Talkback: Q+A: Should I wear cycling tri shoes for my first triathlon?

just to add to the advice re: "the inefficiency of wearing trainers on the bike for more than an hour will cost you more time than...

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Doner Kebab    pirate
16/06/2011 at 22:44

just to add to the advice re: 

"the inefficiency of wearing trainers on the bike for more than an hour will cost you more time than the 30 seconds "

if its a very short first timer tri then you will only be on the bike for maybe 25 minutes and then theres not so much of a case to change shoes - even if you are used to riding clipless, thats what i think - but im often wrong, so the missus says

17/06/2011 at 05:44

Chrissie did her first tri on a borrowed bike, in trainers and toe clips..... enough said.

I say save the money and do a tri without before you buy the shoes and pedals...you might decide it's not for you and if you're new into cycling with shoes and pedals it'll add to the things you need to learn and stress about. 

17/06/2011 at 11:25
I did the bike section of my first tri in trainers... on an MTB.  I wasn't even the worst equipped person racing.  That award went to the young lady riding a sit up and beg with a basket on the front and a heavy U lock attached to the frame.
Imeccentric    pirate
17/06/2011 at 11:48

The advice is correct , however the question as the chaps have pointed out is , whats the race goal ?

If you want to try out triathlon and see then just do it in trainers.

If you know you are already comitted you may as well crack on with proper shoes etc , power increase is in the order of 5-10% 

Also how long to the event , you are going to fall off because of not unclipping at some point ... think about how youd be if this happened on race day , personally I am impervious to embarrasment which is why ive raced in black and yellow lycra....

17/06/2011 at 12:43
Imeccentric wrote (see)

Also how long to the event , you are going to fall off because of not unclipping at some point ... think about how youd be if this happened on race day , personally I am impervious to embarrasment which is why ive raced in black and yellow lycra....

Falling off for failing to unclip is a requirement when racing in black and yellow
bburn plO.dder    pirate
17/06/2011 at 14:50

I will be doing my first tri in my runnning shoes on my hybrid bike .

There's enough to get my head round as it is, without worrying about shoes and clippy things

17/06/2011 at 22:49
bburn plodder, I did exactly that last weekend and still managed to be 2nd woman overall!
bburn plO.dder    pirate
18/06/2011 at 07:21
Wow, well done puffin.
18/06/2011 at 16:26
It was a very small race and it seemewd that people struggle with the swim so if you're a good swimmer and runner you can make up for being slower on the bike.

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