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    Cool-blue Rhythm Are platform pedals more "fun" than clipless?

    Before you shake your head about another "platform vs. clipless" thread... I'm not concerned about performance or efficiency. Which style pedal do you think is more fun on the trail?

    Edit: Notice 'you' is emphasized in the question above, this is because I understand that fun is personal and subjective. Explain what is fun for you and why clipless or platform pedals help you achieve that end.
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    Doesn't it depend on how you define fun?

    For some people fun is not having to think about stuff. For other's fun is having to think about stuff in a specific way. How you think (or don't) about pedal use will impact your fun.

    Clarify your question.

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    I meant to make that more clear but apparently my emphasis wasn't clear enough. Original post edited to reflect intent.

    I'm not trying to come to any definitive decisions, I just want to get a different look at why someone would choose one type over the other.

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    Personally I think they are just different, apples to oranges. One vs the other doesn't seem to affect my "fun" factor either way.

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    I find that they are both fun but in different ways and present their own challenges. I rode clipless on my mountain bike for a long time and enjoyed it thoroughly because it really gave me a sense of connection with the bike and the ability to fling it around without worrying about getting bumped off. That being said it led to some bad habits and overall sloppy riding. I've made the switch to flats and five tens in the last few months and am thoroughly enjoying them. It's a much 'free-er' feeling on the bike and has given me an opportunity to hone my bike handling skills, however on some sections it requires an enormous amount of effort and concentration to keep my feet firmly planted on the pedals. I love the ability to take a dab in the corners though when I go in a little to fast. Overall I like flats over clipless for plain old fun.

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    i can get in a better flow on clip less and flow=fun so im gonna say clip less. i think you will find it is just the one people are more comfortable with.

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    I ride my mountain bike to class and love doing a little urban riding, so my platform pedals are more fun! My buddy rides clipless and can't take stairs on campus in his normal shoes. I've never ridden clipless so can't comment on that but I need platforms for versatility right now.

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    For me, fun = flats. I get off my bike a lot while it's moving. Poorly done wheelies & manuals, bailing off skinnys, jumps gone wrong, otb on drops, all a lot of fun with flats and good skate shoes. I'm a big fan of landing on my feet & that just works better for me when I'm not clipped in.
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    Flats are fun. Shoes for flats are fun. Buying cool pedals is fun.

    So everyone should just do what they think is fun!!!!

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    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...


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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...
    Awesome! +1

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    +1 to WCH but to directly answer your question: yes, I find flats more fun. Why? Who knows?
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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...
    I get what you're saying and in some ways agree but as I stated in the third post "I'm not trying to come to any definitive decisions, I just want to get a different look at why someone would choose one type over the other." This is more a look at why people choose what they do than what is actually a better product.

    Anyways, if I followed your logic all the way out then I would have to ask why you are even on MTBR? If you don't care what others think about different bikes, parts, places to ride, gear, riding techniques, etc. then why spend time here? just go ride... That's kind of what forums are about, sharing information, discussing it and then deciding what you will do with that information. I'm just trying to open up discussion on an old topic from a new perspective that might help people to stop focusing on counting grams and reaching the "next level" and get back to why we're all riding in the first place... because it's fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    I get what you're saying and in some ways agree but as I stated in the third post "I'm not trying to come to any definitive decisions, I just want to get a different look at why someone would choose one type over the other." This is more a look at why people choose what they do than what is actually a better product.

    Anyways, if I followed your logic all the way out then I would have to ask why you are even on MTBR? If you don't care what others think about different bikes, parts, places to ride, gear, riding techniques, etc. then why spend time here? just go ride... That's kind of what forums are about, sharing information, discussing it and then deciding what you will do with that information. I'm just trying to open up discussion on an old topic from a new perspective that might help people to stop focusing on counting grams and reaching the "next level" and get back to why we're all riding in the first place... because it's fun!
    I think your question was legit and well worded. I would never get involved in a "which is better" discussion. This thread wasn't one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    I get what you're saying and in some ways agree but as I stated in the third post "I'm not trying to come to any definitive decisions, I just want to get a different look at why someone would choose one type over the other."
    but you already answered your own question. people think their specific pedals are "fun" because of personal preference. trying to get any more specific than that is useless since everyone thinks different. you will never be able to come to any kind of consensus or formulate any logical conclusion since 1000 people will give 1000 different answers...


