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Old 12-19-06, 10:25 AM   #1
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How do you thread your toe straps

My bike when I got it had nylon straps thread through both buckle slots, so the strap laid down nice and flat, which is the way I see most bikes done. I could not adjust the straps very easily, and not when on the bike. I then saw where you were supposed to only thread the strap through the top buckle slot, so you could easily grab and pull the strap to tighten it. I got some Soma leather straps and I tried just putting it through the top of the buckle slot, and it and it works great. It looks kind of funny with the strap just sticking straight out, but, again, it seems to work. Anyone else do it this way?
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Old 12-19-06, 10:33 AM   #2
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yes. i tighten and loosen straps every time i go on and off the bike. that might be a bother for some people, but i like the snugness and i'm coordinated enough so that it's no big deal to touch the button or to grab the strap.

some people set it to a point where it's snug enough, but easy to get in and out. for me, if it's easy to get in and out, it's not snug enough. when it's snug enough, i can still pull my foot out if i really need to (like that time that the jerkface kicked my rear wheel while i was trackstanding at a light).
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I have my straps laying down vs. up and I have them set to the desired snugness. I don't usually adjust them unless they become very loose and I can do that while on the bike, just pedal real sssssssllllllllllllllooooooooooowwwwwwww.
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On my new leather straps the extra length sticks out and down. I've found that I can use that part to feel the pavement during a turn so I know how far away I am from pedal strike.
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yes. i tighten and loosen straps every time i go on and off the bike.

yup
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i just keep mine at a good tightness and slide in and out of the clip.
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Old 12-19-06, 12:40 PM   #7
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i guess this displays my lack of spatial reasoning skills, but these posts mean nothing to me without pics.
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I have found a sort of middling ground. I tighten my left foot down hard every time i get on the bike. This is the foot I initiate a skid with/have forward in a trackstand/keep on the pedal when i put the other foot down. The other I tighten pretty good when I first get on but after that I don't generally mess with it and I can pull my foot out without too much effort. I find it to be a nice compromise.
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"Leave the end of the strap sticking out like a floppy dog ear -- don't tuck it back in to the buckle."

From the site noted in #8 above.
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For real. That whole webpage seems pretty awesome. It would be great if both kids and my girlfriend read the whole thing...
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i keep mine the same all time, never loosen or tighten them, they're lose enough to get in and out of, but tight enough to do their job.

i have big feet

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