Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-22-08, 11:21 AM   #1
mack_turtle
n00b
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: Soma Juice/ DCD
Posts: 404
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
toe clips? brake levers?

more n00b questions: i am still getting my fixie put together and i don't know what to do about my pedals and my brakes. . .

1. i want to put toe clips of some sort on my pedals. i no longer have the bmx pedals that you see in the photo above, i switched them out for some roadie-type flat pedals that are supposed to be fitted with clips. i have seen that some are strapless and some have straps. what might be the dis/advantages of each? any reason why i should get plastic vs. metal?

2. i need to put a front brake on my bike. i have seen a few variations of different kinds of brake lever setups. i took the bars off my bike, fliped/chopped them into bullhorns the other day. what are my options for a cheap brake lever? i think i want to put them on the top position but i am also looking at those "time trial" type levers. is that what they are called? (i think they make your bike look like a praying mantis, which is also cool.)
mack_turtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 11:23 AM   #2
Fugazi Dave
Beausage is Beautiful
 
Fugazi Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Bikes: 2006 Langster, which I actually like.
Posts: 5,457
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The toe clips without straps are essentially worthless. Get some steel clips and some straps and you'll be a lot better off. Plastic clips are OK in a pinch, but certainly not the greatest.
Fugazi Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 11:26 AM   #3
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
can we turn this thread into a plastic vs. metal clip war?

i'll start off:

plastic is cheaper
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 11:30 AM   #4
mack_turtle
n00b
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: Soma Juice/ DCD
Posts: 404
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
and where else can i buy parts like this cheap besides nashbar and ebay?
mack_turtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 11:53 AM   #5
curiousincident
end of biters
 
curiousincident's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: East Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 833
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^ I'd suggest going to your LBS. Clips and straps aren't that pricey, you can give them some business in the slow season - besides, with stuff that small any savings are usually offset by shipping.

I'd like to add that straps are also worthless without clips. I had some lady pull out in front of me today and one of my clips actually snapped off where it mounts to the cage while I was frantically trying to stop. Real pain in the ass in this weather, the pedal would flip over and the strap would get all twisted and try to knock me off my bike - but I guess it'll be a good excuse to get better at skip stops with my off foot forward until I make it to the bike shop.

Another upside of plastic: it won't rust and then snap.

It'll just snap without the rust.
curiousincident is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:05 PM   #6
Judge_Posner
god
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the 'time trial' levers you mentioned are a great idea for bullhorns, assuming you prefer to ride with your hands on the horns than with your hands on the flats. the levers are also known as 'reverse' brake levers. the kind that plugs into the bar end is probably the best, but there are also clamp-on versions. check out jensen bikes selection for a good starting point. also, check out cane creek's version.
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:12 PM   #7
mack_turtle
n00b
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: Soma Juice/ DCD
Posts: 404
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
thanks.

my lbs has some decent clips with straps cheap, so i will probably pick up some of those.

thanks for the links to brake levers too.
mack_turtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:14 PM   #8
c0urt
moving target
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: birmingham, al
Bikes: a masi speciale, and a kuota k-factor.
Posts: 2,828
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
the cages I just pulled of my fixed gear were older than I am, they didnt rust.

but yeah truthfully you will pay about the same from your lbs and online for straps and clips. and really really small parts like that. you might be able to find a used pair at your lbs if you ask really nicely.


the brake levers you are talking about are reverse pull levers or time trial levers.
the nashbar kit is 25 bucks and you need cables
dia-comp makes a pair your lbs can order for the same price



just saw the above post, I am moving slow this morning. it took me about ten miuntes to write that
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:17 PM   #9
RB*
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Red Lion, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://elitecycling.biz/page.cfm?Pag...ils&sku=PD1172

check these out, even though you already have pedals may be something to consider
RB* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:29 PM   #10
lukewall
Senior Member
 
lukewall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: NYC
Bikes: 2000 Raleigh M50. 2006 Raleigh Rush Hour. 2008 Cannondale Synapse 6.
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
go clipless. better than clips and straps.
lukewall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:45 PM   #11
jdeane4
Avatar Bandit
 
jdeane4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Bikes:
Posts: 597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lukewall View Post
go clipless. better than clips and straps.
Don't be that guy. J/K clipless isn't a bad way to go, but if your on a budget, stick w/ clips and straps. My first clips, the lbs gave to me. They were plastic though. I soon replaced them with the MKS metal clips and leather straps. I like em.
jdeane4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:49 PM   #12
humancongereel
live free or die trying
 
humancongereel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: where i lay my head is home.
Bikes: bianchi pista workhorse, cannondale r1000, mountain bike fixed conversion
Posts: 6,999
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
clipless is nice, but it's not for everyone. i'm sort of on the fence about which i like more. clipless for racing, fasho, but on the street, meh.

personally, i like plastic clips. cheap, durable, don't make that horrible scraping noise if you ride the undersides of the pedals...you can get colors if you want...i've heard far fewer stories of breakage than with metal clips. they're a little more flexy, but is that really all that important? that's also part of why they seem to break less. that which bends does not break. i think that's some zen thing.

in short, fixed gear is about zen, right? go plastic!
humancongereel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:52 PM   #13
ssspenser
Senior Member
 
ssspenser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: portland
Bikes:
Posts: 209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
metal clips for sure. i started off with plastic ones and the plastic snapped off the second day i had them. i would actually put plastic toe caps in the unsafe category if you plan on using your feet as the primary break
ssspenser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:56 PM   #14
darksiderising
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Rohnert Park, CA
Bikes: Pake track, Soma DoubleCross, LeMond Etape, Maruishi RoadAce 303
Posts: 1,248
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
plastic is cheaper
and also directly funds the war machine. (Here's where I duck and hide).

EDIT: And part of the reason that it is cheaper is that petroleum (where plastic comes from) is subsidized by the US government.
darksiderising is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-08, 12:57 PM   #15
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
hahahaha

the economy's going to **** today, i'm making a joke.
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:53 PM.