- Flat pedals and how to keep your feet on them.
Long time SPD user here who has just switched to flats. So far loving them, but struggling drops anything over 1′ and little jumps, my feet keep floating off the bike.
Is there a technique for keeping your feet on the pedals when dropping or in the air ? Otherwise loving the freedom of flats I have to say.
Cheers all!Posted 5 years agoMSPSubscriber
Forward foot heel down, rear foot heel up, doesn’t have to be much to create grip. Also keep the pedal axle more under the arch of the foot rather than the forefoot.
And realistically the pedals won’t move away from your foot unless you do something to push them away, so don’t!Posted 5 years agomattbeeSubscriber
I went from 15 years of SPD use to flats last year.Sticky shoes help. Also pedal choice. Was amazed how much more grip DMR v8 have over Crank Bros 50/50 for example.Posted 5 years ago
Try and keep your heels down and don’t pull up with your feet, more back and up. sort of like scooping the bike up, if that makes sense?
Took me a month of riding before I got used to them but I think I prefer flats now, even on longer rides.smiffMember
don’t worry you will adapt. drop heels and bend knees. heavy feet, light hands. constantly push bike into ground. you’ll be tired at first you’re using different muscles. easier to start on an FS if you have one. SPDs have taught you bad things, i had this big time after 10 years on SPDs. still sometimes forget and get a painful reminder..Posted 5 years agomartinhurtonMember
Everytime I get on my mates bike with flats I end up with bruised shins or calves, and that’s in the carpark! Going from SPD’s to flats is horrible in my opinion. Makes you realise how often you pull up on the pedal, not just for jumping but when standing to sprint etc.
Guess you’ll get used to it. Dunno why you’d want to though ❓Posted 5 years agobaldmanMember
You’re not alone on this! Just started using flats after 10+ years on spd’s and it’s taking some getting used to! I’m still pulling up with my feet sometimes (well trying to). Never been a good jumper even with the help of spd’s so this year I thought I’d make an effort to try and learn!Posted 5 years agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
I think that growing up in the first BMX era has really helped me here. Even after years of using no thing but SPDs, I found that, when I returned to flats, I had no problem because I don’t think I ever came to rely on being clipped in to help me ‘lift’ the bike.
I like the description of pushing into the pedal like using a trampoline.Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Jedi do you mean in front of the axel? FWIW I think, and I have been known to be wrong, that sticky shoes are a red herring. If you need them then you are doing it wrong. Like others say, press down through the pedals on take off, let the bike come up to you and it’s all very natural from there. I think you naturally point your toes and direct the bike. What I’ve seen people who are long term SPD’ers do is try to life the bike with their feet.
Anyway giving skills advice on the Internet is like trying to pull a girl by telling her how well you can wheelie. One of the good skills guys will be able to see what you do wrong in a second and put it right.Posted 5 years agogravity-slaveMember
MSP has it, you need to ‘v’ your feet in order to generate grip. Drop leading heel not both.
Photos in here illustrate it a bit:Posted 5 years ago
highly recommend crc for some Sombrio mtb shoes. been riding with a knackered pair of Reef or Vans for years and finally invested. after resisting spending £60-70 on 510 or 661 filters the sombrio at £40 were a bargain and have made every ride since a lot more fun and the feeling of stability and being planted on the pedal is great. so i imagine this will help acclimatise to flats from spds.Posted 5 years ago
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