Tip of the day: Where to place your tri shoes in transit

When you head to a race early in the darkness of a pre-race morning, one of the things you may be contemplating is where exactly to stash all the pieces of equipment you’ll need for a triathlon.  This ends up being a rather significant list from wetsuit to helmet, nutrition and multiple pairs of shoes (running, bike).

One way to hold every of course is a transition bag of some sort.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, it’s just gotta have a bit of volume if you want to pack everything into it.  Of course, many folks take quite a bit more than necessary into transition, but that’s alright as long as you can keep it contained in a single bag.  Sometimes it’s difficult to plan for the weather in early/late season tri’s where you may have extra clothing in the morning pre-race.

When it comes to the transit from your car/hotel to the start you’ve got a few options.  Depending on location you may end up cycling to the start (keep it easy though), but in some cases that may not be possible due to geography or road blocks.  In those cases I stash my bike shoes and running shoes in one of two places.

The first place is simply tied onto my bag.  I’ve got some carabineer hooks that allow easy clipping.  This works well in most cases.

But the second option though is far more innovate – and more versatile.  For example, if you were just headed into the bike shop for something, you probably wouldn’t have your entire transition bag with you – but you might need your shoes if it was for a fit.  And while you could just clip them into the pedals, I find that they often flop around and then occasionally catch or drag on the ground.

Thus, I present my favorite option: The Aerobars.


See, simply slide the shoes down over the bars.  This ensures that they don’t end up deep inside your transition bag after the race for hours or (gasp!) days, creating a big stink.  It gets them all aired out and happy.  And an airy shoe is a happy shoe.

Just remember to take them off the aerobars after you put the bike on your car’s roof rack and head home.  Oh, and remember to take that garage door opener off your visor too!

Have a great weekend all!


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  1. I leave mine clipped on. :)

  2. SSB

    At Honu and Kona since you can’t have anything on the ground I put my shoes there in transition (I don’t do the shoes clipped in thing), that way you don’t have to get anything from the transition bag and waste time looking for the right on.

  3. That’s so funny! I ride my bike to work and that’s exactly what I do with my shoes when I get to work! Great post, as usual.