Over a few years I've had the opportunity to try a number of tire models in the 35mm width range. As Jan Heine has helped us understand, narrow tires are not always the best choice. Tires in the 35mm size range have shown the benefits of smoother ride and better grip.
There are a number of pedal systems on the market. This is a quick summary of the features that each system provides along with a subjective assessment of each. This is an incomplete list that ignores the less common systems.
We like riding 'Sport' style road bicycles when we aren't racing. They are more comfortable, less twitchy, and are more tolerant of less than perfect paved surfaces.