In this podcast I cover...
Trackstands: The most under-rated skill in mountain biking.
- At its core this is the skill of balancing without any momentum.
- The slower you are going the more you need your slow speed balance.
- Skills like switchbacks, technical climbs and rock gardens all require this skill.
- Allows you to use skill instead of momentum and luck.
- Easy to improve/ One of the best uses of your “off trail” training time.
- Make sure you work both feet forward.
Are flat pedals bad for your knees/ role of float in clipless pedals.
- Your leg and foot don’t create energy in a straight line, they use a spiral motion where the foot “screws” into and off what it is on.
- This movement is in relation to the ground/ what you foot is on.
- When you strap the foot to the pedal and restrict its movement in relation to the pedal then your knees will blow up from this lack of rotation.
- Putting float in clipless pedals allows a little rotation before you unclip, allowing the foot to rotate a little and taking stress of the knee.
- On a flat pedal your feet aren't restricted in relation to the pedal and so it can create that screwing motion into the pedal.
- This is the more natural way for your foot to function and captures the rotational energy the foot and leg produces.
- This is why people with knee problems often see improvement when switching to flats despite the lack of “float”.
- Float is a solution to strapping your foot to the pedal, which is a product of the unstable forces going into the pedal.
- Your foot doesn’t need or want “float” as you find it in no other sport or situation.
- If you fix the problem of the unstable energy through a pedal like the Catalyst Pedal then you don’t need to strap your foot on the pedal in the first place.
Sense Of Motion Shoes
- Small operation making shoes in Montrose CO.
- Foot healthy shoes.
- Light and breathable.
- Dry quickly.
- Just enough sticky rubber to do the job, especially on Catalyst Pedals.
Until next time...