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.
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.