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Flat pedals are the most basic pedal system, providing a wide stable surface to support your feet on both sides. They are not intended for use with clipless shoes. Many downhill mountain bikers prefer this type of pedal mated with a specifically designed shoe. This combination provides ample grip and control while remaining the easiest to get off of in the event of a crash. While clipless pedals will release in the event of a crash, platform pedals may give you the confidence to help avoid a crash. Cycling shoes are usually paired with a clip in pedal to hold your feet securely on the bicycle. These pedals offer unmatched control with a minimum amount of your pedalling energy lost before it reaches the rear wheel. Depending on your level of experience and confidence with mountain bikes should influence the correct pedal choice for you.