I have been commuting for about a year+ now (1800 miles total ) and have noticed that other than the folks in town who ride SS, I am the only person using toe clips and straps. Most everyone I see, commuters & roadies (not counting recreational folks) are clipless. I ride a 1977 Trek w/ about 35lbs of gear.(Please don't tell me to store my stuff at work, I can't) When the weather is bad I ride a Cannodale 50/50 internal hub w/ the same amount of gear. The ride is 34 miles round trip and there are some hills, city streets, stop lights and bikepaths in my route. Anyone gone from clips to clipless or the other way around? I am looking for feedback because if I went clipless, between pedals for both bikes and shoes, I am looking at about $300 (i think)
Would there be an appreciable improvement in efficency, speed etc? Or am I just buying new toys? I have seen platform pedals one one side and clipless on the other vs. plain clipless. Your opinions and experiences would be helpful.
Also as I know this may spark a debate amongst some (i.e. internal geard hub vs. derailer / disc vs. drum brakes) I am really looking for practcal advice and not just opnion. In addition, my riding is 99% commuting. Thanks for you help!