New Podcast – Finding the right problem is the first part of the solution.

One of the recurring themes in my life lately is the need to identify the right problem before you can come up with the right solution. Sometimes we think the problem is one thing and work like crazy to find answer to it only to be frustrated over and over again because we were seeing the wrong thing.

From life to training to riding your bike, it is all one big series of “problems” to solve with physical and mental tools you have available. But you only know the right tools to develop when you know the problem to solve.

The reason I bring this up is that “find the right problem to solve” became the theme of this episode of the BikeJames Podcast. By shedding some light on a new way to look at some common problems we face on the bike and in the gym I hope I can help you come up with better solutions to them.

In this episode I share some thoughts on…

Training: Horizontal Loading vs. Vertical Loading: What is it and which is better for improving hip movement on the bike.

Skills: Pressure vs. Weight for Standing Climbing: Why you don’t need or want you butt on the seat for traction.

Bro Science: Functional Threshold Power vs. Intermittent Power to predict XC race results: Does improving your FTP improve your MTB?

Equipment: Angles 90: Great training tool for chin ups and deadlifts.

You can stream or download this episode by clicking the link below. You can also find  the BikeJames Podcast on Itunes and Podbean.

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I hope you enjoy this episode and get some new perspective on the problem how to improve your power, endurance and skills on your bike. I’ll be in touch next week with a new video showing how standing climbing makes it easier to navigate technical climbs.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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  1. Vinay says:

    Hi James, I’m trying to make my activities a bit more diverse. I love riding bikes but on a regular weekday I already ride 90min to 2hrs just to go to work, shops etc so I already made my mtb/bmx riding pretty much standing and explosive only. I don’t feel the need for even more steady seated pedaling. Other regular activities are running (trail), mountain unicycling and some of your strength and mobility practices. I’ve got a slackline but never managed to practice this consistently (just makes for a good tool for isometric training) so this weekend I’m going to make something in the backyard so that I can practice proper slacklining right there. I looked on the manufacturer website ( and they actually have a load of fitness/therapy instructions there as well on how to get stronger, more balanced and more aware just using slacklines. It seems to make sense to me but I’m curious what your thoughts are on this. I’ll practice walking on these anyway just for fun but if you think the exercises are good I’ll introduce those are well. After all, why do pushups on flat ground if you can also do them on a slackline? Of course I’d also love to hear it if you think these exercises are to be avoided (and why that would be). Thanks!

    Reply • August 15 at 2:01 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I think that balance training is very specific to the modality, meaning that training on the slackline will get you better at training on the slackline but won’t have a lot of transfer to other things. I think that adding it in for fun and variety are a great idea but I wouldn’t switch over a lot of training time to it.

      I’ll actually be covering the subject of balance training on the next podcast so thanks for the question!

      Reply • August 21 at 12:48 pm

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