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  1. So I paid for a lesson

    Learning to track stand is one of the best skills you can have on a mountain bike. Well worth the hours it takes to perfect!
  2. Loftus loop

    There is no one Loftus loop! There are dozens of options from easy peasy to ridiculously hard. As it is bound by roads and creeks you shouldn’t get too lost. Get on Trail forks or Strava and work out your options from there.
  3. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Looking at your bike in the other thread it looks like you have some gnarly spikes (what are they, Dmr vaults?). A decent set of shoes like 5 10 freerider would be a good investment.. to maintain maximum grip, think heavy feet, light hands. Also ride Wither pedals more mid foot and with dropped heels through rough stuff.
  4. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    More likely technique than shoes.
  5. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Everyone cops them in the shins when switching to flats. makes you realise how much you rely on cleats and suspension. Flats force you to use weight distribution and technique to keep you attached to the pedals. Most shin strikes are a result of feet leaving the pedals when riding rough technical terrain, jumps and drops
  6. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Phew, hopefully it’s a one off then. Has to be a lot better than a reverb!
  7. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Is it a Rockshox reverb post? Most problematic dropper ever made. After you've sent it back 3 or 4 times you'll do what most others do and put something else on like a KS Lev or Bikeyoke Revive. Hopefully yours will be an anomaly and actually work well!
  8. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    the brand x posts from crc are good value atm. $143
  9. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Stick a dropper on and it would be a weapon! Can’t imagine riding flats without a dropper... actually can’t imagine riding without a dropper period!
  10. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Hmmm maybe! Put it this way: after a few whacks in the shins it’ll make you more conscious of what you are doing with your feet! You have a dropper don’t you? Every techy downhill, jump and drop, get your seat down and think light hands, heavy feet. Some people wedge their feet slightly to get more grip ie. back foot toes slightly down; leading foot heel down.
  11. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Any shoe will work with good pedals. Running shoes probably won't last long though. I run DMR vaults with my 5:10's and they are solid as! They also do nasty things to your shins if you are unlucky enough to lose your footing!
  12. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    Sorry, just saw your post. Impact vxi's are a roomy fit but lengthwise they tend to run very close to Shimano.
  13. Pedals: clipless vs flats

    If you've never ridden flats you'll be surprised how much you rely on being attached to your bike. Took me a while to get used to flats but now I'd never go back to being clipped in.
  14. Upper Murray Challenge

    One of the few surviving multisport races in Oz! Seems every new one that springs up lasts a few years and is gone. I miss races like the Mars challenge!