!)

I've heard that Look KEO pedals are pretty decent, so I'll see if there is anything on ebay.

As for shoes, I'd rather buy brand new over used. What could I get for £100 on just shoes then?

MTri    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:16

Shimano shoes, http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Shimano-R064-SPD-SL-Road-Shoe_50513.htm, £44,

Keo pedals, http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Look-Keo-Easy-CrMo-Road-Pedals_27285.htm, £44

Not top notch stuff, but served me OK for 3+ years.

29/10/2012 at 10:17
If they dont have you to be trinspecific then i would go with something like these.






Personally I'd go for the second shoes as they would give better modulation with getting them to fit. Some people find cycle shoes make their feet a little numb so the extra strap will help as you can loosen this off whilst having the other 2 tight.
TheEngineer    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:25



Review from road.cc:
"At £125, the A-Threes can hardly be termed 'entry-level', but in a world where top end shoes are pushing over the £300 mark, these A3s start to look like an absolute bargain. No other shoe that I've come across comes close to providing the features (custom-fit etc.) and sheer performance that these do in this price bracket."

(see here: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/bont-a3-road-shoes/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=uk&utm_content=Bont-Bont_A3_Road_Shoes-White%2fBlue

TheEngineer    pirate
29/10/2012 at 10:26

If they were an absolute bargain at £125... £62.50 is a STEAL. I bought them at £75, and they're fantastically stiff, make sure you mold them to your feet well too!

Mr StOat    pirate
29/10/2012 at 11:05

No idea what they're like, but Tri-UK are doing a shoe + pedal combo for £70

Shoe pedal combo for £70

Edited: 29/10/2012 at 11:05
29/10/2012 at 21:21

What's that heat mouldable stuff all about Engineer?  Like the look of those shoes and I could do with a fresh pair (take it they fit shimano pedals?),  how do they fit compared to normal shoe size?


30/10/2012 at 09:16

Thanks for all the suggestions, looks like there are a few options to take a look at. I've also seen the Polaris Equilibrium (http://www.tri247.com/article_10156.html) which appear to have got decent reviews.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
30/10/2012 at 14:29

£27 for entry SPD pedals from wiggle, both me and Mrs SA have them.

£49 for entry level shoes from Decathalon, I use them


30/10/2012 at 15:36

I did my first 2 seasons in decathlon shoes with cheap pedals

TheEngineer    pirate
30/10/2012 at 15:50
Jaffa_ wrote (see)

What's that heat mouldable stuff all about Engineer?  Like the look of those shoes and I could do with a fresh pair (take it they fit shimano pedals?),  how do they fit compared to normal shoe size?


They come up pretty similar in size to the Specialized I had before, though because they're a lot stiffer both in the last and the material upper, you may want to order two sizes and see which fits better - I plumped for the size 44 over a 43 in Spesh. The good thing is that you then stick them in the oven for 20 minutes and they become pliable - not soft like a gumguard, but soft enough that you can press them to conform... pinch around the achilles etc for good heel grip.

Have had a few hotspots with them that I didn't with my old shoes, but they adivse that you can remold them ad infinitum and by putting tape or plasters over the hotspots you push away and give a bit more freedom. 

Overall, recommended! Wiggle have the free returns system anyway so worth a plump.

31/10/2012 at 09:56

I think I paid £104 for both in a Chain Reaction sale. Was cheaper than Wiggle by a few pounds.

11/11/2012 at 04:47


To be totally alternative , I'm anally retentive and started tri's on a good wage, therefore read everything there was to learn and bought all the gear.Went with speedplay pedals. I was therefore mystified when I realised my early mentor,a tri veteran only ever used mountain bike shoes and pedals. His main reason was to don them in and run out of transition in. 10 years later for various non transition  (I'm in the pre clipped on and exit T1 barefoot brigade) conveniences I have replaced all road/tri/hybrid bike pedals for crank brother mtb pedals and use my mtb shoes whatever I'm riding.

  I use diadora chilis for racing, they're reasonably stiff and have pull on loops,I paid around 40 reduced online. But if you're not going to use them for mtbing go for the lightest/stiffest you can afford.

I've found  Crank Brothers Candys to be the cheapest of their pedals with a platform and have paid £15 - 40  ,always reduced,usually from CRC .

Yours in sport


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