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Old 03-14-13, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by andyfloyd View Post
I absolutely HATE those cages. I think they look nice but having to pull away from a light and trying to 'flip' the pedal around and pop your foot in there while traffic whizzes by.....yea no.
I felt the same when I started riding a bike that had them. Now that I'm commuting in a rainy city and usually in full casual dress my feet can slide around a bit without them.
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Old 03-14-13, 03:29 PM
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I felt the same when I started riding a bike that had them. Now that I'm commuting in a rainy city and usually in full casual dress my feet can slide around a bit without them.
I actually liked them once you get your foot in there. I put something similar on my Schwinn Premis. It basically is half of what that cage is leaves the sides open so its easy to flip your foot in or out of them. They do improve climbing ability and give you more power for each stroke.
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Toe cages take more practice to get into easily and quickly. I've been using them since, well, since 1975, so I'm pretty quick at it. I don't have to look. But it doesn't take 38 years to master it.
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yep i rode to work the last 2 days on mine, day one was bad. I was wearing really wide soled skate shoes with a big seam on both sides near the toes, so re-entry was near impossible with no hands. and once in, the shoe was so wide that the strap kept rubbing the crank arm. very annoying. day two, i wore more narrow shoes and it is a huge improvement.

and no joke about cages being consumable with in the first two pedal strokes i had two scratched up toe clips lol. glad i got that outta the way early. o well they were only 12 bucks.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I almost died of pain riding with triangular pedals.
Tom, "died of pain" is a beautiful turn of phrase. It's poetry, just about.
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Old 03-14-13, 07:07 PM
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It's very kind of you to say that, though I don't see the poetry myself. Maybe because I recall the pain so sharply!
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Toe clip leathers were one of the first things I bought from VO waaaaay back when they sold leather wrapped flashlights and NOS French components. 2005-06ish? They lasted a couple months before bunching up and tearing apart. I can't say I discovered any real purpose in having them beyond looking great for a few weeks.

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Old 03-16-13, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
It's very kind of you to say that, though I don't see the poetry myself. Maybe because I recall the pain so sharply!
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and in the feet then
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I'm not feeling it with the twine. Good for you for experimenting though. Maybe if you only went up the clip just a bit, leaving the upper part where the clip comes together un-twined. I think the rivets and logo add character to toe clips. and instead of white, use medium or dark brown. The first thought i had though was it reminded me of when i wrap guide feet onto my fly blanks for fly rods. Using fine thread, the technique is to pack it uniformly snug, leaving no spaces in between. it takes time, but it you haven't varnished them yet, try rewrapping, packing/sliding the twine against the previous wraps after every 2-4 wraps. Ooops, i just saw that you coated them once with danish oil. Well, you could do it over... if you felt i had a valid point.

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Old 03-17-13, 07:07 PM
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Delicious.
I'm a big fan of the cheese danish, or the apple turnover. Safeway sells 10 apple turnovers for $5, so I end up buying and eating a LOT.
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Show us your twine wrapped Danish...
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Old 03-17-13, 08:00 PM
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Just Desserts

Twine wrapped Danish
Pulls at my heartstings
But it is not pie
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I don't think Danish oil is going to offer much protection. Shellac or varnish is what you want. Zinnzer Sealcoat is high grade dewaxed shellac and is readily available.
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The Danish oil was more of an attempt to darken up the white twine. Didn't really turn out as I had hoped.

ericzamora, you make a good point but with the general concern being that they won't even last I may see how far they get me as they are. If a few rides go by and they're holding up then i may try and redo them.


I wish I had a good danish right now. Had to settle for apple cinnamon pancakes. Still not too shabby.
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if you do redo them, you might also use another item i hear is good from my rod making world. marine spar varnish. it's very hardy stuff, usually has UV protectant as part of the formula but can add a slightly warm/amber tint. ace hardware's version is what i've used on silk threads...

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Spar varnish is also what you put on wood and rawhide snowshoes to keep them from absorbing water. Maybe rawhide-wrapped and varnished pedals for an old-time LL Bean type look?
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Toe cages take more practice to get into easily and quickly. I've been using them since, well, since 1975, so I'm pretty quick at it. I don't have to look. But it doesn't take 38 years to master it.
You said it!,..... I used to get in and out of clipped pedals really quick back in the 80's, One quick mothing with flicking the buckle loose and tightening the straps aging when I get going from a stop. but many years of being spoiled with clipless pedals, I'm finding it a bit tricky getting into the clipped pedals on my newly complete Line Seeker. Maybe the straps just have to soften/loosen up a little so I can slip my foot in easier and quicker....

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Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
Toe clip leathers were one of the first things I bought from VO waaaaay back when they sold leather wrapped flashlights and NOS French components. 2005-06ish? They lasted a couple months before bunching up and tearing apart. I can't say I discovered any real purpose in having them beyond looking great for a few weeks.
i hope that doesnt happen to mine! i am using mine on my commuter as well. oh well 5 bucks and 20 minutes of stitching.


ya mine keep catching on my shoe on re entry and twisting. seems to happen a little less and less the more i use it though... i think. i am loving the extra long straps from VO though, makes tightening them super easy while riding.
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Remember the old rubber band powered planes built from intricate balsa wood parts, then covered in tissue paper? There used to be a compound called hot fuel-proof dope they put on the tissue paper to make it waterproof and shrink to fit the airplane structure. That might work. It's still around.
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i hope that doesnt happen to mine! i am using mine on my commuter as well. oh well 5 bucks and 20 minutes of stitching.

ya mine keep catching on my shoe on re entry and twisting. seems to happen a little less and less the more i use it though... i think. i am loving the extra long straps from VO though, makes tightening them super easy while riding.
The more often the pedal cages drag on the ground the more likely the chosen covering is to get damaged and begin to fall apart. Mine were installed on a fixed gear, so the dragging was pretty much unavoidable every time I got on the bike.
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Just an update:
I wound up putting some lacquer over the oil and have since been riding these on my fixed gear. They're been on for a week and are showing almost no wear. It seems that if the cages do scrape it's just below or above the twine.
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Cool.

I've been sorting through all my bike crap and found some leather-covered cages, not even being used. Of course, I thought of this thread.
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