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Do you guys like regular toe straps or velcro better, and why?

Old 08-12-12, 07:04 PM
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Do you guys like regular toe straps or velcro better, and why?

Examples of both

Velcro - https://www.pedalconsumption.com/arch...dal_straps.jpg
Nylon - https://www.amazon.com/Eleven81-Nylon.../dp/B001D4WERY

No I am not looking to buy either of the above and if you don't ride with straps then this thread isn't for you.
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Laminated leather

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Sure it's a bit more expensive at the start but they'll last you and keep you secure a whole lot longer than the one's you listed.

If you're a bit tight on funds, you don't have to get toshis if you choose to go this path, the exustar deluxe straps will keep you in your pedals just as well as toshis will but at a fraction of the price. You can get them at retrogression.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Laminated leather

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Sure it's a bit more expensive at the start but they'll last you and keep you secure a whole lot longer than the one's you listed.
I actually ride with laminated leather straps as we speak haha. I wasn't really specifying the material as the question, just wanted to know if anyone liked velcro over regular straps by any chance.
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Originally Posted by Chelseaandannoy View Post
I actually ride with laminated leather straps as we speak haha. I wasn't really specifying the material as the question, just wanted to know if anyone liked velcro over regular straps by any chance.
Ohhhh, velcro then. It's a more pliable material that conforms more easily and comfortably to your feet/ shoe when paired with the material that is usually used with straps that include it. Such as seatbelt material.
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If you do any serious mileage clips/straps are better than just velcro straps like Hold Fasts and so forth. The velcro ones don't allow as consistent foot position, tend to continually stretch, are reliant on you wearing the same shoes and a lot of other issues that pop up once you use them for a while.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
If you do any serious mileage clips/straps are better than just velcro straps like Hold Fasts and so forth. The velcro ones don't allow as consistent foot position, tend to continually stretch, are reliant on you wearing the same shoes and a lot of other issues that pop up once you use them for a while.
I heard about the consistent foot position and the fact that after long use the velcro can start opening and getting weak, especially riding fixed. I like straps to be honest the best. I don't even really like clipless shoes too much.
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Old 08-12-12, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Chelseaandannoy View Post
I like straps to be honest the best.
I like honest straps too. I once had a set that was constantly telling little white lies and it got old real quick.
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After switching to bmx pedals + velcro straps haven't looked back. Waaaay more comfortable. There is a reason so many people use them.

Go for ynot straps if you do.
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i got Aurora straps for my track pedals. i do like them better than clips/straps, but with either i have to adjust depending on footwear.

may try platforms and Burro or similar.

but, clipless has been a revelation for me. even if my favorite shoes are the notably ugly Shimano MT-22's.
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Originally Posted by diff View Post
After switching to bmx pedals + velcro straps haven't looked back. Waaaay more comfortable. There is a reason so many people use them.

Go for ynot straps if you do.
Their straps actually look really nice/firm in this video they made for instructions. I like the look of velcro a lot more than straps but I have never used them and I know they can be expensive ha.

I mean if I buy them the worst that could happen is I don't use them haha.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
I like honest straps too. I once had a set that was constantly telling little white lies and it got old real quick.
ughhhhhhhhhh haha
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Originally Posted by RGNY View Post
i got Aurora straps for my track pedals. i do like them better than clips/straps, but with either i have to adjust depending on footwear.

may try platforms and Burro or similar.

but, clipless has been a revelation for me. even if my favorite shoes are the notably ugly Shimano MT-22's.
I saw Aurora under one of the companies who sell velcros. They all seem pretty cool. I was looking to buy RESISTANT pedals from Japan but I can't find them anywhere. Idk I just cannot fathom clipless. I don't like the idea of clipping myself in something haha. I have never ever been stuck in straps before either, like a lot of my friends have.
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Old 08-12-12, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Chelseaandannoy View Post
Their straps actually look really nice/firm in this video they made for instructions. I like the look of velcro a lot more than straps but I have never used them and I know they can be expensive ha.

I mean if I buy them the worst that could happen is I don't use them haha.
The bottom part is triple layer, and they get sandwiched between velcro. So basically even if you step on them, they retain their shape. Just make sure you get a pedal with slots like the one in the video. Something like twisted pc pedals won't work since the straps won't fit through the small slots.

