standing pedaling

January
5

You know, I’m really starting to like these guys at Global Cycling Network. This is twice now that they have unwittingly proved things I’ve been saying for years with their GCN Does Science video series. The mountain biking world is full of myths and half-truths that end up holding riders back and the lie that […]

May
2

Yesterday I went for a ride with my trusty trail mutt Aka and my riding buddy Pete. We hit Butter Knife, which is a super fun trail with some of the best single track in this area. It is technically challenging and it ends with a 45+ minute ride back up a jeep road to […]

March
10

As you probably know I have some different views on mountain biking compared to most “experts”. From the value of flat pedals to the ridiculousness of spending hours on a road bike to improve your mountain bike conditioning I try to get riders to stop and think about things, if only for a second. Standing […]

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 […]

November
11

Have you ever heard that little voice in the back of your head that told you that you should or shouldn’t go for something on your bike? You’re not sure exactly where it comes from but you get a gut feeling about your abilities, and often these hunches turn out to be true. It is […]

October
16

The deep squat pattern is very important for us as mountain bikers. Besides being a fundamental movement pattern that will serve you well off the bike, it is also essential for strong standing pedaling posture. In fact, improving the squat pattern is one of the most important things you can do to help you get […]

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 […]

July
29

  I wanted to share this new video I shot this weekend showing you how to instantly improve your standing pedaling balance and traction by understanding how to best use your hips. Through the power of bad stick figure drawings I’ll show you exactly what to do when you stand up and when traction start […]

July
24

One of the best ways to improve your standing pedaling power on the trail is to work on the fundamental movement patterns behind it in the gym. Few exercises do this as well as the Reverse Lunge and it is a great exercise for anyone looking to improve their lower body strength and power on […]

July
22

Most mountain bikers don’t realize how important their bike set up is for standing climbing. In fact, a lot of what most riders feel as standing climbing being “hard” is really your bike set up making it that way. The irony is that these bike fit tips will also help your skills as well – […]

June
28

As you probably know I have some different views on mountain biking compared to most “experts”. From the value of flat pedals to the ridiculousness of spending hours on a road bike to improve your mountain bike conditioning I try to get riders to stop and think about things, if only for a second. Funny […]

June
17

One of the biggest myths in mountain biking is that seated pedaling is better than standing pedaling. This advice is usually given in the form of “sit down as much as you can and only stand up when you have to”. There are a lot of reasons given for this advice from not tiring yourself […]

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