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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-04-15, 11:21 AM   #1
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Cages or straps?

I got a fixie about 6 weeks ago due to weather and other issues I've only got a few weeks of riding in but I've put about 120 miles on her so far and I'm really enjoying the straps I have.

I have just started to learn to skid and my left foot slips out when I pull up. I'm not sure if it's because of the straps I have or if they are tight enough.
How tight is tight enough? Should I get cages? I don't know anything about any of this so any advice and tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

P.S. Any advice on comfortable shoes to ride in? I've been rocking some old Toms and Vans
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Old 05-04-15, 11:29 AM   #2
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Please use the search function:
Toe cages or foot straps for FG?
Running "single" straps in "double" cages
Cages + Platform Pedal = No more agony?
Cages vs Straps..
Suggestions for pedals? Straps? Cages?

I know I just ragged on you about resurrecting a zombie thread but maybe the information you need would be in there so a post wouldn't even be necessary. And all those are more recent than 2006.

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Old 05-04-15, 11:40 AM   #3
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Ok sorry! I'm clearly noob! haha thanks man!
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I'd think that the Tom's could be part of the problem. Maybe too flexy of a shoe, idk, I've been hittin the bottle pretty hard this morning.
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Stop wearing yer girlfriends shoes.
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I imagine Toms are not comfortable unless you've got platform pedals. I like these: Urban Bike Sneakers | Pedal Bike Shoes | Chrome Industries
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And don't forget to use the proper term "toeclips:"

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I'd think that the Tom's could be part of the problem. Maybe too flexy of a shoe, idk, I've been hittin the bottle pretty hard this morning.
Horrible shoes for riding in.
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What kind of straps do you have now? If you're considering getting "cages", which are actually toe clips than maybe you have the thick nylon velcro straps? Normal leather straps should always be paired with toe clips. Toe clips and leather straps are better because you can tighten it once you're on the bike. As for how tight is tight enough; if you foot slips out while riding than it's not tight enough

Never wore toms, but from what I've seen you might as well be riding in a pair of socks.
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