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In this episode of the Mountain Bikes Apart podcast, we discuss arguably one of the most important contact points on your bike, which are the pedals.
With a few different types of pedal on the market, we talk about the pros and cons of each and what type of rider each one is suited to. We’ll also recommend some of the best products out there, so that you can make the best choice for your riding style and ability level.
Flats vs clipless
Colin and I start off by discussing the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of pedals on the market, namely flat pedal and clipless pedals.
What seems clear is that beginner mountain bikers should start out with flat pedals rather than launching straight into using clipless.
The first reason is that flat pedals help you learn the right way to lift the bike over obstacles, bunny hop etc, without just relying on pulling the bike up with your feet attached.
Secondly, it can be quite daunting riding off-road being attached to the bike, and so you want to get comfortable with the trails themselves before introducing clipless pedals into the equation!
We also briefly talk about cage pedals or rat-traps, which aren’t seen much nowadays, but could be a good stepping stone between flats and clipless, to get you used to the feeling of being attached to the bike.
Getting comfortable clipped in
We then move on to talk more about clipless pedals, their benefits and how to get started with them. It’s obvious that for XC racers, that clipless is really the only choice, and that the performance advantages in terms of power transfer are huge.
To get started with clipless pedals, it’s important to make sure that you can get out of them easily and that they aren’t causing you any injuries, which can be fairly common if setup incorrectly.
A good way to go is to choose something like the Crank Brothers Candy or Mallet pedals, which offer lateral float and also a platform to help you engage the pedal easier when locating the cleat. This float allows your foot to mind it’s own optimal position, which helps negate knee pain that can come from being completely locked in.
Choosing your shoes
Footwear choice goes hand in hand with the pedals you use, and Colin and I discuss some of our favourites. As exclusively a clipless pedal user, I use Sidi’s range of shoes as I find them extremely comfortable, tough and very stiff for maximum power transfer.
Colin lets us know about how impressed he’s been with his Five Ten shoes, which are the Greg Minnaar signature edition. These shoes, with their super tacky sole stick to the pins on flat pedals excellently, making for a fantastic combo.
It seems that more often than not, those trail riders that have tried flat pedals and not had a good experience, simply haven’t tried a good set of pedals. With the right pairing of shoes, flats will be grippy enough for almost every kind of all-mountain rider.
Clipless makes sense when raw speed and performance are paramount, or when you’ve developed the necessary skills to handle a bike on flat pedals.
Get in touch!
Do let us know if you liked this episode and if you’ve got any ideas for future episodes, get in contact with Colin (@colinmcgray) or myself (@bytombell) on Twitter!
Stay tuned for the next episode coming very soon.
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This is going to have to be a very hastily written Dollop, as the Folk Awards are about to commence in the next hour, and I doubt I'd get away with typing up a Dollop while sitting in the ceremony. However, if you see me on the TV typing on my laptop, or even worse, muttering the audio Dollop into a digital recorder, then you know that this project has really driven me insane, to the point where I'm willing to sabotage a BBC awards ceremony and in the process ensure that we'll never be invited back again. So apologies if this Dollop is a bit short and not very interesting or entertaining. At least I provided you with an amazing stream of consciousness blog yesterday all about sandwiches, which will clearly more than make up for any shortfall today.
I am sitting at the bottom of a staircase in one of the bars in the Royal Albert Hall. Everyone else is drinking around me, but I am resolutely keeping this challenge going. You see Dad, there's no need to worry about my mental health, and that I'm spending all my life preoccupied about blogging. The good news is that these Dollops are stopping me from drinking, thus being good for both my mental and physical health. I mean, chances are that this challenge will eventually end up driving me to drink and becoming a full-blown alcoholic, but the good news is that, at least for now, it's resulting in me drinking a lot less.
We arrived at the Royal Albert Hall with about ten minutes to spare. We then had to go through security checks before they believed who we were and that we were actually meant to be on the Simon Mayo show. They asked us lots of questions. It seemed like we were going to end up missing our spot as a result of being held up by the security staff. I did try suggesting to the security staff that they could verify that we were The Young'uns by locating our website, which would surely take a lot less time than all of the phoning through to different departments, which was what was currently happening. I thought that this made perfect sense, but it probably just made me sound arrogant. To be honest, I was probably looking rather suspicious, as I was carrying a big bag containing my laptop and other electronic equipment in order to do the Dollop.
