I've dabbled with clipless throughout my extensive *er* 5 months career of MTB'ing (feels like a lifetime of fun though!). I've got a set of Crank Bro's candy c's (stuck them on my road bike), and a set of acids which I use for the MTB. I find them fine for the roads and my canal jaunt to work, but I'm petrified out on the trails and rough stuff. I just can't seem to get out of them quick enough.
I do like the feeling of being attached to the bike, and there's definitely an improvement in power transfer. But whenever I go and play on the trails, I stick my shimano flats on...
I wonder if I need to play around with my cleat position as that seems the only way to adjust clip in/out on the CB's - can't see that it's going to make a huge difference though.... I did 22 miles of freeriding in Clent on Sunday, and I fell off at least 4 times - and I was using flats. Probably as many times again where I would have ended up on my bum if I hadn't been able to get my foot out quick.
How do I get around this? Is all just about practising low speed control, track stands etc?
I've got a set of SPD's lying around somewhere - are they worth trying? Any easier to get out of in a hurry? I don't have cleats for them, so I'll have to get some if I'm going to try them. Just not sure if it'll be any different.