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Best Toe Clips & Straps Make and Model?

Old 08-04-14, 02:07 PM
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Best Toe Clips & Straps Make and Model?

Looking to replace standard flat pedals with Toe Clip & Strap pedals for a little more pedaling efficiency when commuting and fun riding - can anyone recommend a quality make and model? How much do they run?
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Old 08-04-14, 02:26 PM
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About $30. My bro uses these:

Forté Courier Toe Clip Straps - Include DIV 50 Pedals
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I love my Power Grips.

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Grips-Pe...rds=powergrips
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Mini toe clips - easier to get in and out of

I actually prefer strapless mini toe clips for all my bikes and trikes. You can use any shoe with them and they do exactly what you are looking for - position your foot on the pedal. If you ever read a recumbent trike blog you will see endless blather about needing clipless pedals and special shoes to keep your foot from slipping off the pedal and breaking your ankle or lower leg. I've used toe clips for over a decade and many thousand miles without a problem. Cost is less than $10 at - Search Results for "strapless toe clips" The two brands I currently am using, Avenir and XLC are both out of stock. You should be able to find similar ones at most online bike shops if your LBS doesn't sell them.
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I like getting old stuff.

Suntour Cyclone pedals are cheap and good.


Christophe steel clips and leather straps are nice and cheap.

I'm not sure where to go for new straps. I tried some Soma leather straps but they got floppy pretty quickly it seemed.
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Old 08-04-14, 03:11 PM
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I love DA/600/105 three bolt pedals but the clips are getting difficult to come by.
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Old 08-04-14, 04:24 PM
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MKS pedals and clips
Zefal Leather Toe Straps
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Regarding comments above on "floppy" leather straps, have any of you tried Power Grips. I took the toe clips off of the metal pedal, added the Power Grip, and it has remained solid and springy. I have never accepted so called (misnamed) "clipless" pedals and either used the old toe clips or Power Grips. The Power Grips have never caused me to fall because the first instinct is to kick your foot out when falling. The set up for Power Grips allows the heel to move laterally and the toe slides out without effort. I have fallen with the toe "cages". I obtained a set of free Look-style pedals taken from my wife's bike, therefore, I have to admit that I am studying the benefits of purchasing cycling shoes. The only motivation for me to go that route is the claim that they reduce knee inflamation during long rides.
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Best? Campagnolo made leather straps & toe clips for their pedals


few are left .. 30 years ago I had more choices .. *

My DIY for the cheap, but sold everywhere, Floppy Nylon straps, was saturate them in tool handle coating .. Plastidip .

then they're stiffened to stay open.

* Steel cage Campagnolo record pedals ,..... Gary Fisher .. doubled, stainless, cross style toe clips ..

neither made now , so Auction sales now determines the price ..

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Old 08-28-14, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Best? Campagnolo made leather straps & toe clips for their pedals
The nice thing about the Campy toeclips was the shoe guide tab that prevented the toe of your shoe from snagging on the front cage plate. I wonder why nobody's copied that? I've never tried Campy's straps, but the laminated Alfredo Binda straps have served me well for several decades.

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I faked it with a tab made out of another SS toe clip, on my modified old Campag road pedals..

think I have a M Campag pair in a bin somewhere.. M too short
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
MKS pedals and clips
Zefal Leather Toe Straps
Thanks do you you use the MKS Steel or Deep Steel clips, and can you use them just as well with straps?
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
I actually prefer strapless mini toe clips for all my bikes and trikes. You can use any shoe with them and they do exactly what you are looking for - position your foot on the pedal. If you ever read a recumbent trike blog you will see endless blather about needing clipless pedals and special shoes to keep your foot from slipping off the pedal and breaking your ankle or lower leg. I've used toe clips for over a decade and many thousand miles without a problem. Cost is less than $10 at - Search Results for "strapless toe clips" The two brands I currently am using, Avenir and XLC are both out of stock. You should be able to find similar ones at most online bike shops if your LBS doesn't sell them.
Thanks, which Avenir and XLC models do you use? Would you go with nylon and steel? Afraid the nylon might break too easily. Also do you use them with nylon and leather straps or are they just as good without them?
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shims between the pedal and the Toe clip makes it longer . (except the Campag ones JDT shows)
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
shims between the pedal and the Toe clip makes it longer . (except the Campag ones JDT shows)
Which is good or bad?
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Originally Posted by mountainwalker View Post
Thanks do you you use the MKS Steel or Deep Steel clips, and can you use them just as well with straps?
Mine are still Christophe, L size, now made by Zefal , not deep style.
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They are what they are , and long ago discontinued..

the little tab is on the inside of the pedal, its cut out of the toe clip itself ,, note the triangular hole.

