Have you ever thought to yourself that this must be too good to be true? It happens to me all the time in that I believe that my life is too good to be true, even in the hardest of times. I have the opportunity to reach out to people through this site and via social media in terms of Facebook and Twitter.
So when I was going through Facebook one day I came across an advertisement for Tri-Clips. I went to their site and watched the demos and thought to myself…’those are too good to be true.’ How can something so simple be so awesome. I emailed the company to see if I could get a set to review and post here. Within a few moments I received a reply from Amanda that they would send me a set to try out.
When I first got them I was nervous I will admit. I was nervous that these would snap so hard and whack me on the Achilles and just cause discomfort for who knew how long. I fought the idea of putting them on but finally decided it was time to do it.
I watched the video to make sure that I was mounting the clips properly and said…..here we go!
The first time I tried these out I was on the trainer. I figured I would give them a whirl on the trainer so that if it does snap and hit me in the Achilles it wouldn’t ruin a good outdoor ride and I could just walk it off in the comforts of my living room. I hopped on the bike and slid my feet into my shoes and the clips popped off and never touched my leg. Awesome I thought, but let’s try that again.
I threw my leg over the bike and hit the shoe without getting my foot in and the tri-clip popped off but again it did not touch me and went straight back into its case.
Third time is the charm right? Well the third time I did it I still had no issues with the clips touching my legs. Let’s just say that I was thrilled at this point, but knew that I needed to take them outside to really get a good feel for them.
I put my bike in between the slats in my fence as if it were truly on a rack at a race and practiced transitions. I did not jump out of the water but instead ran up the driveway pulled the bike out and then slipped in while going down the driveway. Again I went at this three times to make sure that I was doing it right and who doesn’t need transition help? Each and everytime it worked like a charm. I highly recommend these over using rubber bands because searching for rubber bands can be a pain and these are strapped right to your frame and weigh 0.5 oz each or a total of 1.0 oz so it won’t affect your bike weight.
The following is straight from the Tri-Clips site:
Tri-Clips is a new concept that will significantly improve the speed of your T1 transition. Tri-Clips provide a fast, efficient and easy mechanism to hold your bike shoes in place while you mount the bike. Weighing only 1/2 oz each, Tri-Clips will save 1 – 2 minutes on your total T1 time. Tri-Clips are self cleaning; resistant to chlorine, salt water and sweat. With super high friction backing to ensure Tri-Clips stays in exact position on bike frame.
Simple easy and effective.
Step 1 – Attach Tri-Clip to bike frame using velcro strip. Trim velcro to correct length
Step 2 – Position Tri-Clip in optimum position on bike frame
Step 3 – Pull cord from base unit and extend clip
Step 4 – Attach clip to back of shoe.
Step 5 – Installation complete. Mount bike and start pedaling. The Tri-Clip has a fixed length and will automatically disconnect from shoe
I can say without hesitation that these will be on El Diablo when I head to California and for any training that happens before and after California.
And now you have a chance to win a pair of these. Amanda was kind enough to offer up a pair to a follower of my blog. Here are the rules for entry:
- Follow my site through your RSS feed (it’s up there in the top right) – 1 entry
For bonus entries:
- Follow CTER on Facebook – 1 entry
- Follow CTER on Twitter – 1 entry
- Sign-up for the CTER Newsletter on the home page – 1 entry
- Follow Tri-Clips on Facebook – 1 entry
- Follow Tri-Clips on Twitter – 1 entry
- Tweet, Facebook, Blog Post, Pigeon Carrier this giveaway – 1 entry for each mention. If using Twitter use the handle @cooktraineatrce in the mention.
Leave a separate comment for each entry.
And don’t forget to visit their site. Lots of good information for you to digest (get it digest….COOK train EAT race!!!!) OK OK….Tri-Clips website is [HERE]
Winner will be chosen on Monday March 7th at 12pm CST and announced on Tuesday.
Good luck and thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer: I received the tri-clips for free but not based on a positive review. I have not been paid by tri-clips nor am I an employee of the company.