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    Pedal Conversion Question

    Is it hard to convert from clips to flats for ?

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    all about the person
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    ive ridden clips all my life

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    Clips or clipless? I rode clip less for about 7 years on my xc bike befor I started riding D.H. changing to flats was pretty easy.. I just feel more confident knowing I can get my feet off the pedals without any hesitation... I never rode with clips ( cages) they just don't look safe for anything other than rails to trails.

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    I ride clipless on my trail bike and flats on my DH/FR bike, no problem going back and forth. The hardest part would be if you had to pedal a lot going from clipless to flats, as you lose the pull up.

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    oh man i meant clipless pedals all my life sorry!!

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    I've been running clipless pedals for 18 years. Outside the first week that I started using them, I've never gotten stuck in them when I had to bail.

    That being said, I can ride okay with flats and I'm sure I'd be more comfortable with them if I made it a point to use them. Most long time clipless pedal users I know who've switched to flats say it takes a full season to get really comfortable on flats.
    Disclaimer: I fix bikes for a living.

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    ive downhilled like once, and i started to do blacks and double blacks. so like will it be hard to do those runs going flats now..?

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    If you are going to flats just make sure to pick a good set and get a pair of 5.10 shoes.. They stick like glue so you won't notice much difference.

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    been riding clips for a few years now and just got into DJ... Took 20 mins to "re-learn" to jump with flats and now its no problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob-Bob View Post
    If you are going to flats just make sure to pick a good set and get a pair of 5.10 shoes.. They stick like glue so you won't notice much difference.
    THIS. If you don't wear 5.10's it will be challenging and difficult. With the 5.10's your feet won't move.

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    what five 10s you recommend for better stickness?

    cyclone??

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    I think those are for clippless, I recommend the Impacts, hi or low.

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    not that hard if you get good pedals and some good shoes (5.10s). I ride flats on my DH bike, and both on my trail bike. I think it makes you a better rider

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    so impacts are the best to get? and can i wear them around as casual shoe or will that wear out the soles?

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    Soft rubber and relatively stiff soles (compared to regular shoes) -- I don't think they are a great "casual" shoe.

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    like school shoe

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    For a casual look and feel go with the 5.10 Freerider or Dirtbag. They still have excellent grip not quite as grippy as the Impacts.

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    The number one factor driving how long a pair of 5-10s lasts is whether you walk in them as a casual shoe (in my experience). I don't recommend it.

    I wore a pair of Spitfires on and off the bike this spring/early summer, and the soles are really badly worn. Freerider Pros that I replaced them with are still ~mint, and the Freeriders have more miles on them. I believe both use the same sole compound (S1).

    Spitfire on the left, Freerider Pro on the right. That wear spot on the Spitfire is thinner than you could see in a photo--feels like I could push my thumb right through.
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    thanks!

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