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    Tips for staying on your pedals?

    Can anyone give me some tips or a tutorial on how to stay on my pedals and not fall off when hucking it off a jump,going down stairs, and just overall tips for staying on my pedals. DON'T TELL ME TO BUY CLIP-LESS PEDALS. But would clip pedals help?

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    superglue works awesome.

    seriously though, ive found the biggest thing is just committing. if you hit it unsure about yourself you will bail. nice pedals and shoes never hurt either.

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    Platform pedals, mostly one with a good amount of pins (like 12 on each side of the pedal) can help you a lot... You can try to keep the crank arms parallel to the ground while pushing on the pedals backward with your foot to kinda stick your shoe into the pins... Try also not to jump with the rear of the bike if you are trying to roll over a big obstacle (a rock, for example), because the bike suspension might send you airborne when decompressing... But I think the best thing to do is really to stick your shoes in the pedal's pins by pushing backward and you should be good... Even me I get butt hurt sometime... But I dunno about clipless... never tried them and not really interested...

    I have the DMR V-8 pedals for my trail bike and they grip good... they are $30 for the pair and they are very nice. But they sure is better pedals... it's just my budget.

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    For me, the trick is to load the bike as you hit the bottom of the jump. Dont huck the bike off the jump, just let the loaded suspension take you over and off the feature.

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    Well seeing as I'm riding on the stock Giant Revel 2 plastic pedals with no pins, pretty much anything should be an upgrade and help me out.

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    Try lowering your seat also, so you can let the bike rise up with you.
    Otherwise the seat could come up and hit your butt and bounce away from your feet!

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    Keep your feet on the pedals! Haha...

    It's already been stated but I'll back it up....

    Get a larger platform with plenty of pins... Also try some skate shoes or a shoe with flat bottoms.

    I ride in hiking boots and never had a problem though...
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    straitline + 5.10 or teva links

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    Btw, why does pedal that require your shoe to clip in are called clip-LESS ? Just wondering and Google was kinda boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat46734 View Post
    DON'T TELL ME TO BUY CLIP-LESS PEDALS. But would clip pedals help?
    ??? Clipless pedals are pedals that you clip in with spd cleats and shoes. It is the same thing.

    Unless you mean toe clips?
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    I use the Rove by Answer, a bit pricey but I like'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Btw, why does pedal that require your shoe to clip in are called clip-LESS ? Just wondering and Google was kinda boring.

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    Clipped pedals refer to the older style flat pedals with the strap that went around the top of your foot that were called toe clips.

    When the SPD pedal came out it was referred to as the clip less pedal as there was no longer a toe clip.

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    He is riding plastic pedals.....
    If you are on a budget just go to you Sports Challet, LBS, and yes.... Wallmart, and get some 'alloy platform pedals. Nice step up from plastics
    Ruder than you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Btw, why does pedal that require your shoe to clip in are called clip-LESS ? Just wondering and Google was kinda boring.

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    This is a long running naming pet peeve for many people. Traditionally, there were flat pedals and flat pedals with toe clips (straps). Then came clip-less pedals, which use cleats and specific shoes. Since they didn't have toe clips, they were referred to as clip-less pedals.

    For the OP, as others have suggested some nice pedals with lots of pins and some sticky skate shoes will really help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufusdesign View Post
    Clipped pedals refer to the older style flat pedals with the strap that went around the top of your foot that were called toe clips.

    When the SPD pedal came out it was referred to as the clip less pedal as there was no longer a toe clip.

    Hey thanks bud.

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    So goto my local lbs and find some cheap ($20) pedals and then is it ok if i rock my tennis shoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat46734 View Post
    Can anyone give me some tips or a tutorial on how to stay on my pedals and not fall off when hucking it off a jump,going down stairs, and just overall tips for staying on my pedals. DON'T TELL ME TO BUY CLIP-LESS PEDALS. But would clip pedals help?
    Sounds like you just need more seat time. Try working on your bunny hops as much as possible. You'll quickly learn how to keep your feet on the pedals by moving with your bike.

