I finally bought the bike shoes and pedals (SPD type) and tonight I did my 1st ride clipless style. OH MAN ---- WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!
I felt like I was getting a better workout, yet it felt more even...it was much easier on me. Hills and rough spots were much easier. I felt like I easily gained a few mph just from it. It was so great.
My friend I ride with sometimes gave me an remark that, to me, was actually a compliment. I normally ride slightly faster than her anyway....tonight she said "You are going intimidatingly fast tonight".
That being said....a few questions/observations.
1. Everybody has previously mentioned about how it may be hard to get off, etc.... I find it more difficult to get the shoes clicked IN. Getting out is a breeze.
2. Is it ok to walk around with those cleats on the shoes? I feel them grind into the road/cement and and I'm afraid I'll bend them all out of shape. Not to mention....afraid to walk on tile in house for fear it will crack the tile.
Thanks to everybody for previous recomendations, I'm so happy with this etc..