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JOL Gurney Straps

jol_gurney_1jol_gurney_2 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.


  1. LMAOSeptember 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I’m confused. 50$ for toe straps. On 12$ pedals. OK!!!

  2. JOLSeptember 15, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Makes for a cheaper overall setup than Sylvans, Clips and Toshi doubles!

  3. RaiynSeptember 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    $50? People were whining and moaning about $20 for Feetbelts! If I rode flats I’d be looking at two sets of Feet Belts and lunch before I thought about dropping $50 on those things.

  4. Ghost RiderSeptember 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I don’t think people were bemoaning the price of Feetbelts…rather, the apparent ripoff aspects of the Powergrips design threw folks.

  5. WTFSeptember 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    $50 are you serious? I know they’re handmade, but damn. I could make these for $10 and I don’t know crap about sewing. They look a little banged-up too from the pics. How’s the quality?

  6. tartan01September 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Not exactly a new idea. Check out Power Grips for 22 bucks. Been using em for a couple of years. Same idea but allows you to lock and they’re half the price.


  7. dbSeptember 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    These dont have the twist/diagonal mount that make feetbelts and power grips grip- I guess you tighten them after your foot is on the pedal? or just wriggle into them? Anyways I guess they work, and look nice on their website, when new – BUT – $50? That may be the most ridiculous thing Ive ever heard.

  8. 3spdfxdSeptember 20, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    These things are just a rip-off of Hold Fast straps.


  9. dangerussSeptember 24, 2009 at 3:21 am

    “These things are just a rip-off of Hold Fast straps.”

    errrr… have you even compared the design of the 2? Holdfast use metal hardware on the strap, whereas Jol straps use no hardware and are purely multiple layers of hook & eye fabric….

    Quit repeating things you’ve heard other people say without looking into it yourself…. please…

  10. TRISTANOctober 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    i say, leave the fuck off people, quit being so mean. if you don’t like the price, who th fuck is making you buy them? no one. at least the guys are trying to make something themselves, rather than waiting for other people to do it, then shitting all over their efforts with nasty comments.
    i know its pricey, but tbh id rather support a uk-based product for once….

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