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Thanks Ryan. I don't think I suffered much when I switched to flats because I
didn't have many skills to lose! Back in those days I would practice taking a
few hops on my back wheel and doing level hops - and those skills suffered
initially but I wasn't good enough to use them on the trail. At the same time
I'm sure that my progression as a rider was boosted by my time on flats.
Before that I couldn't properly bunny hop and the way I used my body was
limited because I kept my feet in line at all times. Now, even clipped in, I
angle my feet and push against the mechanism in the pedals to add body
english. My inputs are different and being clipped in boosts some of those
skills - like bunny hops and placing the rear wheel. I agree that the best way
to learn to ride is with flats. Otherwise there are skills you are unlikely to
pick up. It's likely that after I get to the point where I'm comfortable again
clipping in and out and riding the odd elevated challenge clipped in I'll
revert to switching back and forth - using fun factor to decide the best
pedals for a given ride. Thanks for chiming in!
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