Well I finally broke down, got some look 396s after reading so many threads and reviews of many many pedals, and same with the shoes. So tonight I install the pedals and gingerly cruise the neighborhood making frequent stops. Practicing the clipping and unclipping not to mention coming to a stop and putting my foot down to get the feel of the shoe/cleat's stability on asphalt. Now I know all this takes practice, and I think I've found where in my pedaling stroke the unclipping is most comfortable. My biggest problem (and probably due to my impatience) is the clipping in. It takes a few strokes on the crank before I feel comfortable with my speed and line of travel before I can concentrate on getting the free foot clipped in. Am I approaching this correctly? Making too big of a deal of it? Any subtle tricks to insure pedal orientation for fluid clip in?