So i always heard how the clips are awesome, how you can pull your pedals up now, effectively doubling your power, and my friend swears by them. So I decided to invest in them and... I absolutely hate biking with them on!
My main beef is that they restrict HOW I pedal, forcing me to keep my feet at a certain position. I tend to bike with the middle of my foot, but the clips make me pedal with the part closer to the front. I feel like I am "tip-toeing" on the pedal. It feels akward and actually makes me pedal LESS EFFICIENTLY since I cant put full force of my foot on it. So whatever speed boost I get from pulling up is lost.
Secondly, maybe I need to rise my seat, but with my legs a bit further back I dont feel like I get to stretch them enough; after a few minutes my legs start feeling cramped. Urgh!
And the last thing, I am finding that fact that I am now rising the pedal with my legs affecting my endurance. I mean, with regular pedaling you push push, rest rest, push push, rest rest etc. But with these, the push-pull-push-pull, your leg does not get ANY rest; it's far more tiring and while you may get more "power" you end up loosing in the duration!
So tell me BikeForums, do others find similar experiences, or am I proverbially "doing it wrong?"