Looking at this photo makes me wonder if we're better off with this plethora of modern pedal systems. I've been trying to sort out which pedals I want to use (I've got 10 bikes) and so far the only ones I'm happy with are the "rat-trap" touring pedals without toeclips or straps. I bought them from Rivendell for $35....I go to the bike races here in Alaska and there's no unanimity of pedal. I think the market is ripe for a really good solution. Rowers expoxy comfy shoes onto the footboards of racing shells. Maybe I'll do the same with a bike and see how that works.