Flat Pedals & Barefoot Pedaling

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 […]

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 […]

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