I seem to split my time between sidi/spd and normalshoe/toecage. I love the simplicity of jumping off my bike, and having normal shoes on. But my full stroke definitely fells weaker, the back stroke is non existent, and the up stroke is also less effective than with clipless. On the flip side of that, it seems a little harder to skid the wheel with the cages.
Yet it seems more people opt for cages, even with brakeless bikes, and regardless of the SF hills. Is there something I'm missing, or is it just a trade-off that people make?