flat pedals

May
15

A few weeks ago I had someone tag me in a discussion in the Ryan Leech Connection FB Group regarding his experience so far with flat pedals. While his question for me was trying to clarify why clipless pedals are bad for your knees (which they are no matter what bike fit you have) he also […]

May
8

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I catch up with longtime friend of the show Ryan Leech. I’ve had Ryan on more than anyone else and I think it is because we both have a lot of shared passions both in and outside of the mountain biking world. If you don’t know, Ryan is […]

January
30

Last week I had the privileged of being on the Angry Mountain Biker Podcast, which is a podcast run by Will Niccolls. I had someone tell me about the show after checking into it I really liked Will’s every-day-rider outlook on things…as well as his love of flat pedals and standing pedaling. After contacting Will […]

January
16

When I talk to people about the Catalyst Pedal I tell them that it isn’t a product as much as a mission for me. Giving riders a real, no-compromises alternative to clipless pedals is something that means a lot to me and the real driving force behind Pedaling Innovations. This is why I love getting […]

January
9

Like a lot of you I grew up riding a BMX bike. I never raced or anything but cruising around the neighborhood with my friends looking for things to jump off of sparked my love of riding, which eventually led me to mountain biking. Today I’m digging into my BMX roots a bit but I […]

December
19

Something a lot of riders don’t realize is that keeping your feet grounded on flat pedals is a skill. And like every other skill, it is something that you can train and improve. You see, having your feet fly off the pedals isn’t a sign that you need to attach your feet to the pedals, […]

December
14

For a lot of riders it can be tough to really enjoy mountain biking. I’ve met and talked to a lot of riders who love to get out on the trail but dread the pain that they know is going to result from it. In fact, one statistic I’ve come across says that over 85% […]

October
10

I recently had a rider post a question about the need for the mid-foot position that I advocate. What made this question different was that he was talking about his experience with Pro Motocross and the foot position he used for it. I know that there is still a lot of confusion about the need […]

September
14

Connor Fearon is a young man living his dream. As a kid in Australia, he was inspired by guys like Sam Hill and Nathan Rennie to take up downhill racing and in a very short time proved himself able to stand on the podium with the best in the world. This last weekend saw a […]

September
7

  While I love to talk about the Catalyst Pedals and how they can improve your performance, confidence and overall fun on the trail I know I can be a bit biased. Nothing gets old as fast as someone telling you how great their products are. Which is why I love how many great reviews […]

August
15

For a flat pedal rider there is nothing worse than having your feet get blown off the of the pedals when you don’t expect it. It usually happens when you try to ride through some rough stuff at speed on the trail and especially when you stand up and try to pedal through rough, choppy […]

August
1

Well, it’s happened again. Einstein once defined insanity as “trying the same thing over and over, expecting a different result” and that seems to be what is going on recently with several “Flats vs. Clipless Pedals” videos being posted lately. The other day yet another video pitting flats against clipless pedals made the rounds on […]

July
4

There comes a time in every rider’s life when they have to decide if clipless pedals are something that they want to try. And contrary to popular belief I am completely fine with that…I have just as many riding buddies who ride clipless as flats. I’ve never said that flats are better than clipless pedals […]

May
25

There comes a time in every rider’s life when they have to decide if clipless pedals are something that they want to try. And contrary to popular belief I am completely fine with that…I have just as many riding buddies who ride clipless as flats. I’ve never said that flats are better than clipless pedals […]

March
16

When looking at improving your performance on your bike one of the most important things you can look at is your pedal stroke. Improving your pedal stoke will help you produce more power and use less energy doing it, which helps you ride faster and longer. This makes the pedal stroke a much talked about […]

September
3

One of the hardest things to overcome when having a discussion about the value and role of both flat and clipless pedals is that everyone knows that the fastest riders in the world use clipless pedals. Most World Cup and National Level DH races are won on clipless and every XC and similar discipline is […]

December
2

We’re all born being “cursed” in certain ways. While I know that you can make significant changes with some focused effort it still seems like some things are more of a struggle than others. If you took that magical pedal stroke off the table and you knew from day 1 that you could pedal, bunny […]

September
25

Based on my article last week about Clipless Pedals Driving Away New Riders I started to get a lot of questions from riders about the myths and half truths surrounding them. These lies – which are repeated hundreds of times a day in bike shops, trail heads and internet forums – are designed to create […]

September
16

Before I start in on my rant let me share a real life conversation I had a few months back with one of the guys I do BJJ with… Is the industry wide accepted lie that you need clipless pedals to be a serious mountain biker good or bad for our sport? Him – “Hey […]

August
28

One of the more common reasons I hear from riders about why clipless pedals are better or needed is because they “connect” or “attach” you to the bike. However, I think that there is a difference between being “connected” to your bike and being “attached” to it. The two have nothing to do with each […]

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