Tips for fast transitions (swim to bike):

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Tips for fast transitions (swim to bike):

Postby Stoney » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:01 pm

Q: How do you speed up your transition from swim to bike?

A: One way is to have your cycle shoes already clipped on the bike before the race starts. Then all you have to do, is jump on the bike and start pedalling with your feet on top of your shoes. Once you're on a good straight and have your speed up, bend down and get your feet into your shoes. This obviously takes some practice, so don't try it for the first time on race day. Also make sure that your bike is in an easy gear before you rack it so that you can accelerate quickly out of transition.

Having tried this, I found that the only problem with it is that your shoes are heavy, and without your feet keeping them the right way up, the will spin upside down. If you bump your pedal running the bike out of transition, you can get your shoe wedged between the pedal and the ground - not great. To improve the technique, keep two small rubber bands with you, and when you rack the bike, run the rubber band through the tabs on the heel of your shoe (common on tri shoes, not necessarily specialist cycling shoes) and then attach it to any bit of the bike that you can (for instance a cog on the main chain ring). The crank arms should be in the 9 to 3 position (parallel to the ground) with your shoes the right way up. Once you start pedalling, the rubber bands easily break and you're off. (Will showed me this one at Nepean the other week - so thanks to him for a super tip!)

Anyone got anything else?
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Postby Martin » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:00 am

I have always admired those who can do this. You see quite a number fumbling to achieve this, but it works for many. It saves stationary time in transition (putting on shoes) and transfer that time to moving time on the bike (putting on shoes). Finally, I think it is predicated on not wearing socks and this is an issue for some. I am sure that there are fixes for these concerns.

I will have to practice and be brave!

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Postby Catherine » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:43 pm

Andrew,

I recall watching Ironman up at Forster one year and witnessed cycling shoes being knocked off the pedals as competitors ran with their bikes to the mounting line. It appeared that the bike pedal got wedged in the ground. This probably doesn't happen too often but luckily for the 2 competitors concerned, spectators called out to them to let them know they had lost a shoe.
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Postby Stoney » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:00 am

If only they had known the rubber band trick!
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