Pro Transition Tricks: Save Seconds By Setting Your Bike Like A Pro

Suspend your shoes for a perfect flying mount

Although the move is only worth a few seconds, pretty much every pro leaves their shoes clipped in to the pedals for a flying mount. Some elect to let their shoes dangle, but many use rubber bands to prop the shoes horizontally so they don’t drag on the ground while running out of T1. This strategy also allows the rider to step straight down on to the shoe rather than having to flick it upright before pedaling away from transition. After one pedal rotation, the bands stretch and snap.

Andi Boecherer threads a rubber band through his shoe’s heel loop and around his front derailleur. Eneko Llanos does the same rubber band wrap, but adds some baby powder to his shoe to help the foot dry quickly once its in the shoe. Frederik Van Lierde, on the other hand, makes a crisscross pattern with a rubber band that keeps his shoe more upright and prevents it from bobbing. The added tension also helps the band snap without hesitation.

Do it yourself: Many tri shoes have tiny loops specifically for rubber bands, or you can use the big heel loop to mount the rubber band. If your bands are long or the shoes dangle too loosely, wrap the band through the loop twice. Hang it from your front derailleur on the drive side and rear quick release on the non-drive side.

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