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Toe Clips, Toe Straps and Shoe Cleats Gallery




                                   

                                                   

               
                                                                 

 

     

Quill/Platform Pedal Gallery and Time Line

Clipless Road Pedal Gallery and Time Line

MTB-Specific Clipless Pedal Gallery and Time Line

 


Sager Patented 1896

USA
This is but one of the many early designs of toe clips from this period. Fortunately, this example is one of the lucky few that survived the last 110 years.

 

Thiem's Adjustable 1900's

USA
Spring steel clip with a flexible leather stirrup.

 

Unknown Maker 1900 - 1920

USA
This very robust design of toe clip probably helped to reduce the "tourniquet" effect of typical designs.

 

E T Brand Toe Straps 1920's

France
These well-preserved straps were produced almost 90 years ago. Because they were made of leather it is very rare to find toe straps that have survived the ravages of time this long.

 

M.B. Toe Clips 1920's

France
These unique welded wire toe clips are both simple and elegant.

 

Christophe Toe Clip 1921 - 1980's

France
Christophe was the longest running and best known producer of toe clips. Production of these chromed steel toe clips began in 1921 and continued unchanged but for the logo script until the 1990's. The toe clip pictured above features the original logo type. In the early 1970's the logo changed to the block script shown on the 1980's section of this toe clip gallery.

 

Joe's Toe Clip 1922

USA
These toe clips were made to be fitted to traditional block style pedals.

 

Unknown 1920's-1930's

USA
Made to fit on rubber block pedals.

 

1930's

 

Brooks Leather Toe Straps 1930's

England
Produced by Brooks, the legendary British bicycle saddle company. These straps were made to be fitted to quill pedals and were meant to be used without toeclips. This set is a perfectly preserved and unused example of leather toe straps from the 1930's.

 

Brooks 1930's

England
This interesting buckle was typical of toe straps produced during the 1930's.

 

Cyclo Toe Strap 1930's

England
These early toe straps feature a unique style of buckle that appears to be inspired by a chain link.

 

Norton 1930's

England

 

Pellisier 1930's

France
Nicely made toe clips with a stylish
debossed logo.

 

Unknown 1930's

England

 

Jef Scherens 1930's - 1940's

Belgium
Jef Scherens, born in Belgium, was called the "Cat" for his incredible acceleration on the track. He was the first rider to win six consecutive World Sprint Championships from 1932 to 1937. Scherens had a very long career, winning his last World Championship in 1947, 15 years after his first. He may well have won more World Championship titles if his career had not been interrupted by the war.

 

TA Model Turino 1930's - 1970's

France
Slotted nail-on leather "tourist" cleats.

 

ECO 1930's - 1940's

USA

 

Oppy 1930's-1950's

England
Made by Cyclo and named after champion Australian cyclist turned politician Sir Hubert Opperman. Opperman was the Australian champion in ’24, ’26, ’27, and ’29 and rode the Tour de France in 1931. Opperman was knighted in 1968.

 

C. Foucaux 1940's

France
Cast aluminum cleats named after Camille Foucaux. Foucaux won the cyclo-cross championship of France 4 times straight from 1929 to 1932.

 

Conloy Boa 1940's

England
Early version alloy toe clip.

 

Buescher 1940's

USA
Manufactured in Elkart Indiana.

 

John Bull 1920's-1940's

England

 

John Bull 1920's-1940's

England

 

Popular 1940's

England

 

Lapize 1940's

France

Lapize may be the second longest contiuously running maker of toe clips after Christophe. Lapize began toe clip production in the 1940's and continued until the 1990's.

 

Strada 1940's

England

   

Strata 1940's - 1960's

England

Early British alloy toe clip.

 

TA "J. Anquetil" Piste Ref: 59
1940's - 1950's

France
This popular model featuring a shallow-slot is one of TA's wide variety of cleat designs.

 

Constrictor Python 1940's - 1950's

England
This half clip design was commonly used on city bikes.

 

Cornez 1940's - 1950's

France
Named after Fernand Cornez, a French rider who rode as a pro from 1928 to 1938. Cornez won a stage in the 1933 Giro as well as stage 5 of the 1933 Paris-Nice race..

