Clipless Vs Flat Pedals for Mountain Biking
with Lindsey Richter, Director of Inspiration, Liv Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Camps
My mountain bike journey began back in the mid-90’s when I jumped right into cross-country racing. Toe clips and straps attached to flat pedals that allowed any shoe to stay secured to the pedal was the standard then. I soon transitioned to “clipless” pedals because that was the trend, especially for racers. For the next 20 years I never even considered straying from clipless pedals until knee surgery in 2019 forced me to give flat pedals an honest try. Begrudgingly, I put flats on my bike, ordered a pair of Liv Shuttle Flat shoes and gave it a go. For the first ten rides I felt like a beginner mountain biker and wanted to put my clips back on! But after committing to flats for an entire year, I will admit, I’m hooked.