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    That's totally fine, we don't have to agree and like I said I'm not trying to come to a conclusion. I'm just curious to know why people choose what they do.

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    fair enough. i have sets of each and think my flats are more fun because they are red. my clips are just boring black...


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    fair enough. i have sets of each and think my flats are more fun because they are red. my clips are just boring black...
    You got me to literally LOL...

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    I think it is fun riding with one of each. Change up which foot is which randomly from ride to ride.

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    I find flats more fun. But I find clip less more fun to race with.

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    I have ridden clipless for the last few years and really like the connection that many ppl have mentioned. I also feel like I have a little more pedaling power since I can pull up on the pedals as well as push down.

    Recently however, I have switched back the flats because I have taken a renewed interest in trying to learn to ride wheelies and do more jumps and drops, hop onto benches for skills practice etc. For this flats are the only way for me as I am afraid to wheelie too much clipped in for obvious reasons. Plus I like the idea of simply bieng able to hop on the bike and tool around town without changing pedals.

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    Flat pedals are fun.
    Clipless pedals are fun.
    Mountain bikes are fun
    BMX bikes are fun.
    Fixies (yeah fixies) are fun.
    Trials bikes are fun.
    Beach cruisers are fun.
    Cyclocross bikes are fun.

    Road bikes are.

    "Fun" is a state of mind, not a component. If somebody looks down at his pedals and says, "Aw, shucks... I brought my bike with clipless pedals today! This is going to be no fun..."

    They got problems. Mentally.

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    Going from many clipless years to flats has been very fun. You have to ride the bike with different skills to keep your feet on the pedals. It's also more fun to dart your foot off the pedal and touch the ground on a tight corner. The best part is you can keep your feet on the pedals to the absolute last second in a corner gone wrong and save it or dab to save it. Generally it feels more care free. easier hike a bikes too.

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    I like flats because I have always had fun on them. So much fun I have never tried anything else. Going fast is fun. I can go fast with flats. Flowing along the trail pumping through turns, over bumps, up berms etc... Its all fun and I do it on my flats. I had fun going OTB on Saturday on my flats, especially high fiving others after I picked myself up and finished the trail. Not comparing at all, just answering the question by the OP as to why I think flats are fun for me.

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    Yes, and riding your snowboard with your bindings unbuckled is way more fun too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Yes, and riding your snowboard with your bindings unbuckled is way more fun too!
    Surfing and skateboarding is also fun unbuckled... Yes its fun fun fun just like flat pedals.

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    Went with clipless. Never going back too flats.

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    I have never tried clipless.
    I use flats and a pair of 510's because I have some balance issues from a previous injury.
    I like being able to put my foot down if I need to , which I could learn with clipless but for now
    I will ride what I have.
    I ride anywhere from 9-25 miles per outing and sometimes my feet get sore but I think that
    happens when I am mashing the pedals instead of spinning lightly.
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    flats are more fun when hike a biking, doing drops, and sketchy stuff.

    clipless are more fun for me coming out of turns and sprinting+ flowy stuff. I also enjoy having my foot in the exact same spot every time.

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    If you use FUNN flat pedals well the answer is definitely YES......
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    After 8 years of clipless I went to flats some months ago. Don't plan to go back.

    I find flats to be more fun in the sense that I get a lot more "creative" riding with it. I feel overall safer, happier and with no big damage to performance (no racer here)

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    Riding flats is fun
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    throw away your worries
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    i for one, love flats there fun
    There FUN FUN FUN....
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    Are Platforms more fun than Clipless?
    These guys look like they are having fun on Platforms.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    My flats are definitely more fun, they keep telling jokes when on the traiÁ, they get a bit tiring though ...
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    So what you're saying is that Mary Lou gets it? She's rocking platform clipless shoes... (At least they sound like it.)
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    There's always a joker, and for some reason they seem to come out in spades when a pedal thread pops up...

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    I have significantly more fun when I ride on flats. I'm a better rider on flats as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Are Platforms more fun than Clipless?
    These guys look like they are having fun on Platforms.
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    I doubt if anyone had more fun on platforms than....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    I doubt if anyone had more fun on platforms than....

