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FREE until midnight on New Year’s Eve: Ryan Leech’s 12-Ride Flat Pedal Challenge online course.

I’ve been riding with flat pedals since Aug, 2011, about 6 weeks after I began mountain biking. I don’t evangelize about them too much in part because I’ve not delved deeply into the flats vs clipless debate. I just had more fun riding with them. And although I’ve always believe crashing is part of learning, I wasn’t willing to suffer injuries caused mainly by not getting unclipped in time to put my feet down.

So I’m thrilled to see that Ryan Leech, pro rider and elite instructor, has released his 12-Ride Flat Pedal Challenge online course.

It’s FREE until midnight, 12/31/2016 (New Year’s Eve).

Since he announced it a few weeks ago, over 6,000 have signed up.

Here’s his short description of the course:

“A drill-filled guide designed to help you discover the technique and style gifts of flat pedals. I’m NOT trying to convert you to flat pedals. Though if you ride clipless, then you’re missing out on the refinement that logging time on flats can have on your technique. You can then carry this style back to clipless at any time you like! Following my curriculum will speed up the acquisition of these, dare I say, transformative flat pedal benefits.”

Here’s the course overview page with the entire curriculum, testimonials, and link to register, NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED:

(Full disclosure: I’ve been collaborating with Ryan on a few aspects of his online venture for the past year or so. I’m also a marketing affiliate, which means I get a small commission for referring people.)

I’m having more fun with flat pedals

I started out mountain biking this summer clipped into Crank Bros Eggbeaters with a good pair of Bontrager Multisport shoes.  After a few minor spills, I got the hang of getting out of them (rotate your heels outward)  and I could feel some benefits to keeping my feet in the right position on the pedals.

But I was still nervous about tackling the advanced technical stuff that I like and after a few scary crashes, I found some blog posts with long discussion threads that opened my eyes:

James Wilson on MTB Strength Training Systems:

Gene Hamilton on BetterRide.Net:

Five Ten Impact HighVP-ViceSo I got a pair of Five-Ten Impact High shoes and thin VP-Vice pedals and they’ve made a huge difference. I’ve been way more adventuresome, not having to think or worry about being clipped in.

I’ll keep the Eggbeaters and Bontragers for the gravel rides.

Updates, November 2014: I’ve updated the expired links to the shoes and pedals. And I’ve added two more article links.