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Old 01-29-11, 03:55 PM   #1
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Pedal Straps

Looking to pick up some pedal straps to replace my toeclips. Any recommendations?
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Old 01-29-11, 04:12 PM   #2
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http://www.bikeagestore.com/product/...twisted-pedals

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Old 01-29-11, 04:23 PM   #3
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why yes, sir, I do have a recommended selection for replacing your old, worn out and possibly inferior foot retention.
Please use your optical muscles to examine these

They are produced and marketed by our very own member and moderator Scrodzilla and have been tested and reviewed by several of our own members. I'm going to be picking up a set of these quite soon to replace my Wig straps on my bike once I build up a new bike.

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Yup, go with the Bikeage straps and Twisted pedal combo. You will not find a better deal on competitors' (Hold Fast, R.E.Load, etc.) straps.

Buying the Bikeage straps almost felt like stealing from Scrod!
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Me too. Mine should be here in a few days.
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Toshi doubles. They're expensive but you'll save money in the long run by not having to replace crappy straps over and over.
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Toshi doubles. They're expensive but you'll save money in the long run by not having to replace crappy straps over and over.
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Er, Toshis don't work very well w/o clips. Read the OP.
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Double straps work best with clipless.





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That's my setup for the road, cars don't know what raced them.
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Go for the bikeage.
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Agree, Bikeage. Best straps for your money. Hold Fasts might be better (maybe, haven't used them) but they are way more expensive.
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Just checked tracking and mine are at the local post office, so should be here tomorrow. Some real bad weather is moving in tomorrow evening, so I'm hoping to get to try them out before then. Got a nice 1 1/2 hour ride in today on the Leader.
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I just purchased these:
http://www.powergrips.com/

I will be receiving the grips tomorrow and try to give the a test run so I can tell you what I think of them.
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Power Grips made my feet numb. Also - don't try skidding with them.
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An honest question:

What are so great about pedal straps versus straps and toe clips?
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That's like saying "What's so great about pizza in comparison to roast beef sandwiches?"

It's just an alternate way of having reliable foot retention and is a matter of personal preference. I happen to be fond of both and wouldn't necessarily say one setup is better than the other. I can, however, easily see why more trick-oriented riders would prefer platform straps over clips.
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I like pizza when I'm in a cheesy mood, roast beef when I'm in a meaty mood.
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Maybe cheesesteak when I'm wanting both.

No pros/cons?

One I can think of is that pedal straps don't bend/break when you're on the wrong side of the pedal on a low BB bike.
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What are so great about pedal straps versus straps and toe clips?
Toe clips / straps were designed to work with rigid soled cycling shoes with slotted cleats, which were used prior to the days of clipless pedals. They don't work very well with soft running or casual shoes. I have toe clips / straps on some of my vintage bikes, but use them only with rigid soled shoes. I bought a set of bikeage pedals / straps for my urban FG (aka naranja), so I can just jump on it with whatever I'm wearing, and have some degree of foot retention w/o tearing up my shoes or feet. Sometimes in the summer, I just wear sandals or flip flops, so this seems to be the most comfortable option.
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That's like saying "What's so great about pizza in comparison to roast beef sandwiches?"

It's just an alternate way of having reliable foot retention and is a matter of personal preference. I happen to be fond of both and wouldn't necessarily say one setup is better than the other. I can, however, easily see why more trick-oriented riders would prefer platform straps over clips.
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Toe clips / straps were designed to work with rigid soled cycling shoes with slotted cleats, which were used prior to the days of clipless pedals. They don't work very well with soft running or casual shoes. I have toe clips / straps on some of my vintage bikes, but use them only with rigid soled shoes. I bought a set of bikeage pedals / straps for my urban FG (aka naranja), so I can just jump on it with whatever I'm wearing, and have some degree of foot retention w/o tearing up my shoes or feet. Sometimes in the summer, I just wear sandals or flip flops, so this seems to be the most comfortable option.

Philly steak, garlic, and white sauce pizza all day, pal.

Thanks for the info, though. I have never seen anyone use them in person nor have I had personal experience with them, so I was mostly curious as to why one would use them, as I loved my clips and straps, but now run clipless.
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Toe clips / straps were designed to work with rigid soled cycling shoes with slotted cleats, which were used prior to the days of clipless pedals. They don't work very well with soft running or casual shoes. I have toe clips / straps on some of my vintage bikes, but use them only with rigid soled shoes. I bought a set of bikeage pedals / straps for my urban FG (aka naranja), so I can just jump on it with whatever I'm wearing, and have some degree of foot retention w/o tearing up my shoes or feet. Sometimes in the summer, I just wear sandals or flip flops, so this seems to be the most comfortable option.
you're going to love a platform pedal/strap setup. i loved mine before trying clipless. im still not used to clipless yet but im sure it will get better. platforms and straps were just so comfortable and strong.
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Why not DIY?

If you are at all into DIY or having pedals to match your setup, you can make a pair for about $12.00 in supplies shipped. I followed the directions from this. One suggestion. I would order the thin strips meant to go through the pedal as thin strips, and not cut the thick strip down the middle. Nylon webbing does not like being cut lengthwise. Also, "borrowing" the design of other makes would be recommended ( a D-ring setup). I have been using my prototype build (cut lengthwise so there was a bunch of unraveling before I melted/scorched the ends) with no problems after the remedy. If you have a sewing machine and you have no skill using it, it should take about an hour. If you know how to sew well by hand, or know how to set up your machine I would imagine, with all the cutting and measuring, it wouldn't take you half an hour. The obvious benefit to DIY is that you can have them the way you want them. My current build is "Road-cone Orange" nylon with "tennis-ball yellow" velcro, but I am considering making a pair with the D-ring in a color scheme that better matches my bike, not just my personality. But for now, these will happily help me get where I need to go.
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One suggestion. I would order the thin strips meant to go through the pedal as thin strips, and not cut the thick strip down the middle. Nylon webbing does not like being cut lengthwise.
You can melt the edge with a lighter to toughen it up after cutting. May discolor lighter colors, though.
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You can melt the edge with a lighter to toughen it up after cutting. May discolor lighter colors, though.
Yeah, I had to do that in order to stop the straps from unraveling. The problem was, in order to get the webbing to stop, I had to melt it to the point that there was a solid plastic bead that made the material hard to work with. Also, the price difference in getting two smaller (1" or 3/4" to the 2" main strap) is negligible. The pair I made took 6' total velcro, and 5' of 2" nylon webbing. With shipping it came to $10.72. From the same place I priced an order using separate strips for the through-the-pedal part and added D-rings, the total came out to just above $12 shipped I think.
While the melting thing certainly works, If one was to try to emulate a professional look like the straps from bikeage (would have chosen them if I didn't do 'em myself, they are sexy), using materials the way they were intended would be the way to go.
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