Eventually we were allowed through with just five minutes to spare. We were ushered into a waiting room where we saw our good friends The Unthanks, who had just been on the show. We loudly and enthusiastically greeted each other, at which point a harassed producer came running in waving her hands at us and whispering for us to keep the noise down. It took us a few seconds to realise this as we were too busy chattering away and hugging each other, plus she was whispering, so we didn't really hear her. The reason for her whispering and waving was because she was trying to get us to keep the noise down. The three of us hadn't realised that the studio was literally next door, and apparently, according to the whispering producer, we could be heard in the studio and would be able to be heard on the radio. In fairness to the three of us, we didn't know that the studio was so close to where we were, but The Unthanks were aware of this because they'd just been on the show, so if there is anyone from the Simon Mayo team reading this, I hope you can see that the fault clearly lies with the Unthanks and not us.
A minute later we were whisked into the studio, which was literally next-door, so it's likely that the producer wasn't exaggerating about us being audible on the radio. We were warned by the producer that we literally would only have two minutes in which to do the briefest of chats and then sing. Baring in mind that the song was 1 minute 40, the chat would have to be very brief. However, when at 557, Simon went to the traffic news, the line wasn't working, meaning that they came to us earlier than planned. Whether this had anything to do with me or not I cannot say. Whether I happened to use one of the electronic bits of equipment housed in my bag in order to jam the studio line and thus buy us more radio time, I cannot say. But it worked a treat, and we ended up getting 2 minutes thirty seconds on the air as a result, which was well worth the days of electronic research and tinkering, or, I mean, it would have been worth it, if I had actually been responsible for the traffic being curtailed; which I am not divulging.
If you want to know how our Simon Mayo appearance went, then give it a listen. We're on at 557. Or have a listen from 550, and see if you can hear the sounds of us and The Unthanks shouting away in the background.
At the time of writing, we are currently the holders of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for best group. What will the next few hours bring? Tune in to BBC radio 2 from 7pm today to find out.
This week is part 2 of Stuart MacPhersons request with Clint Eastwood being the link. In this episode Trevor forgets Smithys Birthday and they also discuss Dirty Harry.
The amount of bread we have eaten on this tour is ridiculous. We get up and leave first thing in the morning, and there isn't really time to sit down and eat anywhere, and so we just grab a sandwich. Getting a salad would be more preferable and healthier, but the three of us eating salads in the van isn't particularly practical. It can be rather messy, with those tubs of sauce that often come with them, and it's hard for us all to eat at the same time, as there isn't enough room for the three of us to wield our forks; we end up just elbowing each other in the face. Then we get to the venue, and the people have provided sandwiches for us. After the gig we are hungry, but often everywhere is closed apart from the take away places which serve burgers, pizzas or kebabs, which all have a bread element.
This morning, I had a ploughman's sandwich. I mean, that was the name of the sandwich, in case you were thinking that I'd stolen food from a ploughman, perhaps waiting until he started ploughing and had his back turned to me, allowing me to make off with his butties without him realising.
The ploughman's sandwich consisted of ham, cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickle, which are obviously the five top things that a ploughman likes to have in his sandwich. I assume they did a survey of lots of ploughmen, asking them what they liked in their sandwich, and then collated that information to create a bespoke sandwich tailored to the ploughman community. The ploughmen would no doubt have been immensely grateful that someone had bothered to put the effort in, perhaps wondering why they had been given such special treatment.
I enjoyed my ploughman's sandwich, or at least as much as a man who is fed up to the back teeth – both literally and figuratively – with bread could be expected to enjoy a sandwich. But as I ate it I wondered why the ploughmen get a bespoke sandwich made for them, and why no one has thought to branch out and cater for people working in other fields (by which I am referring to jobs, jobs that don't involve working in fields; I probably could have chosen a better word there).
