Trials Bicycles

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Charla, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. motorcyclemark

    motorcyclemark Been here awhile

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    Mine is being shipped out today, bought a used but never ridden 26" Echo. Hospital here I come (54 year old beginner) never to late to start.
  2. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    :roflYeah man, I just got a 24" Because Simple and it's a blast! I'm looking for some shin guards though cause I'm getting tired of the gouges in my 35 year old legs.

    FWIW, if the bike you got has disc brakes make sure they are seated and worn in well before trying anything, I had an over the handle bars experience when the front slipped and the rear failed to stop me.

    I'll tell you one thing that I am having a hard time getting used to though, is the seat height. It's all the way down but I'm used to mountain bikes so when I got on my trials bike to do a bunny hop I didn't realize how far down I could squat before jumping up, it made a BIG difference in my vertical after I figured out what I was doing wrong.
  3. MartinPetren

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    MartinPetren Swedish Adventurer

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  5. motorcyclemark

    motorcyclemark Been here awhile

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    Did one of those over the handlebar maneuvers at the Hard Rock trial last weekend. Bike ran wide open with me underneath it for a while. Got lucky as did no damage to both bike and me. The bike I bought is suppose to show up this Thursday, will definitely take your advise on seating in the brakes.
  6. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Your bike ran wide open with you underneath it? :huh

    Good thing one of the pedals didn't hit you in the back of your head.
  7. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    Last time I saw someone go over the bars and smack his face a dozen times , I was smoking`on a `84 yz 250 going about 70. The poor victom was on a brand new 490. (First ride on it and still limps today) I laughed so hard we almost got tangled up! Just hard to imagine wide open on a trialsin` bike!
  8. motorcyclemark

    motorcyclemark Been here awhile

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    Yea, those high revving push bikes can get away from you pretty quick :rofl The trial I was referring to was put on by the Sacramento Pitts at their property in Northern Ca. Had rolled over a three foot rock and was looking ahead to see where to start my turn. Front wheel hit something and yanked the bars out of my hands instantly. Sure glad the rear wheel did not find traction as I was trying to kill the motor.
  9. Doctor Zed

    Doctor Zed Resident

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    I finally got around to ordering this bike.
    It will be here on Saturday:clap
    Let the cross training begin.
  10. DerViking

    DerViking Shred

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    Enjoy.
    Brake rotors are very small. Generally you can swap the adapters. I recommend 8", Avid Mechanical's are affordable and easy to work on.

    GET SHINGAURDS!!!!! Find some that cover from clear down by your ankle to over the knee. You will get wacked by the pedal. Always wear your helmet. I have had way more head dabs on the bicycle than I ever have on the moto, including a mild concussion 10' from my shop door.
  11. Choicecut

    Choicecut Lean, Tender and Juicy.

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    Just read through this whole thread and now I am intrigued. Wouldn't mind getting one of these just to play around on, but the cost of these bikes are ridiculous. I can't drop that kind of money on something without an engine. What could a guy pick up used in the sub 200 dollar range (the lower the better) that would work for a 6'2" 230 lbs ogre? Also, where is a good place to find used bikes? I looked at pinkbike and observedtrials classifieds, but all that's listed are high end bikes.
  12. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    I started riding bicycle trials on an old diamondback MTB, broke stuff and upgraded.
    Now I have a GSR Hooligan down hill frame set up as a trials bike (trials wheels, gearing and other stuff) I also have a older mongoose trick bike, I don’t ride it much.
    I’m not serious but I have fun.
    you can do and learn the basics on a MTB, BUT there is as much difference between a trials bicycle and a MTB, as there is in a trials motorcycle and a Dual Sport bike
    Buy that Ryan Leach DVD and a cheep bike and see where it takes you.
  13. DerViking

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    I don't think it's possible.

    I weigh 190, and find that most setups feel really flexy and dangerous to me. I run a stout frame, rigid 20mm axle fork, and very stout wheels. A nice rear hub with tight engagement (ie Chris King) is also money very well spent. The quick engagement will speed up your learning.

    While learning, especially as an ogre, you will destroy things and crash a lot, until you get smoother, and learn how to land and turn without breaking the bike.

    When I was learning I rode whatever I could find. I think I killed 6 wheel sets, and 3 rigid forks in about a year.
  14. Choicecut

    Choicecut Lean, Tender and Juicy.

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    Bummer. Would I be better off just buying a cheap mountain bike and dicking off on that for awhile?
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    trailer Rails Long timer

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    I would look for an used Specialized P1 dirtjump bike. Or some other brand. You might have to change the gearing to someone lower and add a front brake but it could be a good start.
  16. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    +1 on the shinguards and helmet. I use regular soccer shinguards and they work great.

    -Barron
  17. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Aidan's BMX racing season has come to a close. He's reached his goal of winning the State #1 plate in 9 year old Expert Cruiser (and received the State #4 plate in the Expert class). We have two in a half months till the 2014 BMX racing season starts up again. So, I thought in would be a perfect time to attend the last two moto trials events of the year. Our state moto trials club has a bicycle class (CAT). So, he's going to get his first taste of what a trials event looks like. We've been in the BMX racing bubble for three years now. He's raced state and national events and has dealt really well with the pressure. It's going to be interesting, to see how he handles this challenge.

    He has been riding his trials bicycle for almost two years now. I've always set up different 'challenges' for him to ride. But, have never structured his riding in a trials format.

    This morning, I introduced cones (I didn't have any tape around) and start and finish gates. For him to start to understand the concepts, of what's going to happen.

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    It's going to be a fun weekend. I'll post up some pictures and results, next week.
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    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Such awesomeness here!!

    Love to hear how he does with the trials bicycle!! :thumb
  19. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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  20. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    [​IMG] Handing in his first trials score card :clap.

    :lol3...Aidan got 2nd place yesterday (out of three riders). He had a blast! He had sixteen sections and received 9 points (winner had 3). He even had the opportunity to pull off a couple of intermediate trials moves:lol3. He wants to do the next Trials event on the 8th of December. Mission accomplished...!

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    Then...at the end of the event. I'm talking to one of the Dads. He tells me that he's selling his sons GG 80 Rookie. That's a bike that I've been considering buying for Aidan.

    The Darkside...is getting Darker...