Fri Jun 17, 2022 9:20 pm

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Fri Jun 17, 2022 9:20 pm linkquote
After my crash last December (I obviously survived; Melody, my 2015 GTS Super, didn't), I took stock of the gear that got me through, relatively unscathed: my helmet, an HJC RPHA 70ST, actually my second RPHA 70, the first replaced after an incident earlier in the year; my jacket, a RevIt! three-season sport-touring jacket; Joe Rocket Rocket Burner heated gloves; and Bilt Dexter riding sneakers. The helmet was replaced with one of the same model - why mess with success? - and the jacket will eventually be replaced by a similar RevIt! model. The gloves only offered minimal protection, and since the new bike has heated grips, there'll be less need for heated gloves. The Dexters? Cheap-n-cheerful as they may seem, they actually protected my feet in spite of getting fairly beaten up in that crash, so I ran out and bought another pair of these, too. With one little difference.

High-top sneakers and boots with laces can look pretty badass. That badassery pretty much ends when putting on and taking off the damned things: takes way too long for that kind of tedium. Velcro tabs are clumsy and ugly, at least to my eyes, and while I'll tolerate them for riding my road bicycle, I'm not dealing with them on the Vespa. The Bilt Dexters are no better or worse than other high-top casual moto-shoes in this regard, so I didn't know quite what to do…until I rode past a running-specialty shop, and remembered a particular product. Sometimes they're called speed-laces or lock-laces, but the idea is the same: instead of fabric laces you have to tediously tie and untie, you have elastic laces that you tighten or loosen with a spring-loaded locking button the lace-ends run through, allowing quick adjustment. In fact, you can adjust the laces to the point where the shoe is on snugly enough for vigorous activity, but just loose enough to kick off deliberately without fussing with laces at all. These laces had their beginnings not in the world of running, but its younger, more-extreme variant, triathlons: since this form of competition involves swimming, cycling, and running - usually in that order - seconds can be lost transitioning from one stage to the next, and since the last two stages involve footwear, you can bet no one cared to waste time fidgeting with laces. (I photographed the very first New York City Triathlon in 1982, and I can tell you that the tech of that time looks awfully dated now.)

So…I sauntered into Road Runner Sports and asked about these laces. I was pointed to a rack of several types, picked the least-garish-looking pair, and headed home for the experiment. A few days before, I'd grabbed my laptop and hit up Amazon for a different pair to try, just in case the store-bought pair somehow didn't work out.

I put the store-bought pair on the Dexters, and…wow. Not only did the laces make the shoes that much easier and quicker to slip in and out of, but the fit was both more snug and more comfy…no pinch-spots/hot-spots when walking, while at the same time the shoes felt more secure on my feet, less likely to come off in the event of a crash. And, since the Dexters also have a side-zip, the put-on/take-off process is even faster, meaning I have absolutely no excuse for running out for a quick errand without wearing the minimum protection for my footsies. It's, um, Torreador Pants down to the feet.*

But: now that these laces did the biz, what in tarnation was I going to do with the extra set (actually two, since the ones bought from the House That Jeff Built came as a set of two)? I then remembered a forgotten pair of riding sneaks I had: an Indian Motorcycle branded pair of mesh sneakers that seemed like a good idea at the time, but being even higher high-tops than even the Dexters, were an absolute PITA to put on and remove, so I tossed them in a dark corner of the basement where they hid for the better part of two years. I ran downstairs to fish them out of mothballs, dusted them off and replaced them with the "alternate" speed laces, and et voilà, I'd transformed them into usable kicks again. I actually wore them on Thelonica's maiden trip to Gotham this past Wednesday, and they were crazy-comfy.

To Wrap Up: If you happen to have a pair of high-top moto-anything (boots or sneakers), and want to have a better time dealing with them pre- and post-ride, not to mention a potentially better time in-between as well, give these laces a look. Highly recommended.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MT8H4DX?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

(*Yeah, I actually wrote Torreador Pants, not…well, you know.)


The Laces: They literally transformed my riding kicks. Who knew?


Bilt Dexter with Lock Laces: My go-to, now with extra "go."


Two Little Indians: To think, I almost tossed these; they're absolute keepers now.



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Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:02 am

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:02 am linkquote
Brilliant!! I ordered a pair for my hightop riding boots with a side zip and laces. Thx!!

