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Old 06-13-04, 11:32 AM   #1
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Non leather toe straps?

Okie, so I'm building this delicious fixi conversion for my girlfriend (wow, it's so nice to ahve someone who can keep up with you on a beat up single speed motobecane *heart melts* but that coastings gotta go!)

Shes just vegan. Very Vegan. Not that I mind. I would just like to find high quality, durable toe straps that are not leather. Those cheap nylon ones suck.

any recomendations?
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Old 06-13-04, 11:47 AM   #2
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Hemp?
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Old 06-13-04, 11:57 AM   #3
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I hope she takes B12

I've tried a few different types, even some plastic Cateye ones, but I think leather is unbeatable. I repair old ones by cutting new strips of leather for the buckles. This way I can choose the leather I want. Sometimes I use thick leather dog collars form the supermarket.

Oh, I just got it; she doesn't want to strap a cow to her feet. Hmmm.

I had some nylon Campagnolo ones that were very good. The teeth on the buckles were much sharper than the usual $2 black nylons. I only wore them out because I did them up way too tight. So, not all nylon ones are cr@p.
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adorable. I dated a vegan, I was so relieved when I realized my shoes were synthetic and my toestraps were nylon. wheewwww

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Old 06-13-04, 12:02 PM   #5
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i don't know, nylon works fine for me...
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Old 06-13-04, 02:48 PM   #6
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clipless pedals?
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Buy her a quarterpounder with cheese and get on with it.
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Old 03-24-06, 10:58 PM   #8
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someone needs to hurry up and make some faux-leather laminated straps
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Old 03-24-06, 11:47 PM   #9
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adorable...i'm dating a girl with a coastie and she wants to go fixed (or at least flip flop). so cute, huh?
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Old 03-25-06, 08:38 AM   #10
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ps i found http://cgi.ebay.com/SAKAE-RUBBER-LAM...QQcmdZViewItem

anyone use these/know anything about htem?

pps i'm dating a girl who rides fixed but doesnt have a front brake and is nervous about practicing skids/skipping, so unless she steps it up she wont be cute for too much longer
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Old 03-25-06, 09:41 AM   #12
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yeah campy nylon ones - i have them on one of my bikes and they are fine.
http://cgi.ebay.com/CAMPAGNOLO-TOE-S...QQcmdZViewItem

(the one i have is white with blue stripe in the middle)
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I bought a pair of these a few months back and put them on
my number 2 bike. I find myself not wanting to ride that bike
as often. The reason is that the rubber straps dig into the top
of you feet. It might be that I've sort of spoiled myself by
putting Toshi double straps on my other bike, but I really dislike
the rubber straps. Just got to build up the nerve to spend another
$100 double straps I guess.




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ps i found http://cgi.ebay.com/SAKAE-RUBBER-LAM...QQcmdZViewItem

anyone use these/know anything about htem?

pps i'm dating a girl who rides fixed but doesnt have a front brake and is nervous about practicing skids/skipping, so unless she steps it up she wont be cute for too much longer
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Old 03-25-06, 12:28 PM   #14
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I bought a pair of these a few months back and put them on
my number 2 bike. I find myself not wanting to ride that bike
as often. The reason is that the rubber straps dig into the top
of you feet. It might be that I've sort of spoiled myself by
putting Toshi double straps on my other bike, but I really dislike
the rubber straps. Just got to build up the nerve to spend another
$100 double straps I guess.
like they dug in moreso than leather single straps? i dont really keep my straps too tight, just tight enough for skips/skids, not so much for pulling up regularly while pedaling
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Old 03-25-06, 01:53 PM   #15
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how about powergrips?
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i'm not a fan of the look, like the traditional clips/straps. but i have two friends who use powergrips and love them
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i have a friend who likes his powergrips a lot. i havent tried them out becuase his feet are too big though.
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i'm not a fan of the look, like the traditional clips/straps. but i have two friends who use powergrips and love them
function > fashion, b!tch
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I don't have a brand name for you, but the $8 nylon ones have been great for me.
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i have a pile of nylon's i've accumulated through friend's and family that didnt like straps on their mountain bikes/retired road bikes.
i only went to them because i snapped one of my leather ones and hated miss-matching.
so i've found the thicker the nylon, the better they work. sharp teeth are important, definetly, but a strong spring and thick nylon wont slip if you put it through right.
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function > fashion, b!tch
neither of you tried track pedals so shut it. i said that because i recognize that people like powergrips, but i really like clips/straps, its not my fault that they're oh so hot
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matt chester recommends a vegan strap made by cinelli and distributed by EAI
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i have been using the same christophe straps for well over a year...when i got them i got two pairs because i was skeptical of their durability...every day riding through the second winter and they still are holding strong...ive gone through about 10 toe clips but the straps keep on truckin
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i have been running the same EAI nylon straps for 3 years now. very little stretch no cracking or breaking. the only thing is the they use to be white and now after time and them being used every day all year they are an ugly brown. but no biggy. and if i remember correctly they were 5-8 bucks chear than the leather ones.

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ps i found http://cgi.ebay.com/SAKAE-RUBBER-LAM...QQcmdZViewItem

anyone use these/know anything about htem?

pps i'm dating a girl who rides fixed but doesnt have a front brake and is nervous about practicing skids/skipping, so unless she steps it up she wont be cute for too much longer
i busted one of those skidding into an intersection

wasn't particularly psyched about it
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