If you dont have them. its not your problem
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Mine are still Christophe, L size, now made by Zefal , not deep style.
Then why the recommendation for MKS toe clips above, and not the Zefal Christophe?
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I still have a couple sets of the Campy toe clips and Alfredo Binda straps.

good stuff lasts a long time.

Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
The nice thing about the Campy toeclips was the shoe guide tab that prevented the toe of your shoe from snagging on the front cage plate. I wonder why nobody's copied that? I've never tried Campy's straps, but the laminated Alfredo Binda straps have served me well for several decades.

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Originally Posted by rebelbuc View Post
... took the toe clips off of the metal pedal, added the Power Grip, and it has remained solid and springy. I have never accepted so called (misnamed) "clipless" pedals and either used the old toe clips or Power Grips. The Power Grips have never caused me to fall because the first instinct is to kick your foot out when falling. The set up for Power Grips allows the heel to move laterally and the toe slides out without effort.
Ditto. I've loved Power Grips for years/"centuries" in my youth. Now that they're a bit beyond my means, I've resorted to Zefal "Cristophe" Mountain Bicycle Half Toe Clips.on casual rides, and Zefal MTB Bicycle Toe Clips with Straps otherwise.
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From a utility standpoint, it's hard to beat nylon MTB style cages, because their wider, taller toe box accommodates a wider variety of shoe types, and they're impervious to nearly all types of abuse (same to be said for nylon straps vs. leather).

For style points, King Cage toe clips are pretty sweet, made in high-quality stainless, and utilize more of an MTB toe box than the very old school metal types pictured upthread, which are also, in my experience, not very rigid, slippery, and not well suited to cleat-less or multi-modal (i.e. various shoe types) use.

King Cages:



I've not used the Kings, so I'm not sure, but I can say that I've liked the upper stay flexibility of nylon cages for cinching the cage securely to shoes of different types.
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Originally Posted by danadear View Post
I love my Power Grips.

Robot Check

I also have the powergrips, and at first i didnt like them. but once i adjusted the strap, i really fell inlove with them.
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My only complaint about the PowerGrips is that the need to change the adjustment to use a different shoe is a bit of a chore. Have tried setting them up for 'street' shoes but then they are loose with cycling/MTB shoes used for more agressive rides.

Instead I now use mini clips or full clips with loose or no straps. Tried 'clipless' in the mid '80s (Look) and again in the mid '90s (SPD) and didn't like it for my riding style.
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...I've been meaning to update this thread. By far the best toe straps currently being made and sold are the Performance brand laminated leather ones.
Pake made a good strap that keeps it shape, but for some reason they stopped making them....probably not enough people using and buying them to make it profitable.

Everything else in the current crop I've tried is pretty meh. I've been flirting with the idea, of using zip ties to stiffen a pair of the floppy ones, but since they're not tubular nylon, it's a chore to run the attachment.

On the steel toe clip front, MKS and Zefal are still stamping out a respectable version for about $16 (various sellers on Amazon). Performance once again does us a service in their nylon MTB clips, which are nicely curved to fit a shoe toe. But they are a tad short in the large size if your feet are big, so be prepared to shim. If I'm unaware of anything current, please add your hard earned wisdom.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...I've been meaning to update this thread. By far the best toe straps currently being made and sold are the Performance brand laminated leather ones.
Are these the ones you mean?



https://www.performancebike.com/Prod..._1167198_-1___

How secure is the buckle's grip on the smooth leather? When I've used straps with the smooth leather inside, they've had a tendency to slip when pulling up hard on the pedals.

The old Alfredo Binda laminated straps were my preferred brand, and they leave unfinished leather on the inside for a better grip with the buckle's teeth. But Binda's no longer around (AFAIK), and the best straps now come from Japan, where archaic keirin rules mandate use of toeclips, straps, and slotted cleats. MKS makes a laminated strap quite similar to the old Binda "Extra" straps:

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