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Old 01-07-10, 10:06 PM   #1
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Alternative Double Straps on the cheap (real cheap)

Saw this on the web and am intrigued to say the least. Has anyone actually tried something like this? Can't imagine they'd be as durable as leather/suede but I could be wrong...



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Old 01-07-10, 10:27 PM   #2
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i definitely would NOT use zip ties as straps.
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Old 01-07-10, 10:44 PM   #3
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Id ride them. But it really makes no sense, who would buy the zip ties over straps
its just as easy to buy some straps or have an extra cheap set for back ups in a pinch.
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Old 01-07-10, 10:51 PM   #4
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i wouldn't build bike this way, but there are plenty of cable ties that are more than strong enough for this. i guess if i were in a pinch or needed a temporary solution i would be open to it.

fyi: white/natural color cable ties have no uv protection. if you intended to do this, black would be the only way.
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Id ride them. But it really makes no sense, who would buy the zip ties over straps
its just as easy to buy some straps or have an extra cheap set for back ups in a pinch.
What? Obviously someone would use the zip ties because they're about a dollar for 20. real straps are expensive.

But I would NOT use zip ties as straps. Those would probably not hold at all. Maybe I could see you using them in a pinch if a strap broke, but those aren't realistic at all. You couldn't tighten them more than once, you can't loosen them. Those ratchet systems aren't very strong.
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What? Obviously someone would use the zip ties because they're about a dollar for 20. real straps are expensive.

But I would NOT use zip ties as straps. Those would probably not hold at all. Maybe I could see you using them in a pinch if a strap broke, but those aren't realistic at all. You couldn't tighten them more than once, you can't loosen them. Those ratchet systems aren't very strong.
120lb tinsel strength cable ties are pretty easy to find 120x2= 240 lbs for all general riding purposes i think that would be way more than enough. hell, its probably more than a slightly worn spd would ever hold

edit: larger industrial ties are more like $2 per

buy you are right about the one time shot. i wouldnt use them for anything more than a temporary solution

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Old 01-07-10, 11:10 PM   #7
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SoOoOoO ghetto!

But hey if in an emergency I would use them and then swap them out ASAP....

The plastic that makes zip ties becomes very brittle very easily when exposed to sun light.
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I've done that, shoelaces, and braided hemp twine..

Now I have fancy Schwinn nylon straps.
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now this is a troll thread
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120lb tinsel strength cable ties are pretty easy to find 120x2= 240 lbs for all general riding purposes i think that would be way more than enough. hell, its probably more than a slightly worn spd would ever hold

edit: larger industrial ties are more like $2 per

buy you are right about the one time shot. i wouldnt use them for anything more than a temporary solution

A lot of zip ties I've used have been poor quality then. The ratchet mechanism would often fail and slip out if you exerted enough force outwards on them. I guess the industrial strength ones would be more reliable. But, as we agreed, not really feasible for a long term solution.

Imagine riders at the track tightening down their zip ties before a race, and then having them cut off afterwards.... then repeat. ha
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looks like it will cut into my feet and hurt real bad..
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those MKS toe cages deserve so much better.
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lol i cary zipties with me just in case i break a strap on a ride, but i wouldent use it permanently, doesnt look all that great, but if u dont care, then sure why not
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A lot of zip ties I've used have been poor quality then. The ratchet mechanism would often fail and slip out if you exerted enough force outwards on them. I guess the industrial strength ones would be more reliable. But, as we agreed, not really feasible for a long term solution.

Imagine riders at the track tightening down their zip ties before a race, and then having them cut off afterwards.... then repeat. ha
Come to think of it, I'm sure these have less flex than even the most robust of leather straps. You might have something to this idea. Quick, to the track!
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i remember getting into bikes and thinking how crazy it was that people would pay $100 for straps (I now own Toshis...). I always thought it would be perfectly fine to just tie some rope or zipties or leather bits around there. Props to people who don't get caught up in hyper consumption like me...
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hmm. i was putting the zip ties in my bag everywhere i go incase i feel like being dexter

but i guess this is a good use too, but that means i won't have a victim tonight =(
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I wont ride zipties... my vanity?
But this is a great idea... to carry some in the bag for when I break a strap!
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i remember getting into bikes and thinking how crazy it was that people would pay $100 for straps (I now own Toshis...). I always thought it would be perfectly fine to just tie some rope or zipties or leather bits around there. Props to people who don't get caught up in hyper consumption like me...
it's not like you bought them yourself.

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