I switched to clipless pedals
I decided to try clipless pedals. My only (admittedly weak) justification of this is that I'm sick of my feet slipping off the pedals while cycling in the rain. Aside from that, it's just something I wanted to learn to do.
This is what I ended up going with,
- Shimano PD-M520 pedals, £24.26
- Shimano SM-SH51 cleats, included with pedals
- Rockrider XC 500 MTB Shoes, £74.99 (ouch…)
Yes, that's right, I ended up going with mountain bike shoes. I think the pedals are intended for mountain biking too. I heard from several people they are better for more casual riding. The shoes are easier to walk in? I don't know what I'm talking about.
I went for a quick ride on the roads around my house, unclipping and clipping back in a few times. It feels fairly natural, perhaps easier than getting into my stupid straps on my old pedals. Let's see how my ride to work goes tomorrow morning. Hopefully I won't fall off.
Here are some pics of the gear:
<2021-01-31 Sun 11:24> It's been a little over a year and 5000km of clipless pedals for me so I thought I would add an update. Everything feels fine and I haven't fallen off from forgetting to unclip (yet). The pedals feel a bit stiffer than they were when I first got them, and the tightness adjust seems to have seized up. The shoes are a little worse for wear but still ok, I think. It might be time to replace the pedals, cleats look quite worn too. Anyway, still happy :-)