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Nice! Ha, I rode flats for decades before clipping-in back in 2018. So I come from the camp that doesn't seem to improve my climbing clipped in... ya I may slip a pedal or two every once in a while, but overall, I seem to be able to clean difficult gnarly tech sections easier in flats. Think it's all in my head and the fear of not being able to unclip fast enough has me stopping earlier than when attempting the same section on flats. But it's a trade-off as I'm definitely faster on fast chunky descents clipped in.
Back in June, after riding clips exclusively for a few years, decided to try flats again just to make sure I wasn't picking up any bad habits and not using my clips to move and maneuver my bike. Turns out I haven't been... but I've been having a ton of fun on my flats and cleaning way more tough techy climbs.
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