I need some pedal advice from long distance riders. I have a Specialized Roubaix Expert. I enjoy taking longer rides on my bike. I want to start more serious training next spring. I don't plan on racing but I can see myself maybe trying some endurance rides, and I definitely was to do some 2 to 3 day credit card touring next year (I did a two day trip in Seoul last fall and had a blast).
Love my new bike but really want to go clipless. I am drawn to SPD pedals for a number of reasons. However, my LBS owner said he finds them uncomfortable on long rides. I'm trying to get this right on one purchase because if I buy the wrong setup and say I need another my wife will probably shoot me.
So far I haven't been able to find a bike shop that has my shoe size in stock for testing but even if I do it could be hard to know if they will be comfortable after 100km or 200km so I thought I'd ask you guys if any of you use SPD and like them or have had problems with them? And what shoe would you suggest looking for? I would like to keep the whole thing under 250$ The lbs has some Shimano m520 for like 50$ So that leaves 200$ for shoes. I'm also interested in just what type of pedals you long distance guys are using and why.
It's worth mentioning that I have flat feet. b/c of this I have to wear really flat and slightly wide shoes but the upside to being flatfooted is the balls of my feet are very tough; this tends to make me think I have less of a chance of having problems with hotspots but I may be wrong.