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Old 02-19-2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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learn to ride trials series

we had enough video footage in our club to start stitching together some learning trials videos for our members here in australia. the vids are getting a lot of views around the world so we are keeping them fairly general but making it clear when the australian rules etc might vary compared to other countries. more will be added throughout 2014.

the text for all of these can be printed out from the website here if needed.

GENERAL TRIALS INFORMATION
Setting up your trials bike
How to walk a section
Pre-competition mechanical inspection & other pre-ride check lists
How to spot for another trials rider
Building man made obstacles & a practice course


BASIC TRIALS TECHNIQUES
Balancing on a trials bike
Full lock turns and pivot turns
Body positioning
Wheelies on a trials bike
Riding in rocky terrain and creek beds
Riding in soft sand


INTERMEDIATE TRIALS TECHNIQUES
Intermediate balancing skills
Double blips and zaps
Hopping the rear wheel
Hopping the front wheel
Using the bashplate (or skidpan)
Steep climbs & ascents
Steep descents & drop offs
Creek beds & wet rocks


ADVANCED TRIALS TECHNIQUES
How to splatter (or splat)
Holding pressure
How to do floater turns
Jumping gaps
Flip turns


EXAMPLES OF SECTIONS IN VARIOUS GRADES
these are specific to queensland australia but should still serve as a general guide. i'm told that within australia queensland clubs tend to make sections a bit harder compared to other states.
Intro grade
Clubman grade
C grade
A & B grades


CROSS TRAINING: TRIALS TECHNIQUES ON DIRT BIKES
A lot of guys suggested a series on cross training as Graham Jarvis and most of the top extreme enduro riders are ex-trials champions who recommend cross training to apply trials techniques on their enduro bikes. I've just started the series here.

This is our intro video to the trials series...

B1 screwed with this post 08-03-2014 at 05:48 PM Reason: added links for a possible sticky
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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Nice Job! Always a great idea to have videos to help folks get started on the right foot. (or peg)
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #3
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thanks. i'm posting it as text as well on the western districts trials club website here. if i missed anything critical in the vid i can always add it into the text version.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:37 AM   #4
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Nice vid. Keep em coming.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:58 AM   #5
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Nicely done.
Clearly you guys aren't promoting no stop Trials.
I've always thought that there should be a video showing novice riders having fun in sections. I've talked to lots of prospective riders that are intimidated because think they'll be expected to climb six foot walls in their first event.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:10 PM   #6
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yep, we don't know if down under this will be our final year of stopping or not, most in the club aren't keen to swing that way.

i think you hit the nail on the head. there are plenty of trials dvds floating around but it can be discouraging watching the top riders do every move effortlessly. especially one vid i remember he whips the bike around on the rear wheel and says "see? it's easy!"

i also posted a series of vids showing examples of each grade so noobs won't think they'll be doing those six foot jumps straight away. the intro section vid is here.

here's the next one, just put it up yesterday....

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Excellent! Thank you! This will come in very handy this summer!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:02 PM   #8
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This is great, thanks
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:07 PM   #10
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just posted the first vid on advanced techniques. i've set up the channel here with basic, intermediate and advanced sections so our club members (and anyone else) can sort through the stuff they want easier.

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Old 02-21-2014, 08:44 PM   #11
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I like the training vids- even if the skills are way beyond me.


I did my first trial recently (never even been to one). The Novice course was all about balance and turning- only quite small logs to ride over- no big deal at all.
Just to encourage others, here is a sample of a very raw novice (me) on a novice section. It did have a couple off camber tight turns (snow made it more interesting) but the worst thing would be you put a foot down. No scary cliffs or anything. I didn't know what to expect at all. It was great because much was like what I ride all the time on trails.
(I even won't be class!)

http://youtu.be/8_sBd6LKRtU


I'm not sure how to imbed video with this forum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:44 PM   #12
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Love the vids! Just got my 1st trials bike a couple weeks ago and these are definitely useful. Have the bike in 20 pieces right now to bring it up to my standard but as soon as it's whole again I'll be back to practicing.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:49 PM   #13
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Great stuff! Please keep them coming.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:49 PM   #14
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Love the vids! Just got my 1st trials bike a couple weeks ago and these are definitely useful. Have the bike in 20 pieces right now to bring it up to my standard but as soon as it's whole again I'll be back to practicing.
cool, i only started six months ago and still remember the struggle just to balance on the bike... last weekend i suddenly realised a few times i hopped the rear wheel up on to a log and balanced there for a while without even thinking about it.

it's great when it all starts coming together...

if anyone wants the text, i've put that on the trials site here along with the videos. here's the latest one i just uploaded.

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:06 AM   #15
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Very nice videos. Lots of right verbal and slow-mo detail for how to do the techniques well.

Love the down undah accent too, like 'guy-ro-scopic' effect
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