les tocknell wrote:I use multi-directional release SM-SH56 SPD cleats and I swear by them.
I tried SPDs for several months without success and eventually gave up on them before coming across these and gave them them one last try. An immediate success and no worries about doing three or four attempts at the correct 'ankle twist' to detach from the pedal. Somehow these ones seem to 'know' whether I'm lifting the pedal or taking my foot off. I started off with them on the loosest settings... ...and stayed with those settings ever since.
The SPD pedals I use are double sided but with detachable flats clipped on one side. I thought that that would be a good compromise to start with but I don't think I've ever used the flats since.
Curiously, my "off road" bike still has flats and I just can't imagine trying to tackle any of the long distance mud baths (aka bridleways) around our way with any kind of pedal attachments. I always need at least one foot on the ground to extract the bike from the gloop and push myself along (assuming I can find any ground solid enough to do so).