My refusal to use SPDs is obviously hampering my climbing ability.
I can understand why people use them, but I'm happy with just grippy flat pedals and grippy soled shoes.
Apart from my aversion to being attached to the bike, I also like the ease of slightly adjusting your foot position, to allow for injuries, to help build strength in tendons/ligaments/muscles and to increase comfort over longer rides.
If the only reason for me to use them was to gain a little extra speed that wouldn't be enough to tempt me, as I'm so inefficient in other respects that gains would be a lot easier to find elsewhere, without attaching myself to the bike (better bike setup, better riding technique etc.) - and I'm not convince that being able to go a little bit quicker would add that much to my enjoyment.
It's not that I don't see value in clipless - clearly there is some - but often I think it's overplayed. Also, whilst toe-clips are out of vogue - and have been for some time, many of the main things clipless brings, can largely be claimed for toe-clips too.
The notion that being able to pull, as well, will transform your cycling, is mostly overblown. Sure, for brief periods there may be some value, in very high or near maximum effort (load, rather than cadence). Other than that, though - which is limited, let's not mistake that - choosing the right gear, the right cadence, and how well your cardiovascular system is performing tends to be a big factor in most of cycling.
Out-and-out leg power may have a bearing for starts, sprints, and brief periods when climbing, but effort is not efficiently used in that way, in some sustained fashion.
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