 

Unknown 1930's - 1940's

England

Old style binding clamp.

 

Paturaud Mini Toe Clip 1950's - 1960's

France
Paturaud's touring bicycle style mini toe clip features clean lines and and a unique "bottle opener" cutout.

 

Catos 1950's

England
Adjustable size toe clips.

 

Christophe Special 1950's

France
Early version Christophe toe clips with the "old logo."

 

Cyclo Shoe Plates 1950's

England
This low profile shoe plate is designed for touring.

 

Ken Russell "Shockstop" Cleats 1950's

England
These rubber touring cleats offered a bit of "float" with their hour glass shaped slots. Ken Russell was a pro who rode with much success from 1947 to 1952. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Tour of Britain in 1952.

 

Paturaud 1950's

France
These straps were original equipment on Rene Herse and Singer bikes. Collectors can expect to pay upwards of $300 a set for these most rare and valuable straps.

 

Paturaud 1950's

France
Classic French clips came on such well known brands as Rene Herse and Singer.

 

TA 1950's

France
Made to improve traction when running off the bike. These cleats were designed specifically for cyclocross racing.

 

UTIL 1950's

France
An early alloy toe clip from a French maker.

 

Unknown Brand 1950's

France
This toe clip is made from bands of chromed spring steel riveted to a base and to toe strap loops. It has a nice leather top for padding.

 

Waltho "Clubman" Cleats 1950's

England
These rubber touring cleats were made in Manchester.

 

Ale Steel Toe Clips 1950's-1980's

Italy
By the time Ale began producing toe clips most toe clip brands had begun to look similar. Ale was probably Italy's biggest producer of toe clips before Cinelli and Campagnolo came along.

 

A. Binda - Early Version 1960's

Italy
Early version Binda straps such as these can be identified by their brass buckle roller. They are also marked "A Binda" whereas the later versions are marked "Alfredo Binda - Bianchi Dino Made in Italy".

 

Duralinox 1960's

France
This is an early example of an alloy toe clip from France.

 

Midland Supreme Adjustable Toe Clip 1960's

England
An early example of a toe clip that could be adjusted to fit various foot sizes.

 

Paturaud 1950-1960's

France
Leather cleats with riveted-on metal wear plates.

 

Ballila Toe Clip 1960's-1970's

Italy
Traditional design toe clips.

 

REG 1960's-1970's

Italy
Nicely made generic toe strap design came with screw-on buttons that made gripping and tightening the straps easier.

 

Christophe Special "Covered"
1960's-1970's


France
This deluxe leather-covered version of Christophe's popular toe clip provided some protection for the touring riders shoe.

 

Alfredo Binda 1960's-1980's

Italy
The gold standard by which other toe straps were judged. These high quality non-laminated Binda toe straps came in a variety of colors. The straps shown are the later version with plastic buckle rollers. Early version Binda straps had brass rollers. These straps are named after Alfredo Binda, the famous Italian rider who won the World Road Championships three times: in 1927, 1930 and 1932.

 

TA Criterium 1960's-1980's

France
One of the most commonly used brands of nail-on slotted shoe cleats.

 

TA J. Anquetil Route 1960s-1980s

France
"Route Professional" version of the J. Anquetil cleat.

 

Becucci 1970's

Italy
These unique straps were made in two sections and were designed to be connected together by the consumer with a rivet after they were installed in the pedals. The result was that the straps were wider at the points of contact with the foot and were therefore more comfortable when tightened.

 

Barelli Sprint Cleats 1970s

England
A shallow-slot version of Barelli's nicely made line of cleats.

 

Campagnolo 1970's

Italy
Early Campagnolo version steel toe clip.

 

Christophe "Z" 1970's

France
Sold as a matched set, the aluminum "Z" was probably the lightest toe clip/strap setup ever, including a unique alloy toe strap buckles and alloy rivets.

 

Cinelli Monoblock cleats 1970's

Italy
The only cleat approved by Campagnolo for their alloy quilled pedals. Once you were strapped in you were in to stay.

