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Join Date: Sep 2006
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Bikes: Giant TCR2, Giant TCX, IRO BFSSFG SE, Salsa Casseroll, IRO Rob Roy.
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All road shoes are going to be difficult to run in and it's only compounded by the presence of the cleat. The question is, how willing are you to "beat" on the shoes/cleats by actually trying to run or simply waddle or walk carefully to the mounting line?
That being said, most shoes are going to be the same though i'd probably recommend against something with exposed carbon fiber on the bottom. However, the Lake CX125 is a road shoe that accepts both 2 and 3 hole cleats and has nice big treads at the heel and toe to accomodate walking and protect the cleats. They're popular with touring and commuting cyclists or any other cyclists that want a decently walkable shoe that accepts 3 hole cleats.
As for pedal choice, almost every cleat is going to get beat up from stomping around. Most companies have some sort of cleat cover which is great for hanging around the coffee shop but worthless for running around the transition area. You might want to look at Crankbrother Quattro pedals though. The brass cleats are surrounded by a plastic U-shaped pad that protects the cleat and prevents the brass portion (the part that actually attaches to the pedal) from ever touching the ground unless the plastic gets worn down from lots of walking or you step on some rocks. However, it's rumored that Crankbrothers will be discontuning production of the Quattro pedals sometime soon... But the good thing is that nearly all their pedals and cleats are interchangable.
Then again, as previously stated, you're only going to be walking for about 30 seconds before you get on your bike.
If you wanna go elite style, your shoes will be attached to the pedals and you'll be running barefoot instead.
[i use some Cannondale MTB shoes with Crankbrothers Smarty pedals, easy to "run" in and pass people on the way to the mounting line]
Originally Posted by jsharr
A girl once asked me to give her twelve inches and make it hurt. I had to make love to her 3 times and then punch her in the nose.