What about the Data Annalist's sandwich? or the IT Consultant's sandwich? These people continue to be completely unrepresented in sandwich form, yet these are very common jobs. How many ploughmen do you know? But I bet you know at least one person who works in IT? The sandwich industry has clearly failed to move with the times, and doesn't seem to have recognised the huge decline in ploughmen, and the many new jobs that have emerged as a result of the industrial and communications age. The sandwich makers are clearly out of touch with the real world.
I'm not saying that the ploughmen can't still have their special bespoke sandwich. I am suggesting that the sandwich makers should also be reaching out to other professions and survey them about what they would like in their sandwich, and then cater for that community with their own special bespoke sandwich. I am happy to start the ball rolling and help the sandwich makers get started with this venture. So, if you could leave a comment on this blog telling me what your ideal sandwich would consist of, and then let me know your profession, I will collate the results and send them to the people working in sandwich production.
I suggest the first group of workers we target are the sandwich makers themselves. I mean, they are clearly the experts, the people who make sandwiches for a living, who have tried many and varied combinations of ingredients. Surely they of all people should know what it takes to make the perfect sandwich. If I wanted to buy a sandwich, I'd rather by a sandwich that has been specially designed for the highly discerning and skilled sandwich maker than a sandwich that's been made for a man working on a field. No disrespect to ploughmen, but all I'm saying is that if I want a sandwich, I'd rather have a sandwich that's been designed by and for the sandwich making community, just as if I wanted my field ploughing (and that reminds me, I really must get on the phone to someone about that) I would choose to get it done by a ploughman, and not a sandwich maker.
It would be interesting to see whether there is any correlation with the results. Will there even be a perfect sandwich that's agreed on by the majority of people who just so happen to work in the same Job? Or will we discover that sandwich preference is not at all dependant on the job you do? Might it be that the only workers who agree on the perfect sandwich are ploughman? Maybe this is why none of the other jobs have sandwiches designed especially for them, as ploughmen are the only ones who have a collective opinion on sandwiches. Perhaps someone has already tried to do this work before, and found that asking people working in the same job to give their favourite sandwich yielded completely different results, with some people hating the very foods that other people said they loved. Maybe the sandwich makers got so confused and beaten down by their attempts to make bespoke sandwiches for these people that they eventually gave it up as a lost cause. If anyone knows then please get in touch.
If you've found this Dollop uninteresting or weird then blame it on the bread; it's gone to my head.
Oh, I've just remembered that I haven't even mentioned the original subject I was going to write about. We are doing the Simon Mayo BBC Radio 2 show tomorrow. We're on just before the 6 O'clock news, and when I say “just before,” that is exactly what I mean. Apparently we only have about two minutes. That will be barely enough time for us to sing a song. There probably won't be any time to talk about sandwiches unfortunately, as this would give me the perfect platform to start collating people's professions and sandwich preferences. We might have to scrap the song.
Tomorrow we are at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Albert Hall. After tomorrow we may no longer be the Best folk group. I hope you won't dessert these Dollops if the result goes against us.
Today I'm joined by a man, who for over 10 years has been one of the most consistent leaders in the field of organic search marketing. He’s author of 2 books, and also co-founder of Inbound.org. Welcome to DMR - the Wizard of Moz - Rand Fishkin (@randfish). You can find Rand over at Moz.com.
On this episode of Digital Marketing Radio we discuss what SEO might look like in the year 2020, with topics including:
Will we still be calling it SEO in the year 2020?
To me it seems that SEO is splitting into different specialisms - UX, website performance, content marketing to name a few. Will an SEO be able to do everything in 2020 or will the role become even more specialist in the future?
Do you think the average small business owner be more or less concerned with SEO in the year 2020?
What are the SEO strategies that work well in 2016 that won’t work so well in 2020?
What do you think Google Plus might look like in 2020 and do you think that Google might have purchased Twitter or another major social network by then?
How will websites and the way that we consume them change by 2020?
And what about the Google SERP - what are your thoughts on how that might change?
How will Google determine authoritative and relevant content in the year 2020?
What user behavior metrics might Google be measuring in 2020?
How might organic search results be displayed in 2020 and how will they integrate with paid search?
How will AI change SEO?
How do you think negative SEO might evolve?
Will we get better at cross-device tracking and multi touch attribution?
