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Old 03-01-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Trials Bicycles

Who has one?

On a whim Bendejo and I decided it was it would be a great training tool and a good way to get quickie rides in when the mood struck.

This beauty is currently in transit and will hopefully arrive tomorrow.



We've been lurking over at OTN and learning as much as we can. We're super excited to get the bike here to start playing.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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Who'd you order it from? Lead time to have it shipped?

TIA
None of the bike shops around here wanted to have anything to do with us so we called Matt at Midwest Bike Trials last week and asked him to quote a solid beginner bike for about 1k. He came back a little higher and we gave him the go ahead to start building it on Thursday.

Ben talked to him today and he said he shipped it on Saturday and then emailed the pics.

We decided to go with Matt as opposed to buying a pre-built complete bike because he really took the time to talk to us about the bikes and it was apparent that he really knew his shit. He had the parts in stock and was able to build the bike without any delay.

We're very excited.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Very very cool!!!

Thanx for the info.
Are you in the market?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:41 PM   #4
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Maybe.

Thinking it would be nice, mostly for balance work.

I've pondered them a few times over the past few years. Actually thought about hitting WallyWorld for a BMX bike and doing a bit of sawzall surgery to it for a super low cost bike.

Unfortunately a sawzall won't turn a BMXer into a Trials, there are lot's of subtle differences. You could probably find a used bike for 300-500 but that's still kind of spendy for a bike with no seat.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:55 PM   #5
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considering I drove over 2500 miles to bring home my 1981 Montessa Cota we''l just have to admit my $$$ to seat calculations aren't that refined.



I have 4 m/c projects going on right now, and a new milling machine on order, so while I want a trials bicycle, I'm not inclined to drop $1,000 or so on one right now. Hence the wallyworld sawzall thoughts. A sub-$100 bike and 20 mins with a sawzall and angle grinder is better than nothing.

If you just want to practice your balance then there's really no need for the sawzall, any bike will do. I've been practicing my trackstands on Ben's mountain bike the last few days. I think I'm up to about a minute balancing and I figured out how to pop a wheelie today.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #6
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There is going to be an RMTA bicycle trials event in Salida you should try. It's almost as much fun as having a motor.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:29 PM   #7
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One of you really is going to poke their eye out with that thing!
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:35 AM   #8
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You guys are taking this seriously and doing all the right stuff.

Wish I had done a lot more when I was both younger and more flexible, and less fragile.

You cannot have a thread like this without Danny MacAskill......

23 million plus views and still going strong.

No idea how to post with the little pic, so click the links.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o

And another.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6ho...eature=related

I am sure there are many other guys who are as good as he is, but I always find myself drawn in by the music and editing on his clips... well, stories.

Last one for now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbJ1s...eature=related
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I've got a Monty X-hydra that's really good at showing me how bad I am.

15 minutes on it can be a heck of a workout.

You can ride it around a basement and have a blast.

Geode: the geometry is pretty different from a BMX, plus the gearing is really low on the trials bike, plus mine has a bash plate.

That said, you can work on some basics on just about anything. Most of the guys I've hung out with ride urban trials on homebuilt 26" bikes that have a jumping pedigree.
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That's a very cool looking bike Charla! I'll be curious to see what you and Ben think of it. I've been thinking about getting one myself as a cross trainer for trials.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:50 AM   #11
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There is going to be an RMTA bicycle trials event in Salida you should try. It's almost as much fun as having a motor.
We really would love to attend that event but we already have concert tickets for that night here in Denver.
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That's a very cool looking bike Charla! I'll be curious to see what you and Ben think of it. I've been thinking about getting one myself as a cross trainer for trials.
How about we just let you ride it in a few weeks?
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How about we just let you ride it in a few weeks?

Totally good with that too!

Our March event is this coming weekend so might be able to try a couple of bicycles out then too. I've only ridden one before and it felt very strange, but I think it would be a great training tool and probably a lot of fun too!
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There is going to be an RMTA bicycle trials event in Salida you should try. It's almost as much fun as having a motor.


edit: Oh chit Chris Hertrich is organizing it.. expect difficult.

Gotta watch this one.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:18 AM   #15
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April 16th at Riverside Park, Chris Hertrich is organizing it.


It was this video that made me want a trials bicycle. If a nine year old can do it, I can do it too right?

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