JOL Gurney Straps
The JOL Gurney Straps are the latest new-school foot retention device to appear on the market. Like many of the others out there, Gurney Straps are born from the frustration of broken toe clips, and the desire to use BMX-style platform pedals. The larger pedal to shoe contact area is preferred by many for city riding, especially with soccer or skate style shoes that tend to have a flexible sole which can lead to arch pain with traditional clip and strap pedals. And speaking of shoes, most toe clips don’t work very well with the larger profile and padding of the skate shoes that so many people have grown up wearing and prefer at this point. Platform pedals do have their downfalls in everyday riding however, namely the width that reduces cornering clearance and the relative difficulty of flipping them over, hence the bolt and washer in the second image. The $50 Gurney Straps are handmade from nylon canvas and have a heavy hook and loop closure for adjustability and a secure hold. Briefly riding around on these straps felt great, enough so to make me contemplate purchasing my own pair.