So, Iíve been riding my mountain bike on the weekends as kind of a change from the normal long road bike ride, while still getting a great cardio workout. However, my MTB had platform pedals, which are obviously a completely different feel from the clipless pedals on my road bike. For Christmas, however, I got a number of REI gift cards and yesterday, I went to REI and bought some MTB shoes and MTB SPD compatible clipless pedals (Shimano M520).
Today, I went for my first ride on them, and wow, what a difference. Not only was the pedaling better (and much more like my road bike), but I had better control of the bike, since my feet were attached to the pedals. Made taking the downhill bumps a lot better, and more fun, as well as blasting through the downhill singletrack over at Ft Ord, the local area I MTB at.
Final verdict: for anyone who rides MTBís, go out and get yourself a set of clipless pedals and shoes. You wonít regret it!