Getting into trials?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Sting32, Mar 22, 2010.

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  1. Iffykid

    Iffykid Been here awhile

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    Helmet is required it does not need be trials specific, First event I wore a MX helmet had I thought about it a regular open face helmet would have probably been better.
    Boots yep I wore my DS sport Alpine Scouts
    Menards Mechanix gloves.
    First event I fell over and landed on the only rock in a dirt hill and gouged my forearm open, During the lunch break I went back to the car and put on my pressure suit as I fall down a lot.
    Guess what I am saying is take your bike, helmet, and boots to a event and figure out the rest as you go.

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  2. Iffykid

    Iffykid Been here awhile

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    Continued blabber.
    I went to my first event to spectate on a DS bike a club member(Don) offered to ride his spare bike I declined, This was Gilbert OHV about June/July last year.
    I think Don:bowknew that I didn't and mentored(held my hand) for the first few events I attended.:thumbup
    Asked questions watched for awhile and then started my search for a bike, I went to the next event with my newly acquired used bike(2nd) and clothed as in the above post.
    I have since purchased a Airoh helmet and Tech T boots once I started figuring out which things I wanted/needed still wearing MX pants and my pressure suite I still fall down a lot:fpalm
    As far as gear at club level you will see everything from full on wiz bang to shorts and a tshirt with most falling somewhere in between.
    The Mn club UMTA does most of there club rides either in Theilman or Gilbert OHV with joint club events in Mauston and Black River Falls. If I remember correctly as a UMTA member you can ride/practice at the Theilman grounds on non event days<bonus also around May/June they hold a practice day with club members helping each other to improve give pointers etc.
  3. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    I think you mean gaffer tape...
  4. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Consider knee pads, too. I wear a pair of the 6-6-1 pads that harden on impact. Never tested them...yet. I've never ridden without trials boots mostly because my first pair of Gaerne Balance Pro-Tech boots I used for commuter duty. I wear a pair of MX pants that were on clearance (I believe they are Scott brand). You can get really sunburned in mid-summer so I wear a long sleeved rash-guard (meant for the pool). I only have to use sun lotion on my face and neck. You may not need a pressure suit but some elbow pads couldn't hurt. And, seriously consider a CamelBak. Even stopping once a loop, to drink, may not be enough to prevent dehydration. I use a CamelBak Rocket which is meant for cyclists. I believe it holds a quart or 1.5 quarts. That's plenty for one loop (I keep a gallon of water, on ice, in a cooler in the truck). It doesn't weigh much and you get used to wearing it pretty quickly.

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  5. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer

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    I think your correct. It's my accent, I'm a Geordie. Soz.

    Bronco named a couple of my riding wardrobe staples.

    Hydration pack, for hydration, tools and muesli bars.

    Knee pads. I may just have unlucky knees but I bash them against the bike or the scenery, sometimes both, a lot. I have el cheapo velcro ones which work great. They stick firmly to the hairs on my knees.
  6. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile

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    Longtime rider and ADVrider member but always on dualsports. I am angling to get a used trials bike to help sharpen some skills that I can transfer to the trails.

    I have searched this thread to get some idea on how to establish a fair price for a used trials bike without much luck. How do these things depreciate? I have found a current model 2017 GasGas 250 local to me that - according to the seller - has "only been ridden in the driveway less than an hour." Seems like an online search reveals that most dealers are asking $5999 for MSRP - including his dealer's site. I have not yet gotten them to give an OTD cash price but will make contact soon.

    So... any advice for a trials noob on how to best figure out the fair market value on a trials bike?
  7. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    Trials bikes do not seem to depreciate nearly as fast as dirt bikes.
  8. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    IMHO the only real trials related gear you have to have, are a helmet and boots. You can wear standard moto pants and jersey, or blue jeans and a t shirt if you prefer. For a cross over boot, I find the Sidi Discovery's are a good option, but there are others too. Any helmet can get you started, but trials helmets are lighter, cut differently in the back. Most are open face, but some people still prefer full face.
    That price must be for a GG Contact? A GG Pro, which is GG's normal trials bike is closer to $8K.
  9. LemmeTry

    LemmeTry Over-thinker...

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    Look for all sale ads on all trials bikes you can find. Craigslist, the marketplace here, Facebook, your local club, etc. To gain the best understanding of current used prices, I'd say the best way is to watch for several months and talk to other guys who are selling/buying. When buying or interested in an older bike especially, it can be helpful to post here for thoughts - e.g., just looking at sales posts, there are a lot of Honda Reflexs listed near $3,000 so finding one at $2400 may seem like a good deal, but if you read some of the comments here, you soon realize that the bike likely isn't worth even that. Newer bikes generally don't have as much of that going on, as long as they are in good condition. :)
  10. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice. It is a 2017 GasGas 250 Contact with a claimed less than two hours and it comes with a seat (not sure if OEM) and some spare parts. He wants $5k which is more than I want to spend on my first trials bike which will get abused I am sure. But it is the first one that is local to me and being new, it will likely not already be beaten up requiring more wrenching than riding. Still on the fence about it... I don't "need" it by any means.
  11. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Cheap. Buy it.

    The Gasgas Contact is one of the top entry level bikes. Being inexpensive is one of its great features. Most owners rave about them.

    If you want to compare hardware to what the top riders are on - forget about it. They are spending 8-10K. A good strategy for you is to buy the cheap Contact, beat the hell out of it, then get a top drawer trials bike when you get to intermediate level in a couple of years. The virtually new bike at the outset will help you focus on riding because maintenance will be very low.
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  12. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    I pretty much agree with Champe. Just look at the guys that insist they need a cheap first bike, then have a 10 page thread full of questions trying to fix or keep their old bike running properly. I am not saying buy new, I didn't. But paying a little more for a well sorted bike is the way to go for a beginner in my opinion. That way you can concentrate on riding and not spending all of your time fixing and trying to find parts for a 15 year old bike that you found out wasn't in nearly as nice of shape as the seller told you it was.
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  13. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    FYI: the seat is OEM and comes with the 2017 contact stock.

    They are great bikes other than the tires. If it still has the Pirelli's they should be changed for at least a set of Dunlop 803 GP's. And if he is asking 5K instead of 5,999 then that would be a good deal if its only been run a few hours...
  14. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer

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    I have to chirp in. My Dad in Spain has a Contact and my mate down the road has one. My dad's is fully road legal, the seat and all the accompanying compliance's. They both love them.

    My mate down the road has spent many hours abusing himself on his and the bike has never missed a beat, and far more capable than us mortal trail riders. Not sure on the price but I back the bike 100%, if it's genuine 2 hours on the lawn.
  15. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile

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    Thats how i buy my DS and dirtbikes. Soend more upfront and then i can spend less time wrenching and more riding. Thanks for the advice on this one.

    sent from my phone with fat thumbs. please forgive my typos
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