I am looking at getting my first set of clipless pedals. I have done a lot of reading and research and have only gotten more confused. So I am asking for those with experience to look at the following points to see which way to go.
1. Knee. I have a pre-existing knee ligament issue. This makes being too "locked-in" a little scary for me. I understand the Shimano SPDs have less float. I also understand the Eggbeaters have more float. I would like to be able to get out quickly if necessary.
2. Price. I'm not looking to start with anything super expensive. The base Shimano appeal to me on this level. I'm not too worried about mud-shedding at my level.
3. Shoes. I have no problem with clipping in on the trail. I rode cages on my road bike, so I'm familiar with the concept at least. However, I also do some recreational riding with my wife in the neighborhood. I don't necessarily want to have to change shoes just to hop on the bike to go around the neighborhood. How easily can different pedals be used in this manner? Oh, no campus pedals, I think they'd be too limiting on the trail and that is the primary concern.
4. Eggbeaters seem a good choice because they have more area to clip in. How hard is it really between 2 or 4 sides? I've heard bad things and good things on the eggbeaters, mostly good things on the Shimano.
So that's the start. Any advice is appreciated.