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    Running in cleats? How not to break your neck...

    because I would really like to know! Any good advice for this? I use speedplay pedals, small pedal - large cleat. Doesn't feel like the most stable platform for running. I did my first tri in March, and after a few steps into T2 wound up taking off my shoes and then running the bike back to the rack (which was at the other end of the transition area). So do most of you just run on your cleats, or do you have some trick you can share with me? Will my cleats take that kind of pounding?

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    Well, the pros will leave their shoes attached to the pedals and undo the straps/buckle on the last little stretch into T2 and just pedal with their bare feet on top of their shoes. Then they hop off while still moving at the dismount line and run for their transition spot.

    I just dismount normally and walk. I have run with my cleats though. The Crankbrother quattro cleats are a bit more resilliant to running though and have more grip than speedplays and LOOK cleats.

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    While I love my Speedplays, they are probably one of the worst for running in transition (although I did once have a pair of Sampson clipless that were even worse). So if possible, I leave them clipped in, pedal with my feet on top of the shoes to get going, and slip feet into shoes once up to speed. Not all races let you leave your shoes on the bike, though (IM races often don't). For T2, I undo the straps and have my feet ready to pull out and step off the bike with the shoes still clipped in. A couple of times one has fallen off, though.

    Yes, the cleats do take a pounding and wear out much faster when you shuffle around in them in the transition area during a triathlon. I'm still on the original cleats that I bought 8 years ago although they really need replacing (the screw heads are almost worn off!).

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    As you may have noticed it's more of the choice of pedal than any sort of strategy. I leave my shoes clipped in. Though shimano's cleats are fairly walking friendly.

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    I did Looks for my first Tri, and did not like "clopping" around the transition area.

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    For those of you who leave your shoes clipped in, don't they get scraped up when you run the bike into the transition area? I'm thinkning that may be a way for me to go, as the speedplays seem so awkward to run in, but how hard is it to slip out of your shoes without falling of the bike? So you think that's any faster than hopping off the bike, then taking off your shoes? I'm not using tri-specific shoes, and I have about 2 days left to train before my next event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plainsman
    For those of you who leave your shoes clipped in, don't they get scraped up when you run the bike into the transition area?
    Yes they do. But given it's faster and easier to run in T2. Scratched heels are a small price to pay for a better time...

    It's also a lot safer! The number of times I've seen a dismount with someone still wearing their shoes to end up on the floor!

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    they definitely get worn down. but if it's the fast time that you're after, then running through transition is definitely the best solution (if you're unable to take off the shoes while still on your bike). at the same time, before every ride/race i always make sure that all the screws are tightened down to the shoe. with running in the cleats (and over time), the cleats come loose. I also make sure I carry an extra screw or 2 in my transition bag in case any of them gets lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plainsman
    For those of you who leave your shoes clipped in, don't they get scraped up when you run the bike into the transition area? I'm thinkning that may be a way for me to go, as the speedplays seem so awkward to run in, but how hard is it to slip out of your shoes without falling of the bike? So you think that's any faster than hopping off the bike, then taking off your shoes? I'm not using tri-specific shoes, and I have about 2 days left to train before my next event.
    I'm using shoes that have a ratchet mechanism, and I've got my first sprint tomorrow. I played around with it last night, and found out that my shoes make it difficult just to slide in on T1. However, you'll be surprised to see how easy it is to slip out of them at T2. The only problem is that the ratchet will dig into your foot, so I have to unstrap early, but then wait til the last second to slide out.
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    I've found Time cleats ok to run in (still noisy, of course). But they do wear down.
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    I wear Specialized Mountain Bike shoes. They are more rigid than most mountain bike shoes but still have some rubber under them.

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    though somewhat still related to the topic: after what i like to describe heavy wear and tear on my speedplay cleats on my road bike shoes by running thru T1/T2, they a few have gotten lost. the few that are still left are completely worn down and the grooves are filled with particulate matter that won't come undone. that being said, does anyone know where i might be able to find/purchase new screws (the small phillips head with the blue loc-tite)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riding4freedom
    though somewhat still related to the topic: after what i like to describe heavy wear and tear on my speedplay cleats on my road bike shoes by running thru T1/T2, they a few have gotten lost. the few that are still left are completely worn down and the grooves are filled with particulate matter that won't come undone. that being said, does anyone know where i might be able to find/purchase new screws (the small phillips head with the blue loc-tite)?
    I'm sure that your local hardware store will be able to help you with this, as long as you have one screw to bring in to make sure that you get the right one. If not there, you also might want to try a larger hardware store, or even a hobby store. Your LBS probably also has this kind of thing on hand.

    If you do go the hardware store route, the screws might not have the loctite on them, but you can just buy that separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riding4freedom
    though somewhat still related to the topic: after what i like to describe heavy wear and tear on my speedplay cleats on my road bike shoes by running thru T1/T2, they a few have gotten lost. the few that are still left are completely worn down and the grooves are filled with particulate matter that won't come undone. that being said, does anyone know where i might be able to find/purchase new screws (the small phillips head with the blue loc-tite)?

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