AlastairS wrote:Can you give me an idea of what its like wearing double sided pedals in slow moving traffic and you may have to stop soon and/or
you have to stop unexpectantly ? Do you feel comfortable and in control all the time , knowing you are not going to fall off?
Being clipped in isn't either-or, there are some really useful states in between.
As alicej says, because you're locked to the pedal, you can pull up your pedal to set off without having to hook your toe underneath. Repeat that action and you can scoot along at walking pace, while your other leg dangles. With a bit of practice, you can power through the whole of the pedal stroke and cycle along with only one foot on the pedals. If you need to make more progress but still think you might have to stop in a hurry you simply pedal using the midsole, avoiding the cleat.
I'm actually more confident in traffic with clipless pedals than flat, because I know I've always got one solid attachment to the pedals. I can always apply power securely, whether it's a little nudge to push forward a couple of feet or a full-bore sprint out of a tight spot. I can manhandle the bike in a way that I just don't feel confident doing on flat pedals.