I have to start off by saying this concept was not my idea. O.K. so... I think we've all seen the clips that attach to the pedal, but the idea of clip cloping around in special shoes really doesn't appeal to me. Also the payout didn't seem like it would be worth it. I was wrong. I had really never thought about how much potential energy you could add to your biking output, until I saw thishttp://www.wired.com/reviews/product/pr_feetbelts . I was sold on the idea but me being me I figured I could make my own with stuff that was lying around the house. It actually was much easier than I anticipated because lucky for me there were holes in the pedals exactly where they needed to be. I'm sure there are pedals out in the wide world that are not as lucky as mine happened to be, so if you happen to be one of those few poor souls I recommend a drill.

Edit: I have since making these straps had the chance to use these and they work surprisingly swell. I am very happy with the finished product.

Edit: Someone pointed out that the straps aren't adjustable, and while he's right, at the time all I had at hand was what I ended up using, which I like a lot actually. But, that being said, if you wanted to make these adjustable you could just snip them in the middle,(you might want to do something to stop whatever material you are using from unraveling) and add a buckle or some other similar device. Those kind of things can be gotten on the cheap at any craft store or better yet a Michaels or whatever.

Step 1: Materials

The first thing you're gonna want to do is gather up your materials. Everything should be in the average DIYer's toolbox except the actual material for the loop. If you click on the link in the intro you can see that the compony who made the ones that inspired me used recycled seat belts. I guess you could go that route but I felt that even though I would probably lose some strength, I would go with a polyester strap from a wii guitar I wasn't using. You could do this with just about any high strenght fabric, but I have to say that after using mah new pedals the polyester feels preety good. Its easy to work with too. On to the list...

What you will need:
4 small 1 1/2 inch screw bolts
4 nuts *giggle*
4 washers
2 pedals
fabric cut to size - more on that later

Tools you will need:
hot glue gun (important if the fabric you use frays easily)
5/8 wrench (used to get pedals off - might vary depending on model of bike)
Drill (optional but it helps if you need to make holes)

note: Sorry about the vagueness in the sizes of the nuts *giggle* and bolts but I already had them so and I am not good at guessing numbers. I'm the kinda guy who says things like "that looks about right" and "I really thought that would fit". lol
Thanks for the Instructable. Made a set today and gave the belts extra length to I can make them velcro adjustable. Got lazy and just stitched the extra lenght up until i feel like sewing in the velcro...
Hi, I came up with the same idea, inspired by the "powergrips" (just serach the web). All I needed was a old and broken bicycle tube and four calbe clips.
great idea of using bike tube, it stretches to allow for snug fit with a little give :)
ah.. and ofcourse .. by using a bicylce tube its is "adjustable" per se
Are they easy to get in/out of? I like this idea, but hate regular toe clips and they panic of having my feet stuck.
I used them a long time, too. And since then I also bought regular toe clips and I fell one or two times because I forgot to get out early enough before stopping my bike. It didnt hurt too much but was a good lesson to not forget it again ;-).
Haha havn't logged in to this website in quite a while. Yeah, so since I wrote this(almost 2 years now) I've used them almost every day. ONE time i forgot to take my feet out of the loops and almost fell. never got stuck though...
you have 8 ball dusties?
I vote for being clever (and not having to pay for stuff).
Unfortunately, your straps are not easily adjustable. For very little money you can get pedal clips and straps that are adjustable. I like them instead of the cleats used on so-called "clipless" pedals (those with matching click-in cleats on the bottom of the shoes and the pedals). I have a pair of better insulated, thicker shoes for winter. I need to let the straps out a little for those. I usually have to adjust them several times before I get it right, so it helps to have easy and infinitely variable adjustment. Just search Amazon for pedal clips and straps or go to a good bike shop.
As I said in my intro the clips just don't appeal to me, and as for the non-adjustable straps, in my defense I do warn to be careful when measuring. And anyways isn't the point of this web site to be clever and not have to pay for things we can build and hack ourselves. I've used the straps a few times now and they work fantastic... I think I'll update my intructable right now. ;)
To comment on the first paragraph: I didn't see the value in clips/toe straps etc either, and after commuting to work for a year, I got a new bike, with toe straps, and it's a huge difference. If you ride a lot, it's well worth it to have them.
Good instructable! I have seen a very similar design in bike shops here (UK) called PowerGrips, they're £20

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