I met up with my old friend Troy last year and got to talking about cycling and I mentioned that I have done all of my rides with regular pedals and tennis shoes. He said I was crazy and told me how much better the right pedals and a good stiff road shoe would make my riding experience. So this year I decided to go for it.
Troy suggested Speedplay pedals and after some research I learned that they are just what the doctor ordered. They allow you to clip in on either side of the pedal and you simply turn your heel out to disengage. They also allow for some float so your feet can move a little and still be firmly attached making it more comfortable for your knees and I have bad knees.
I liked the x-series and they come in titanium, stainless steel or cro-moly. I found that I weigh too much for the X1(titanium) so I figured I would go for the X2 (stainless steel). I called a few stores but found that they retail for an arm and a leg. Since I needed both arms and legs for riding I looked online and finally found them on ebay for a great price.
I am waiting for my new non-Shimano shoes which should be here in 4 or 5 days and the real training begins.