- Flats – foot positioning
Whatever feels right for you really but your ankle’s a relatively weak joint so the further forward it is, the more leverage you’re placing on it- which is one thing if you’re clipped in, but if your ankle softens too much on a landing your foot’s going off the back of the pedal in a hurry.
Under the ball feels better to me when climbing but I’m unconvinced that it really is… It doesn’t seem to matter much either way tbh. But for descending, heels down and pedals in the arch is best IMO, strong and securePosted 5 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Axle a bit behind the ball of the foot for uphill and downhill and everywhere. If you think of pedalling in terms of deadlifting rather than running (muscle utilisation is much more like the former than the latter) then it makes physiological sense.
Imagine gripping the peddals with your toes, like an eagle riding a bike.
I’m sorry but WTF?!! This is just weird. Mind you, I’ve seen MBR giving similar ‘advice’ on bunny hopping…Posted 5 years agogravity-slaveMember
Just don’t drop both heels equally – your soles end up parallel again and no increased grip.
If you drop your leading heel more than your trailing one, you can make a ‘v’ with your feet and push outwards to generate far more grip.
Dropping your trailing heel also moves your weight to the rear.
In fact my trailing foot tends to be toes pointed, a bit like these guys, but easier to see as I’m slower…
Posted 5 years agoxiphonMember
How about you don’t think too much about it?
The more you start worrying about your body position, foot position, attack position, elbow position, knee position, saddle position, blah blah blah…. then less you’re concentrating on riding your bicycle in what feels the most natural way for the terrain under your wheels.
No idea how my feet sit on the pedals, they constantly change as required… my clips are quite loose, so my feet are not in a fixed position.
(Somebody will soon be along to tell me a coaching course will sort that out, and I’m doing it all wrong… 😉 )Posted 5 years ago
To my mind one of the benefits of flats is the freedom of foot positioning they allow. So I’d agree with what others have said – don’t over think it. Though FWIW my feet are in pretty much the same place as in spuds most of the time, possibly a bit further forward if its gnarly (rad, sick etc).Posted 5 years agomainmonkeykingMember
GrAvity slave has the right answer. So too does xiphon. I rode spds for many years and changed to flats when I moved away from pure xc stuff to riding north shore and the like. I found that flats taught me to understand how to handle my bike again. Spds are good but they made me forget the basics like hopping, foot placement, etc. Flats = skill, spd = efficiencyPosted 5 years agoenfhtMember
SPDs offroad makes me laugh and point. Totally pointless unless you’re a delusional tarmac licker. Fact.
And don’t believe the crap about “needing” sticky soled flats, gravity still works when you’re on your bike.
Place your foot wherever you like, just don’t jump or bunny hop on your tippy toes.Posted 5 years ago
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