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Old 02-18-20, 07:00 PM
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A mundane topic - replacement shoe laces

Wear your classically styled cycling shoes long enough and you'll need to replace the laces. When mine went, I thought, "no problem." I just headed to the local shoe repair shop to get something. The closest he had were 30-inch waxed dress laces which miss the mark in a couple ways. One, my old laces were 32-inch, and since cycling laces are meant to be short, 30-inch is barely tieable. Two, dress laces are too thin and don't stay tied very well. Nothing better pops up with a simple Google search for "cycling shoe laces." Any pointers?
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Try a sports shoe store like Finish Line or Footlocker.
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Hmmm...
I haven't looked specifically for bike laces. But, in the past I've found rope to be much preferable to shoelaces.

You might try 275 or 325 paracord:
https://www.paracordplanet.com/275-p...-solid-colors/
https://www.paracordplanet.com/325-p...-solid-colors/

Burn the ends, and it won't be quite perfect like a shoelace, but it should serve you well. And, of course, dirt cheap.
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cuffs/collar/laces match...
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Ebay has a few options:

Nathan No-Tie Laces

NOS Black Shoe Laces

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I've gone to the local chain, Fred Meyer, and found laces that work just fine. I buy at least as long and cut down to desired length (usually not a standard shoelace length). Then I take a match and melt the end I cut.

(I always have on hand laces long enough to do any of my shoes since I only wear lace up shoes and boots save a few pairs of cycling shoes I haven't converted yet. Us sailors have been cutting and burning ropes and strings since synthetic rope was invented.)

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Old 02-27-20, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for the responses. Once again, forum software failed me. I remember looking at the first response, must have missed a website visit on the next one, because it stopped notifying me altogether. I only just now stumbled on it looking for another thread.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Hmmm...
I haven't looked specifically for bike laces. But, in the past I've found rope to be much preferable to shoelaces.

You might try 275 or 325 paracord:
https://www.paracordplanet.com/275-p...-solid-colors/
https://www.paracordplanet.com/325-p...-solid-colors/

Burn the ends, and it won't be quite perfect like a shoelace, but it should serve you well. And, of course, dirt cheap.

Paracord for everything!
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post

Us sailors have been cutting and burning ropes and strings since synthetic rope was invented.)

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Synthetic?

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Amazon round athletic laces

https://www.amazon.com/OrthoStep-Rou...1-4&th=1&psc=1


Amazon flat athletic laces

https://www.amazon.com/OrthoStep-Nar...-10&th=1&psc=1
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I love waxed laces in dress shoes.

I also love using them to lace the skirt of leather saddles. I try to keep both spare black and brown wax laces in my spare saddle box.

That little tip on a shoelace is called an aglet. Cool word.
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Since we're talking laces and cycling . . .

If you break the waist drawstring in a pair of sweatpants, shifter or brake cable housing works really well to get a new string in, by sliding the housing in with a new string taped to one end (on some sweats, where the string is sewn-in, you might need to open the inside of the waist band to cut the threads out).
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I bought mine from here https://shoelacesexpress.com/ they can even make custom ones. I had them make these red with black tip laces for my "dress" cycling shoes.
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Thanks. I suspect these days there's a <something-or-other>express.com vendor for just about any definition of something-or-other. (My most recent laptop battery purchase was from laptopbatteryexpress.com.)
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Synthetic?

Yeah, synthetic, The natural stuff just burns. As I said above, I'm a sailor. I grew up knowing that nylon was a recent invention that replaced the silk in parachute cloth during WW2. After WW2, nylon ropes were made (preferred anchor rope for many years; strong and stretchy). Late '50s polyester rope (Dacron) started appearing and quickly became the preferred rope for sail handling and most of the other non-anchoring duties on sailboats due to its much lower stretch than nylon.

The most common non-synthetic ropes? Manila, cotton and hemp. And yes, all three burn when heated.

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If you break the waist drawstring in a pair of sweatpants...
I'm trying to think of the last time I owned "sweatpants."

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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
... aglet. Cool word.
Also what short folks from Texas A&M are called.
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If you have natural laces and therefore can't burn the ends, the word you need to know is "aglet" so you can buy or make your own.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Yeah, synthetic, The natural stuff just burns. As I said above, I'm a sailor. I grew up knowing that nylon was a recent invention that replaced the silk in parachute cloth during WW2. After WW2, nylon ropes were made (preferred anchor rope for many years; strong and stretchy). Late '50s polyester rope (Dacron) started appearing and quickly became the preferred rope for sail handling and most of the other non-anchoring duties on sailboats due to its much lower stretch than nylon.

The most common non-synthetic ropes? Manila, cotton and hemp. And yes, all three burn when heated.

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If you have natural laces and therefore can't burn the ends, the word you need to know is "aglet" so you can buy or make your own.
I hadn't thought much about burning vs not burning. I don't think I have much that isn't synthetic, except perhaps some cotton or hemp rope.
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Paracord for everything!
The reason I started using rope (paracord) as above is that I hate the way shoelaces tend to fray. I've been wearing velcro bike shoes for a while, but getting back to laced shoes... and frayed laces...

My experience in the past was that ropes and cords would just hold up much better than laces. Thus, I very much avoid stock replacement laces.
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I hadn't thought much about burning vs not burning. I don't think I have much that isn't synthetic, except perhaps some cotton or hemp rope.

The reason I started using rope (paracord) as above is that I hate the way shoelaces tend to fray. I've been wearing velcro bike shoes for a while, but getting back to laced shoes... and frayed laces...

My experience in the past was that ropes and cords would just hold up much better than laces. Thus, I very much avoid stock replacement laces.
I still wear jump boots for everything I do including biking and hiking. I haven't purchased boot/shoe laces in ever. It's always been paracord for everything, including a roll in my go bag and survival kit. Can't (shouldn't) live life without it
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Thus, I very much avoid stock replacement laces.
Yeah, but ... now you don't get to say "aglet."
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Thanks all. I went with 550 Paracord. Not that I needed that much strength, but that it was roughly the diameter I was looking for (~3/16"). I wound up buying 25 feet from an eBay seller (paracordgalaxy). The place CliffordK referred to did a weird bait-and-switch on shipping, leading me to believe shipping was free, taking me to PayPal and back (still, no shipping), then adding $14+ for shipping on a $4 order.

I'll try using heat shrink tubing for aglets. If that doesn't work, I'll just melt the ends and call it good.
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Originally Posted by fasthair View Post
I bought mine from here https://shoelacesexpress.com/ they can even make custom ones. I had them make these red with black tip laces for my "dress" cycling shoes.
Let those guys with the custom frames talk all they want--nothing makes riding better than a pair of custom laces.

By the way, I love that email address. Shoelace Sex Press dot com! It sounds like an old-school publishing company whose customers have a very specific area of interest.
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