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Old 12-04-02, 08:45 PM
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Special way to lace racing shoes?!

Yo,


Just picked up a used pair of OMP Clubman racing shoes. They were laced funny, like the inside lace would skip 3 rows on one side then go back to the normal back and forth lacing. Anyone heard of such a thing?! I, of course, relaced them to the proper tennis shoe style.

Did I just lose 25hp?! I need to know! *grin*

Thanks for any advice/help!

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it's bad enough that he wants to comb his steering wheel, but now he wants us to tell him how to tie his shoes?????????

LOL, no, there's nothing special about tying race shoes

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They were probably laced that way from the factory because it was quicker. Mine came with the laces in a plastic baggie..

One word of advice on wearing them. If they are a style that has a velcro strap at the top be sure to tuck in the loops of your bows and loose ends of the tie under the velcro so they don't flop around. I have heard a horror story about an experienced driver putting his car into a mountain side during a hill climb Solo I event becuase his laces caught his foot on the gas pedal and he was not able to get on the brakes.

That is one of the few things I specifically remember from the SCCA driving school I attended.

BTW: Lacing them left over right on the left foot and right over left on the right foot dropped my times at Kershaw by nearly 30 seconds. So it may be worth more than 25 HP.
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Yo,


Paulie, I'm probably getting an 80cc Shifter Kart...so let me know if you're in the area and I'll see if I can get you any seat time.

Woo!

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I think the term for the fancy lacing you refering to is "ladder " lacing. looks good in the pictures but no advantage to suppport speed of lacing. I recall ice skates being laced that way while on the display table. It does look cool though.
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There is an advantage to the ladder lacing. It's done in the Army too. It is designed to be easier to cut off (as opposed to the criss cross). Eg. if one's foot were to get all mangled in a crash and they needed to get the shoe off, but they couldn't get at the bow, or it was knotted too tight etc. they could cut it off quickly. Something that probably wouldn't come up to often but nonetheless, it's a safety precaution.
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Originally posted by RarestRX
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Paulie, I'm probably getting an 80cc Shifter Kart...
I bought a F125 last spring and could not get to use it past July... I broke two ribs. Take this piece of advice seriously... Get a GOOD QUALITY Ribvest !!

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Yo,


David, thanks for the advice. The reason I didn't go with a 125 is 'cause an 80 is damn fast already!!

This is more of a fun kart to mess around with, I won't be doing any serious racing with it...just playing with a buddy on a local track type thing.

I'll post the pictures back of me in bandages. *wink*

Thanks for your concern!

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David,

Actually, I have a friend here that was doing 125s, just one day, and broke a rib.. He was training for the ironman competition too, so he got screwed and couldn't go.. Scary that you put that much force on your body in those things

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Originally posted by Silkworm
David,

Actually, I have a friend here that was doing 125s, just one day, and broke a rib.. He was training for the ironman competition too, so he got screwed and couldn't go.. Scary that you put that much force on your body in those things

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man, what the hell are you guys sticking in your ribs, or are you getting enough calcium? breaking ribs that easily? are you breaking them because you're being tossed around or because something strikes them?
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You've never driven a 125cc shifter cart obviously. They wear rib protectors for a very good reason.

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Originally posted by iwannarx7



man, what the hell are you guys sticking in your ribs, or are you getting enough calcium? breaking ribs that easily? are you breaking them because you're being tossed around or because something strikes them?
I haven't actually measured this but they say a Kart can generate 2.5 G's sustained lateral loading and 4 G's peak.

Assume 3/5 of your weight is located above your hips... 200 lbs.... 120lbsx4G's=480lbs spread on less than 1 sq.ft. of rib and fairly hard seat, gives you over 500 lbs REPEATED load on your ribs. No wonder there are so many injuries.

The more athletic you are they better it is... a good fitting seat also helps alot. Enoughdetails... everybody should get the picture.

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