...and I was fine!
I'd spent a few months thinking about the change and more I read the more I was scaring myself into thinking it was too dangerous. Or reading stories about "clipstacks" - where you come to a stop and topple over because you forget you're clipped in.
I actually got to a point where reading all the articles scared me out of doing it!
But I bought some pedals (Shimano M530s - below) and some shoes (Shimano M087s - below) yesterday and took the bike up to the car park last night and had a ride around - it was fine. Then I woke up this morning and went for a 20km ride around town...again perfectly fine in traffic, etc...
I think MOST of my own fear was about not being able to get my feet (foot) back in when I'd stopped at some lights...not so much about my foot getting stuck when trying to get it out.
But what I never realised (and never read) was that you can actually pedal quite fine with your feet resting on the pedal until you find the cleat position. When I realised this the fear disappeared and the fun began!
As far as the difference between clipless and platforms...I think its far too early for me to tell for sure, but:
1. The most noticeable difference to me was taking off. I could really pull up on the pedals and rocket away from a standing start - thats the biggest difference so far.
2. Hills. I was hoping for more of a difference here. Although I think is more of a technique thing at this stage. I'm hoping this improves with time.
3. Cadence. I did find it easier to maintain a quicker cadence in an easier gear (which I think will be good for my knees).
4. Foot movement. I'd read that your foot is anchored into one position with no movement at all. But you actually do get a little slack...which again is good for my knees.
So for all those people (like me) who are trawling the internet looking for stories to talk them into buying/trying clipless...I hope this does the trick.
I love 'em!
(By the way, I'm trying some offroad on Saturday so I'm thinking the dirt/mud and slip sliding around will bring some dicey moments where I'll want to swing my legs out and some fear may come back...but one thing at a time right?)