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Originally Posted by Big R
I'm seriously ready to go back to my toe clips.
I don't think toe clips are any easiers to exit. I presume you don't cinch down the strap and you don't use the "old fashioned" road type cleats.
I've never ridden with toe clips on a moutain bike, but to exit, you must pull back. With clips, one must twist the foot. It seems to be the same effort but perhaps it's all about how the mind/body is trained to react.
Unless you cinch the straps snugly, it seems hard to apply power throughout the entire stroke, since at the bottom of the stroke, the foot needs to pull the pedals. Clipless allows you to utilize the full motion of a pedal stroke.
One thing I noticed with clipless, I tend to work through problems instead of bailing. Every now and then I surprise myself by clearing a section.
However, even after 4+ years of riding, I took a slow speed spill climbing on a hairpin on a singletrack last Sunday. I thought I could work it out, but wound up on my side...laughing at myself and hoping no one saw.