Temporarily switch to flat pedals on your mountain bike. They will help you use your whole body for balance, speed, strength, and handling, instead of depending mainly on your legs to manipulate the bike. The swap will also force you to build core and upper body strength, which will translate on clipped-in rides. Practicing front- and rear-wheel lifts with flat pedals on your mountain bike can help you quickly avoid unexpected road debris–and hop a curb in an emergency.
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