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    Track Pedals

    Allthough im new to track I train alot on my trackbike sprinting etc. I know a lot of guys use, like me, a shimano ultegra pedal with a fixed cleat. From time to time I can pop out of the mechanism. Ive seen from a far and in photo's guys using a strap with theire shimano pedals. Does anyone have a photo how its wound through, or is it just wrapped around the pedalbody and shoe behind the axle?

    Thanks alot guys!!

    Jamie

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    I've wondered about this myself too. I've never seen a close up photo and seen anyone at the velodrome that does not just wrap the strap around the pedal and shoe the way you described (even then, I've only seen two guys do it.

    It occurs to me, though, that if you had two small steel loops, you could bend them open, put them around the spindle inside the pedal cage, then bend them closed. Then thread the strap through them underneath the cage.

    It would seem that you really just need something to hold it on there for you so you can stick you foot in, snap in, then tighten down.

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    I assume you mean SPD-R pedals? You cut the loop off a good-quality traditional toe-clip, leaving enough metal beneath it to punch a hole into. Carefully unscrew the sprung part of the pedal, fit the piece of toe clip, and screw it all back up again. Then just thread your toe-strap through the loop and round your foot.

    But only the most powerful riders (e.g. riders like Chris Hoy & Jason Queally) tend to use this method. A couple of years ago the design of Dura Ace SPD-R pedals (not sure about Ultegra) was changed to improve the release mechanism, and their hold is so strong that some riders find that they just can't release their feet when they actually need to anyway.

    Hope this helps.

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    Im not sure everone knows what pedal i was talking about. My fault for for getting theres like 100 versions now lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeRacer
    Im not sure everone knows what pedal i was talking about. My fault for for getting theres like 100 versions now lol.

    As far as I know, sprinters don't use the newer SPD-SL pedals that you have pictured. These pedals were not designed for track, but for road specifically. It is the older SPD-R pedals that you can thread a strap on. As far as I know, you can't modify the pedals that you have pictured.
    Taras - :noun. 1. Typically an overweight has-been that can sometimes be seen pootling around a velodrome on an old Look KG 233.

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    yep....you'll need the older Shimano pedals to do the strap thingy...

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    thanks for the help guys!! Now to see what i can find at the shop lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeRacer
    Allthough im new to track I train alot on my trackbike sprinting etc. I know a lot of guys use, like me, a shimano ultegra pedal with a fixed cleat. From time to time I can pop out of the mechanism. Ive seen from a far and in photo's guys using a strap with theire shimano pedals. Does anyone have a photo how its wound through, or is it just wrapped around the pedalbody and shoe behind the axle?
    I was at our track today and saw a bike on the rack with the Ultegra pedals as shown in this thread complete with an attached toestrap. The guy had taken the end off a stainless toeclip and must have drilled and tapped the underside of the pedal and attached the toeclip eyelet with a small screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T.
    I was at our track today and saw a bike on the rack with the Ultegra pedals as shown in this thread complete with an attached toestrap. The guy had taken the end off a stainless toeclip and must have drilled and tapped the underside of the pedal and attached the toeclip eyelet with a small screw.
    To add to this, I just checked my own Ultegra pedals and they are like the ones in the pic below. The ones at the track with the toestrap attached were solid aluminum between the axle and the plastic thingy and that's where they were drilled and tapped for a screw. Mine are open in that area with nothing to drill into.

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