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    Oh yeah I forgot about those dudes. They stepped it up a notch or two in the height department. Wait a minute is this thread about Platform shoes vs Clipless pedals. Or Flat pedals vs Clipless pedals.
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    Dude, I'm in Illinois. The only place anyone would come from that would say this area is hilly is Kansas.

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    I'd say that clipless pedals are better for crosscountry riding where there are fewer obstacles and the flats are better for all mountain and downhill riding where it's important to be able to step off the bike quickly if you get yourself in a sticky situation. Everything is relative to your riding ability and what your looking for from your components/pedals. Enjoy your ride. At least your not at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    Before you shake your head about another "platform vs. clipless" thread... I'm not concerned about performance or efficiency. Which style pedal do you think is more fun on the trail?

    Edit: Notice 'you' is emphasized in the question above, this is because I understand that fun is personal and subjective. Explain what is fun for you and why clipless or platform pedals help you achieve that end.
    Just a reminder that this isn't a "X vs Y" thread.

    It's a "Why (or how) is your choice fun for you?" thread.

    To that end, although I don't ride clipless I do have a lot of fun with them. Lots of my friends ride clipless and I like to do trackstands on skinnys and in rock gardens when they are following close behind me.
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    Studded Flats are more fun to bang off your shin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Studded Flats are more fun to bang off your shin.
    This is something I don't understand. In all the Flats vs Clipless debates people talk about bashing their shins or calves with the studs on platform pedals.

    In all the years I've been using flats with studs, I've never hit my leg with the pedal. My feet almost never slip off. I use flat soled shoes, usually skate shoes & my feet stick like glue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    This is something I don't understand. In all the Flats vs Clipless debates people talk about bashing their shins or calves with the studs on platform pedals.

    In all the years I've been using flats with studs, I've never hit my leg with the pedal. My feet almost never slip off. I use flat soled shoes, usually skate shoes & my feet stick like glue.
    That was one of the main reasons I switched to clipless years ago. Although I was a bloody mess learning clipless once,I learned I like them much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinDirt View Post
    That was one of the main reasons I switched to clipless years ago. Although I was a bloody mess learning clipless once,I learned I like them much better.
    Maybe I've just been very lucky for 15 years
    Did you use skate shoes like Vans? Flat, solid soles, little or no tread. And platform pedals with studs, like these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Yes, and riding your snowboard with your bindings unbuckled is way more fun too!
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    C)You were higher than Travis Rice in "Art of Flight" when you posted that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Maybe I've just been very lucky for 15 years
    Did you use skate shoes like Vans? Flat, solid soles, little or no tread. And platform pedals with studs, like these?

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    Once I switched from bottom of the barrel flats to ones with good pins I stopped slipping pedals as well. I think that if someone wants to give flats a try they should invest in good pedals and pretty much any flat soled shoe. A lot of people buy a cheap flat pedal and expensive 5.10 shoes but a good pedal will grip cheap shoes better than a good shoe will grip cheap pedals, in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Once I switched from bottom of the barrel flats to ones with good pins I stopped slipping pedals as well. I think that if someone wants to give flats a try they should invest in good pedals and pretty much any flat soled shoe. A lot of people buy a cheap flat pedal and expensive 5.10 shoes but a good pedal will grip cheap shoes better than a good shoe will grip cheap pedals, in my experience.
    +1 Good pedals are a pretty cheap upgrade. You pretty much have to upgrade anyway if you buy a new bike out of a shop. You usually get something like this.

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    I love my flats. I am much more confident trying techy stuff, cuz I can dab at will.

    I also don't like the knee pain I get when I twist to get out of the clipless pedals.

    But good on all you clipless riders too. It's all good.
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    Depends on what I'm riding, depends on my mood, my goal for the ride, and several other things. Even if I'm riding the same trail with the same goal in mind, I may find clipless more fun on one ride and platforms on another ride just based on my mood at the time. Sometimes I don't feel like wearing clipless shoes and ride platforms everywhere for a few weeks, or months. Sometimes I get sick of platforms and ride clipped in all the time. Ask me which is more fun today and I'll say clipless. Ask me again in a year and who knows what my answer will be.

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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 and go ride it...
    Couldn't that be said about 90% of the posts on MTBR? Make my mind up for me because I was raised to have everything done for me...
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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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    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
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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.
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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.

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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

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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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    Yeah, I guess my point was who cares what anyone else says. I personally ride a XC bike with flats and have a blast every ride.

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