Barefoot Pedaling Posture and Standing Pedaling

Here is a video I shot on how to assess if you have the functional movement and strength to tap into proper Barefoot Pedaling technique and how to apply it specifically to standing pedaling. If you’ve tried standing to pedal more and find that you spin out more on climbs this is a must see…

Barefoot Standing Pedaling

-James Wilson-

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  1. Joe says:

    Great video James. Very informative. Below is what I picked up as the highlights..
    (1) – Make sure you are flexible enough in the hips (a 2 or 3 rating on your demonstrated exc)
    (2) – Make sure your core is strong enough. ( a 1.5 to 2.0 body weight deadlift as a gauge)
    (3) – Make sure you get long when standing and create a platform to drive with, not use your body weight. In the example, it appears that you are not standing straight up pedaling, but a slight lean forward with your back straight and driving with your feet, not rocking back and forth but ‘hovering”.

    Reply • August 25 at 6:49 am
    • bikejames says:

      Pretty much sums it up…

      Reply • August 26 at 10:01 am
  2. Ole says:


    I got the point and loved the video.. Might be because Ive followed James db combo for a while and have become much better at climbing 🙂

    Reply • August 27 at 1:28 am
  3. Bill says:

    I liked the video as you explained the body posture and logic in detail. I believe you could be even more effective demonstrating how riders should position themselves if you use a bike to demonstrate it. I’d appreciate it as a rider. Tks!

    Reply • October 1 at 10:03 pm
    • bikejames says:

      In the works. I need a camera guy for action shots and mine has been busy lately but we’re getting together soon. Thanks for taking the time to watch and for the suggestion.

      Reply • October 2 at 7:57 am
  4. Max Jansons says:

    Great video.
    It really came together for me on the trail today. I really think the key for me was emphasizing my weight in my feet and really driving the pedals. I really felt like I was using my body in a much more effective way, incorporating more of my leg muscles.
    While when I first came across this site I was a doubter about standing and pedaling for prolonged periods of time. Now, I actually find it easier and more comfortable than staying seated and perching on the nose of the saddle.

    Reply • November 20 at 2:26 pm
  5. Tracy says:

    Thanks yet again for this video. I am just getting ready to invest in some flat pedals because I am interested in working on my pedaling technique. This information will help me to focus on good form from the start as I haven’t used flats since I was a kid.

    Reply • July 31 at 7:45 am
  6. Mike says:

    Thanks man! I had always wondered about how the relation of the dead lift pertained to mountain biking. Now I’m excited to get out on the trail and start utilizing those techniques!

    Reply • February 7 at 11:18 pm
  7. While I have never been a standing pedaling hater, this does help me see it in a new light.

    Reply • March 4 at 10:02 pm

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