So I'm not familiar with pedal straps. I've heard there good cause you learn to use upward force while riding. But are there any other advantages or disadvantages? How do you want them set? So the front part of your foot is applying the most pressure? And what tight enough to slide your foot in\out, without constricting it? I haven't been riding that long, but I'm comfortable on my bike. Been working on my track stand, not the best but I'm practicing on it. Seen ynot straps at iminusd, and others online. I guess price wise I'm looking around $60.
Straps like ynots or holdfasts will be good if you ride in different shoes all the time, and need a more custom fit for each pair. In my opinion, toe clips/straps are a lot nicer. I feel more secure in them, and I get consistent foot placement, something that didn't really happen when I used velcro straps.
Originally Posted by seau grateau
The brake lever is on the handlebars, so no one can complain about that.
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
If that was my house and you put your stupid bike in my flower garden to take a picture, I would come outside in my underwear and light you on fire.
I have wide-ish feet, so sometimes leather straps would be too bulky and rub up against the crankarms, which I found annoying. I recently got some good NOS nylon road straps on ebay. They are thinner, yet feel as sturdy as all leather straps I've owned. Not afraid I'll pull too hard on them and break them. Then again I'm not doing any MASHING to WHIPSKIDZZZZZ killer combos, so ymmv.
I think fixie straps are an acquired taste; I use the ones from Retrogression, but I doubt they are a good pick for everyone. If you are wearing big shoes I think they would be massive.
Power Grips are more user friendly, the single hard resin strap on an angle is very easy to get in and out of, and the angle allows a slight tighten or loosen by a slight shift of your foot. I used them for years, after clipless, and no negatives to share although they will discolor light colored shoes. As far as generating the same power/efficiency as clipless..it's the same performance characteristic until your cadence gets over 100/110, then the straps get a little wonky.
Toe cages with straps are fine but they tear up the front of my shoes, not nearly as comfortable as pedal straps. I don't prefer that pressure on the front of my foot.