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Old 03-04-2011, 08:19 AM   #31
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The Echo arrived yesterday.

It's scary.

First ride.



Playing around at the high school



Bitchin wheelies

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:24 AM   #32
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Bitchin wheelies
See what I mean? I look like I'm trying to pry a manhole cover off the asphalt.

Nice bike! Enjoy (the workout).
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:29 AM   #33
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See what I mean? I look like I'm trying to pry a manhole cover off the asphalt.

Nice bike! Enjoy (the workout).


Ben said last night while watching the videos of himself 'Wow, I actually look pretty smooth but I'm really feel like I'm dying.'
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:21 PM   #34
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So if someone found a good trials bike frame, sans wheels, ... could that person pop down to wally world and snag a sixty dollar 20" BMX bike and put those wheels on the trials bike instead of spending huge dollars for trials bike wheels from a trials bike dealer?

Not all 20" BMX wheels are meant to handle the abuse of trials riding, especially BMX wheels from WallyWorld. Thin axles, loosely tensioned spokes, steel rims.. add together to be heavy and weak wheels.
High end trials wheels have cutouts between spokes, drilled sidewall on the rim to save weight without reducing the strength of the rim significantly:

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Old 03-05-2011, 07:19 PM   #35
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So if someone found a good trials bike frame, sans wheels, ... could that person pop down to wally world and snag a sixty dollar 20" BMX bike and put those wheels on the trials bike instead of spending huge dollars for trials bike wheels from a trials bike dealer?

If you bought good quality (competition quality, or custom-laced) BMX wheels, yeah, they'd probably hold up okay, but standard issue walmart wheels may not hold up as well as you'd want. Can't say from experience in terms of buying an el-cheapo dimestore BMX, but I do have some decent high-end BMX and freestyle wheelsets that work fine, but they aren't what you'd get at wallyworld.

If you just are itching to get started, go for it, but you may end up with a nicer wheelset sooner than later. You might be better off trolling the flea markets, CL, and Goodwill-type stores to find an old beater but better-quality name-brand BMX bike for the same amount of coin to yank the wheelset off of.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:30 PM   #36
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If I do sell it, if the trialsmodgods don't disapprove I'll post it in the trials FM.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:57 AM   #37
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Not all 20" BMX wheels are meant to handle the abuse of trials riding, especially BMX wheels from WallyWorld. Thin axles, loosely tensioned spokes, steel rims.. add together to be heavy and weak wheels.
High end trials wheels have cutouts between spokes, drilled sidewall on the rim to save weight without reducing the strength of the rim significantly:

+1 I have broken a lot of wheels, axles, and headsets doing trials-y things on cheap bikes. I don't learn though, I just keep finding cheap stuff at yard sales.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #38
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@Charla, @Ben, how does your new ride compare to my 20"? Massively better? Astronomically better? Not even in the same league?

Looks like fun. And yes, someone will poke their eye out with that thing!
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:50 AM   #39
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@Charla, @Ben, how does your new ride compare to my 20"? Massively better? Astronomically better? Not even in the same league?

Looks like fun. And yes, someone will poke their eye out with that thing!
super light and astounding brakes. also a much longer frame. you'll love it.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:37 AM   #40
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Check out the How-To Page to learn the basics to trials riding.

If you got "meat-grinders" for pedals, get some shin guards.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:49 AM   #41
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Check out the How-To Page to learn the basics to trials riding.

If you got "meat-grinders" for pedals, get some shin guards.
Thanks for the link.

I just ordered two pair of G-Form shin guards. I'm hoping they do the trick because I'm not a real big fan of emergency rooms.

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Old 03-06-2011, 09:12 PM   #42
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I don't know why I need to buy another bike that I don't have time to ride...

But, I want one of these. I like the buy a frame and put cheap shit on it for now thing. I mean really...I will spend most of my time just trying to balance the thing. I have no hope of really doing any jumping, spinning, fence riding...with it.

Thanks for sharing the info...keep it up please...Jim
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:12 AM   #43
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I don't know why I need to buy another bike that I don't have time to ride...

But, I want one of these. I like the buy a frame and put cheap shit on it for now thing. I mean really...I will spend most of my time just trying to balance the thing. I have no hope of really doing any jumping, spinning, fence riding...with it.

Thanks for sharing the info...keep it up please...Jim
That's the beauty of the bicycle, you don't need hours to go ride to make it worth while and at the beginner level even hopping up a curb is difficult. A spare half hour is pretty much all you need.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:27 AM   #44
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That's the beauty of the bicycle, you don't need hours to go ride to make it worth while and at the beginner level even hopping up a curb is difficult. A spare half hour is pretty much all you need.

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Old 03-07-2011, 08:50 AM   #45
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Once you buy a trials bike that's pretty much all you want to ride so the specialization isn't such a problem. They make a pretty decent trail bike too as long as you aren't trying to do a lot of mileage.
I suppose there is that. Someday I'll quite drooling over the Gas Gas bikes and just go ride them!
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