Actually, another question comes to mind here now that I'm talking about clips/pedals etc -- It's probably about time I picked up a new pair of shoes as well, and I'm wondering if it isn't time to re-evaluate the entire system I'm using. Anybody have an opinion about whether SPD's are the best system for what we ride around here, and suggest an alternative combination? Anything out there that's a better way to go? The main thing I look for is low-maintenance, and reliability. I don't like to "tinker" with stuff all the time in order for it to work properly.