What kind do you run? I've been an spd guy for years on end on my mountain bike. Lately, I've been experiencing some post ride knee pain. I'm interested in the Speedplay Frogs, which have freefloat compared to only 4° on spd's. I ride Speedplay on my road bike and love them and their freefloat. Does anyone have any beta on the Frogs or any other recommendations?
Riding first generation Ritcheys on my Mounty... this is my 20th season on this same set if pedals. I am a huge fan of Tom Ritchey. THe first real Mountain Bike I had was a Ritchey Frame... it weighed more than me, but designed perfectly for my riding style at the time. Not truly understanding what I had, I traded it for a Aluminum frame which caused me to stop riding off road for several years.
For my Roady, i Ride the Look Keo system. I like a stiffer feel on the crank when I'm climbing on the road... strange comfort for me. I recently discovered an issue with my crank turning form.... curled toes. Believe it or not, if you can manage to focus on relaxing your feet while climbing... you'll go a lot farther. The Look pedal system along with a custom fit ultra-stiff shoe, and a more relaxed foot, can lead to miles upon miles of virtually effortless climbing...
I moved to the gold "quick release (sissy)" spd cleats quite a few years ago and never even think about them.
I got new lake shoes last years and didn't think to order new cleats so went with the regular black spd cleats and definitely felt more knee and release issues on both the gravel and mountain bikes, back to gold I ride shemano M530's on both bikes
I ran crank bros candy and eggbeaters and mallets for a while. Then I realized that I don't really need to be clipped in. It was really only helping when I was super tired after a long day of riding and I started pulling up with my feet to work different muscles.
I also feel like flats are helping me be a better rider. I was cheating with my bunny hops by retracting my legs to pull the bike under me. Now I have to do them the real way.