Oh yea' ! The toe strap loop. The one so many people put the strap through the wrong way. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes (toe clips?), but if you install the strap from the outside/bottom of the loop (with the pedal right-side-up), with the tip of the strap coming through from the bottom to the top of the loop, but then down and through the hole in the pedal's body, before giving it a twist and sending it through the other hole in the body, and then finally back up and through the toe clip loop and then back down to the buckle. The buckle will be below the loop and to the outside of the cage. I believe the loop is supposed to hold the strap and buckle out of the way. If you look closely at a campy pedal's toe strap loop, it's opening dips below the height of the top edge of the cage plate(s) about enough to make the top of the strap flush with the top edge of the plate(s). And the loop is bent over so that the top of the loop is flush with the top edge of the pedal cage plate. If you install your straps this way, right or wrong, you will have more room for your wider/larger shoes (like my size 12's), and there will no longer be a bump under your shoe where the strap used to be.
"Bicycle Mark" Perkins Fresno Cycling Club - Historian
On Mon, 05 Feb 2001 12:22:21 -0800 Chuck Schmidt
> David Goerndt wrote:
> > I asked this question yesterday about the early 60's Campy pedals. I've
> > posted two photos, one of which is a pair I have and the other is a pair
> > from ebay.
> > If you look at the two photos, compare the quills. You'll notice that the
> > pair on the left have a definate asymetrical appearance, while the pair on
> > the right are more symetrical. My question then is, when did Campagnolo
> > produce the pair on the left and when did the change to the more symetrical
> > design? View the photos here:
> > Thanks
> > David Goerndt
> This is all conjecture on my part, but your asymetrical caged pedals
> from your '63 Cinelli would be made that way to make the back plate a
> little wider for wider/larger shoes. One of the real shortcomings of
> having a loop for the strap was the it tended to force the shoe very
> close to the crank arm. I think this is the reason the loop was
> eliminated from the later steel caged Nuovo Gran Sport and the
> Superleggeri and Super Record pedals. Without the loop holding the
> strap close to the edge of the pedal the shoe can move further to the
> outside of the pedal if necessary. The loop wasn't found to necessary
> or even desirable in practice.
> I have never seen the asymetric cage before so it must be very rare. I
> do have two pairs of Record pedals where the wrench-flats on the spindle
> extends off the end of the spindle (no shoulder in other words).
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, California
> Another +80° day...