A few months ago I wrote an article outlining why you don’t want to push through the ball of your foot when you pedal your bike. In it I explained how the foot functions two different ways depending on what kind of movement you are creating, and how pedaling a bike wasn’t like walking or running.
Looking at the pedal stroke from a movement based perspective instead of a mechanical/ engineering perspective, leads too two very different views of the pedal stroke, and how we want to train that pedal stroke both on and off the bike.
In other words, answering the question of how we pedal our bikes is central to how we will train to improve that pedal stroke. The logic sequence used to answer that question makes all the difference in the world.
Here is the funny thing though… that article actually started out as a video I shot that took on a life of its own. I had intended to write an intro for the video and by the time I was done, that intro became a standalone article that didn’t need the video at all.
And so I ran the article without the video. It was (mostly) well received and got all sorts of great feedback. It even ended up as a Must Read Post of the Week on Pinkbike maintaining the #2 spot most of that time.
But while the article did a great job of explaining why a more mid-foot position on the pedals is better, I know that some people are more visual learners and prefer videos. Moreover, I think the video does a great job of explaining the concept in ways an article can’t and so I wanted to post it as well.
So here is the video that actually came before the article explaining why pedaling your bike is not like running or walking, and how this in turn impacts the pedal stroke.
Like I mentioned earlier, how you pedal you bike is an important question to answer before you can truly understand how to improve your pedal stroke. If you are chasing the wrong model and trying to force an unnatural way of moving on the body it will lead to sub-par results and injuries.
But if you work with your body and apply its own natural strengths to the bike you can unleash your true potential and reduce wear and tear on the body as well. Apply the tips I shared in this video – and the article I wrote based on it – to your own training and riding and you’ll see what I mean.
Until next time…