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Road shoes for off-road tri?

Enduro_Rider2011-09-24 23:24:14 +0000 #1
I am thinking about racing an off-road triathlon in my road shoes.

Why? They are super fast on/off. Super light. Stiff. And I don't have money right now to drop $200++ on triathlon ready mountain bike shoes... that I will wear once HA!

I would guess the risks are ruined shoes or lack of traction if I have to hike a bike. I'm ok with that. Any other thoughts would be appreciated!
jessmarimba2011-09-24 23:26:22 +0000 #2
I wouldn't be worried so much about lack of traction hiking a bike as having trouble clipping back in. In my experience, road cleats take a lot less mud, dirt, and gunk before they decide to start being extremely finicky.

Is this off-road as in mountain bike? Or like gravel road/trail or...? Are you racing on a mountain bike? Cross bike? Or...? (I am just curious if you already have a bike for off-road, but have road pedals on it, or something). More information would help!
zoom-zoom2011-09-24 23:45:29 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by jessmarimba

I wouldn't be worried so much about lack of traction hiking a bike as having trouble clipping back in. In my experience, road cleats take a lot less mud, dirt, and gunk before they decide to start being extremely finicky.

Myself and another rider found this out, yesterday. We both had a biotch of a time clipping in and out with Shimano SPD-SLs after a short venture on sand/gravel/grass during a snack break while on a cross-state ride, yesterday. I have been so used to wearing mtn. SPDs that I was ill prepared for that. Now I really need to clean my cleats and pedals before riding, again.
OakLeaf2011-09-25 00:40:49 +0000 #4
What pedal system do you have? Are your shoes two-bolt, three or either, and how confident would you be about being able to switch pedal systems?

Look cleats won't take much mud at all. It'll dig out easily with a stick, but that's time you don't want to waste in a race (and you may not have a clean place to do it without putting one foot down again to get back on). That's the only system I know anything about. Some people put Eggbeaters on their road bikes for touring.
Veronica2011-09-25 00:53:57 +0000 #5
I race tris with Eggbeaters.

I noticed today on the club ride that I was taking off faster at the lights than the group of guys I was riding with. I think it's because eggbeaters are SO easy to clip into.

I just have Eggbeaters on everything - mountain bike, race bike, the bike in the trainer, the tandem.

It keeps things simple.

Veronica

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