Paulie Davis wrote:
> Hi Everybody,
> I'm cleaning up and repacking the pedals that came with my recent ebay Pogliaghi. I cannot extract the nice, matching Binda toestraps that came with the bike! Although the leather looks great and seems strong, it is so stiff with age that it seems impossible to get the straps out of the pedals at the buckle end. Husband Al has even had a go at it, after I've treated them with leather conditioner for several weeks.
> What shall I do: keep them on there and try to work around them, or just cut them off and put on some newer toe straps? Putting the buckle end in the vise is a possibility, but I fear chewing up the leather even with a shop rag for protection.
> Paulie "I don't wanna blow it on this nice bike" Davis
> in rainy-day Los Angeles
My personal advice is always to work around something if it is good original and will be ruined by taking apart.
The hardest thing to work on in my experience is original wheels that are tied and soldered so that you can't disassemble them to polish everything up!
Chuck Schmidt wet in L.A.