QUOTE (billybadass @ Jun 27 2012, 02:27 AM)
Kids (and their parents) putting clippies on before the kid learns essential bike-handling skills is the step backwards...not taking them away. Parents desperately need to be educated. I know little Johnny really wants them because he's gotten two thirds in 9 novice and the clip's are gonna help him take it to the next level, but putting them on too early because they're magic and they will help him win is chasing instant gratification, in lieu of long-term development.
It's hard to explain how clipless pedals ruins kids' skill development, but they definitely do. I see the grotesque riding style they cause on a daily basis. Look no further than your nearest rhythm section and watch the clippy kids hump the bars when trying to pump or manual...it's horrible. Ask any pro or trainer out there and they'll tell you..."Learn the bike-handling skills on flat pedals!" This is a case where (most) parents definitely don't know best. But hey, I understand, little Johnny needs that big trophy NOW!
Sorry for my strong opinion but watching the kids wrestle with clipless pedals before they can even balance on the gate makes me mental.
If the kid is headed to the worlds, I doubt the use of clips has hindered development.
Banning them is the most ridiculous thing I've heard of. Why not come up with some sort of resistance mechanism to slow the kid down while we're at it. Sounds like restricter plate racing to me.