Well, I remember my first crash with my good ol' Stumpjumper back in '93. I always used toe-clips and had just upgraded to SPD pedals for a few months.
Now back where I lived there was this way cool downhill trail in the forest, it was right next to a mine (or what is such an open thing called where they dig up minerals??). And I mean RIGHT next to it and you can easily go down there with approx 40mph... anyways, fact is also that sometimes the Dutch army uses that spot for "abseilen". And this time they were smart enough to tie a rope to a tree on the other side of the trail and have it go down into that mine on the other side of the trail (so the rope was across the road).
Well... and there I came downhill with 40mph
Good thing the rope was at "head-tube" height and not at "head-height". I went on for about 3 meters but my Stumpie didn't
And neither did the soles of my SPD shoes (really funny if you think about it, nit so funny when I was lying there in the bushes with about 5 of those army dudes around me).
Anyway, forgot what I wanted to say with this but when I read about SPD vs toe-clips here I had to think about this incident (the only one I ever had btw). I must say, since that day I really think steel MTB's are bomb-proof (and the Army got me those nice black/red Specialized Ground Control Team SPD shoes to make up for it)
And all that my Stumpie has is that the purple "S" is faded away on the top tube.... pretty neat eh?
Oh man, this isn't happening... it only thinks it's happening - Kevin Flynn
1990 KLEIN Rascal - 1992 Specialized Stumpjumper FS - 1992 Specialized S-Works Carbon - 1992 GT Xizang LE