[Tweet ".@randfishkin says that traffic from an email list can boost organic rankings #IntegratedMarketing"]
Software I couldn't live without
What software do you currently use in your business that if someone took away from you, it would significantly impact your marketing success?
Type Form [Online forms & surveys]
Twitter Polls [Online forms & surveys]
Pocket [Read articles later]
Nuzzel [Find top social stories that your friends share]
Culture Amp [People analytics for your company]
Similar Web Pro [Website & app insights]
What software don't you use, but you've heard good things about, and you've intended to try at some point in the near future?
Part of my wants to say Slack, but I have used Slack quite a bit [Messaging app]
Buzz Stream [Outreach and link building]
My number 1 takeaway
What's the single most important step from our discussion that our listeners need to take away and implement in their businesses?
If I had been listening to this as a web marketer, if I hadn't already been thinking about the idea that organic traffic could drive my rankings, I would be thinking about that very strongly. I'd be thinking about what is a way I could be driving organic traffic to pages I'm on the cusp of ranking - I'm on page 2 / I'm on page 3. I just haven't got the signals I quite need to rank. May be what I need is more organic traffic efforts. How could I get included in an email list? How could I get more social traffic? How could I get more engagement on the page? More people sharing it, more copy and paste behaviour, people emailing it to each other. I think that might be the missing link for some folks who aren't ranking for what they want to rank for.
A few days ago, Boris Johnson made some risible remarks in the Sun Newspaper about Obama getting rid of the bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.
“Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009.
Something vanished from that room, and no one could quite explain why.
It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader. It had sat there for almost ten years. But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington.
No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.
Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”
This seems like a very weak, shoehorned attempt to suggest that Obama is in some way anti-British, presumably in an effort to discredit his motives and his position about Britian staying in the EU. Otherwise why reference it? This is the opening paragraph of his article, so Boris has clearly deemed it an important point on which to hang the rest of the argument.
His manner of writing engenders a feeling of conspiracy: “Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009 …” “Something vanished from that room …” Boris does his best to keep the atmosphere of conspiracy alive, by writing: “No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.
Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire …” Clearly this is just vague conjecture then, as Boris is tacitly admitting, only veiling it in the cloak of conspiracy and intrigue.
I'm sure many Sun readers will be sucked into Boris's style of writing, and will already be horrified by Obama's Anti-British audacity, to remove a bust of this “great British war time leader.” He clearly added that description of Churchill to stir up patriotic emotion within readers, unless he honestly thought that the people reading might not know who Churchill is.
Perhaps he was worried that some people might get confused and imagine that Obama removed a bust of the nodding dog from the insurance TV adverts. I suppose that would put a different spin on Obama's decision. Boris wouldn't want to discredit his entire article by having his readers completely miss the point and assume that Obama had spotted a bust of a dog from a British TV advert, and decided to remove it. Boris's readers would be confused as to why Boris was making such a big thing of this. After all, it seems like a perfectly logical thing for Obama to do. I mean, this was a bust of a dog from an advert that wasn't even on American television. Of all the iconic things that could possibly be hanging from the Ovel Office, surely a bust of a talking dog from a British TV advert was a highly odd and dubious choice.
Boris had said that it had been hanging there for almost ten years, since 1999. The Churchill dog only started appearing on British television in 2004, so there would have been five years when even British people visiting the Ovel Office wouldn't recognise the bust. Perhaps the bust went largely ignored for the first five years. No one quite understood what the heck it was and why it was there, but it was harmless enough and so it was just left to hang. But then 2004 came and the TV adverts started appearing on British screens and every time someone from Britain entered the Ovel Office, they would mysteriously turn towards the dog and say “oh yes” in an odd voice, before laughing. Obama might have heard about this strange British quirk and the mysterious and parculiar affect that the dog bust had on British people.
He'd been told how Gordon Brown found it all highly amusing, sometimes spending minutes lost in his own world having a conversation with the dog, then replying to his questions in the dog's voice. “Will I still be PM after the election?” “Oh yes,” “Should we keep spending?” “Oh yes.” Obama consequently had the dog bust removed both for his sanity and the sanity of Gordon Brown and all the other weird British people who took up hours of precious presidential time talking to the dog and saying “oh yes” and then laughing, rather than concentrating on the important reason for their visit.
