So a few weeks back when I bought my first road bike it didn't come with pedals. I bought the cheapest in the store and told them after I decided the brand pedals and shoes I liked I'd be back.
Well I'm way overdue and hating riding with these pedals/straps on my road bike. I don't ride competitively or race. I'm actually a runner that after a surgery on my leg can't seem to run like I used to so while my biking is casual it's picked up more than the just goofing around I did on my other bike for something more after running or on non run days.
65% of the time or so I ride with my 8.5 year old son on his Felt F95 Jr. About half of those rides we ride somewhere to a place or we stop someplace along the route. Because of that I hate the idea of a typical cleat fully exposed bike shoe where I sound like Gregory Hines walking around.
With all that said by "normal" shoe I mean a shoe that doesn't look or sound out of place in a public setting. One I can also walk in without ruining the cleat quickly. I'm leaning toward more a mountain bike type shoe and pedal combo. I see the Speedplay pedals are usually highly thought of. The Speedplay MTB Frog pedals seem to get good reviews with the exception of sand/mud build up. Obviously that wouldn't affect me. The other thing I see with the Speedplay Frogs (Speedplay in general really) is a high level of float that is compared to being on ice. I'm not exactly sure what that means and I'm wondering if it's something that would ruin running that pedal for me. Can someone that has used Speedplay pedals enlighten me some? Is the ice thing something that's over stated?
The shoes I like best that I've found are these Pearl Izumis http://www.zappos.com/pearl-izumi-x-...fcTest=fcl%3A0
Anyone have any experience with these? While I'm not a competitive rider I also don't want a shoe that's too flexible and likely to cause a hot spot especially on such a small platform pedal (by comparison) like the Frogs. Any other ideas?
Is there an obvious popular normal road shoe/pedal combo I'm over looking?