I'm going to be getting clipless pedals with the new bike, but I am having trouble figuring out which would be best to go with. I've never ridden clipless before, nor have I used clips, cleats, or toe straps. Simply flat cage pedals with athletic shoes.
My LBS sells Shimano pedals, so in the interest of being able to try-before-I-buy, and receiving future support, I will more than likely be going with the Shimano SPD system. The LBS showed me several different styles of pedals, and it mostly seemed to come down to two types:
MTB and Road, specifically, this style:
vs this style:
They said that the 540 style pedals are easier to clip into because they're double-sided, and allow you to use recessed-cleat shoes, which makes it easier to walk around in. Not that I plan on doing a ton of walking, but on longer rides I do have to stop into convenient stores to rehydrate, and the occasional charity ride will have parties afterwards where you'll have to do some walking, and I'd really like to not have to pack an extra pair of shoes in my trunk bag.
On the other hand, I like distance riding, and they said that the 105-style pedals have a much larger contact area and will likely be more comfortable on longer rides.
So... I don't know. Any suggestions?