Flat Pedals & Barefoot Pedaling

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 […]

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 […]

September
2

One of the hidden advantages to Standing Pedaling is that you actually have better balance when you are on the trail. When you are sitting down your center of gravity – a.k.a. your hips – are stuck in on place, making it very tough to respond to sudden changes in your bikes position or to […]

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 […]

April
10

In my recent blog post about the Value of a Bike Fit for Mountain Biking I had some great feedback from riders who had also found the traditional approach to bike fits lacking in real, long term solutions to the common problems riders seek them out – namely pain and performance. However, I also heard […]

December
12

Manifesto (noun): a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. The Flat Pedal Revolution Manifesto is the result of a long and unintended journey. As a strength coach with a passion for mountain biking I never wanted to become a leader of the Flat Pedal Revolution, much less put together […]

December
5

Better is a relative term, especially when talking about artificial means of performance enhancement. The mistake people make is assuming that because something improves performance it must be better and therefore you want to use it all of the time. The fact is that equipment can either enhance good technique and fitness or cover up […]

October
15

A few weeks ago I received a mildly beat up 5-10 box in the mail, the kind that their shoes come in. I knew I had some shoes on the way so I thought there must be a pair in the box. I took it home and opened up, only to find a pair of […]

October
10

Last Wednesday an article ran on Pinkbike.com that caused some pretty big waves in the mountain bike community. Richard Cunningham, the technical editor for the site, wrote an in depth article spelling out his theory on why flat pedals, after enjoying several years of wins and podiums, have suddenly become almost absent from the top […]

September
26

I get a lot of questions from mountain bikers about how to keep their feet planted on their flat pedals and I have found that it usually boils down to 3 things – Shoes, Pedal Selection and Foot Placement. If even one of these things is wrong you will struggle to feel comfortable on your […]

September
12

I got some requests from people after my original Barefoot Pedaling post about how to pedal with the aid of the clipless interface. After thinking about it I realized it should be exactly how you run but clipless pedals allow you to change that natural rhythm. This video explains exactly how you should pedal, how […]

September
3

While this advice is being directed at flat pedal riders, the advice holds true for clipless pedal riders as well. In short, you do not need a stiff soled shoe when riding flat pedals. Most riders get confused on the subject because they assume that since clipless pedals have stiff soles, they need stiff soled […]

August
15

One of the most persistent myths in the mountain biking world surrounds the pedal stroke and goes something like this – without being attached to the pedals you can not use your hamstrings properly which forces you to rely too much on the quads the power the pedal stroke. By not being able to curl […]

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