I have reload straps too, but like the ynots better.
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Originally Posted by Chelseaandannoy View Post
I saw Aurora under one of the companies who sell velcros. They all seem pretty cool. Idk I just cannot fathom clipless. I don't like the idea of clipping myself in something haha. I have never ever been stuck in straps before either, like a lot of my friends have.
the Auroras are quality, if that's the direction you decide to go.

clipless is amazing. it is -adjustable-. i started off on the lightest setting, where a casual flick of the heel releases the cleat. now i have them cranked right down, but i've unclipped in all sorts of hairy situations with no problem. and some mtb cleats ( i use SPD ) allow you to unclip either direction or even straight up. it's just another system, but it feels so good.
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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
Clipless....
Not one of the options listed by OP.

Aesthetically, I like velcro on some bikes, like on aero-aluminum frames such as an FTP. I think something just looks the tiniest bit weird with clips/straps on bikes like that, not that it's bad, just a little weird.

But in terms of function, I'll take clips/straps over velcro any day, for reasons already mentioned.
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i am a huge fan of leather with steel clips,
they tend to look better with style of bikes I build,
and with the right shoes they tend to be pretty comfortable.
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Think it would look odd with velcros?
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If you feel uncomfortable in metal clips, you can use plastic. They have a bit more give to them. More secure than velcro, and just as comfy.
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Originally Posted by diff View Post
The bottom part is triple layer, and they get sandwiched between velcro. So basically even if you step on them, they retain their shape. Just make sure you get a pedal with slots like the one in the video. Something like twisted pc pedals won't work since the straps won't fit through the small slots.

I have reload straps too, but like the ynots better.
So basically i'm looking for BMX pedals? What pedals would you recommend? Someone told me Holdfast has nice pedals but they are all sold out.
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Demolition PC or animal PC (the pedals holdfast have on their site) are pretty much the same. Less than $20. Odyssey twisted PC are good too, but won't work with ynot.

Basically all those pedals are the same, just depends on what color you want. Plastic pedals (polycarbonate, hence the PC in the name) with plastic pins.

I have wasted so much money on trying different pedals and turned on $20 bmx pedal were the answer. They don't have horrible ridges that dig into your shoe, and have a nice backside to practice tricks.

If you wanted to spend more there are tons of options. Just make sure they have slots on the sides. Also take a look at the Odyssey pedals so you can get an idea of what kind of slots are bad.

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/index.php?category=666



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Got my vote for the ynot's. Easy to set up and mine have been rock solid for the past 4 months of daily riding.

I also like steel clips & leather. IMO... Risers/street = straps. Classic or straight track = clips
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i don't like velcro straps and i've only used them twice. maybe i'm close minded but i'd rather have clips and straps any day.

of course, i'd rather have clipless and cycling shoes, and many different bikes... some that use clipless and some that have flats. which is why i do.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
If you do any serious mileage clips/straps are better than just velcro straps like Hold Fasts and so forth. The velcro ones don't allow as consistent foot position, tend to continually stretch, are reliant on you wearing the same shoes and a lot of other issues that pop up once you use them for a while.
This doesn't make sense. They don't stretch anymore than any other straps. Also they are LESS reliant on you wearing a specific pair of shoes because they are so easy to adjust. I routinely re-adjust my Holdfasts at a stop light depending on what shoes I'm wearing.

They feel more adjustable AND more secure than any clips and straps I've ever used (including laminated doubles). Plus there is no clip to dent on the ground when walking your bike and you get the bit of added toe clearance of not having clips. The width of the strap allows better distribution of pressure on top of your foot if you really crank them down and provides a feeling of power on the upstroke.

They only area I think they are inferior is aesthetics but it's a small price to pay.

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Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
This doesn't make sense. They don't stretch anymore than any other straps. Also they are LESS reliant on you wearing a specific pair of shoes because they are so easy to adjust. I routinely re-adjust my Holdfasts at a stop light depending on what shoes I'm wearing.

They feel more adjustable AND more secure than any clips and straps I've ever used (including laminated doubles). Plus there is no clip to dent on the ground when walking your bike and you get the bit of added toe clearance of not having clips. The width of the strap allows better distribution of pressure on top of your foot if you really crank them down and provides a feeling of power on the upstroke.

They only area I think they are inferior is aesthetics but it's a small price to pay.
I get your points, but I gotta disagree with my experience. If I changed shoes, I had to change my strap fit. So I always wore the same shoes with my velcro straps. Depending on the quality, and RG straps are great, but others might have to be adjusted frequently.

You said it yourself, you routinely do it. Nothing wrong with that, but for my clips and straps, once they're set, they're set. I do think they can be more comfortable though.
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