Join Date: Mar 2004
Bikes: Fuji Roubaix, Schwinn Sidewinder
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I'm just getting into road biking, and got a pair of clipless pedals at the LBS yesterday. While I was there I noticed MTB shoes. (Of course, you think to yourself) I grew up in Germany and used to ride trails all the time as a kid, tons of logs and crap to jump over as you careen down bumpy hills with branches slapping you in the face.
My question, after nearly breaking my ankle trying to snap out of the pedals (while still in the trainer!), is how are clipless pedals an advantage in off road biking? I remember needing to make sudden turns and unanticipated stops as a kid, and I know you can't do that when you're locked in.
I tried to find a question similar to this one in the site, but after scanning 9 pages, all I could find were two recomendations to go clipless, and to buy them from the LBS rather than a catalogue.