Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the straps to your pedals.
If you're a bicyclist who loves speed, then you may have been missing out by not using pedal straps or some other type of toe cage on your bicycle pedals. The straps fit across the top of your feet, allowing you to add more power to the "up" portion of your pedal stroke. Using them takes a little getting used to -- especially when you're getting on and off the bike.1.
Place your bike near a wall so you'll be able to hold onto the wall for stability when strapping on the pedals.2.
Inspect the straps so you'll know what type of attachment you're working with. Pedal straps typically come with hook-and-eye closures or buckles. Whatever you have, open the closures so that you'll be able to fit your foot in easily.3.
Step over the center bar of the bike so that the bike is between your legs.4.
Tap the pedal farthest away from the wall so that the pedal turns and the strap faces upward. Before it flips back downward, place your foot on the pedal and then reach down and wrap the strap around your foot.5.
Attach the hook-and-eye closure or pull the strap through the buckle and tighten the strap. The strap should be snug but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation or keeps you from removing your foot when you need to get off the bike quickly.6.
Press forward on the pedal with the secured foot until the opposite pedal is at its highest point. Then tap the pedal to position the strap on the top side of the pedal.7.
Hold onto the wall with one hand and then place your second foot on the pedal nearest the wall. Pull the strap over the top of the foot and attach the hook-and-eye closure or pull the strap through the buckle and tighten the strap.8.
Place your hands on the handlebars and start pedaling. As you gain speed, practice pulling up against the pressure of the strap, thereby generating more power on your up stroke.9.
Pull up on the hook-and-eye or buckle enclosure on one of the pedals to release it when you want to stop and place your foot on the ground. Some straps may also allow you to remove your foot as needed, even when the strap is attached.
- Some bike pedals come with plastic or rubber toe cages to hold the toes and include a strap at the back of the heel. For that type of setup, you'll tighten the strap at the back of the heel instead of over the top of the foot.