Swapping between SPuDs and flatties
I rode clipped in for years, then I tried flats and liked it for some riding but I swapped and changed between the two for a while and got the point where I didn’t feel comfortable on either :-/
Been on flats exclusively for a year now and it feels good. It’s turning cold though so I might put my Times back on so I can use my winter clipless boots.Posted 4 years agouphillcursingSubscriber
Swap between them both at the drop of a hat. The only time i make sure I have flats is when I am likely to be out of my comfort zone.Posted 4 years ago
Mince core lite down a full downhill run had me walking a few times not to mention dabbing and soiling myself.
Bottom line is that when the chips are down I still feel the need to be able to not have to think about it. I think that the BMX as a kid is the default setting and the instinct to kick the bike away when it goes really wrong is too ingrained at my age.avdave2Member
I used toe clips and straps followed by spd’s for 25 years off road and then gave flats a go a couple of years ago as a friend had given me a pair of shoes and a bike I’d bought came with flats. I realised I much preferred them for my own “super radcore XC mincing.” I only use the spd’s on the road/cx bike now and can’t see myself going back.
After one ride I’d stopped worrying about my feet slipping and it’s never been an issue since.Posted 4 years agoalfabusSubscriber
I went SPD about 15 years ago, and didn’t think I’d ever look back…. but about 2 years back, I decided that I wanted to be on flats for dirt jumping and more all mountainey (i don’t really do DH) stuff, so I re-learnt my flattie skills.
It took a while for me to be confident on them, and a long time before I stopped slipping pedals in rocky stuff, but I’m glad I did it.
I can now switch between the two without thinking about it – I means I have to be more careful when packing though, as getting the wrong shoe/pedal combination can really ruin a ride or trip!
DavePosted 4 years ago
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