Discovering lock laces back in 2014 was such a game-changer for me. At the time, I was taking on my first multisport event – The London Duathlon. To be honest, I’m not sure I used clip-in shoes for my duathlon but if I did, using these laces would help me to reduce my transition time which is just one tip I picked up from an Introduction to Duathlon event.
How Do Lock Laces Help With Transition
I guess I never answered this question when I originally wrote the post – I had kinda assumed (wrongly) that if you made it here, you already knew why you would want these laces. But we all know what happens when we assume.
So, I’m glad Lec asked this question in the comments and I’m updating the post to include the reasons and ways lock laces make a difference in duathlon or triathlon.
Basically, when you come off the bike to start your run, your hands may not not be particularly dexterous which could see you wasting time trying to tie normal laces.
With these, you can get your shoe on by just (pre) loosening the fastening, and then you’re ready to go with one swift squeeze of the button to tighten (if even needed). They are also more secure than regular laces, so no risk of them coming undone or loosening during your runs.
The Original Nathan Lock Laces
Back in the day when I first discovered elastic shoes laces, Nathan were the brand of choice. Of course now, Amazon lock laces are plentiful! I dug out all the Nathan options for you on Amazon.co.uk here:
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of watching videos when I want to know how to do something. I learn better from reading. So I’ve noted all the steps needed for installing lock laces in your running shoes with pictures in this post.
Lock Laces: What’s In The Packet
In the packet you will find your two shoe laces, clips for the ends once you have cut them to length and the fastening system. All you’ll need are a pair of scissors to cut the laces.
How To Install Elastic Laces – Step By Step Instructions
- Unlace your shoes and re-lace with Lock Laces. I took a before picture so I could ensure I put them back exactly as they were.
- Thread each lace through the holes in the lock by squeezing the lock to open.
- Cut the laces approximately 2 – 3 inches below the lock.
- Insert the ends of the laces through the centre of the clip and press the clip together to close.
I hope you all appreciate my super retro photos from back in 2014 – these were my first ever pair of Adidas Energy Boost 2 running shoes and started my love affair with the boost technology.
I’m currently running in the Ultraboost 19 and the Ultraboost 20, or trail shoes when I have to venture in the mud. I’ll pop the lock laces on whichever pair I choose to run in for my next duathlon.
Have you used elastic laces before?! Any other useful gadgets / pieces of kit that would be useful for a duathlon?!