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    keeping boot laces from getting caught in bicycle drivetrain

    During the wet winter season, I wear waterproof hiking boots on my rides. On occasion one can become untied while I ride or somehow get caught in my drivetrain. This is a serious safety issue. Just wondering if anyone has ideas for a solution.

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    Velcro?

    I tuck my laces in the tops of my boots when I ride in them. Most of my bikes have chain guards so it isn't much of an issue.

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    A piece of duct tape over/around the boot-lace bow does the trick.

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    I just double knot mine, shortens them up so they can't reach the chainwheels and keeps them from coming untied.
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    I hold the tag end that's to the outside, then gather up the two loops plus the other tag end and wrap the outer tag end around them in a half-hitch. That way, everything is hanging to the outside.

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    Double knot and tuck the loops and ends under a lace an eyelette or two down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
    Double knot and tuck the loops and ends under a lace an eyelette or two down.

    +1. Here's a pic of what I do with my summer shoes.




    Well, there's another technique I use with boots but I hope not to wear boots for approx 3 more months, so no pics of that one. I don't lace up the top 3 eyelets or so, wrap lace around my ankle once, then tie on my outboard ankles. I offset the laces so that the ends are about even when tied up to the outboard side.
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    use the longer loops and ends and tie them together.... double knot..

    You can do a heat shrink tube with a little hot melt glue , and cut the laces to be just right with new end caps.

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    Ian's Shoelace Site - Hiking / Biking Lacing

    Here's a method of lacing your shoes so that the knot is on the outside of the foot. It's great for keeping your shoelaces out of your chain.

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    They used to sell little plastic snap gizmos for childrens shoes to keep them from untieing and so forth, maybe those would still be available at stores that sell kids shoes.

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    Your shoelaces are too long.
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    I've known a bunch of paramedics and emts who were all about police boots and a few of them were always on about a zipper replacement for laces like this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishmonger View Post
    Ian's Shoelace Site - Hiking / Biking Lacing

    Here's a method of lacing your shoes so that the knot is on the outside of the foot. It's great for keeping your shoelaces out of your chain.
    I just use his fast knot and tuck the extra under one of the laces. For long boot laces,I go around my ankle at least once to shorten them.

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    Wrist sweat bands work good if tucking in your shoe laces doesn't......
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    I just tucked my laces into my boots next to my ankles

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    I just had my shoe laces caught in my drive train over vacation. Fortunately I wasn't going very fast and I stopped immediately. (I have a Rohloff 14 speed hub with a belt instead of a chain.) Normally when that happens, usually with my loose fitting gym clothes, I simply back pedal.)

    This time I double knotted the laces on my right shoe and that was that. I have the option of buying and installing an inexpensive 'chain' guard for my bike but like the look the way it is.
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