Flat Pedals & Barefoot Pedaling

December
13

In October I had the chance to go to Bend Oregon for the Bend Outdoor Worx Venture Out Conference to talk about the Catalyst Pedal. I was part of the 9 people selected out of 40+ who applied to come and present in front of 450+ people about my business. When I had applied for […]

November
3

A few weeks ago I got the chance to go to Bend Oregon to present at the Venture Out Conference. Put on by the Bend Outdoor Worx business accelerator group, it is a contest where businesses in 3 different categories present on what they are doing to an audience of 400+ people. I had applied […]

July
19

On Monday I sent posted a new podcast covering the science and the movement principles behind the mid-foot position and why it is the best choice for you on the bike. And while I think I did a pretty good job of starting to shed some real light on this discussion, there is one particular […]

July
17

Some people may wonder why I care so much about foot position on the bike. I mean, does it really matter that much? Can’t we just ride what feels good and call it “personal preference”? Well, foot position does matters…a lot. Your foot is constantly sending feedback to the brain and it plays a huge […]

July
12

While the Catalyst Pedals continue to become more and more popular among riders who have actually tried them, not everyone “gets it” right away. Unfortunately, there are a few riders who have drawn hard conclusions about them despite never having spent any significant time on them. Which was exactly the case when I sent a […]

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 […]

April
10

One of the most common misconceptions about foot position on the bike is the need to be on the ball of your foot so you can use your legs properly to absorb impacts and land jumps. The usual train of thought goes that since you first contact the ground with the ball of the foot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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