We do a lot of slow-speed maneuvering drills and this affects balance. Over the years I’ve witnessed so many clinic participants become distracted because they’re anxious about being able to get out of their clipless pedal system in time to avoid tipping over. This distraction negatively affects their ability to learn. And if they do tip over and get hurt (physically or ego), it’s not a very positive learning experience.
In order to develop certain skills properly you cannot depend on being attached to your bike. You’re welcome to go back to clipless pedals once you’ve learned the techniques and proven to yourself that you can do the skills properly on flats. In fact, once you learn the proper techniques on flats, you can transfer those skills to riding clipped in and you’ll ride even better than before, as long as you don’t revert to cheating and pulling up on your pedals because you’re attached to them.
The larger flat pedal surface is an advantage because you can place your feet a little further forward so your feet have a better platform and support. This foot position enables the body to put more power to the pedals because the body can move in a more natural movement pattern. Need more convincing? Think about how much weight you can squat/deadlift (or how much power you can generate) by standing on the balls of your feet compared to having your feet flat on the floor. If you just tried it you likely found that you’re not very balanced and wouldn’t be able to push anywhere near the weight as being flat footed.
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