I ride generally for fitness (on the road with a mountain bike with slicks and rigid fork) - 20 to 30 miles at a time with many hills. I ride a mountain bike because Iíve always been a mountain bike person. Iíve tried road bikes and ALWAYS break spokes and need the rear tire trued constantly. Yes Ė Iím hard on the equipment.
I currently use SPD Pedals and donít really think theyíre the proper pedal for me (my wife hates the fact that Iím clipped in). I believe the SPDs have too small of a contact area and donít give adequate comfort or performance on the road. But Ė on the other hand Ė I donít know if a platform pedal is the answer Ė as Ė Iím not the most efficient when it comes to pedaling (I think I might tend to ďchopĒ on the platform pedals).
Iím thinking of either going to platforms (with replaceable pins and trail shoes) or to SPD-SL (with dedicated cycling shoes). I hate the fact that you canít walk in these SPD-SL cleats.
Iíve also tried Power Grips, Toe Clips with mixed results.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.