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Pedal straps - Am I doing it wrong?

Old 11-15-19, 11:13 PM
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Pedal straps - Am I doing it wrong?

So, I'm trying out big ol' pedal straps on my current build for the first time, instead of going the toe-cage route like on my other bikes. I fitted them to my foot (with the shoes I will wear 99.9% of the time while riding this bike) while I was standing in the garage so they were snug and my foot wasn't sliding around too much. But my issue is getting my feet inside when actually riding. Today was my first and only time so far, but i had to reach down and pull the straps up to the tops of my feet while pedaling because I couldn't get my toes underneath because they were flopping forward too much.
They are cheaper straps from Amazon; are more expensive straps stiffer so they don't flop?

Appreciate any tricks y'all can share.
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Do you mean the thicker velcro straps usually paired with BMX pedals? I've never had an issue with those flopping down, but could just be a brand issue. Curious what brand off amazon?

Personally, I prefer clips and straps, always reliable and you can tighten and loosen them while on the bike if necessary.
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Originally Posted by hardboiled718 View Post
Do you mean the thicker velcro straps usually paired with BMX pedals? I've never had an issue with those flopping down, but could just be a brand issue. Curious what brand off amazon?

Personally, I prefer clips and straps, always reliable and you can tighten and loosen them while on the bike if necessary.
These are the straps: Outgeek 1 Pair Bike Pedal Straps Pedal Toe Clips Straps Tape for Fixed Gear Bike (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0749KLN21..._8Rc0DbS8E0M1R

Yeah theyíre cheap but had decent rating. Didnít want to blow my wad on something I wasnít sure I would like. I will say I did love how pedaling felt once my feet were in snug and I was going.

I have them in these pedals: Origin8 Pro Track Light Pedals, 9/16", Annodized Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002MKFOSO..._wUc0DbNBF4661
mans while I know those are the best pedals to use with these straps (I have them on another bike with cages) the straps were a bit of an afterthought but Iím not sure itís the pedals that are the problem.
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Could be a combination of both. Looks like the narrow width of the pedal (where the straps thread through) is designed to be smaller than the base of your foot, this might leave more play in the bottom of the strap that threads through the holes causing it to sag when unsupported by your foot. Usually when you pair those types of velcro straps with wider BMX pedals the width of the pedal kind of supports the arch of the strap. Not sure if I am explaining it clearly, but I think it might just be the looseness of the bottom of the straps, and the narrow width of the pedal when the straps thread through.
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My first pair of straps were Holdfasts which were good quality but would occasionally get smashed down if I stepped on them and then I'd have to reach down and pop them out.

Switched to YNOTs which are much stiffer and never have issues. Pair these with some plastic BMX pedals and you are good to go.

The pedals you have are a better pairing with traditional straps and clips. I'd either swap the whole setup for some BMX pedals and YNOTs or get traditional clips and straps for your current pedals. Don't think you will have good results with mixing the two.
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My first pair of straps were Holdfasts which were good quality but would occasionally get smashed down if I stepped on them and then I'd have to reach down and pop them out.

Switched to YNOTs which are much stiffer and never have issues. Pair these with some plastic BMX pedals and you are good to go.

The pedals you have are a better pairing with traditional straps and clips. I'd either swap the whole setup for some BMX pedals and YNOTs or get traditional clips and straps for your current pedals. Don't think you will have good results with mixing the two.
Thanks for the suggestion. These straps look great. It's pretty much what I've been looking for - especially with multiple available colors.
Do you think they'd pair well with either of these pedals, and if so which one do you think would be best?
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Personally I'd go for something more like this:

https://shop.odysseybmx.com/products/twisted-pc-pedals

You don't really need (or want) very aggressive pins with the straps. You can use whatever you want but they work well with cheap, plastic BMX pedals. Or if you want fancier:

https://rideissi.com/pedals/thump
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I've been using straps on platform pedals for quite a while, both touring and urban riding. The forward flopping is annoying to be sure. But I've found that it can be minimized on low profile pedals with the narrowest height slots through which your small straps pass. On pedals with a taller profile and higher slots there's not much to hold the straps up. For an example pedal look at a VP-501. They are kind of heavy but less than $20 on ebay,
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Check out Redline Monster platforms.. they come in polycarbonate or alloy.. low profile, sealed bearing, and lightweight
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If you want a good selection of pedals go somewhere like Dan's Comp:

Dan's Comp Pedals

They are all kinda the same but subtly different. I like concave. I have some old Haro Small Blocks that they don't make anymore that I love
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I have a pair from the pure fix brand and they are only a bit more money but very substantial and have had no problems getting my feet in them, i have tried cheaper ones that flop around and they are very annoying.
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