My old ten speed bike has been converted into a single-speed and my next upgrade was to add on some pedal straps. The prices for new as well as used straps was too much for my liking so I thought of making my own. Scouring the internet and various other Instructables for ideas, I decided I would try making some simple and cheap, yet relatively durable, straps.
The cost of this project was $0 since everything you require can be found in your home, and this project took me about 1 hour to complete. If you are looking for a quick and easy fix, look no further.
- Can be done in about an hour
- Easy to make and install
- Uncertain long-term durability
- Non-adjustable straps
- Non-removable (Must destroy the straps to remove them)
Step 1: Materials
You need scissors to cut the straps.
And finally a good lighter to burn/fuse the straps and to prevent the cut ends from fraying.
Step 2: Cut the Straps and Compare
You must also make sure that you can pass a double layered strap through for increased rigidity.
Referring to the image, you can see that I cut the strap down the middle, creating two tails. I would then burn the cut edges to ensure that they didn't fray. In doing so, I noticed that it was very easy to meld the two layers together since the melting plastic/nylon would fuse together when cooling. This becomes a key concept when re-attaching the straps together.
The cut length for the tails by continuously comparing to the pedals. You want to have about 1 or 2 inches exposed when completely passed through the pedals. Once the tail length was appropriate, I cut out a circle at the top of the cut to fit around the center bolt that passes through the pedal. This part will fit into the INSIDE part of the pedal while the tails stick to the OUTSIDE of the pedals (Refer to images for the installation/comparison).
Step 3: Fusing the Layers
NOTE: If I were to do this again, I would have cut up an old rigid leather belt and inserted a semi-circular piece between the two straps to really increase the rigidity. If anyone does this, please let me know how it turns out! :)
Be sure to wrap your upper/uncut piece around and insert your favorite shoe to measure the strap length.
Since the straps cannot be adjusted, be sure to have equal lengths on both pedals and that the straps are snug against the shoe you are most likely to use when biking.
Step 4: Finishing Up
To finalize, I wrapped some tape around the fused portion just to conceal the ends, though this really isn't necessary.
The only thing left now is to test them out! Be sure that you are comfortable sliding your foot in and out and that they fit snugly.
I have used these straps for the past 3 months and have put on about 600-700 km, and they have yet to fail me. I am unsure as to how long they will really last since it is really only just melted plastic holding everything together, but as a short term fix, they have certainly made me happy!
Happy riding and always wear a helmet! :)