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    Reasons you don't ride clipless

    So, I got a bike (will post pics later) and I'm trying to decide on pedals. I have SPD shoes and PD-M520s on the road bike so I could swap those on, buy I haven't been on a mountain bike in a while and the last time I had one I was using platforms. There were maybe a couple of times I wished I could pull up on the pedals to power through a climb, but there were an overwhelming majority of times when I was glad I could yank my feet off the pedals instantly, possibly to avoid banging my foot on something but more likely because of a kneejerk reaction to some fear of going down with the bike still attached.

    So, help me rationalize my wussiness. What are your reasons for not using clipless pedals, say for DH or XC riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    I was glad I could yank my feet off the pedals instantly,
    I don't have a problem yanking my feet off the pedals instantly with clipless.

    Platforms are good for tailwhips.

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    yeah basically if you don't have clips you can put a foot down, but at hight speeds that doesn't really matter, I really like having clips for many reasons other than the xtra effeciancy and power ect. I don't have to worry about staying on the pedals in a landing or slipping off em when i go over a rough section or a log roll, also i can cheat at bunny hopping

    you could get a set of the shimano 324s and then do w/e you want at the time (1 side clip other side flat)

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    I'm more comfortable with clipless.
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    clipless = more control for me...ive actually managed to unclip mid air on my way to the ground if i go off a jump out of control.

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    Mountain biking can be more tricky' I'd not ride clipless. Road cycling . Its the only way to go if you want better energy recovery.
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    I love clipless. But i ride flats. Why? Because I'm broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Road cycling . Its the only way to go if you want better energy recovery.
    That's definitely a roadie thing to say.

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    IMO, clipless is more safe than platforms for XC. If you're concerned about unclipping, just set the tension very low and increase tension with confidence.

    As far as crashing goes, I have my pedal (SPDs) tension set to max and they have always released when I crash.

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    I switched to clipless (520's) and they are nice. Tension adjustment is critical, even so plan on a few crashes (ask me how I know, lol). Remembering they are not toe clips is really important when planning a graceful dismount. Having now ridden both styles mountian biking I'd say stay with the clipless. Switch out your 520s to your mountian bike and put 540's or XT's on your road bike as they are lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirtigersalot View Post
    yeah basically if you don't have clips you can put a foot down, but at hight speeds that doesn't really matter........

    I have found is really helpful to be able to put a foot down at high speeds on off camber turns.


    I really like having clips for many reasons other than the xtra effeciancy and power ect. I don't have to worry about staying on the pedals in a landing or slipping off em when i go over a rough section or a log roll, also i can cheat at bunny hopping

    With a good set of prdals and shoes your feet will stay put with no problems
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    But you can't cheat at bunny hopping ^
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 251 View Post
    As far as crashing goes, I have my pedal (SPDs) tension set to max and they have always released when I crash.
    Yeah, I dont understand how people just fall over in SPDs or other clipless. Every time I forget and start to fall over, my feet come unclipped when I try to put a foot out to catch myself.. I've also done a mid air bail while clipped in.
    “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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    Same here. First month of clipless it was a different story. I used to stop and just fall over lol. But now with a pair of semi decent crank bros its more than a habit. You don't ever think about it, if your about to fall you feet automatically clip out like its an airbag and it knows to do it.
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    Without clipless pedals I honestly would suck at riding XC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy_XCier View Post
    Without clipless pedals I honestly would suck at riding XC
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    Clipless gives me a sense of commitment when going into real techy sections or drops (although, crappy brakes help with the drops part because you cant stop in time even if you wanted to).
    “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
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    I'm sorry. Have we met before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy_XCier View Post
    I'm sorry. Have we met before?
    No, but I was kidding anyway.

    Unless you do suck.
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    I can back my riding.
    But no use for one of those pointless e-races?

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    E-race?
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    Internet race.
    You know, "Internet Tough Guy" when someone feels the need to show off how much testosterone they have and start challenging people to races... over the 'net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy_XCier View Post
    Internet race.
    You know, "Internet Tough Guy" when someone feels the need to show off how much testosterone they have and start challenging people to races... over the 'net.
    I have larger.... genitalia than you, but I don't see how this changes anything.
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    Might I not ask how you know that.

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