apparently my pedals are broken, they make a god aweful sound when you mash on them. I stopped at the helpful LBS and they informed me that new pedals was what I needed. They tried to push me into platforms made of metal, I asked about clipless and he said that they are fine, and showed me some shoes, but I am not sure I want to spend that much money. I also am not sure I want to ride in special shoes. I ride every morning (or at least 5 mornings a week) and average about 9~12 miles every morning. I ride a entry level LBS quality mountain bike (scott reflex 50) that came stock with plastic pedals. should I just get metal caged pedals? should I get toe clips? clipless?
I have my eye on these, they look like they would be similar to clipless in the motion to enter and exit them, but would still allow me to ride in regular shoes.