Want your opinion on my clipless pedal choice
I'm posting to this forum because my bike is a cyclocross. I use it for fitness, fair-weather commuting, and fun, not for racing. I ride 75% paved roads, 20% dirt roads, and 5% groomed trail. Minor potholes at worst.
I currently have clips and straps. I've chosen the Shimano M-424 as my clipless pedal.
I chose the 424 over the 520 since the 424 has a surrounding cage. I won't be riding not clipped in, but do want to ease my learning process. When I miss clipping in on the second pedal, I'll have the surrounding cage to maintain my footing and try again. And when it's time to unclip (in non-emergency situations), I've got somewhere to rest my foot as I slow down and stop.
I chose the 424 over the 545 or 647 since the 424's cage, though the weakest available, is not going to be hit by more than pebbles on my rides. I'm not concerned with it breaking.
Will the surrounding cage be as useful as I think? Should I go with a more expensive pedal to get a stronger cage, or perhaps choose the pedal with no cage at all?
Thank you for your opinion.