 

 

Binda Extra toe straps 1970's

Italy
Named after Alfredo Binda, the legendary winner of five Tours of Italy, including 41 stage wins and three World road championship titles. Binda Extra laminated leather straps were the gold standard of toe straps. Made exclusively for
Cinelli by Bianchi Dino.

 

Daniel Clement 1970's

France
Made of plastic with a built in metal "wear plate".

 

Barrelli track cleats Late 1970's

England
Beautifully made of stainless steel and alloy with deep slots for security while sprinting.


 

Pavarin 1970's

Italy
The position of these patented alloy cleats could be adjusted after they were nailed in place.

 

TA 1970's

France
Modele Calrouge

 

Hi-E Toe Clips 1978

USA
These special toe clips were made by Hi-E to fit their own pedals as shown.

 

Ale 1980's

Italy
Italy Designed specifically for cyclocross racing these clips are made of double layers of spring steel to hold up to harsher conditions.

 

Ale Inox 1980's

Italy
Made of stainless steel, this high quality clip will never rust. The word "Inox" means stainless steel.

 

AFA 1980's

France
Typical period toe clip design.

 

Avocet 1980's

Italy
These toe clips were Teflon coated for ease of entry.

 

Avocet Mod. III 1980's

Italy
A high quality laminated leather strap toe strap

 

Alfredo Binda "Super" Toe Straps 1980's

Italy
These high quality toe straps were made of leather bonded to a tough nylon fabric to minimize stretching.

 

Binda Prestige - 1980's

Italy
A laminated strap with a double-wide end to protect the foot from the pressure of the buckle.

 

Campagnolo 1980's

Italy
These straps have stainless steel buckles and came with nice pull buttons.

 

Christophe "Plus" 1980's

France
A premium quality laminated toe strap from a company typically associated with run-of-the-mill quality.

 

Christophe Special Z 1980's

France
Same as the silver anodized "Z" toe clips except these are anodized black and were sold paired with Christophe Prestige laminated toe straps.

 

Cinelli 1980's

Italy
Laminated embossed leather straps with stainless steel buckles and gold plated rivets. Probably the best looking toe straps ever made.

 

Georges Sorel 1980's

France
Alloy toeclips and nylon toestraps were sold as a matched set.

 

Galli Titanium 1980's

Italy
Galli was the only toe clip producer during the pre-clipless era to make their toe clips out of titanium. Because of its strength, light weight, corrosion resistance and natural springiness, titanium was the perfect material for toe clip manufacture.

 

Powerstraps Toe Straps 1980's

Italy
These novel nylon "ratchet and cam" toe straps were designed to offer more secure retention and easier release.  They are weather proof, can't slip and don't stretch.  They were however, quickly rendered obsolete by the subsequently timed introduction of clipless pedals.

 

Specilaized 1980's

Japan
A typical toe clip design that Specialized had made in Asia.

 

TA 1980's

France
Made to fit an unknown propriatary shoe sole.

 

Toshi Toe Straps 1980's

Japan
High quality dual-buckle and straps with laminated construction.

 

Campagnolo 1980's - 1987

Italy
Later version steel toe clip.

 

Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Toe Clips 1983

Italy
These highly polished and chromed steel toe clips were produced as part of a limited edition groupo to commemerate Campagnolo's 50th anniversary.

 

Christophe Special 1980's

France
Made for many years of chromed spring steel. Named after Eugene Christophe, the first man to wear the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey) which was introduced in 1919 in the Tour de France. This version has the new style logo.

 

Ale Cortissimo 1950 - 1980's

Italy
Ale toe clips were spec’ed on many of the legendary Italian cycle brands.

 

 

Campagnolo Inox 1987

Italy
These high quality laminated straps have a stainless steel buckle and a widened area near the buckle to distribute the pressure over a wider area of the foot. These straps also came with screw-on end-buttons to make the strap easier to grip when tightening.

 

Errebi Nuova Cinghiablock 1988

Italy
This unique toe strap was designed to mount beneath the rear cleat screws of a clipless pedal system and allow the rider to cinch their foot tighter against the sole of their cycling shoe.

 

 


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