it doesn’t matter if you look dorkish at all. clips just give you that little bit of cranking that could win or lose the race. I agree they look stupid, so maybe they should get some cooler shoes or something. And for the trails, i ride almost everyday, i even have trails in my yard with a soon to be foam pit. every once in awhile though i’ll go out with my race bike and clips and ride them. To me that just shows how comfortable jumping with anything (clips or flats). and leathers, you’ll never see me in them, i tried them once and they feel weird.
I just think everyone should drop this topic about clips and how they are so bad, because face it their here and there here to stay. Every sport needs improvements to gain a wider viewing audience, clips and carbon fiber are the new improvements and they are going to stay until the next improvement comes around