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Discussion: It's been a lot of years

in: byrnedfish; byrnedfish > 2016-05-17

May 18, 2016 12:27 AM # 
since I've ridden with cages, but that was only on paved or hard pack. Not sure how well you would fare on uneven terrain, sand, loose gravel if you had to get your feet off your pedals quickly. If you have time, put them on your bike and ride Olsen park for a test ride and see how it goes. Also consider the amount of tread on your trail shoes that might make it more difficult to get out of the cages.

Have you considered maybe using a seat post mounted rack to hold your trail shoes (bungee strap them down) while biking? Could probably hold a couple of pairs :)
May 18, 2016 1:26 AM # 
If u are faster I want them back.
May 18, 2016 1:57 AM # 
Technically, you lose some power with cages due to the sole flex in using "sport" shoes, even if you cinch the cages down (which you wouldn't want to when riding unstable terrain). The additional advantage of going clipless is the hard soled bike shoes that provide a stable platform to apply power.

There were short sprint races where afterwards I thought that going with cages would have been advantageous. Not sure I've ever felt that way in races 8-10 hrs or longer. As with most things, it comes down to personal preference and experience.
May 18, 2016 1:59 AM # 
I used cages all last summer on everything from paved to single track without too much incident. For epic there's 3 bike sections which potentially means changing shoes 3 times, seems like that would be the time difference of faster with clips. Plus a bigger pack (considering rack for longer races this fall).

Sorry w4j, I bought a set. Syd is using yours, and there's no way she got faster ;)
May 18, 2016 2:28 AM # 
Well there you have it! Experience rules :)

Good luck this weekend.
May 18, 2016 3:16 AM # 
Mr Wonderful:
give up a percent in power, never change shoes, still clipless. I've done eight miles at a pop in my similar shoes. Tony M and Mike D ran a similar strategy at the last bike hike bike bike hike MarkVT race. (The one with all the rocky rail trails.)

Even if your teammate won't get on board, that gives you a chance to prep maps or otherwise while waiting for 'em.
May 18, 2016 10:20 AM # 
I actually just bought very similar shoes with that goal, but I haven't broken them in yet

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