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Old 09-23-11, 10:47 AM   #1
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Need advice: mounting toe clip to pedals

Hello. I've (finally) bought new pedals. It seems silly but they're for my "old but still working fine thank you" Ross futura. Anyway, I just wanted something my feet would be happy with. And they had to be 1/2" so I ended up with the Diamondback alloy Sound. I'm dealing with gimpy knees and really wanted stability (overkill on an exercycle - I know). So I also got a pair of Zefal half toe clips. They'll work with my bike shoes and I should be all set. Except that I'm having trouble finding a logical (not brute force) way to mount the clips on the pedals. The pedals have slanted edges. The reflector came off fine and the holes are there but the clips don't fit inside or outside the pedal. There's an aluminum fitting that came with the clips but I don't see it being pertinent with these pedals. If I get longer screws, I can mount them and for my use it should be fine but I'd really like to know how it should be done. Also and I to ask: should I put the mounting edge of the clips in front or behind the leading edge of the pedals?

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Can't help you with the mounting, I'd really have to see them in person. As long as you get them bolted down securely they'll be fine.

Just an FYI though - those half toe clip things are basically useless. They won't hold your foot in place (except by limiting how far forward it can go), they'll just make it more of a pain to get started. The annoyance of a toe clip without the usefulness. Have you considered mounting clips and straps on?
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Those pedals don't look like they are configured to take clips. Pedals that can take lips have holes on the front of the cage and the instalation is rather self explanitory. I would also agree that full clips would be more useful but that can be a personal preference. I myself ride spd clipless pedals and have not had clips since 2000
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You may have to get different pedals.
All of my miles are with toe clips no straps, no problems.



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I thought the next picture would be your pedal, with your shoe in it, with your foot in the shoe.
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I thought the next picture would be your pedal, with your shoe in it, with your foot in the shoe.
You can post yours.....
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The pedal you got is incompatible, the hoses are there to just mount a reflector.
Wrong product, so go back to shopping. [may have saved grief by going to a bike shop]

SCOR who make 'kneesaver' pedal extenders, also make one to screw into a 1/2" pedal hole
on one piece cranks , and then let you screw in a 9/16" pedal into them..
offering a vastly wider choice of pedals.
[10 wheels is showing you a 9/16 pedal]

there are exercise bike pedals sold with a strap to go over your shoe.
since that is what you are doing with it,
why not just get a 1/2" thread exercise stationary bike pedal?

'power grip' straps are somewhat similar , but run diagonal rather than straight across,
for street riding.. turning heel out becomes a much looser strap.

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'power grip' straps are somewhat similar , but run diagonal rather than straight across,
for street riding.. turning heel out becomes a much looser strap.
I tried those and liked them quite a bit. But now I have clipless pedals on all my bikes, only one exception with regular flat pedals that I can ride in normal shoes. I decided that unless you go clipless, clips/straps/powergrips/etc aren't worth the effort and I'd rather just run flat pedals.
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On pedals that actually except clips,the clip can be mounted inside or outside.On your pedal,you would have to mount a piece of aluminum where the reflector came from,then drill it for your clip mounting holes.Lots of work for what you get.
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I use these on my touring and road bike.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MKS-Sylvan-R...item4836d175b6

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The pedals you have are BMX pedals. They will not take a cage, however they should take these.
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... Just an FYI though - those half toe clip things are basically useless. They won't hold your foot in place (except by limiting how far forward it can go), they'll just make it more of a pain to get started. The annoyance of a toe clip without the usefulness. Have you considered mounting clips and straps on?
Right. I certainly used to use clips and straps but that's for the future. Heh. Past and future but not present. This is just for my exercycle and really is just to limit how far forward my foot goes. Amongst other locations, my arthritis is in my knees and feet and I'm working toward smooth forward motion and trying to avoid jerking and twisting.

Your advice is sound and valid. And futuristic. Thanks much.
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Those pedals don't look like they are configured to take clips. Pedals that can take lips have holes on the front of the cage and the instalation is rather self explanitory. I would also agree that full clips would be more useful but that can be a personal preference. I myself ride spd clipless pedals and have not had clips since 2000
Once the reflector is off, they do have the holes. And one of the sales packages has them coupled with a Delta half-toe model that looks very similar. So I'm assuming they are made for clips. But I do have to say the slanted edges came as very much of a surprise.

Once I'm on the road again, I'm going to look at clipless pedals. I don't think they were available - at least I didn't know about them - when I was road riding in the '80s.

Thanks much for taking the time. I need and appreciate all the help I can get.
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I use these on my touring and road bike.
Thanks and I may look at them when I hit (not literally I hope!) the road again. Thing is, they're 9/16' post and I have to have 1/2" for this cycle.

