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Thanks for the sharing your pedal journey Cam, I love this topic. Cam, what
was your experience with technical skill development during your time on flats
vs clips? For me, I learned how to ride trials with clips, then I swapped to
flats and immediately sucked, but since my hero's (Hans & Libor, Ot, etc)
rode flats, I stuck it out and soon sky rocketed past my previous clipless
skill level. I had to re-learn skills, but with flats I was forced to learn by
using my whole body as a unit instead of shortcutting to yanks of the clips. I
ride a lot of trail these days, and still haven't come up with any reason to
switch to clips, my feet never bounce off on rough sections, and if they ever
did I know I was going too fast for my own good! If you're racing, dh or xc,
that's another story, every second counts, not recreationally though…even last
year when I did bcbr I rode flats, I discovered that on a few rare and rough
pieces of undulating fast single track sections clips would have allowed me to
keep mashing the pedals and applying power, but I was still keeping up quite
happily to satisfy my recreational competitiveness. Wow, I can blab on about
flats!….One other opinion I have is that new riders best be encouraged to
start with flat pedals until they learn the basics, at which time they can
experiment with clips. Cheers!
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