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Old 06-24-14, 05:46 PM   #1
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Toe Clip Straps

I have Toe Clips but after a few thousand miles, the straps are shot. Who makes the best ones and why? (Leather or something else.)
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Old 06-24-14, 06:48 PM   #2
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I've had these for 8 years, and it's just now about time to replace them (for aesthetic reasons, still work fine, but getting grungy): http://www.amazon.com/MKS-Black-Leat.../dp/B001GSSOFI

I use them on and off, whenever I don't feel like using my clipless. Probably have about 4000-6000 miles on them?
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I have Toe Clips but after a few thousand miles, the straps are shot. Who makes the best ones and why? (Leather or something else.)
It's been a long time since I've used toe clips and straps but Christophe were always a good brand in both leather and nylon. Zefal owns them now so I can't speak to their quality. Leather is stiff and lasts a while but takes time to break in. Nylon straps are instantly broken in and durable but they can bet cut more easily.
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Old 06-25-14, 02:53 AM   #4
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Toe Clip Straps

+1 Zefal Christophe
http://www.zefal.com/en/19-toe-clips-and-toe-straps

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/mobile/zefal-zefal-mt-christophe-technopolymer-440-mm-toe-straps-black-prod20627/
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Old 06-25-14, 05:17 AM   #5
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Yup, back "in the day" the best toe straps I've Ever Used were laminated. Nylon, between inner and outer layer of leather. No Stretching when they got wet, lasted till the teeth in the strap buckle chewed through the strap. Christophe? Maybe Avocet or some other company now defunct when toe strap market crashed.
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Old 06-25-14, 09:13 AM   #6
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One thing I did with the commonly available cheap nylon webbing ones, which made them more useful ..

Is impregnate the webbing with Plastidip ,the tool handle stuff , when they were New ..
(un contaminated so the stuff is absorbed & sticks.)

that stiffens them up so they will act like a leather strap might.

Like, stay open while you stuff your toe in the Clip.

Cures the abrasion issue too , but its a Job You have to do, it is not an as-is Buy.

nowhere near as McGuyver looking as the below .. thing..

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Old 06-25-14, 10:18 AM   #7
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Homemade one will last ad vitam aeternam
All you need is stainless steel fixing bands and ties + vinyl hose
(an inner tube instead of vinyl hose will works as well but won't last long)
(straps are SS fixing bands)
(vinyl hose or inner tube is just for not having the fixing band directly in contact with your foot, you do that by inserting the fixing band inside the vinyl hose)





optional(for better comfort):
I've also added SS deep sockets as counterweight to have pedals always at the right position. Just attach those under your pedals with SS ties.


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Old 06-25-14, 05:11 PM   #8
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Homemade one will last ad vitam aeternam
All you need is stainless steel fixing bands and ties + vinyl hose
(an inner tube instead of vinyl hose will works as well but won't last long)
(straps are SS fixing bands)
(vinyl hose or inner tube is just for not having the fixing band directly in contact with your foot, you do that by inserting the fixing band inside the vinyl hose)





optional(for better comfort):
I've also added SS deep sockets as counterweight to have pedals always at the right position. Just attach those under your pedals with SS ties.

You're really good at posting funny **** on internet.
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Old 06-25-14, 05:26 PM   #9
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You're really good at posting funny **** on internet.
Haven't seen my DIY alarm clock yet, that is funny
Some of the parts being: some bread crumbs, an empty orange juice pack, a few coins, a blackboard, some sewing thread, some water...

Did that when i was at a hotel in uk and i didn't have an alarm clock with me.
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Haven't seen my DIY alarm clock yet, that is funny
Some of the parts being: some bread crumbs, an empty orange juice pack, a few coins, a blackboard, some sewing thread, some water...

Did that when i was at a hotel in uk and i didn't have an alarm clock with me.
You've been watching way too much MacGyver.
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You've been watching way too much MacGyver.
Not sure if it is MacGyver or MrBean but i certainly watched too much of something.
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Get strapless toe clips and stop worrying about it.
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Yup, back "in the day" the best toe straps I've Ever Used were laminated. Nylon, between inner and outer layer of leather. No Stretching when they got wet, lasted till the teeth in the strap buckle chewed through the strap. Christophe? Maybe Avocet or some other company now defunct when toe strap market crashed.
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Old 06-26-14, 02:44 AM   #14
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^^^^^^

Ahh! Thanks for the memory jog.
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Yup, back "in the day" the best toe straps I've Ever Used were laminated. Nylon, between inner and outer layer of leather. No Stretching when they got wet, lasted till the teeth in the strap buckle chewed through the strap. Christophe? Maybe Avocet or some other company now defunct when toe strap market crashed.
I just found my old Avocet Mod II platform pedals in a box in the garage. I thought I had gotten rid of them when I couldn't find them a few years ago. I'll have to check to see what kind of straps are on them; I do remember they were the laminated ones with the nylon center.
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I really dislike the new nylon straps. Their tensile strength is fine, but chafing does them in. Leather straps last a long time, and they don't cost much, so get the Zefal leather straps.
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Not sure if it is MacGyver or MrBean but i certainly watched too much of something.
... or maybe smoked...
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Old 06-27-14, 09:52 PM   #18
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+1!!! Alfredo Binda straps; a layer of web strap sandwiched between two leather straps. There is virtually no stretch.
You can treat leather straps (like Christophe) with Lexol leather treatment and they will last for years! The set of Christophes (with an alloy mechanism) were treated in the late Seventies- they are still on my '75 Raleigh Super Course and work fine.
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