Often chosen for their practicality and ease of use for disengaging from the pedal or to attack a trail with flexibility. Flat pedals are often overlooked for their benefits. They provide freedom for many mountain bikers, especially downhill riders, whilst still offering a secure grip offered by metal studs on the surface, which engage with the shoes and enhance grip.
Flat Commuter/touring: When commuting long or short distances, along with touring, the best choice may be flat pedals enabling the rider to choose any shoe that may suitable for both on and off the bike. Although there are a variety of clip-less shoes designed for both on/off bike, your journey may not require such a system and a standard pair of flat shoes may be a better option.
When thinking about your choice of pedals you might want to consider which shoes typically accompany them. You may already have a pair of shoes with cleats and consideration must be given to the compatibility, as there is little crossover between pedals, cleats and shoes. Therefore it is best not to set your heart on a particular pair of shoes or pedals you love before finding out if they are compatible.
When opting for flat/platform pedals think about weather conditions, or whether your ride will involve going through mud and puddles. Be sure to consider the material used, ensuring feet stay where they should be, as they will slip in wet conditions. Always consider pedals with grip or studs to secure your foot.