Riddley wrote:I am so not an expert, but here's my 2 cents. I had SPDs for a while, and they gave me real pain in the knee. I tried a few things, but solved it by going back to normal pedals. I might look at getting old style clips sometime - I used to like them when I was younger.
I had the reverse experience - I did I-don't-know-how-many km using platform pedals, and started developing Achilles tendon problems, had a few chats with Gary Cairnduff (thanks, Helgirl), then I switched to SPDs and the pains vanished. I never had any knee issues with the SPDs.
Also, when I bought the Vivente tourer almost 4 years ago, I was badly out of shape and had little flexibility, so I ended up doing odd things to my handlebar & stem to raise them higher for my back's and hands' benefit. Most likely I could handle a slightly lower handlebar now, though, and I'll probably be putting that to the test sometime not too far off, when I get my next bike.