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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
    That is why im one
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    flats at work and flats all day
    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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    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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    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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    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 Trail Ninja's Son
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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!
    Okay that was either
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    B)You play a snowboarder on TV
    C)You were higher than Travis Rice in "Art of Flight" when you posted that
    D)You were almost as high as John Jackson at any given moment 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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