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Can someone explain the cult of Alfredo Binda straps?

Old 05-31-23, 10:31 AM
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yeah, remember those nylon straps ! those were really good.

Can't get 'em now. just a bunch of junk on ebay

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My last strap prior to going to the Time system was the Binda Extra. Back in the day, Extras were what you used if you had brains and any amount of leg power. I was a skinny non-sprintery lad, but I very much liked the feeling of security when climbing hard. When I shifted to Time, the interior leather had worn down, and the nylon laminate had cut into the tops of my shoes, but I still think they were the go-to if you weren't going clipless. These days, the only pedals that have straps (cheap woven nylon things) are on my townie. Any other straps are just holding spare tires under my seat.

These days, it's a shoe assembly that takes the stress, and sometimes that's far less than ideal. I have a few pairs of shoes that are Gorilla Glued from sole detachment. I do keep a watchful eye to be sure I'm not going to have a surprise when stomping.
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Alright. Convinced. Bought a pair of Green from American Cycles in SF.
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Originally Posted by MooneyBloke
My last strap prior to going to the Time system was the Binda Extra. Back in the day, Extras were what you used if you had brains and any amount of leg power. I was a skinny non-sprintery lad, but I very much liked the feeling of security when climbing hard. When I shifted to Time, the interior leather had worn down, and the nylon laminate had cut into the tops of my shoes, but I still think they were the go-to if you weren't going clipless. These days, the only pedals that have straps (cheap woven nylon things) are on my townie. Any other straps are just holding spare tires under my seat.

These days, it's a shoe assembly that takes the stress, and sometimes that's far less than ideal. I have a few pairs of shoes that are Gorilla Glued from sole detachment. I do keep a watchful eye to be sure I'm not going to have a surprise when stomping.
I still use toestraps on all my fix gears for the simple peace of mind going downhill that even if I un-cleat, my foot is still on the pedal. At over 200 RPM, that's a nice feeling. For the past number of years I've been going to Portland Leather, an outfit that just does leather. They cut me cowhide in 1/2" strips. I pop rivet them onto good old buckles. A real step down from the Bindas but way, way better that Christophes and so cheap I can replace them as soon as thy begin to tire. (And they make really useful straps for all kinds of stuff. I haul music gear with them.)
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Old 05-31-23, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by repechage
was that the first “Look” Shimano pedal?
Yep--Shimano provided the spindle/bearings (with the "blind" ends that I find so fascinating, and which gave you the added cornering angle), and Look provided the manufacturing. From what I read, it was pretty much a win-win for each company.
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Originally Posted by mpetry912
Tough neighborhood !

Yes that is a Campagnolo "Con Dente" pedal, pretty rare, and the bike is a 1970 Cinelli with about 10 miles on it from new. It hung in the previous owner's den for 40 years.

anyway

Even BITD those pedals weren’t seen very often. Was the Shrader adapter on it when it was a wall hanger?
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Originally Posted by stoneageyosh
Even BITD those pedals weren’t seen very often. Was the Shrader adapter on it when it was a wall hanger?
good eye ! yes the schrader adapter threaded on the toe clip bolt was a standard Spence Wolf thing from Cupertino Bike shop.

I have not restored this bike ! just lightly conserved. Have ridden it a couple of times.

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Originally Posted by 79pmooney
They cut me cowhide in 1/2" strips. I pop rivet them onto good old buckles.
I've done the same thing. My dad used to do leather work, and I have cowhide I cut down and attach to an old strap buckle with a copper rivet. None of these redos have been deployed for sew-up duty yet though.
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That’s going back a ways. I heard of him in the 70’s when I was at Marina Del Rey Bike.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
I would not say it's a cult.
So no polygamy or animal sacrifices? meh.
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There is CR list member who sells NOS at $45. Not cheap but also not $70. Just search Binda on the list.
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