Pedal Belts will help you use different muscle group, increasing efficiency and speed. You'll be using new muscle groups and it'll take a little while for them to get stronger. They're make cycling easier. Hopefully this video will make the installation easier aswell ;)
I must admit, the first time i installed them, I got the pedals mixed and put the left Pedal Belt on the right pedal. Take your time and get things lined up before you lock down the screws;)
Getting the right size might take a little back and forth. Be sure to get one perfect before your start on the second one. Copy the hole pattern from one and move it to the next.
Don't tighten the nuts too far. You'll be using tools and have mechanical advantage over the leather. It's plausible you could completely crush the leather if get all hero and try to tighten them too much.
The Pedal Belts should be a little too tight in the beginning. Since they're made of leather, there will be an initial break in period where they will loosen up a little. At the end of cycling season, you may want to tighten them one notch depending on how much stretch there's been during the season.
The Pedal Belts are made of vegetable tanned leather. As you may or may not no, chromium tanned leather uses harsh chemicals and tons of water. Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using vegetable oils instead, so there are no harsh chemicals and they use 5 times less water in the tanning process.
The leather will be able to withstand a lot of rain, just like you. You may find the it gets dry if it's getting a lot of sun. If so, you can always add mink oil to keep it hydrated. It's best to use mink oil that does not have dubbin in it. Dubbin seals the pores and prevents the leather from breathing.
Enjoy & ride safe.
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Bike touring is different than other types of travelling in that you don't really know how far you're going to get every day. This can make planning accommodations difficult and stressful, but it doesn't need to be.
In this post, I share some of the techniques I use to find accommodation on the fly so you can enjoy the ride and not stress about where to rest your head that night.
The main problem here is that entry level index shifters usually have cables right where you'd want to be putting your handlebar bag.
This hack, lets you get the cables out of the way and keep them protected without having to upgrade your shifters.
Stay tuned for more free-cycling adventures & inventions.