Hold Fast Jul 1, 2009

Well, here it is. The information I’ve been saying for months now that I would post. I’ve gotten a ton of emails over the past few month about the foot retention system I am using. There’s a bit of a back story here, but last year I started riding with Jeremiah. We rode a lot. Every weekend and when you spend that much time with people, you talk a lot about what you’d improve on your bike.

We were breaking toe clips almost every day. All it takes is one mis-calculated barspin and you’re spending the next 10 minutes switching it out with a new one. Eventually, we sat down and talked about what to do. Jeremiah knew that people would want adjustability. I wear a lot of different shoes and I’m sure you do too. One of the gripes with Power Straps is you can’t adjust them. Jeremiah also knew that they’d have to be durable.

A few days later and he had a prototype. There’s no toe clip, because you don’t need them. With two areas of adjustability and a unique wedge-profile, your feet don’t slide forward. Adjust them to how you see fit with a set of BMX or MTB platforms. They’re great for gaps / stairs and drops. When you take off, your foot is wedged in tightly. I’ve come unclipped so many times doing gaps. With these, that’s not an issue.

I’ve spent the last 5 months or so riding these and I would never go back to toe clips and straps on my Bruiser. Ever. The newest version is by far the best and they’re now available to the public. Jeremiah and Rob hand make these in Red Hook, Brooklyn and are two stand up guys. The retail is $55 shipped to the US and if you’re interested in ordering a pair, hit up their email.

Their website is up, along with their blog, although a little underdeveloped, but you can also read the thread on Trick Track and Jeff at Bike Jerks made a nice post about them as well.

  • Tim

    These are brilliant ! With my strap/clip set up, I can’t wear some pairs of my sneakers while riding. Wouldn’t matter with these. Good job !!

  • Todd

    They look cool, but how easy is it to slip in and out of them quickly? Since they are made of fabric, aren’t they “floppy”, meaning the fabric would sag a bit and I’d have to reach down, hold the fabric up, then pull them up over my shoe?

    How about some video of John going all cyclocross, and doing a dismount, run with bike, then hop back on and pedal?

  • nate


    I promised myself I would save money this summer.

    these look amazing.

  • jonny kay

    are you kids crazy? these are ugly as fuck! so bulky and flashy. upside down power grips look (and work) way better.

  • Bill

    These things fucking rock! Picked them the other day.

  • MaximumMatt

    Anyone ever have these undo while skidding. I am not sure I trust velcro that much. I ordered a pair to give a shot.

  • http://theradavist.com prolly

    I’m 220 LBS and I haul ass around town. NEVER had the Velcro come un-done.

  • MaximumMatt

    Thats what I wanted to hear thanks!

    I sent my money a day or two ago and look forward to getting them.

  • http://twitter.com/sethroot Seth Root

    i agree that these straps are simply amazing. i’ve gone through a few different products now and these offer the best design, hands down.

  • Brig

    Question: I haven’t seen any particulars about the types of pedals these can be used with. Obviously BMX style platforms, but I’ve got MKS Sylvan track pedals…..Seems like I could make them work easily, anybody use them?

  • Somekid

    I got a my pair a week or so ago and there great, there not coming off at all, ive fallen off of a few ledges and hit the ground still strapped in, and once you wear them in you can slip your feet in and out no problem. Hold fast is a perfect name for them