I'm looking to upgrade from spd to a proper road pedal-any thoughts please-won't be used for serious racing,plus do any style of pedal "suit" the pre-clipless bike-i have mostly modern kit on a '60's frame
I think Bebops are the best road pedal ever made. They are the best mountain bike pedal too. Did I mention they they are a great Cross pedal?
Essentially a better, stronger, smarter version of the Speedplay X or Lightaction.
There was some bad blood between Speedplay and Bebop (which was invented first) and Speedplay did some creepy illegal things to get Bebops pulled from the major US distributors and mail order houses. The legal stuff is over, and Bebops are being sold again (they won the case, but didn't get the financial damages they should have from Speedplay), die hard Bebop fans had been hoarding sets, and selling them on eBay for a pretty penny. Incredibly stiff pedal and rebuildable.
Once you use Bebops you'll never go back to anything else. The float is so much more natural and the knee injuries of SPDs or Look style pedals don't happen with Bebops.
I use them on my road bike, road tandem, and mountain bike. I use a Sidi mountian bike shoe for everything. I like the way the cleat fits in the Sidi recess.