Miguel
Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:55 am

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Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:55 am linkquote
Thanks! They do look good and I have some boots they would be a welcome addition to.

I also highly recommend the BOA system which is similar. I bought the Klim Outlander GTX boots and loved them so much I ordered a pair of the Adventure GTX boots as well. The BOA system is super simple as you just need to twist and the laces are evenly tightened. When taking them off you just pop the knob and the boots are off in seconds.



Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:38 pm

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Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:38 pm linkquote
Harbinger wrote:
Thanks! They do look good and I have some boots they would be a welcome addition to.

I also highly recommend the BOA system which is similar. I bought the Klim Outlander GTX boots and loved them so much I ordered a pair of the Adventure GTX boots as well. The BOA system is super simple as you just need to twist and the laces are evenly tightened. When taking them off you just pop the knob and the boots are off in seconds.
I do recall that system: highly effective, but for me just a tad overkill unless I had a more heavy-duty riding boot (which I do have, but it's already zippered-out). Nonetheless, a slick setup.

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Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:06 am

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Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:06 am linkquote
A suggestion for those of us reaching elder fahrt status:

If you get a shoulder reconstructed, you will appreciate the speed laces or BOA. Tying shoes is near impossible when one arm is strapped to a board and lashed to your torso.

A little nail on my computer table allowed me to hook the bound end of the laces and then, stepping down stretched them and a back scratcher pushed the nut down.

If you are alone in the world, tying laces can be a PITA.
Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:29 am

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Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:29 am linkquote
I think I'll try a pair on my TCX lace-only high tops that are a PITA to get on and off.
Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:05 am

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2009 GTV250 (Gone), 2003 Inder trailer, 2001 BMW R1100RT
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Sat Jul 16, 2022 10:05 am linkquote
Miguel wrote:
Brilliant!! I ordered a pair for my hightop riding boots with a side zip and laces. Thx!!

Miguel
I got a pair of these and have tried them out for the last few weeks on my 7" high riding boots. The lace-lock came with 180" thin, stretchy laces with a shiny slick surface that make threading them thru the boot's eyelets easy. Not surprisingly, the lace-lock can be used with my OEM laces as well. So for testing, I used the one OEM lace on one boot and the thin, stretchy lace on the other boot to compare them. The lace-lock worked well on both types of laces and I never found either lace getting loose. By contrast, I found tying a knot in the OEM laces would loosen over the course of a ride which was annoying.

I ended up cutting about 20" off thin, stretchy lace length. The thin, stretchy laces are more slippery than the OEM laces and slid thru the eyelets easier than the OEM laces both when tightening and loosening.

The lace lock offer two advantages over the OEM laces: 1) They slide more easily through the boot's eyelets and 2) the lace lack held them tight over the course of my rides. I also didn't mind not having to tie my laces either.

Miguel




I cut the laces to length once I tightened them up on my foot and made the length long enough so I could fully release them. I wrapped the end of the two laces together with black vinyl (electrical) tape and cut them with strap scissors. My boots have 7 e

Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:04 am

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Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:04 am linkquote
Miguel: Very cool how you use them with the regular laces as well. I use the stretch laces, but also trimmed them down to a workable length as well.
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:07 am

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Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:07 am linkquote
I'm sure I am overlooking the obvious. Nube question! My motorcycle shoes have laces and a side zipper. So the laces are double knotted and never used. I enter and exit through the side zipper. What benefit am I missing by doing it this way?
Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:03 pm

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Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:03 pm linkquote
Billrush wrote:
I'm sure I am overlooking the obvious. Nube question! My motorcycle shoes have laces and a side zipper. So the laces are double knotted and never used. I enter and exit through the side zipper. What benefit am I missing by doing it this way?
Prolly none in your case. But I can't get into or out of my MC boots without loosening the laces and opening up the tongue.

Best Miguel
Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:08 pm

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Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:08 pm linkquote
amateriat wrote:
Miguel: Very cool how you use them with the regular laces as well. I use the stretch laces, but also trimmed them down to a workable length as well.
The regular laces have a hard plastic sleeve around ends. I simply pushed into the lace lock and bobs-your-uncle. Since the length is designed for the boots, not cutting of the original laces is needed.

Thanks for the review Amateriat. Turns out a number of years ago, I used just such a lace lock on my gym shoes but Covid has kept me from going to the gym for the last 3 years so I'd forgot all about the lace lock on them.

Miguel
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