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Discussion in 'Trials' started by Sting32, Mar 22, 2010.
If it was a paid for 300RR in the back of the Dodge then you would have it!
Maybe you're so wrong, that it's right.... for you!
If you can afford new, buy new. Only 'you' know what to prioritize with your money.
Trials suck, get some new Golf Clubs.......... There's some ribbing, this trials is a HOOT. Get as new as you can, best of both worlds..
I wonder if I can trade my GG in, for a new set of Ping's?
Heck, it's basically the same sport, a bunch of test sections and low score wins. It is easier to drink beer while Pinging though.
I will be getting my first trials bike later this week. I am located in San Jose, CA. I want to take a few classes. Can anyone post a list of schools that offer classes out here in the west coast ?
LewisportUSA offers some one on one instruction.
Pick up the Ryan Young video, spend as much time as possible on the pegs practicing the basics from the videos.
Come out to events. Sactopits.org has their full calendar up on the site. Don't let your perceived skill level keep you from competing. Saturday events have lines for all riders... even me
YouTube is our friend.
I'm not sure that it helps if you watch it while riding, though. I've yet to keep my lap top properly attached to the bike. My phone screen is to small and I can't hear the instructions over the exhaust noise.
Hardest thing about getting into trials is finding a bike.
No, your wife is supposed to video your trainng attempts. That reality is much more factual than watching a Pro.
She does, but you will note that I don't post them up out of respect that someone may die laughing.
Seriously, being videoed is a fantastic way to improve.
So now that I have found a trials bike, what other gear do I need to do some events? Helmet obviously, but do I need a specific boot or other clothing? Can a leather work boot be used in events? Also do they make a well ventilated trials boot, and where can they be found?
Congrats, tell us more.
I had moto x boots which were awful on a trials bike so bought some middle of the road Stylmartin trials boots which give the required feel and flexibility. I ride in 30c + temperatures and hot feet are the last thing on my mind. Dunno what the regs would say about work boots but a stepped heel and laces could have you in knots. Sorry, terrible joke.
I started in workbooks, cargo pants, t-shirt, and mx helmet. It works but isn't the most comfy. Trials boots are a big help, a trials specific helmet is the best upgrade I made to my gear. So light I don't even know it's on.
Thanks guys. What I have been riding in are my Thorogood boots with flat sole. They work pretty well for riding. But I can definitely see how the laces could get into the chain. Reason I ask about vented boots is that I have a strange foot problem where my feet are always boiling hot, due to super dilated veins and arteries in my feet. They feel like they are on fire and hurt pretty bad when they get overheated. I can walk around barefoot in the snow and my feet stay warm, so being in a non vented boot can really suck for longer periods of time.
I have thought about taking one of the leather trials boots and punching a bunch of holes in it. It would not be waterproof, and probably get some dust inside, but that is better then the alternative. Heck, then I could dump ice cold water right into the toe box when needed. Hehe!
I am also looking ate getting one of the Jitsie HT1 Blitz helmet as well. I have a nice full face for dirt biking, but the open face trials style helmet seems like it would be much better.
The cheapest source for Gaernes is Motostorm.it. Get the pro tech ones without the waterproofing. ~$170 shipped. The only thing about ordering from there is that they likely will not have the boots in stock and will have to order them from the manufacturer. So if you're in a big hurry, the $ saved may not be worth it.
If you can find a way to protect the laces you might be able to get away with the boots, however it is dependent on the club so maybe not.
As for trials boots my family has the Aplinestars and Gaerne Pro-Tech non-waterproof and I would say nether would be well vented so if you get a set you may end up wanting to see if you can find a shoe/boot shop that could help stich around any holes you create for venting if needed.
A couple of solutions with laces. Gaffa tape (100mph) or a 3" slice off a car tire inner tube, or bike, rolled down over the top of the boot and laces.
Long red socks rolled down over the top of the boot. That`s the way we did it.