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How do you all set up your bike shoes for the transition from the water to the bike? What is the preferred method?<br><br><br>
When getting off the bike, do you leave the shoes clipped in or do you unclip as you make the transition?<br><br><br>
I am starting plan on how I want to make my transition. This will be my first Tri using clipless pedals.<br><br>
Thanks for the help.
 

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When's your first tri?<br><br>
Ummm I could show you some stuff tomorrow...well...it will be dark by the time I see you.
 

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My first Tri is on March 15th.
 

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I leave my cycling shoes clipped in literally from the time my bike comes off the trainer in the spring until it goes back on the trainer. I have even left them on while washing my bike before, just hosed them out.<br>
It does take some getting used to but if you are starting now, just practice it. I time myself from when I throw my leg over the top tube until I am fully in my shoes and pedaling aero, with practice I can get it to 10-15 seconds.<br><br>
Make sure you leave the shoes WIDE open(and unfastened) and hook your toes into them with your foot kind of sideways big toe up and slide in and velcro up. I have sewn a short piece of strap to the little pull loop to make it easier to pull the heel on. The dismount is easier just undo the shoes and put your feet on top with about 400m to go, I stand on the left side of my bike and jump off into a full run barefoot. It really is easier than it sounds with some practice.<br>
In a sprint race Transition time really matters, and with practice it really ca be under 45 sec depending on how far you have to run between timing mats. Make sure you practice with wet sandy feet, as that is how they will be race day.
 

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mtn bike shoes and SPD pedals
 

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I mount the bike with my shoes already clipped in. On every ride I do that's how I start. It's something that is actually pretty easy once you practice doing it. By doing it on every ride I can now do it without even thinking.<br><br>
The best thing to do is practice your transitions as a regular part of your training. It's amazing how many people fail to do this and waste loads of time fumbling around.
 

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whatever you do, practice. I for one cannot do the cliped in shoes yet, so I leave them WIDE OPEN on the ground next to the bike. Plop my butt down, squirt water on them (remove sand/gravel), and toss shoes on and go
 

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I am assumed based on what I have read, nobody wears socks while either cycling or running. Is this a correct assumption?
 

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I don't wear socks cycling, or when running 10K or less distance. Running more than that, I definitely need socks.<br><br>
Do practice transitions before the race. Get into automatic mode, where you have a system you've practiced over and over - where everything goes, what you put on first. It's hard to imagine how disoriented you may be coming out of the water, trying to find your spot and remembering what you need to get on the bike.
 

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I keep my shoes on the bike and follow the same mount/dismount scenario as previously posted. I do not wear socks for the ride, but must for any run. Try rolling the socks down to look like a donut and sprinkle them with talc. They'll roll back onto your feet in no time.
 

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Any good tricks to keep shoes/pedals horizontal while running with bike through transisition? sorry if I missed it in previous post.
 

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If you are going into T2, then you are at the mercy of gravity. My experience is that the shoes may hit the pavement, but eventually level out.<br><br>
If you are talking about having horizontal shoes in T1, you might try the rubber band trick. Attach lightweight rubber bands to the back of the shoe and then to some place on your frame. It will hold the shoes upright and just break off when starting to pedal.<br><br>
I tried this once, and found it to be more work than it was worth. Just do a cyclocross mount, get your feet onto the tops of the shoes, and start pedaling. Once out of traffic, you can then concentrate on getting the feet into the shoes.
 

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In that case, no sense learning all this nonsense about leaving the shoes clipped to the bike in transition. You can run perfectly well (for short distances) with mountain bike shoes. This is the setup I used in all of my races last year and it worked fine. My only suggestion is that if your shoes have laces, put a slide-lock or some other quick fastener on, you don't want to be frantically tying your shoes with cold fingers in T1. If your shoes have velcro, you're all set.
 

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I wear socks for both. Yeah I lose time but as a MOPer, I'm rarely close to the podium anyway and won't be breaking any land speed records.
 

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I wear socks for both, as I am incredibly prone to blistering (I have swamp feet).<br><br>
if you have lace up mtn bike shoes, I suggest yankz for them as well as your running shoes.<br><br>
also, the shorter the sock, the easier it is to get on a wet foot.<br><br>
I bring a dishpan and fill it with water as part of my warmup/transition area exploration (when I walk from the swim exit to my rack so I can find my stuff later - I need to see it from the way I will be coming or I am hopeless). I just step into it, out onto the towel, put on a sock put my foot down into my shoe, put on the other sock put my foot down into my shoe, then velcro up and start running with my bike. I am a princess though and cannot stand the slightest bit of sand on my feet when I have shoes on. Any time I lose is more than made up for by not being distracted by how my feet feel.
 

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Yankz work great for running, not so great for cycling. The reason being, of course, that the whole point of clipless pedals is to be able to pull up on them. You want tight shoes for that.<br><br>
I wore socks in all my races last year. I kept a bottle of water in my transition bag to clean my feet off, but never needed it. Just ran from the water to T1, brushed off a little sand, put on the socks and shoes, donned helmet and glasses, and dashed off to the mount line.<br><br>
At T2 I unclipped and jumped off the bike before the dismount line, ran to the racks, took off bike shoes and put on running shoes, took off helmet and put on race belt and hat, and was off.<br><br>
Finished FOP in most races.
 

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I do the put socks on before the ride (doesn't take too long with thin socks), shoes mounted on the pedals, and the elastic (thin) on the left shoe ( I mount from the left) to hold position & cyclocross style mount.<br><br>
The elastic goes around the back of the shoe & crank arm, with the crank arm parallel to the ground.<br><br>
Just make sure you start off in the right gear, & practice,practice, practice.
 

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I'm only 6 months into this, so you may not want to listen to me, but I went with the spd mountain bike option. This lets me put on my shoes in the trasition and run (since the clips are recessed) till I get on my bike. My shoes are pearl izumi with 3 velcro straps, but I leave the bottom strap pulled tight and only use the top two. Ankle high socks are easy to put on, but I guess not having to put any on at all is faster. I was new to biking, so I wasn't sure about mounting with the shoes attached to the bike, so I went with the safe option. Maybe I'll change one day. My T1's are not that great compared to the competition, but I usually feel like I'm going to pass out when I get out of the water<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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