Flat Pedals & Barefoot Pedaling

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 […]

June
30

A great indicator of the health of a sport is how many kids are participating in it. Little athletes grow up to be big athletes and that means a steady stream of new people to keep the sport growing. With the creation of NICA and several other kid-centered mountain biking programs we have more kids […]

January
14

The Catalyst Pedal has been getting in more and more rider’s hands and I’ve been hearing a lot of great feedback on it. And yesterday I had a review of it run on the world’s largest mountain biking website, Pinkbike.com! Here was Pinkbike’s take: “The Catalyst changed my view on flat pedals by making it […]

November
16

What if I told you that I had a training tool that was guaranteed to improve the efficiency of your pedal stroke and trail skills? Better yet, what if this training tool costs less than $150, could easily be installed in less than 5 minutes and started to deliver noticeable results in just a few […]

October
12

Humans love metaphors. You know, where you compare something you know about to something you don’t know about, which makes that something new easier to understand. For example, telling you that something “tastes like chicken” is a metaphor. So is telling you that falling in love “feels like a roller coaster”. Or that riding your […]

September
30

So this is it…the moment I’ve been working towards for over 14 months. After a lot of work the Catalyst Pedal is officially ready for pre-sale. As the only pedal in the world based on science and not just theories and marketing hype, it promises to change what you expect from your pedals. Now, I […]

August
3

Sometimes the best person to tell you the story about how flats can change your perspective and improve your mountain biking isn’t me. I realize that I’ve become a bit of a controversial figure in this debate and some people think I have an agenda against clipless pedals and so nothing I say can really […]

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 […]

February
2

It is hard to believe that it has been over two years since I first put together the original Flat Pedal Revolution Manifesto. At the time my main motivation for creating it was to put a collection of articles I had written together into one place for easy reference. I had spent a couple years […]

December
15

Improving your pedal stroke should be a major goal of every mountain biker. The better your pedal stroke is the more power you can produce and the less energy you’ll burn doing it. In other words, a better pedal stroke will help you go faster and further. Gaining an efficient pedal stroke  is more like […]

November
5

In case you missed it last week, a video showing a rider pedaling more efficiently on flat pedals than on clipless hit the internet. It obviously sparked a lot of debate and, I think, a lot of riders missed the point of the video in their rush to praise flats or defend clipless. But, before […]

October
13

So what would you say if I told you that a major bike manufacturer was shipping all of their mountain bikes with a sticker that told riders not to use flat pedals? What if the sticker literally said that their bikes are supposed to be equipped only with toe-clips or clipless pedals? I don’t want […]

September
26

Pedaling efficiency is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot, especially when the discussion turns to flats vs. clipless pedals. One of the talking points coming out of the Clipless Pedal Mafia camp is that clipless pedals let you pedal more efficiently, which is a main reason that you are told you […]

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 […]

June
30

Your feet are an important contact point with the bike. Without your feet being in the right place you will pedal with less power, be less stable through technical trail sections and set yourself up for an overuse injury. How we answered the engineering based vs. movement based question led us to a very different […]

February
7

One of the most common complaints I hear when I suggest that riders should stand up more to pedal is how hard is it to keep traction, especially on climbs. While I’ve posted a video showing how shifting your hips back can help with this, another thing that can really help is being able to […]

January
29

One of the things that really separates strong riders from everyone else is the ability to stand and hammer on their bike. If you are a downhill or 4X/ Dual Slalom rider then this seems pretty self evident – the fastest guys are just as strong while standing at the end as they are at […]

January
6

This morning I was reading the book Anti-Fragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, which is by far the best book I’ve read in a long time. I think that everyone should check it out as it does a great job of dispelling a lot of myths about our modern lives and our overreliance on linear (straight […]

December
9

Bike fits are a funny subject because while I know that they have a time and place for some riders, for your average trail rider I think that they are extremely overrated. Like other bits of bike technology that gets misused they are often a band-aid for deeper problems and rarely “fix” the real issues […]

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