Last week’s pedal winner, KJ Romero’s Old Town Road Parody and FAQ about using your ankles

The weather continues to be great for riding. It’s heating up during the day, which means hitting the trails in the morning is the way to go. One of the best things about riding season for us is all of the great photos that are shared by riders out having fun on the Catalyst Pedal! Last Friday’s photo winner had some great shots on what looked to be a beautiful ride! Congratulations again to @chainsaws.n.bikes on Instagram for winning a pair of pedals.

Remember, if you want to be the next winner, all you need to do is post a picture of the Catalyst Pedal and tag us or use the hashtags #pedalinginnovations or #catalystpedals.

If you didn’t get the chance to see BMX Pro KJ Romero’s Old Town Road Parody, be sure to check it out. It’s a great clip and we loved that he’s got the Catalyst pedals on his ride!

Keep sharing those pictures and tagging us. We love seeing the adventures you are going on and share them daily.

As more and more riders are getting out on the tracks, trails and roads with the Catalyst pedal, we received more and more questions about riding with them. One that seems to have come up a lot lately is “Don’t I need my ankles to help smooth out bumps on the trail/ act as extra suspension?
Here’s James’ answer: I’m not going to argue about someone’s personal riding style and preference. However, as a strength coach I know that a more stable foot allows the rest of the body to relax and move better which will more than make up for a few lost inches of movement out of your ankles.
Using your ankles as extra suspension can also result in an ankle getting snapped back and sprained (I’ve been there before myself).
I’d also like to point out that most pedals are set up for you to be on the ball of the foot, so it’s hard to say what someone’s preference would be on pedals that changed the platform and balance points.
Without support under the back of the arch it also makes it harder to recruit the hips, which are the largest shock absorbers in the lower body. Trading off some potential suspension from your ankles for suspension from your hips is a bad trade-off from a performance standpoint as well.
If you feel that it works for you and aren’t interested in trying something new that could be better, that’s fine but that technique certainly isn’t “right” and there are some arguments against it.

That’s it for now. Keep posting those picture and videos and tagging us in them!

Thank you for the continued support and Ride Strong,

James Wilson
Pedaling Innovations
“I wanted to get in some longer rides before posting. So far I have done two 20 milers, two 30 milers and two 40 milers plus I use my bike to commute to work. Result – I absolutely love them!
Background – I used to run long distsance (1 ultra, 11 marathons & 19 half) but I’m pronated and the doctors say I may never run without pain again, so I’ve taken up biking. Still when I rode over 20 miles I would get a pain in my arch. So when I saw a review in Adventure Cycling I thought I would give them a try. After 400 miles I have had absolutely no arch pain what so ever. Also, I’m getting more power up hills.”

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