Pearl Izumi helped me get fitted and found me a great deal on a set of shoes that would work with my pedals. The shoes were $50, but they didn't have the cleats I needed. My pedals are Shimano SPD-R, which the company doesn't make anymore. It provides a wider base and more power.
I went to a bike shop, who told me the cleats would be $38, plus another $10 to install. Or, I could just get a new pedal and cleat set for $60.
And off to the Internet I went. I found the cleats I needed easily, thanks to the sales rep at Pearl Izumi looking it up for me before I left the store. I ordered the cleats on eBay for $10 and they arrived shortly. It's apparently a self-aligning model (I wish I knew what that meant).
Problem is, I had no idea what to do with the damn things. I am not handy, so again, off to the Internet I went. Thankfully, I found a diagram that clearly detailed how to install the Shimano SH-91 cleat. It still took me 30 minutes, but oh well.
Until I had to get off the bike. I'm going to need some practice with un-clipping my shoes before I hit the open road.
Thanks, Internet, for saving me some cash!
How long did it take you before you felt comfortable with clipless pedals and shoes?