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I started using clipless pedals on my mountain bike several years ago. Personally, I love them and do not like riding without them. It was the first item I installed on my EZ Sport. I run the Shimano M540 pedals. Blue Sky Cycling had a very good price on them.
When I rode a mountain bike, I fell twice at a stop because I did pay attention and forgot to unclip. The crazy thing was that I had been riding for over a year with them before I did this. I felt so stupid.
The third time I fell was also at a stop also on my mtb. I had pulled into a ditch to rest and had one foot clipped and the other unclipped. I was backing the bike and lost my balance to the side that my foot was clipped in. Down I went.
I ride my recumbent much more than I rode the mountain bike. Clipping and unclipping is very much a habit now. I switched the M540's out to a flat pedal one day to wear boots because of the cold and I found myself twisting the the boot everytime I stopped as if to unclip my shoes. Without thinking, I was doing it at every stop. I did not realize it had become such a habit. I did fall several times in the beginning clipped in, but honestly, I don't think it would have mattered clipped or not. Once you start falling on the bent, it is hard to stop. In fact, on some bents it might be more beneficial to not be able to get unclipped in time to protect your foot from further damage.
You will find the pedals will enhance your ride. I like them because they hold your foot to the pedal. Because the shoes are board lasted, this essentially makes the pedal the size of you foot instead of the size of the pedal. This spreads the pressure out a bit for added comfort. It also increases your power by utilizing the upstroke as well and results in more efficiency.
You will find after time, you will clip-in and clip-out without even thinking about it. Enjoy.