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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 04-27-06, 09:04 AM   #1
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Lesson Learned- use the right clips/straps

I know- Im stubborn, wanting to keep using these. I learned the hard way-
on a fixie, you better get the right kind. I never thought much of how much
my toes hang over the ends of the pedals until i got thrown. I was tired
after 33 miles and was doing a tough climb, so my foot position was suffering.
My left toe slid inward and caught under the crank as it was coming up on
the back of the rotation. I always wondered what would happen in that situation-
You get pulled off the bike on that side, and thrown to the ground!

Im now going to change the clips/straps on the fixie to the same kind on my
pista, which have much less toe overhang, and you cant get stuck under the crank.
See my pics- If you have the kind i did- think about changing.
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Old 04-27-06, 09:40 AM   #2
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It's also a good illustration of the benefits of wide mountain cilps.

I've always preferred wide mountain clips since I usually ride in street shoes and they don't get under road clips as easily. I was thinking of getting skinny steel clips for the new bike but you just talked me out of it.
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Old 04-27-06, 11:02 AM   #3
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metal clips all the way...
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I saw metal mountain clips somewhere. Anyone know who makes them?
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I saw metal mountain clips somewhere. Anyone know who makes them?

the soma ones? http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/pedal...aps/14051.html
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you are thinking of soma i think. but they only make one size.
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Old 04-27-06, 12:07 PM   #7
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those clips on the right are like foot thongs or somethin'...
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Old 04-27-06, 12:30 PM   #8
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I hate those clips on the right. Every time I get a bike with those, they get tossed immediately. The let your foot stick out like you pictured, and do a poor job of keeping the opening, open. I have the Soma's and really like them a lot, but my favorites are still the zefal mtb ones with the wide, shell-toe-like front. I've had them for nearly ten years.
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The foot thongs make my feet feel sexy
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hey noriel- how far do your soma clips reach past the front edge of the pedal?
My crappy thong clips are about 3 inches. The ones on my pista are 2 inches (much better).
If they're about 2 in or less, i think ill get some.
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I ride my bike with straps only and no clips. Call me what you want but it is the best set up ever.
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I know Keirin riders use double straps with no clips.
Im just set in my ways
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I searched at some of these fancy smancy LSBs around here and they don't cary decent clips, so I said screw clips. I would still give them a chance though.
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meh, i have plastic clips, so it's all up to the straps. though i figure that as long as it's plastic, why not make it pink plastic to match the top tube protector (read: bandana) and grips?

this thread's title prepared me to go "hey! i broke a strap today, too!" but...nope.
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I ride my bike with straps only and no clips. Call me what you want but it is the best set up ever.
How do you keep the straps open to put your feet in? I think I'd keep stomping on the straps instead of getting through the loop.
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I ride my bike with straps only and no clips. Call me what you want but it is the best set up ever.
Is there any advantage as compared to putting on the clips as well?



...thought so...
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Is there any advantage as compared to putting on the clips as well?
Dude, clips weigh like, 30 grams... that's one less leg to shave.
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Problem solved- I got the MTB type clips and kept the old straps to make
a two strap clip. The crank cant grab my toes now!
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http://www.yellowjersey.org/how2clip.html
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good stuff to know-
I thought my shoes looked worn out!
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