Racing pedal identification

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  1. #1 Posted Jun 9, 2018

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    I want to identify these because I need to make new straps for these pedals. They are from my 1901 National model 41.
    I could just “wing it” but they are riveted to plates that bolt into place so I want to get them correct the first time.
    I would also like to see the how the clips were designed as it looks like they attached to the riders shoes, so that I could possibly fabricate them too.

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    hoofhearted, locomotion and bike like this.
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    oh wow, those are awesome
    don't have any idea what they are, but I want them!!!

    I have a few racing bikes from the 20's from top racers, and I was told from their family that racers would have their feet strapped to the pedals permanently for the race, this is probably done with this kind of pedals
     
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    That is kind of what I suspected. Too bad they didn’t save the shoes.
     
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    Kevin,

    This is how I was going to do them but never got around to it. They are very similar to these and the closest I've been able to find. I'm sure the leather strap is about the same.

    I think I may have shown this to you before but here it is again.

    Bill

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  5. #5 Posted Jun 10, 2018

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    Thanks again Bill.
    I may eventually use that as a pattern. I was just hoping to learn the name of the manufacturer or somewhere to research it.

    Also I have an old saddle leather to make them out of so I only have one shot to get it right.
     
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    I'm wondering that if you were to slide the axle out that there might be a name somewhere.

    Put a shoe on the pedal as it would sit and do a test fit with another piece of material to get a pattern before you cut it.

    Good luck and can't wait to see it finished.
     
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    Very cool pedal! I've never seen one.
     
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    Early racers often had leather cleats tacked/nailed on to the soles of their shoes, shaped to fit whatever pedals they were using.
    A set did pop up on eBay France a few months back.
     
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    I have a pair of racing shoes from the 20's that came with one of the bicycle that I own and the complete racing history.
    I will get a picture of them when I can.
    A real simple soft leather shoe with the thi lneather sole.
     
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    That would be interesting to see!
     
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    I think I did make a minor attempt to remove the end caps but they did not break loose easily so I gave up, which is better than breaking something.

    I suppose that a temporary set could be bolted in place and made out of modern leather.