My missus has kindly stumped up £1000 for a new road bike for my b'day (I've already had a MTB for the past x amount of years but have recently got into duathlons etc. where a roadie would come in handy). I have been looking at the 2008 TREK 1.9 triple (not bad componentry for under a grand) but need advice. Basically, I popped into an Evans shop to give it a spin and it was fitted with toe-clips (which I have always used). When pedalling and turning at the same time I found there was no clearance between the front wheel and the toeclip and in fact they banged into each other and I nearly came off! I took a different TREK out (1.7 I think) and the same thing happened. The shop said toe-clips are dangerous and they don't recommend them plus don't pedal while turning round corners and to keep your feet in the low/high rest position!!! I've looked at various SPD alternatives but again the clearance between foot and front wheel appears to be zero. Apologies for being stupid but is it just me, or has anyone else had this problem ? Is it a design fault or what ? Or just bad advice in shop ? I've looked at a few other bikes and they don't appear to have this problem. And what's the best shoes to buy for this bike ? Should I get a diff. bike ??? Any advice greatly appreciated (being a newb to the road scene).