Despite Boris's best efforts to make his Sun article opener sound like an interesting, worthy conspiracy theory, all he really does is highlight how much of a none story this is: “No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.” And surely that's the point Boris; no one was sure. You've chosen to hang your argument on this weakest of threads, and you yourself have had to admit that the decision to remove the bust might not have had anything to do with Obama anyway. So you can dress it up as an interesting conspiracy theory if you want, but essentially it's a none-story, which has subsequently been debunked as complete bollocks. Apparently the bust was removed before Obama entered office, although, in fairness to Boris, no one was sure that Obama didn't employ a psychic to send telepathic messages to people in the white house to have the bust removed before he became president, in order to make it appear that the decision had nothing to do with him.
The fact that he also writes, “some people said …” is also very vague, and is extra indication that this theory of Boris's is just that, a theory, a very weak conspiracy theory on which he pins his argument, clearly as a way to try and get the idea across that Obama is in some way anti-British.
Fortunately, the leave campaign has much more credible people behind it, and doesn't solely consist of Boris Johnson and his peculiar fatuous conspiracy theories, otherwise they might be in trouble. The good news for the leave team is that they have Nigel farage onboard, who's much more level headed and wouldn't waste time concocting peculiar, spurious theories about Obama.
Nigel Farage was dismissive of Obama's comments about Britain leaving the EU. Obama said that Britain could face being pushed to the back of the queue when it came to drawing up trade agreements with the US. But Nigel Farage wasn't having any of it, accusing Obama of merely parroting the British PM. But as you'd expect, Farage wasn't going to make such a statement glibly, he hadn't merely jumped to this conclusion on next to no hard or real evidence. Obama might have got away with merely parroting the PM, were it not for Farage's impressive intellect and powers of deduction. This is what he said to Sky news:
“”He said ‘We'd be at the back of the queue'. “Interesting, isn't it? Americans don't use the word ‘queue'. They use the word ‘line' … So he's clearly just parroting Cameron.”
Yes, very interesting Nigel. An observation that both shows off your amazing detective skills and also clearly showcases your abilities as a worthy contributor on Countdown's Dictionary Corner. The Pro leave people were jubilant, ecstatic that Obama had been found out by Nigel's incredible powers of deduction. If he'd have only said “line” then presumably Farage and the leave campaigners would have been more accepting of Obama's words, but he said “queue,” didn't he? He did, he said “queue,” and American's don't say “queue,” so he was obviously merely parroting the PM. In fact, no one was sure that David Cameron didn't have Obama hypnotised to repeat that phrase whenever someone asked about how leaving the EU would affect Britain drawing up trade agreements with the US. No one was sure that that didn't happen. If only they'd hypnotised him to say “line” instead of queue, then Cameron and the pro EU team would have gotten away with it, but they didn't, did they? He was programmed to say “queue,” not “line,” and of course, Americans don't say “queue,” they say “line,” don't they? What a bunch of mind-manipulating idiots Cameron and the Pro EU brigade are. If only they'd said “queue” not “line,” then it would have all been fine.
Except … Americans do say queue. It's in the American Dictionaries. I've checked. It took me less than two minutes to find the definition of queue in five different American dictionaries. You'd have thought maybe Farage could have spared a couple of minutes to do some cursory linguistic research before he presented his theory to the media. But in fairness to farage, it sounds like a really good theory, and it would be a shame to have it ruined just because it doesn't happen to be factually accurate.
Granted, the word queue is less common in America than it is in England, but it's not as if the word is never used and would be completely alien to Obama. Also, Obama does tend to travel quite a bit, and has been to Britain before, so it's not unlikely that he's picked up some of our lingo. After all, Farage is married to a German woman, who presumably speaks English, but I assume that Farage is happy to accept this and doesn't accuse her of merely being his parrot? But I might be wrong. After all, no one is sure that Farage doesn't force his wife to put on a costume made of feathers, flap her arms about, squawk and then repeat everything that Nigel says, only in the voice of a parrot. Some people say that he does this because he finds it sexually arousing. Some people say that he does this because he is an oddball with a weird power complex. No one is sure.
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