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k3nnyd mtbstrengthcoach's article
Aug 8, 2012 at 18:44
Aug 8, 2012
Which Muscles are Really Used During the Pedal Stroke?
To each his own, but I have found that flats are something that you have to practice regularly in order to maintain efficiency. I went clipless for about a year and when I first tried flats again it was the same as you described. I was frustrated with my feet coming off and annoyed by any slight deviation from perfect foot position on the pedal. I realized that riding clipless I basically forgot about my feet and didn't always apply the "heavy feet" mantra. It seems that the more you ride exclusively clipless, the worse it will make learning flats. I feel that this is the reason so many stick to clipless and perceive massive gains over flats. I went back to clipless for awhile after giving up flats, but I read a lot on riding technique and tried to apply flat pedal techniques and other good overall riding techniques while riding clipless. Then I went back to flats and within about 2 rides I could keep my feet in place much better. Eventually you also just stop caring about small differences in your foot placement and you just ride it out. The better and more comfortable on flats you get, the less your feet come off and when they do you naturally put your foot right back into a good position. Flats take more work so I can see why the average rider doesn't want to take the time when they can just slap on clipless and only have to get over the clipping out fear and they're good to go forever.
k3nnyd mtbstrengthcoach's article
Aug 8, 2012 at 18:18
Aug 8, 2012
Which Muscles are Really Used During the Pedal Stroke?
@sfd656 Faster is more fun, yes. But clipless is less work and technique required IMO. I feel bored when I ride clipless. Riding flats I have to think and not just forget all about my feet and pedals.
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