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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 05-20-08, 09:37 AM   #1
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straps no clips

i am thinking about going with straps and no clips. what do you guys recommend.

I was thinking of buying these straps called power grips here is a link
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...s.aspx?sc=FRGL

thoughts please...
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Old 05-20-08, 09:43 AM   #2
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They are awesome. Might be cheaper at nashbar + coupon. I think there a bunch of longer reviews on these boards if you search.
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order them from ben's instead of jenson/nashbar. great mom &pop company...fast shipping and cheaper too.

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=3900
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are they adjustable?
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well i ordered a pair...i wish i would have known about bens cycle before i ordered though because they were a little cheaper there.

i ended p ordering from here: http://www.treefortbikes.com/

i hope i did alright

has anyone ever ordered from here before
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They look cool, but a couple of questions...

1. Do they keep your foot in the right place, or do they let you push through so you're pedaling from your arch rather than the ball of your foot? Seems to me that clips are more about placement discipline than anything else.

2. How hard is it to get into them when the pedal is moving (i.e. fixed gear)? I'm wondering because I have an odd problem... I can get the left foot into clip pretty easily while riding fixed, but not the right, so I MUST lead with my right. But my brain wants me to drop the right and lead with the left when I stop.
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2. How hard is it to get into them when the pedal is moving (i.e. fixed gear)? I'm wondering because I have an odd problem... I can get the left foot into clip pretty easily while riding fixed, but not the right, so I MUST lead with my right. But my brain wants me to drop the right and lead with the left when I stop.
i had this same problem! haha
just go practice for awhile, i got used to it
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powergrips rock

get powergrips. its what ive been using for some time now and they work so well. ive ridden my friends bikes with traditional setups and i just like my setup better, and some of them do too. powerrips are easier to get into and out of and you dont have to worry about tightening then, you just kinda set them and slide your foot in until its snug. they would allow your foot to move forward too far if you dont set them up right. and it kinda depends on the shoes you wear, but if you consistently wear the same sized shoe everything should be good. i also find them pretty easy to skid in and do tricks in, i feel like they hold my foot pretty securely. one complaint is that with nike dunks the strap sometimes messes with the flap near the toe box (the flaps where the tongue starts on the thing where the laces are on- youll see if you look) but its no big deal, just shimmy a bit and things'll be good. they well worth the 27 bucks i spent.

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Old 05-22-08, 12:25 PM   #10
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I have Power Grips on all of my bikes. They are easy to get into and out of, but they retain you foot position if you have them adjusted right. I never have to readjust them because I wear nothing but K-Swiss Classics. They don't tear up your shoes or rub your crank arms. I tried toe clips on my new Peugeot conversion, but I didn't like the way they scraped on the the ground when I walked the bike. That's not a problem with Power Grips.

The price may seem high, but the hardware is all stainless steel.

I put the straps on inside out so the logo doesn't show.
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