Thanks much though.
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Argh! I've lost track of whom I've responded to. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to help. I've pretty much gotten the same theme. Different pedals, no or different clips.

I will post a photo. I think I have a fix and I'll get back to you.

Thanks so much!
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Okay. I got them to work! I threw together a photo sequence of what I did at http://www.through.net/stuff/pedals/ By using longer screws I could secure the two different-angled faces. A note. If I were using this on the street (which I wouldn't with these clips), I wouldn't have felt the join to be safe enough. Another note. One could have drilled the reflectors and gotten them back on the assembly too if it mattered. In my fitness room, it doesn't.

Now. I've replaced the saddle with a nice Avenir one that I like. Now I've replaced the pedals. You gotta wonder why with a 30-year old exercycle that doesn't "do" anything. Well, I like it. I like the way it looks and feels and don't want another one. But I may have to learn how to disassemble and clean the chain assembly at some point. I never have and it seems okay. Maybe a little WD-40 would delay the inevitable? Dunno.

Anyway, thanks to all you who took the time.
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Okay. I got them to work! I threw together a photo sequence of what I did at http://www.through.net/stuff/pedals/ By using longer screws I could secure the two different-angled faces. A note. If I were using this on the street (which I wouldn't with these clips), I wouldn't have felt the join to be safe enough. Another note. One could have drilled the reflectors and gotten them back on the assembly too if it mattered.
Hrm, well sorry to resurrect an old thread... However I am going to anyways. I am doing this same exact thing. Wishing your link wasn't dead... Btw, found this thread by googling "mount toe clips on bmx pedals".

I found some nice comfy Twisty Odyssey pedals I like and am using them as a nice big platform to replace those lovely metal toe clip ready cages that offer zero shoe sole support. I am splay-footed so most normal pedal setups are miserable for me.

I am a big fan of strapless half toe clips, though they offer no benefit to increasing performance, for street and trail riding they offer you the ability to keep your foot loosely in place and prevent toe overhang / slipping forward and the freedom to adjust for comfort.

So, for these BMX pedals I will be trying to make the half clips work in a safe-ish manner. Basic concept in my head, is a triangular plastic or metal wedge with/make holes in it to match up with the pedal.
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Well, $1.20 worth of thick nylon spacers and Dremel'd to 22 degrees and they seem pretty damn solid.
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Holy old school bike! Are thos Cook Brothers cranks?
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Given You are talking an exercycle .
a stationary bike, ... the strap over pedals
made for those are not good enough?

You can find a strap for those pedals you bought,
that is wide and adjusts with velcro
to snug up the strap over your foot arch,
to make an exercise stationary bike pedal
that is adjustable in holding down your foot.

Bike shops can get those straps,
origin-8 brand sells some..
the Fixie Kids made a Big market for them.

NB have you tried mounting those 1/2 toe clips on the inside of the pedal

where those holes are, up and over the front of the pedal?

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Hrm, well sorry to resurrect an old thread... However I am going to anyways. I am doing this same exact thing. Wishing your link wasn't dead... Btw, found this thread by googling "mount toe clips on bmx pedals".
Hey Scotty Bot! I put them back up. I'd changed servers but, compulsive that I am, had the old safely backed up. So - use the same link - http://www.through.net/stuff/pedals/ - and there they are. They still look like that too - many virtual miles later. Well a little dirtier but... Hope it helps.

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Good catch, yes they are. The guy I bought the frame from back in '98 gave em to me.
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Given You are talking an exercycle .
a stationary bike, ... the strap over pedals
made for those are not good enough?

You can find a strap for those pedals you bought,
that is wide and adjusts with velcro
to snug up the strap over your foot arch,
to make an exercise stationary bike pedal
that is adjustable in holding down your foot.

Bike shops can get those straps,
the Fixie Kids made a Big market for them.

NB have you tried mounting those 1/2 toe clips on the inside of the pedal

where those holes are, up and over the front of the pedal?
Yeah, a long time ago I tried the diagonal strap setup. Since I end up in random shoes/boots, I always had to adjust them. Plus they got filthy after a while. All and all I have been really into the half toe clips. I'm not doing anything too crazy like jumps or hops or and other tricks, mainly just casual rides. If I were a more serious rider though, those traps would be the way to go!
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Hey Scotty Bot! I put them back up. I'd changed servers but, compulsive that I am, had the old safely backed up. So - use the same link - http://www.through.net/stuff/pedals/ - and there they are. They still look like that too - many virtual miles later. Well a little dirtier but... Hope it helps.

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Oh cool, I almost went that route, but I was irritated by the height difference. I haven't had a chance to give the pedals a good try, just a couple laps around my neighborhood, but I have to say... BMX pedals are WAY more comfortable on the soles of Converse style shoes! Those old metal chassis MTB pedals were painful after the 1st few miles!
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