Some of you may not understand why it takes so long to get new products made. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I do. But here is a little conversation with a toe clip strap manufacturer to give you some idea of how even the simplest products can be very complicated.
I saw a very nice range of toe clip straps from a small manufacturer I had not previously heard of. Tom, who works with me on developing and sourcing new products, and I decided to have a chat with them. C is me, T is Tom, M is the manufacturer. Of course this is all condensed from memory and just meant to illustrate the complications involved.
C: We'd like to get a quote on some of the straps you manufacture. We're most interested in the thicker ones with stainless steel buckles. Can you do colors other than brown and black.
M: These are our best straps. We can probably make them in other colors for a large order.
T: These buckles are stainless?
M: Yes, of course.
T: Is the rivet stainless?
T: Chris, what do you think about the way this rivet is set? Maybe the washer could be larger.
T: Is this spring stainless.
M: The spring can be stainless or not as you wish.
C: Wouldn't a non-stainless spring retain it's "spring" longer?
M: I don't know, but I'll find out.
T: Is the buckle roller stainless on this model, and how about on this other model?
M: One roller is a stainless spring type roller, the other is chrome plated brass.
T: The brass one has a nicer shape. Could we have it in this buckle?
C: Americans have huge feet, can we adjust the strap length.
M: Yes, we can make them any length.
T: I don't like this attachment method. The one on this model looks much stronger. Can we have this metal reinforcement on the other model?
M: Yes; we can do that.
T: Would it be stainless?
M: I have to check with the shop, but I think so.
C: What about leather? I see two types.
M: This is split hide and this is full grain. The full grain is more expensive.
C: Is this one artificial?
M: No this is another type of split grain hide.
C: Is there any problem with getting an embossed logo?
M: No problem.
T: OK. Please send us samples and pricing for the model we've outlined. I'm sure we'll think of a lot more questions later.
C: Now lets talk about the track style straps...
Imagine a conversation about a new crankset.