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    Ya a while ago I was trying to bunny hop but I'm not too comfortable with it and I'm only about to hop about two inches half the time. Which technique should I use to bunny hop? (pop up my fork and push back on the pedals to lift up my bike OR pop up my fork and then transfer my weight to the front)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat46734 View Post
    Ya a while ago I was trying to bunny hop but I'm not too comfortable with it and I'm only about to hop about two inches half the time. Which technique should I use to bunny hop? (pop up my fork and push back on the pedals to lift up my bike OR pop up my fork and then transfer my weight to the front)
    Load the fork and then pull it up off the ground. Start with your wrists and do the wave all the way down to your ankles Really... rotate your wrists forward as the bars reach their crest and the motion really does flow like "the wave" until the rear wheel is off the ground too.

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    Mountain Dew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat46734 View Post
    But would clip pedals help?
    Yes.

    But I am one of the retards that rides or has ridden clipped in for BMX, XC, road, DH, DH racing, commuting......everything but playtime on the 20" at the skatepark.

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    mrbigisbudgood you looks a good racer..?
    do you have any awards gain in this field.?
    Many thanks for the post.

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    I'd say the problem of the orginal poster is a combination of technique and bad pedals. It's hard to comment on your technique without seeing what you're doing, but a good mantra to follow is heavy feet, light hands (see: leelikesbikes.com). As for pedals, I would get something metal, but they also sell plastic pedals with decent pins (though the plastic pins will wear out faster). Soft-soled shoes are probably also a good idea, as others have mentioned.

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    but a good mantra to follow is heavy feet, light hands

    THIS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat46734 View Post
    Ya a while ago I was trying to bunny hop but I'm not too comfortable with it and I'm only about to hop about two inches half the time. Which technique should I use to bunny hop? (pop up my fork and push back on the pedals to lift up my bike OR pop up my fork and then transfer my weight to the front)
    Go to the beginners corner forum and look for the bunny hop tutorial video at the top of the page. Do what he says and it will help you overall with staying attached to the pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53119 View Post
    but a good mantra to follow is heavy feet, light hands

    THIS.
    The most important part there is clear head.

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    pull the bike up to you when you jump and keep your pedals level. dont just let the bike hang with your legs and arms straight

    you want to look like this



    and these are $27

    Wellgo LU-A52 Flat Pedals at Price Point


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    Ok, depending on how much I get paid for mowing a lawn and how much money I scrape together, I'll try to goto my local bike shops and find some decent pedals. Thanks for all the help. On the above picture, is that for bunny hopping of a jump or will that allow me to bunny hop on flat ground?

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    Clipless pedal dont have clips. They have locks. The lock doesnt clip in, it locks onto the cleats on clipless shoes.

    A pen has a clip, a hair clip is a clip, compare those to a toe clip which slips in and out. Clipless pedals dont function the same way.

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    Get those wellgos to start. Something with a good amount of replaceable pins(at least 8 per side more is better.) Save up for some 5.10 shoes. Tennis shoes aren't the best but 5.10s look good too so you can wear them around like normal shoes if you want.

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    The biggest improvement when I was starting was getting a good pair of shoes. I've used 5-10 for the past 2 years riding downhill. I've only just got clips to use I my xc/am bike but yet to try them.

    5-10 made a big improvement to my riding.

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    I have found that the biggest help to me was believing that my feet would stay on the pedals. I wear Vans and use Crank Brother 5050 (which suck). As far as bunny hopping goes, look at j-hopping. I find that technique much easier.

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    keep your heals down and push into your pedals, really just keep your heals down and learn to feel if your pedals are pushing against your shoes if not push into them, if so your good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nauc View Post
    pull the bike up to you when you jump and keep your pedals level. dont just let the bike hang with your legs and arms straight

    you want to look like this



    and these are $27

    Wellgo LU-A52 Flat Pedals at Price Point

    THIS is the best answer - way too many beginners don't get this and send it with stiff arms/legs and lose their grip on the pedals when airborne. I keep my heels down tho (rather than pedals level) as does the rider in the photo.

