New shoes and som candy sl pedals.
Many years ago I rode with leather shoe clips and noticed some improvement after adding them, I decided to try bike shoes with clipless pedals, beings its a mountain bike I went with shoes and pedals that were beater style pedals.
here's a pic
Took a while to master the clips but they seem to be easier every time I ride.
The first ride it felt like I was pumping water with my pedals smooth but with resistance.
second ride I dropped the bike in soft sand plowed the front wheel and went down left leg came loose right did after on the ground.. at leat it was soft.. :eek:
Third day much better ride seemed more comfortable at higher speeds and larger gears,learned to release shoes if approaching any intersection as a precaution.
I think they are great if you don't have to stop alot, I normally don't except when starting my ride then I just use the pedals without engaging the clips.
One big plus is they seem to improve the angle of attack on the pedals this agrees with my knees. when I didn't have them I was moving my feet all over the pedals sometimes my heel would strike the frame.