PaulB wrote:.............. I still think we've been conned into using "clipless" pedals by clever marketing.
IMO clipless pedals and particularly double sided SPD type clipless used with recessed cleats are the best thing since sliced bread.
When set up right,my feet are in the perfect cycling position,fixed to the pedals and very comfortable,the breakaway from the pedal is the same action as putting my foot down ie;outward with my ankle to clear the pedal and then downward.there is enough float in the pedals when they're set with the natural pedalling position of the foot in the centre of the float area.
Shoes are important and stiff comfortable well fitting shoes are paramount,which is the same for any serious distance walking FTM.some one once told me to buy good shoes and a good bed,because if you're not in one you in the other
clips and straps unless you're use to them are far more likely to give problems when stopping andd starting.
Once I'd used clipless flat pedals were impossible to live with.
I ride in all kinds of situations,long stretches where I needn't unclip,heavy stop start traffic where I need to constantly clip in and out,off road technical situations where I need to unclip quickly to 'dab' a foot and get back in again quickly.
On the tandem we can get down to as little as 2mph I/we never feel there's a problem
I have no problem with any situation but then I've been using them for something like 18years I ride M520's,M725's and M424's all with single release SH51 cleats