Flat Pedals & Barefoot Pedaling

July
16

One of the biggest myths in the cycling world is the need to be on the ball of the foot on your pedals. We’re told that this leads to better pedaling power and agility on the bike so it’s easy to see why so many riders buy into this idea. But what if I told […]

May
21

As a mountain bike coach I often wondered why there seemed to be a disconnect between foot position on the bike and foot position in the gym. For a sport where we “needed” to be on the balls of our feet, in 13+ years of training riders I never had someone lift that way in […]

May
1

Foot pain is something that almost every rider deals with at some point.  And while the cycling industry has given us some solutions, the problems still don’t seem to get better on a permanent basis for a lot of riders. Sure, getting a bike fit or moving their cleats around can help the pain for […]

April
10

It’s been a crazy last few months with Pedaling Innovations. We were accepted into a business accelerator group earlier this year and the process of getting ready for it and getting started has taken a lot of my time. Which is why I wasn’t in touch sooner about being interviewed on the MTB Tribe podcast […]

January
26

Something I get asked a lot when it comes to foot position and pedal stroke is why do I care so much? I mean, am I just some ego maniac that needs the world to see everything like I do? Well, while that may be the case with some things, it isn’t what drives my […]

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 […]

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