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    Great Pic. I agree that this is the perfect position. Just a note however, the rider here is riding clpiless pedals. Whatever pedals you choose proper technique and practice is going to make the difference

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    no, you want to look like this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fotu View Post
    no, you want to look like this.
    Excpect without the skinny girl jeans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheRed View Post
    Excpect without the skinny girl jeans.
    And with a damn helmet on.

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    I know you dont want to be told clipless, but I have to ask why the aversion to them? just a cost thing? sheer terror? there is a learning curve, then they are great

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    my suggestion would be to clip in and stop hitting jumps. Seriously who asks this?
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    I dont want to ride clipless because of a cost thing. The pedals and shoes (even if I could find them together for $100) is money that I would rather spend on other upgrades.

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    Yeah, I forgot how important clothes are on this stupid forum.

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    Its Chase Hawk, he doesn't need a helmet. Have you ever heard this guy talk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
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    Pedals? This whole thread and pedals? To me it is simply Newton. If your center of gravity is going a different direction or vector from the bikes cg you will have a hard time keeping your feet on the pedals. Having your feet locked in will help as you can shift your weight in the air thus rotating about your cg using your bike as leverage, but keeping bike cg and body cg in line on launch will make things much easier. In the end. What someone else said earlier,..." Just commit to it" to lazy to quote or spell correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmountain View Post
    I had some Mountain Dew today on lunch...ended up jumping my Subaru half way across the parking lot.
    Know how I know you only drank 6 ounces?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3green View Post
    Pedals? This whole thread and pedals? To me it is simply Newton. If your center of gravity is going a different direction or vector from the bikes cg you will have a hard time keeping your feet on the pedals. Having your feet locked in will help as you can shift your weight in the air thus rotating about your cg using your bike as leverage, but keeping bike cg and body cg in line on launch will make things much easier. In the end. What someone else said earlier,..." Just commit to it" to lazy to quote or spell correctly.
    I agree that it's not about the pedals. Good pedals can't hurt, but if your technique is poor, good pedals aren't going to help, either.

    But, you and your body are not independent projectiles - you don't have to depend on their initial trajectories to keep your feet on the pedals. Bunny-hopping is all about pulling the bike toward your body. Keeping your feet on the pedals while your CG and the bike's CG are moving in different directions is actually not hard.

    When you're airborne, pull up and forward with your hands. From flat ground you can pull the bike up into the air this way. Getting your body moving upward is the hard part - pulling the bike up with you is the easy part:

    1) ride forward at a moderate speed
    2) get low and centered
    3) spring upward into a 'wheelie' position as aggressively as you can: use your legs to push the rear wheel down / push your body upward, and use your arms to pull the bars toward your waist.
    5) when your legs are fully extended, use your arms to pull the bars up and forward, and bring your feet upward at the same time.
    6) the bike should rise off the ground, pulled by your arms and guided into position by your feet.
    7) pull the bike toward you and level it out - you should be just like at step 2, but airborne.
    8) extend your arms and legs again
    9) land - rear-wheel first or both at once, it doesn't really matter while your learning
    10) absorb the landing with your legs

    It's easiest on a hardtail but you can do it on a full-suspension bike too. When you can do this consistently on flat ground, keeping your feet on the pedals over jumps and drops will be easy. You just have to do a little bit of #5 while you're airborne, and #7 will follow.

    I point my toes down a little bit, to help my feet stay stuck while my arms pull forward, so I was surprised to see the advice above about keeping the pedals level or keeping heels down. But I don't think it matters much, since it really about what you do with your arms more than anything else.

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    If you go down faster than your bike, you should be ok. If you find that your bike goes down faster than you, try 1) getting a lighter bike or 2) putting on some weight/wearing heavier shoes or steel-toed work boots.

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