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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 10-19-09, 10:10 PM   #1
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Getting into toe clips on a FG

I'm trying to find the best way to get into and tighten toe clips on a fixed gear. The first one is easy because I'm able to do it at rest, but I'm having trouble with the other. The only way I am able to do it now is ride slowly and do one step at a time as my pedal comes up to me again. Any tips on a more efficient way to do this?
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Old 10-19-09, 10:20 PM   #2
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Nope... Just keep doing that!
It will become second nature.

Eventually you will have the very cool experience of not noticing doing it until after you did it. Heh.

BTW, when I got double straps, I was able to leave them loose enough to slip in and out of while also having good foot retention... no tightening. I like it better, but doubles arent at all necessary.
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Old 10-19-09, 10:27 PM   #3
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tons of practice to make it second nature. you're flicking the little metal tab on your pedals right?
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Old 10-19-09, 10:32 PM   #4
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Basically do it a bunch while going slowly and then it'll come naturally. I got my bike about five days ago I'm practiced enough that I can grab the left foot while rolling at a decent pace however I still need to practice with the right.
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Old 10-19-09, 10:34 PM   #5
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wear shoes that get wider as you put them in, like sambas, and you can just set it and forget it.
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Old 10-19-09, 11:18 PM   #6
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I find that it's easier to get my dominant foot in while moving (My right foot).
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Old 10-20-09, 12:47 AM   #7
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I find that it's easier to get my dominant foot in while moving (My right foot).
Truth, me trying to get my left foot in while riding is like watching a... I don't have the energy to come up with a clever analogy sorry. But yeah I always start with my left foot in first.
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Old 10-20-09, 01:02 AM   #8
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practice. you'll get it eventually.
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Old 10-20-09, 01:09 AM   #9
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wear shoes that get wider as you put them in, like sambas, and you can just set it and forget it.
Nice plug haha!
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Old 10-20-09, 01:29 AM   #10
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I find that it's easier to get my dominant foot in while moving (My right foot).
Same here
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Old 10-20-09, 02:26 AM   #11
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looks like a few of you didn't read the OP
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Old 10-20-09, 07:30 AM   #12
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I like to prop myself against something to get one foot in and tightened down, then I do the other as I roll away slowly. I cinch the straps pretty snug, but I am able to yank my feet out if need be. It just takes a little time to get used to, you'll get it.
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Old 10-20-09, 07:34 AM   #13
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get them tight before you leave , then just wiggle your foot in. tightening while on the bike is only necessary if you're using cleats, which you shouldn't be unless you're doing really hardcore track racing and by that point, you should either know how to trackstand or get clipless.
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Old 10-20-09, 08:49 AM   #14
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I may have to give clipless a try, maybe in the spring.
I am really curious about how it compares to clips and straps.
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I've never been able to tighten them while riding lol... eep.
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I couldn't imagine trying to tighten down your straps after struggling to get into them.
By the time you figure all that out I will be in my clipless pedals and about 1/2 mile down the road.

There are times I don't want to put on the shoes but I wear SPD shoes that you can walk in. Try clipless and see if you like it. If you have some fear about getting unclipped, don't. It's real simple to twist your foot and be free. It's second nature.
If I had to loosen some straps and then back out of cages, Yikes!!! YMMV.
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Old 10-20-09, 09:22 AM   #17
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If you're having trouble flipping the pedals, wrapping the back part (that you scrape with your foot) in gaffer tape will give you some extra traction.

Some of the polished metal pedals like the MKS Sylvans or Exustars have really inadequate spurs and are impossible to flip reliably with flat-soled shoes if they get a little wet.
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Old 10-20-09, 09:25 AM   #18
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I've never tightened while riding. I just keep them tight/loose enough that I can feel secure and slip in and out pretty easily. Also, I get one foot in while standing over so I only have one foot to think about once I start pedaling.
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Old 10-20-09, 09:44 AM   #19
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I've never tightened while riding. I just keep them tight/loose enough that I can feel secure and slip in and out pretty easily. Also, I get one foot in while standing over so I only have one foot to think about once I start pedaling.
Same here, never had an issue...
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Old 10-20-09, 01:13 PM   #20
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Never used to tighten mine while riding. I think that's just one of those problems that everybody but the fixed gear world solved long ago by using clipless pedals.
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Old 10-20-09, 01:27 PM   #21
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that's just one of those problems that everybody but the fixed gear world solved long ago by using clipless pedals.
yeah but some of us just wanna ride around in comfortable kicks rather than cycling cleets

your straps don't have to be super snug. just have it so you it's not too loose that your feet will shift around when u pedal
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Old 10-20-09, 01:33 PM   #22
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while pedaling, i usually wait until the pedal turns towards to the back of the bike and slip my foot in when the pedal is almost vertical when i flip it.
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