Nick March <email@example.com> schrub:
> Eventually. But in the meantime don't loose sight of the fact
> that if you are about to cycle over the edge, you may want to get
> your feet on the ground mighty fast.
As a beginner, I felt on the ground at stop lights for a few times like a overturned ladybug, as I had forgotten that I had clipless pedals. To be honest it took a while than to free myself from the pedals lying there whilst the car drivers behind me was convulsed with laughter.
Nothing was hurt but my dignity.
In the meantime the process of engaging or releasing is completely automatically. It is one smooth move and I'm in or out of the pedal. Much easier than classical pedals with hooks and straps ever were. It's fast, it's reliable. And in case of trouble there is no problem to get the feets on the ground.
To come back to your analogy: if you cycle over the edge of the flat earth- there is no ground you could get your feet on, clipless pedals will help you to die with the cycle instead of loosing it when going to heaven. Another Advantage, I guess.
best regards, Richard