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Old 08-05-07, 01:15 AM   #1
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For people that tighten toe straps after inserting foot into pedal...

How do you find is the best / fastest way to do this? I've recently gotten into this as even with cheap, weathered single straps I can get ridiculous power transfer efficiency / skid ease as compared to just having the toe straps at a constant tightness and sliding my feet in.
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Old 08-05-07, 01:38 AM   #2
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Put buttons on your straps
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just loosen them a little bit with the little tab on the buckle. and then when you get on, they're nice and open so you can slide your foot in. then just reach down and grab the end of the strap to tighten to your heart's content.
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^ ^ ^ usually how i do it. the first foot is cake, the second foot is a little tougher...
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yeah, it's nice to be able to ride a couple small circles to get both feet in good and tight.
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buttons for sure...
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i start with one foot already tight. i tighten the other foot usually on the second spin. i just grab it and let the fixed gear do the work.
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Just ride slowly for the first few turns of the crank. You should have no trouble reaching down and pulling the strap tighter.
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If you really thighten the strap down like that how do you avoid 0mph crashes?
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kick your foot sideways, and pull out!
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make sure you cut off extra strap if you use toshis. I had one really tight and the extra flipped back and got caught in my chainring and wrestled my foot into some crazy positon.....those toshis don't brake or rip at all I was going kinda slow but it scared thae crap outta me and hurt a bit. always keep my doubles at the same tightness all the time but a button works great on my singles for sure.
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If you really thighten the strap down like that how do you avoid 0mph crashes?
lesson #2 is how do you loosen straps on the fly.
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Are you guys doing clips with laced or laceless shoes? I've fallen over when the laces snagged on the clip and I couldn't get out. With slip-ons, no problem. I love tightening the straps down with slip-ons.
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If you really thighten the strap down like that how do you avoid 0mph crashes?
I think that's just one of those things that needs to happen to you once or twice.
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Are you guys doing clips with laced or laceless shoes? I've fallen over when the laces snagged on the clip and I couldn't get out. With slip-ons, no problem. I love tightening the straps down with slip-ons.
I always ride with slip-ons. Small shoes like Sambas are acceptable but big, puffy skate shoes are an absolute no-no.
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If you really thighten the strap down like that how do you avoid 0mph crashes?
Trackstand. And Blik, I have changed my shoes' lacing pattern to avoid that. I also changed the tread pattern of my shoe (shaved some off with a str8 razor) to get me a more a snug fit in my clips.
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make sure you cut off extra strap if you use toshis. I had one really tight and the extra flipped back and got caught in my chainring and wrestled my foot into some crazy positon.....those toshis don't brake or rip at all I was going kinda slow but it scared thae crap outta me and hurt a bit. always keep my doubles at the same tightness all the time but a button works great on my singles for sure.
are your straps holding up ok cut? i have the toshi singles, too, and was wondering if you needed to do anything after you cut them to avoid delaming?
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clipless please.
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i tighten my right foot before i take off. then get my left foot in usually as soon as the pedal comes up and on the nxt rotation the strap gets tightened. to loosen i just reach down as my foot is coming up and tap the two buckles on each side. simple.

wearing tighter shoes makes a difference in feel too.
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clipless please.
sorry, just isn't gonna cut it for my situation. besides, this feels better to me than the times i've ridden clipless (skids especially).

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the float in clipless systems makes my knees hurt and since I already have slotted cleat shoes and am to cheap to by looks or sls to ride on the street I haven't bothered revisiting that yet

strap buttons and quick hands ftw
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form-fitting straps, anyone?
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what do you mean by form fitting? if you tighten them down after putting your foot in, that's pretty close to as 'form fitting' as it gets, your feet don't move at all inside the pedal/clip.
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power transfer

if you really wanna talk about power transfer, double traps, tightening each time, etc...you should probably avoid vans slip-ons.

don't get me wrong, thats what i ride in half the time, but there is a reason roadie, clipless shoes are almost completely rigid through the shank...

also, excessive skidding and long rides with flimsy shoes (and particularly with high ratios) can totally lead to stress fractures in the arch, general fatigue, etc.

not trying to hate here - point is, tight straps are cool and definitely help, but i've seen plenty of keirin racers on track with single straps. the shoes you wear however are a very big deal.

anyone at vans wanna put out a steel, no wait, carbon shank vans slip-on?

oh yeah, and tie yr laces under the tongue of yr shoe and tuck 'em in, this is 101, everyday, bike or no bike, morning mantra style.

any other advice for stylish and stiff shoes?
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