I went clipless mid last year. I fell in love with them. I also, had my probationary clipless falls. All at zero speed and all "HURT like hell". Today, after weeks off the bike because ice, snow and cold, I got the new Peace 9R out. Planned ride was 17 miles of country road with lots of hills. I rest about every 4-5 miles and this was my 3rd stop. At the 12 mile point, I pulled into a driveway to take a rest and for the 3rd time in 7 months, unclipped the right......and leaned to the left. I guess I am clipless impaired?
Anyway, this fall was not good. I tucked and landed on my left side and my elbow and ribs connected. I have either seriously bruised or mildly fractured a rib or ribs on the left side The worst part of this is, I somehow managed to seriously bend my back rim on my brand new bike
So, back to the clipless thing. As much as I like that added assist I get when climbing, I am seriously considering going back to platforms. I do not and never will ride for speed. There are no bike paths here, and frequent stops are the norm. I made an agreement with myself this year to just ride. Very little planning of routes and any concern for time is not going to happen. So, with that in mind, and the need for fine tuned efficiency does not exist, I think I am heading back to the platform. I swear that I remember my first year platform rides were fun.
We will see. I am just toying with the idea right now. I'll let ya know. Maybe you can get a good deal on a pair of shoes and pedals
The Cliplessly impaired One