top of page

Quick Tip #24 – How To Choose The Right Pedal When You Are Starting Out Mountain Biking

Hey there Roddo from Sports Adventure again with another quick tip.

Today I just wanted to talk through pedals.

You are probably aware there are a swag of different options for pedals when you are starting out mountain biking.

Most people start out with a toe strap. Something pretty basic, pretty straightforward something you can wear with a casual pair of joggers and is the first intro to really getting used to riding off-road with your feet connected to the pedals on the bike.

You can have these setup in a couple of different ways.

From there after you experience a little bit more you might want to move to a clipless system

This system requires a specific mountain bike shoe with a cleat in the sole of the shoe that connects into the pedal and locks you in to the pedal.

To remove your foot from the pedal it’s a simple action to push your heel to the outside of the bike. That then frees your foot and the cleat from the pedal system. But it does take a bit of getting used to.

We have all heard the stories and seen our mates out on the trails – new pair of shoes, new pedals – trying to get the hang of it for the first time, don’t quite clip out quick enough at a difficult section and the next thing you know they’re on the ground everyone’s laughing having a ball.

Good fun though it may bruise the ego but you may end up in a difficult situation until you get used to those.

My suggestion first up start out with a pair of toe clips just to get going and progress from there.

Thanks guys have a great day I know I will.

Stay tuned tomorrow for you next quick tip.

For more great mountain biking information visit

So keep in touch and get out on the trails.

About The Author

Rod Bucton, mountain bike fanatic from Mid North Coast, New South Wales Australia…discover the shortcuts to mountain biking for beginners and while you’re at it follow Rod on Facebookor Instagram.

Like any sport, bicycling involves risk of injury and damage. By choosing to ride a bicycle, you assume the responsibility for that risk, so you need to know — and to practice — the rules of safe and responsible riding and of proper use and maintenance. Proper use and maintenance of your bicycle reduces risk of injury.

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page