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Old 04-28-04, 08:32 PM
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The shoelaces in my Shimano bike shoes have been frayed for some time but none of the bike shops seem to stock replacements, telling me to go to shoe shop instead. Me being the slack bugger I am never bothered to actually follow through with this advice. Yesterday I paid the penalty, one of the shoelaces snapped as I was putting the shoes on to ride home from work!

Thought I might be able to get away with them being short if I pulled it out and relaced it but the ends were too frayed And I couldn't feed them through the loops of the shoe. Bugger! What to do?

Nothing I could do (except catch the bus home!) so I chose to ride the best I could with one laced up shoe and one without any laces. It wasn't as bad as I thought, still not very good though.

I detoured past a LBS on the way just incase by some miracle they had a shoelace lying around in the back of the workshop or under the counter. No such luck but the guy suggested using a cable (zip) tie.

Just looped it through the top two loops of my shoe and it worked like a charm! Better in fact than my other shoe with the done up lace still in it! I was seriously contemplating taking the lace out of the good shoe and replacing it with a cable tie as well (but I didn't)!

Well done LBS!
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Old 04-28-04, 09:12 PM
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It would have never occured to me to try and buy shoelaces from a bikeshop. Your hole in the wall key cutting/shoe repair places will sell you them for a couple of bucks. They're hardly a specialty item.
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burnt ended with a lighter nylon chord from a climbing or outdoorsey shop works forever...
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Old 04-29-04, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Allister
It would have never occured to me to try and buy shoelaces from a bikeshop. Your hole in the wall key cutting/shoe repair places will sell you them for a couple of bucks. They're hardly a specialty item.
Well they were Shimano bike shoes purchased from a bike shop so that's where I figured would be a good place to start looking for replacements. I went to a few shoe shops later but they didn't really have anything suitable. They mostly had el-cheapo nylon ones. The Shimano laces I'm pretty sure are reflective too. They suggested I try a camping/outdoor adventure type store.
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