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  • Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Unless it’s a really short course event, it’s worth changing shoes. However, there is a chap from the states who wrote a blog about some home made carbon pedals to fit his vibram 5 finger shoes.

    I did a sort ride on flats with my minimus MT00’s, the pedals scuffed the sole up a fair bit (they are pretty soft) also I felt I had no support what so ever.

    I honestly think you’d be better changin shoes, for the short amount of time it takes you’ll make it up by using the right shoes.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Tried Inov8’s with flats a few years ago – wore through the sole in less than 100 miles – an expensive mistake.

    Hmm, it was the Inov8 trailrocs I was thinking of wearing. Yes, it is a short course (just 10k of mtb), but the bike section is in the middle so will involve two shoe changes…

    I have some salomon xa pros which will probably be much better suited to the flats, just a bit heavy for shuch a short sprint though.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    I used Inov-8 trainers as my main riding shoe for ages. They were great.

    Anybody used minimalist trail shoes with flat pedals? Have a multi sport event coming up and don’t want to use clips (would have to change shoes twice).

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Beartraps and toeclips!

    Premier Icon ton
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    changing trainers with lacelocs takes 30 seconds at most…..ffs 😆

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    miketually – Member

    I used Inov-8 trainers as my main riding shoe for ages. They were great.

    Which ones Mike?

    I used 2 older pair of Roclites (315’s I think) on Wellgo Mags.
    They were worn when I started using them on the bike, but not excessively so.

    They lasted 3 or 4 rides – obvious signs of distress after the first ride, holes in the sole after the third.

    Mind you, I had washed them a few times. 😀

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    Which ones Mike?

    I think they were Mudrocs – the ones with a very studded sole. I used them with Wellgo V8 copies and they lasted me a few years, including doing the Kielder 100 a couple of times.

    I don’t think the mudrocs were minamalist (not sure as they’re not listed anywmore). Great shoe, but the issue with minimalist is the soles are thin and flexible.

    I think if I’m going minimalist, then shoe changing is going to be a given. What I gain in pleasure by running in the shoes, I will lose when trying to pendal in flip flops! 😀

    akak
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    If you are used to using flats I think you’d be fine just take out the pedal pins and use a mid foot position.

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    I just rode 10 miles in flip-flops. You’ll be fine…

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