Footstraps slipping

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jonwilko
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Footstraps slipping

Post by jonwilko » March 2nd, 2020, 11:16 am

Hi

maybe it is just my set up, but after a few minutes my foot straps loosen off a bit.
Maybe I don't need to but I give it a few big pulls and then ease off to tighten them- this plays havoc with my focus and rhythm, but I hate having loose straps and I feel it slows me down.
I wondered if I could tetro fit some velcro to the straps.
Or perhaps I dont have my straps set up correctly? The buckle does not seem very well designed to stop slipping (unusual for a C2 rower!)
Any helps/tips gratefully received.
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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by Citroen » March 2nd, 2020, 11:32 am

It's a technique thing. You're pulling against the straps on recovery rather than rolling back to the drive. Or you're pulling some crazy high power (1:25pace) stroke or such-like.

Traditional advice has been to loop the strap through the bukle twice. If it still pulls loose then replace the straps.

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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by Ombrax » March 2nd, 2020, 12:34 pm

As Citroen suggests, if you really need the straps for anything other than your absolute hardest efforts (e.g. a race) then there's something wrong with your technique. You certainly shouldn't be slamming into them, and they aren't needed in the recovery, as you move back up to the catch.

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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by Allan Olesen » March 2nd, 2020, 1:18 pm

..and to add to the excellent advice already given:

If it is a technique problem, you should do some sessions strapless. This will force you to stop your backwards motion by pulling the handle, not by pulling the footstraps.

The force you put into the footstraps is not measured in any way by the C2 - it is lost. The force you put into the handle is (in combination with the stroke length) measured as work by the C2 and will improve your result.

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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by jonwilko » March 2nd, 2020, 3:24 pm

Citroen wrote:
March 2nd, 2020, 11:32 am
It's a technique thing. You're pulling against the straps on recovery rather than rolling back to the drive. Or you're pulling some crazy high power (1:25pace) stroke or such-like.

Traditional advice has been to loop the strap through the bukle twice. If it still pulls loose then replace the straps.
No chance of that sort of power!
Thanks for the advice. I will try some strapless rows.
Class of 1969
6 2" 90kg
Time triallist who uses erg for winter X training
pb;
1:40 500m
3:22 1K
6:54 2K
17:53 5K
37:07 10K
8707m 30min
15068 60 min
1:31:53 HM

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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by Parky » March 3rd, 2020, 7:01 am

When I had that problem a couple of years ago, I folded the strap back and pushed it into the first slot of the buckle. It locks the strap and you'll get no slip. I don't need that nowadays, probably because I don't have enough energy. :roll: :roll:
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Re: Footstraps slipping

Post by Erik A » March 3rd, 2020, 3:20 pm

same thing happens on the gym rowers that i use. but thats an age of strap and buckle thing. if i look at them they slip. have asked for some maintenance to be done including replacing the straps. but they say they do regular maintenance and the straps are ok (apparently) :D not a real issue apart from sprint work when it becomes annoying
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