Lesson number 1) Toe clips are not the same as clipless;
Lesson number 2) Wear toe-clip appropriate footwear which have cleats (I still have mine);
Lesson number 3) Pedal "flip & slip" takes a bit of practice when you haven't done it for 20+ years;
Lesson number 4) I still love this geometry, handling, feel and ride ...
I learned these lessons on my first outing on my steel Mongoose JT Sig while hopping a dirt mound I've hopped countless times on other bikes - with clipless pedals
It was a GREAT
ride otherwise and that first episode forced me to pay more attention to my foot position for the next few obstacles.
Rapidly regained control ...
...but all of you know the feeling of having a foot or feet unintentionally lose contact with pedals while sailing through the air with the greatest of ease.
A few cell phone pics. Black Prestge bars on the way and still looking for ODI Mountaineer grips.