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Triathlon shoes for long distance cycling?

Old 03-21-19, 08:03 PM
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Triathlon shoes for long distance cycling?

I was browsing shoes at the shop the other day. Shimano TR5 piqued my interest, so I looked up some reviews online and the first thing that shows up on Google:

The Shimano TR5 Triathlon shoes offer high-performance features at an entry-level price. The reversed strap closure and heel strap allow fast transitions and the quick dry interior is comfortable even without socks. The lightweight glass fiber reinforced-polyamide sole ensures efficient pedaling.
Note the 3 points I underlined... aren't those points also great features for the purpose of long distance cycling? Easy to take off and put back on at stops, will dry fast after a heavy downpour, I can ditch my socks too if they're too wet after the rain?

I looked up other similar shoes like the S-Works Trivent and it also prominently features all the same characteristics (quick to wear, breathability/drying, and sock-less comfort).

What am I missing?

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What am I missing?
Walkability?
For LD riding being able to cross a convenience store floor without doing an impression of being on ice skates while replenishing drinks/snacks would matter to me more than being sockless.


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depending on how you slip/fall you can entertain everyone around you though
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Maybe for Malaysia. In northern Europe and the U.S., taking your shoes off is not allowed at most stores. Do they make mountain biking triathlete shoes? There is a lot of walking at PBP, so people with mountain shoes are probably happiest.

Now I'm going to be looking for shoeless riders at PBP controls.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
Maybe for Malaysia. In northern Europe and the U.S., taking your shoes off is not allowed at most stores. Do they make mountain biking triathlete shoes? There is a lot of walking at PBP, so people with mountain shoes are probably happiest.

Now I'm going to be looking for shoeless riders at PBP controls.
That's interesting to know... though I was thinking more about when resting, or sitting at a table, rather than walking around barefoot. It would be much less of a hassle to put the shoes back on when one needs to go to the toilet, or to walk over to the counter to order/pay. Unless that's also not allowed?

Not sure if there are any tri shoes supporting 2-bolt cleats though.
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I take "water shoes" that roll up on tour with me so I have outdoors slippers for when I don't want to put my cycling shoes back on in the evenings after a shower, they might be worth wearing at controls instead of road shoes since the water shoes have a rubber sole that should count as a shoe and still give the feet some respite.
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Have had my Shimano Tri shoes since 2013 - 2 Ironman FL plus others, wore yesterday for a short 69 miles, 307 miles in 2017 Bike Sebring 12/24 Hour ride, Six Gap, great for riding, great for climbing, walk with no issues, can $pend lot$ more but they're fine for me.
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I take "water shoes" that roll up on tour with me so I have outdoors slippers for when I don't want to put my cycling shoes back on in the evenings after a shower, they might be worth wearing at controls instead of road shoes since the water shoes have a rubber sole that should count as a shoe and still give the feet some respite.
Do you have a link or picture of your shoes?

I haven't heard of the term before and when I looked it up on Google, I found a wide variety of water shoes in all shapes and sizes (e.g. looking like sneakers, sandals, and more).
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water shoes are slippers with a thin rubber sole.

If you do follow through with your triathlete shoe idea, you might want to take light shoe covers to PBP, it's late summer, so overnight temperatures can be down in the single digit Celsius temperature range.
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I have Shimano Tri- shoes (not those, but similar, don't recall model right now) and I have some Giro Factors.
The Tri shoes do live up to those selling points, no question, but they are not even close to being as comfortable as the Factors. Long time in the saddle? I'd rather not wear the Tri shoes that day.
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Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
Do you have a link or picture of your shoes?

I haven't heard of the term before and when I looked it up on Google, I found a wide variety of water shoes in all shapes and sizes (e.g. looking like sneakers, sandals, and more).
These are the ones I have and they are pretty cheap but they are like unterhausen says, floppy rubber slippers.
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Thanks. I've really not seen these kind of shoes here (locally), guess I'll keep my eye out more attentively the next time I go shoe shopping.

Anyways, just received my TR5 in the mail and I'll see how well it performs on my rides for the next couple of weeks. Not committed on any decision yet, just experimenting. If it doesn't pan out well I'll just go back to my reliable (but fairly beaten up) Specialized Audax shoes.

On another note, while fitting my cleats I also noticed the TR5 does supports both 2-bolt SPD and 3-bolt SPD-SL cleats.
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I don't normally take my shoes off on anything 400k or shorter.
I'd say the triathlon-specific features are pretty meaningless for long-distance, but that doesn't mean they can't be used. If they're comfortable and either warm enough/ cool enough, that's all that really matters.
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