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    breaking straps disappreciation thread

    on the way to work i was skipping to slow down and traffic then woops my left foot came flying out of the pedal. laminated campy strap snapped at the outside hole.

    at least i didn't slam into the car in front of me

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    I suppose thats when running a front brake comes in handy. Or being Ted Shred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felldownthewell View Post
    I suppose thats when running a front brake comes in handy. Or being Ted Shred.
    Worth repeating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx View Post
    Worth repeating.
    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it accept that riding brakeless on the street is stupid as hell.

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    And you can't make the opposition see that they're being obstinate asses when making general assertions like that.

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    I've never had a problem with straps breaking but I've had aluminum clips break because of too much bending after they struck riding the bottoms of the pedals. After two sets of clips I know run POWER GRIPS which ****ing rock, no more bent clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-bob View Post
    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it accept that riding brakeless on the street is stupid as hell.
    Thats because real horses ride brakeless. They hard.


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    How old were the straps? I got the same ones.
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    Without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
    And you can't make the opposition see that they're being obstinate asses when making general assertions like that.
    no backup is stupid as hell.

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    (insert pedantic response here)

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    No, dad, what about you?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
    (insert pedantic response here)
    Nothing against brakeless, just saying that if your strap breaks it sucks to not have a back up.

    Its a bit scary to know expensive straps can break like that. Makes me worried about my $8 cheapies.

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    a. run double straps

    b. unless both break at the same time you can still either skip to a stop (back foot broken) or skid (front broken)
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    doubles or brakes... your choice

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    i mean i can skip/skid with either foot forward so i wasn't gonna die, its just a hassle

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    Admit it, you were an alleycat's whisker away from death... AND YOU LOVED IT.

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    Breaking straps sucks. Breaking clips is just bizarre... happened to me today, it was confusing as hell. And then really annoying.

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    my roommate trashed an alloy clip with no provocation. made me really happy to have the steel ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    How old were the straps? I got the same ones.
    Probably had them since may. riding every day in portland, so i'm sure the constant winter wetness didn't help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Nemo View Post
    doubles or brakes... your choice
    I have both. Is that an option?
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    Belt and suspenders.

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    there comes a time in every fixed gear rider's life when it's just time to step it up.

































































    and then step it up even further.

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    When are people finally going to realize that almost EVERYTHING we ride is designed purely for racing. We can't expect it to last very long in the conditions we ride in. Toe straps break, even the really nice ones. Chains break too. ****, brake cables break. Saddles wear out. Wheels get weak. Handlebars and seatposts weaken. Frames get over stressed.

    I'm not saying that we all need to run out and get new stuff every six months (well, some stuff like cables, chains, tires (even front), toe straps, etc need to be replaced at least that often), but don't whine when they break. Some stuff may hold up really well on the street, but it was never made for it. Even if it breaks on the first ride, you are using just about everything you ride in an environment outside of its design specifications. Deal with it. Or do your next build with DH components and wait a year before replacing stuff.
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    I dont know about you guys but i closely inspect my straps ALL THE TIME. If they look weird at all, they go in the trash.
    I see bikes a lot with no brakes and totally beat straps that i wouldnt ride for 3 minutes. Scary.

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    this is one of the reasons i quit using toe cages. i had a pair of running shoes that had a really wide sole, and a 2002 bianchi pista. the 2002 pista had cranks with an abrasive textured coat of black paint on them, and the nylon straps i had would rub during my cadence and wear the strap out in 2-3 months of riding everyday. (i was a courier in houston at the time.) i never had a failure during that time, but i got sick of shelling out duckets to replace them.
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