Clipless pedals are intimidating. They attach you to your bike, which to some is a scary thought. But they have many benefits. First off, being attached to the bike allows the rider to have much more control. “Bunny hops” are much easier, as well as maneuvering your bike in the air. Secondly, they allow you to greatly improve your pedal stroke. On a conventional flat pedal, the rider can essentially just push down. Where as a clipless pedal allows the rider to also push down, as well pull towards, pull up and push away. This can greatly improve the power of your stroke. Since the pedal stroke has changed, the muscle groups that are utilized are also changed. When you get tired on a flat pedal there really isn’t much you can do. However on a clipless pedal when one muscle group gets tired the rider can just focus on another part of their pedal stroke therefore using a different muscle group. This fact greatly increases your endurance. Once you get over the concept of being attached to your bike as a bad thing, you will quickly realize the benefits and wonder why you haven’t made the switch earlier.