"If there are no cigars in heaven, I shall not go." -Mark Twain
'12 Salsa Casseroll (Pepé)
'09 Specialized Roubaix Elite (Black Stallion)
'89 Puegeot Bordeaux (Big Blue)
'08 Specialized Sirrus Comp (Shadow)
'06 Trek Navigator 500 (The Beast)
I use MKS platforms with toe clips on my roadie, MKS Lambda on my hybrid but I have Shimano clipless on my touring bike for the long days in the saddle. I gave up the clipless on the other bikes because I got sick of wearing the special shoes all the time.
Due to an old ankle injury and multiple surgeries on same - I found out the hard way that I cannot rotate my left foot enough to get out of clipless.
I wanted the largest platform I could find - did a good bit of looking on forums and the internet.
Settled on Speedplay drilliums. Use a pair of Teva pinner shoes with them.
Haven't slipped off, they ride great for me - If you lift your foot somewhat on the upstroke, you would be surprised at how much you can pick up the cadence.
Note: at the time Speedplay did not publish width/length/height. I called them, no definitive answer by tech, so I had them get a pair out of the warehouse and measure.
They seem huge, and just right.
Contact surface is slightly concave -
3 9/16 " front to back
The above measurements are contact surface only, and are not overall - a little larger overall due to offsets of surface.
Pricey, but I am quite well pleased.
It is good you are having success with the Drilliums. I thought those might be an option, but my spouse expressed concern about the comfort of the "spikes." I also called Speedplay to ask if these were suitable for use with a road bike and the gentleman who answered the phone basically said, "not really use something else." Thanks for letting us know these work for you.
For a bad a$$ pedal that is fun to ride in any conditions, nothing like ole skool VP Bear Claws http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAR-TRAP-BI...264#vi-content
Warning, they can draw blood. However, I know ladies that ride em and love em, but perhaps they just like it rough...
I use the Ergons on a hybrid bike. I like them because they work with any shoe, and a stiff sole is not necessary because you have such a large pedal platform. However, the sandpapery surface is not as gritty as I would like, I can get slippage if the pedals are wet. They do look a bit disproportion to the bike size, but they are not heavy.
I use the silver MKS Touring pedals on almost all my bikes. They are wider and grip shoes great.