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    flats are def more fun. i only use clipless for road and gravel paths now days.

    if you are banging your shins, you have the wrong flat pedal/shoe combo!

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    po-tah-to.
    I don't rattle.

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    po-tay-toe

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    to-may-to

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    to-mah-to

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    you know what is fun? when a guy with clipless shoes tries to walk on wooden floor. It sound like if he is wearing high heels

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubecontinued View Post
    po-tay-toe
    ... boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
    I have a device that can access the total knowledge of man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and argue with strangers.

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    I've been riding clipless since '94, and have been a big proponent of them. Recently, I was trying to encourage a riding bud to try clipless, but he has no interest in them. I borrowed his bike, and really enjoyed riding his flats. In fact, I'm looking for some flat pedals, and will give them a try. I suspect I'll use both, depending on the circumstances/type of ride.

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    I only ride flats now all my MTB, I use 5-10 impacts and they
    are great for flats, in summer time I do some long mountain pass
    road rides with slicks on my 29er that is the only time I use
    clipless now.

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    Seriously though; it's all about the right tool for the job. I've sworn off flats. I've sworn off clipless. Now I have eggbeaters on my road/cx bike and flats on the MTB. I like to get rad, and have had a tendency to get too rad on the road bike, clipless pedals are great for power, but also for keeping my butt in the seat and my wheels on the ground. Flats are great those times I need to toss the bike away, or when I fly into a bramble bush and I don't really want a bike attached to me.

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    AFTER 10 years of being a slave to the clipless,
    I now enjoying riding unshackled -
    I ride a lot faster and tackle more technical component
    having the ability to stick your foot out quickly saved me from falling numerous times...
    So less bruising and blood while going faster and more technical stuff = definitely more fun

    Plus there is something freeing about riding unclipped in.

    I am looking to purchase a second all MTN/trail bike and have one XC dedicated bike.
    THe all MTN/trail bike will def. get the flats and XC may go back to clipless pedals.
    There is a place for both but I believe that...

    Clipless pedals has been over-glorified whereas flat pedals have unfairly marginalized. I did not see any performance advantage to the clipless pedals...the only advantage I saw was that your feet don't get RARELY knocked off the pedals on a bumpy climbs - never an issue on descents since I got my full weight on the pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post

    Plus there is something freeing about riding unclipped in.
    That's exactly why I don't wear a bra anymore.
    I have a device that can access the total knowledge of man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and argue with strangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbzarg View Post
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    I know what that post was! Bahaha!

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    This is a good thread.

    Flat pedals allow you to learn how to work with the bike and stay glued to the bike. They also allow you to bail out easier when it all goes awry.

    I've been riding clipless pedals for 15 years and thought flats were for impossible to ride on. But training my 12 year old kid to ride, he's shown me how to stay glued to the bike and do technical sections comfortably. It doesn't matter if he's on sneakers or 5.10s or spiked pedals or plastic pedals. He just doesn't come off. The reason is he's never learned how to pull up with his feet and screw up his bike handling.

    So this year, I've ridden mostly flat pedals. If it's a 50 mile trail ride, I'll still roll the clipless. But for the fun, learning, everyday rides, I'm doing flats now. It took about three months of useage before I actually felt comfortable with them. But now, it's happ'nin.

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    I like to wear one of each, the clipless shoe stays on my prosthetic leg, the 6 10 on my sound one! That way I'm half fast!
    And yes, I am on my way to an ass kickin contest

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    Clipless pedals require tights.. I mean Lycra.

    Don't look down here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Clipless pedals require tights.. I mean Lycra.
    Yeah? And?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Yeah? And?
    I should have hit the sarcastic button.. Riding should be fun period. Flats, clipless, Lycra, baggies, etc.

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    Louis Armstrong said it best



    Verse
    Things have come to a pretty pass
    Our romance is growing flat,
    For you like this and the other
    While I go for this and that,
    Goodness knows what the end will be
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    It looks as if we two will never be one
    Something must be done:

    Chorus - 1
    You say either and I say either, You say neither and I say
    neither
    Either, either Neither, neither, Let's call the whole thing
    off.

    You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like
    tomahto
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    off

    But oh, if we call the whole thing off Then we must part
    And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart

    So if you like pyjamas and I like pyjahmas, I'll wear pyjamas
    and give up
    pyajahmas
    For we know we need each other so we , Better call the whole off
    off
    Let's call the whole thing off.


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    arfter
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    saspirella
    Vanilla vanella chocolate strawberry, Let's call the whole thing
    off

    But oh if we call the whole thing of then we must part
    And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart

    So if you go for oysters and I go for ersters, I'll order
    oysters and cancel
    the ersters
    For we know we need each other so we, Better call the calling
    off off,
    Let's call the whole thing off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    I should have hit the sarcastic button.. Riding should be fun period. Flats, clipless, Lycra, baggies, etc.
    NP! I should have hit the false indignation button!

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    quit being worried about what others think and make up your own mind for yourself. they are just pedals, put some on your bike and go ride it...
    Quit being too cool for school and contribute something positive.

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    I tried clipless for the first time today. Wasn't fun at all.

    I'll stick with it to see why 95 percent or more people say its the way to go. Glad I have a friend who let me borrow a set to try instead of purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironsinker View Post
    I tried clipless for the first time today. Wasn't fun at all.

    I'll stick with it to see why 95 percent or more people say its the way to go. Glad I have a friend who let me borrow a set to try instead of purchasing.
    95% of XC riders? I see lots of people having fun on flats where I ride. I also see people having fun on clipless. On trails that are more XC I see different ratios than trails that are more technical but still not that high of a %. I say try it again, maybe a few times, then stick with what's fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    95% of XC riders? .
    I've been looking at going clipless because the guys I ride with say its the way to go. I've been reading forums and it seems almost everyone says its the way to go. I say 95% cause that what it seems to me. I haven't read too many forums where people say they like flats better.

    However, I have started reading the AM forum and I see a lot of photos of bikes with flats. So yeah maybe if I start reading AM/DH specific forums I may come up with a different number. But a general Google search on clipless vs flats pretty much takes you to pro clipless discussions.

    On my first ride I did not see any benefits of clipless (for me). They were just a PITA and I was afraid to be aggressive especially climbing hills with big roots. So I plan on using them for a few months then go back to flats. I think going back to flats after using them for a few months is when I'm really going to notice how good or useless clipless are for me.

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