How To Get More Grip From Your Pedals | Mountain Bike Maintenance

How To Get More Grip From Your Pedals | Mountain Bike Maintenance


– This video is all about
trying to find the right amount of grip between your
foot and the pedal you use, Both flat and clip-less pedals. (high-energy music) So flat pedals, I guess that’s the easiest one to start with. Obviously, you have a flat
shoe, so normal trainer, or a mountain bike shoe,
and if you’re trying to get that right amount of grip
between that and your flat pedal. With these crankbrothers Stamps, that actually come with
two different sizes. So, that is the really
down to your shoe size. Eight and above on UK sizes,
you go for the larger size. Below that, you go for the smaller size. That is quite important to get the right amount of
overlap, front and rear. After that, it’s all about
trying to dial these pins in, depending on your shoe. So, some people go for the
really soft, grippy soled shoes. Therefore, I think you
actually really want to run these pins quite low and
quite close to the pedal. If you start to pull ’em out too much and run ’em really high, you
actually get so much grip that if you occasionally
slide around on the pedal, like you will do on a really rough track, is they’re really difficult
to readjust your pedal. So, in that case,
there’s really soft shoes that actually wind these pins
quite low into the pedal. Okay, so to the clipless pedals, this does get slightly more complicated, depending on the brand of
pedal and shoe you have. Some have these pins,
much like the flat pedal. Again, you can sort of tweak in or out to get that feel on the
bottom of your sole. Also, we have these traction pads on these crankbrothers Mallet DHs. So, you can actually change
the width of those. At the moment I’ve got the stock ones in. You can actually slide those
out as I have done already. See that little plastic insert. So, you can get thinner
or thicker ones of those. Actually, that’s going to
give you a bit of friction between the sole of
your shoe and the pedal. If you don’t have those,
it’s all about really tweaking the setup from your cleat. Obviously, we’ve clipped this pedal so that spring retention
system is designed to keep your foot stuck to that pedal
for maximum pedaling power. So, you don’t particularly
need to mess around with you subtraction pads on your pins. However, personally, I like
to actually feel that pedal through my shoes still,
almost like a flat pedal. That really suits the downhill,
more aggressive riders. The disadvantage of having
these thick traction pads and your pins wound out too much is that you’ll get too much friction, that’ll actually make it harder
to clip out of that pedal. So, as you look closer at
the bottom of my shoe here, you can see some black marks
where those pins in the pedal dig in, and I get that nice feel. Like I said, I actually really like that, especially for cornering,
just be able to feel my pedal slightly run, feel like I’m
floating around above the pedal. Occasionally, you might
find with your shoe, depending on the brand, you
might actually have to trim the outside of this sort of cleat area, just so you don’t get too much
interference with the pedal. If it’s too tight and I
actually touch the pedal when it’s trying to clip in and out, you’ll find it really difficult. So, on this shoe I don’t, but occasionally you will have to do that. So, for different brands
of pedal, where you may not have the option of moving
the pins in or out, it’s all about trying to space that cleat in or out from the shoe to get that optimum amount of feel, ’cause if you put too many spacers in there, move that cleat away from the shoe. You might feel like you’re
actually sort of rattling around on top of that pedal, and
you just use the mechanism, rather than having any friction onto that pedal and shoe itself. That may suit cross-country riders
where you have a sort of hard-soled shoes, rather than
some rubber on the bottom. They tend to ride those
carbon-soled shoes. If you space it further in, you might just about start
to get some feel again. If you go too far in, you
take all the spacers out, you’re actually going to struggle
probably to get in or out. You might get some interference between the sole of that
shoe and your pedal. In my case here, I’m not running that plastic spacer here beneath the cleat. The cleat goes straight
to the bottom of the shoe, and then I’m just messing
around with these traction pads out of pins to get that
right amount of feel. So, there’s a few tips on
how to tweak your pedals to try setting them up perfectly for you. If you want to see more videos from GMBN, click my logo to subscribe,
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