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  1. #1
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    Interesting post on flats vs. clipless

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    "Better is a relative term, especially when talking about artificial means of performance enhancement. The mistake people make is assuming that because something improves performance it must be better and therefore you want to use it all of the time. The fact is that equipment can either enhance good technique and fitness or cover up technique and fitness gaps and there is a huge difference between the two. The first will let you tap into your own abilities even more and the second will lead to plateaus and overuse injuries."
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    I realized early this season that I had poor pedal stroke when I was using most of my strength on the "upswing" instead of having "heavy feet." I've been working on retraining myself and it hasn't been easy. I think I am going to give this a try in the next season. I already put flats on my 26er for an AR, I think I'll just leave them on for awhile.

    I was doing this: "The #1 lie is that you want to pull the foot and pedal up – you instead need to focus on pulling the thigh up at the hip. This technique will help you develop a smooth, consistent pedal stroke to flats or clipless pedals." From this post.
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    One of the reasons I love my Shimano A530's pedals - platform on one side, spd on the other. I find if I envision walking and or "kicking" (especially when tired) I have a more efficient pedal stroke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky King View Post
    One of the reasons I love my Shimano A530's pedals - platform on one side, spd on the other. I find if I envision walking and or "kicking" (especially when tired) I have a more efficient pedal stroke
    You use these on the mountain bike trail?

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    I had these on my mountain bike, before I sold it. With my limited skills, it felt like safety insurance. Most of the time, if the terrain was hilly or very rooty, I rode with one foot unclipped.
    Sometimes I would forget, clip at the start and then have an "oh s**t moment, when I would get to a climb and realize I was still clipped in and I thought I might have to bail. Most of my crashes occurred when I couldn't get up a difficult hill and I couldn't unclip, either.
    Although, the last time I went mountain biking, I just kind of forgot and stayed clipped in the whole time, even up a steep little grade.
    So different than on the road. Catrin, I am pretty sure your skills have surpassed whatever i achieved.
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    The best tool for improving pedal stroke is rollers. I, too, had a VERY uneven stroke before I spent a lot of time on the rollers. It's smoothed out A LOT now, but was very evident when I first started.

    And the thing that really helps me most mentally is to envision my feet tied to pie plates - rather than focusing on an upward or downward stroke, think about making circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheFly View Post

    And the thing that really helps me most mentally is to envision my feet tied to pie plates -

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