How to install our FRS Foot Straps

Unsure how to install your FRS Strap Ons correctly? Watch as Dave shows you how!

Choosing the right pedal
Choosing pedals for our straps is easy, just look for the following features.

Flat platform or Mountain Bike / BMX style pedals are the best and you will need a version with a 25mm gap in all four corners, or a version which can easily be modified. The reason for this gap is the FRS Straps are constructed from 25mm webbing which needs to slide through. Understandably, the bigger the gap, the easier it is to get on. We currently run our straps on Odyssey Twisted PCs (requires modification), as well as Animal PCs. Download pedal modification instructions here. Please avoid metal pedals or those with sharp edges. These have the potential to cut through the straps, and as Murphy’s Law dictates, at the most inopportune moment. We also recommend choosing a pedal which is not highly tapered. An example of a highly tapered pedal would be DMR V8/12s. These pedals tend to lock your foot in place, mainly around the wide part surrounding your big toe joint. This is good if you don’t want to remove it, but is a pain when you need to stop and foot down. It is best to look for a pedal with a more “flat” side, rather than curving in towards the foot.

FRS Straps Details

How to set up your FRS Strap Ons on your pedals
Our current FRS version is updated and slightly different from the old TPU style, but the basic installation remains the same. If you have done this before, it should be easy to do again!

When you open the package you will notice that there are two straps, one for each foot. There is a slight difference between the left and right foot. The easiest way to tell them apart is the little BO tag should be on the outside of your foot, pointing away from your bike. Once the straps begin to age and wear slightly you can swap the feet over, it will just adjust differently to that as described, so be aware.

1. To put the straps on, begin by looking at it from the top. First grab the crab claw and slide it through the back of the pedal body. This process is easier if the webbing sticks together, so slightly bend the webbing length wise if necessary. This can be made so much easier if you use a pair of needle nose pliers.

2. Now that the crab claw is threaded through the pedal body, you can quickly see how the straps wrap around your foot with the tag on the outside. Open up the crab claw, put your foot on the pedal to get the size, and then wrap the inside piece of the crab claw around your foot. The middle soft piece of Loop (attached to the top of the straps) then wraps around this inside piece. This middle piece of Loop is deliberately too long, so you can either
a. leave it as is so you can adjust the straps to different sized feet and shoes, or
b. cut it to size. Be careful though as once cut you cannot make the strap too much bigger.

Personally what I like to do is pull the crab claw strap further through the pedal body, and wrap the soft Loop around further. This way you don’t have to cut it. I prefer to do it this way to allow lots of adjustment, while also ensuring a huge contact area of Hook-and-Loop, meaning it will never release accidentally.

3. Once you have adjusted the inside crab claw to your shoe/foot size close up the outside piece of the crab claw. The middle piece of Loop is now sandwiched in the middle, and can be pulled back around inside the pedal body, so it will not come undone!

4. Now all that needs to be done is installing the front of the foot. This is very easy, and similar to the rear foot. Open the strap up, and slide the strap through the pedal body. Now do it up. Repeat for the other side.

You have now successfully installed your FRS Strap Ons!

Adjusting for foot size
Adjusting for foot size is easy; simply reverse everything you just did

1. Undo both the front straps. Pull the main body upwards to increase the size, or pull the straps to tighten.
2. It is similar to adjust for the rear. Undo the crab claw, and lengthen/shorten accordingly.

 

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