Before the flaming begins, this isnt a generic discussion, and yes i've goggled the crap outta this question, i just want some more generic online advice please!
I have always ridden clipless on mountain bike and i feel supremely comfortable on them, by comparison the thought of going hard and fast through technical terrain on flats scares the beejezus outta me! I however, learnt to bunny hop on flats (when i was still a delinquent) and dont do any 'pulling up' but scoop instead.
now the question - i've recently moved to near a jump track and, coupled with a desire to learn to jump, have started practicing. I have also bought a dirt jump bike, for fun, because i can Now, people seem to recommend learning jumping on flats - so you can bail, so you get proper technique, for rad tricks duuuddde ....
buut, seeing as i am super happy on cleats, have just tried bunny hopping on flats (still can do it just fine!) and am scared of the bike leaving me mid air, do i make the switch? i'd need new shoes, n pedals oorrr, i could get something akin to the Mallets - although i dont understand how this is a good half-way house, all if does is offer a studier platform, which i havnt found to be a problem!
(sorry for the hugge length, and thanks in advance! )