When competing in triathlons there is a majority of equipment that you have collected as you have ran, biked or swam that will be useful. However, specific equipment has been developed specifically for the conditions that exist during a triathlon. Some may be considered luxuries and others necessities. Triathlon suits, triathlon bikes, triathlon bike shoes, triathlon running shoes, triathlon wetsuits and the list goes on. While at the beginning stages the need for all these speciality items my not be apparent; as you experience grows so will your desire for specialized equipment.
Road bike shoes vs. Triathlon bike shoes
While the advantages my not be obvious they definitely exist.
- There is a strap or pull tab on the back of the shoe as to make pulling the shoe on and off easier
- Instead of multiple straps, the triathlon shoe only has one as to make it much easier to entry and exit
- Strap direction is different as well. Instead of opening the strap towards the bike and risk getting it stuck in the chain the strap opens outward preventing this.
- Much more ventilation in the shoe to allow for wet and bare feet.
You can check out triathletestuff.com or watch this video for more of an explanation.
Noble Sports carries the Shimano triathlon shoes in store. Shimano also offers a 60 day trial on their shoes and if you don’t like them then you can get a full refund. Come to the shop and try on a pair to see the difference.
If the shoe fits… of couse you should keep it.
If the shoe doesn’t quite meet your expectations then return it in up to 30 days and you get a full refund.
This is the Shimano footwear guarantee.
If you have ordered your shoes online and they have been a perfect fit then you should consider yourself one of the lucky few. There are some big differences in how you would size and fit an athletic shoe as opposed to a bike shoe.
1. While an athletic shoe will need to have some room in it to adjust for motions like running and so you would size them up. Bike shoes should not have the same amount of space in them. On a bike there is a repetitive motion of your foot moving forwards and backwards and if there were too much room your foot would be doing its own version of a slip and slide making bruising and blistering a constant companion.
2. Most athletic shoes aren’t velcro. Shoe laces allow for a finite adjustment in tightness. If you were to apply the same amount of pressure to your velcro straps then you could easily cut off circulation in your foot. Too loose and you have heel lifting going on with another easy way to make blisters your constant companion.
3. Athletic shoes do not have a hard plastic sole. There will not be nearly as much, if any, flex in your bike shoe. This will most definitely affect you perceptions on how they fit.
Come into the shop and we can go through our checklist on how to properly fit you to your bike shoe. Then you can take the 30 day challenge to see if it really is the best fit for you.
You can also check out this article to do some more research