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Extending toe clips

Old 12-13-10, 10:14 PM
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Extending toe clips

I've thought about giving my clips a try but it's not like i have clown shoes, i just can't get enough foot in the size L clips I have from wellgo on MEC track pedals.

This is a very traditional setup, albeit all chinese manufacture now. But riding with no brakes on clips does not equate to any foot retention confidence compared to my speedplays. I'm just looking for a winter/casual solution not replies that say get brakes or use your speedplays.

How have you or seen a successful extension of clips. Longer bolts with a little drilled plastic or something? I feel I could almost need another 15-25mm. Seems safe to me to use some butch slab from an old cutting board or something. Easily drilled too.

Come on you fellow cheap bastards, hook me up.
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Old 12-13-10, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai View Post
Longer bolts with a little drilled plastic or something?
seems reasonable
If you can't get enough extension then maybe try Scrod's version of Hold Fast straps, errr unless they require bmx pedals

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Old 12-13-10, 10:39 PM
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I got sick of clips and straps so I made my own "powergrips" from an old belt I got at the thrift store for a buck fifty. I'm very happy with them so far. Not exactly what you were asking for... But maybe it will help.


Before I forget: Put brakes on that thing!! Use your Speedplays!!
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Old 12-13-10, 11:01 PM
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I think you could get XL MKS toe clips for around $20 at Super Champ but I think longer bolts and shim of some sort would also work. Though, it may bend the clips out of shape because the shims will push the slots on the clips more forward, making the straps pulling on the clips more backward.
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Old 12-13-10, 11:23 PM
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alternatively you could just add an extension to the back of the pedal- wouldn't mess with the slip vs strap at all, but it would shift your foot back in relationship to the pivot point
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The way Ive set up extentions(i only wear a size 10 but prefer skateboarding shoes) is a nice long bolt, and metal washers between the clip and the pedal. I would imagine plastic pieces would work too.
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Dear FastJake--

Please help out a Fellow Wisconsonite...

I admire your home-made powergrips, and I am thinking about following your example. Is it as simple as it looks-- just get 4 nuts/bolts/washers and a strap, twist the strap once to keep it open, then bolt it on to the pedal?

The picture you posted made it seem as if there might be some nuance I am missing-- maybe something to keep the strap from moving off the lower right corner of the pedal?

Could you kindly advise?

I would have pm'd you, but it turns out that the rules require one to have posted 50 messages before pm'ing...

Thanks!
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I'd be glad to help. It's as simple as it looks, I just used a picture of some powergrips as blueprints for mine.

Some tips:

- Get a belt that is stiff and difficult to bend. This will keep your "powergrips" open which will make entrances easier.
- Put large washers over your nuts/bolts where the bolts contact the strap. This will help keep them from pulling through. (Unfortunately, I didn't put large washers on, and I'm not sure how long they will last as-is.)
- As you can see in the picture, fold the strap length-wise where it gets bolted down.
- Make sure you cut it to the right length! This is most important. My belt doesn't have much stretch to it, so the straps will only be really tight with the shoes they were designed for. I made mine to fit my winter boots, so when I wear tennis shoes they're a little loose.

Good luck! I hope this helps.
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Old 12-15-10, 08:33 PM
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Chock full of sweetness. I can see me digging out my old MKS pedals for my future 26er.
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Head to the hardware store with a pedal, and find some longer bolts that will fit the holes. Also pick up nuts to fit that will stack to the length you need. Thread em onto the bolt with clip attached, then secure to pedal with remaining nuts (don't forget washers!). I love ghetto-rigging things like this. I did it once in a pinch by disassembling a U-lock carrier and pulling the screws out of it.
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Thanks to you, sir, and to others who added other considerations.
Perhaps we'll see each other one day on the roads of WI, and recognize each other by the home-made power-grips!
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