tribulations of a trials noob

Discussion in 'Trials' started by B1, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    picked up my first ever proper trials bike today. a mate has two shercos and invited me over yesterday to learn some basic trials techniques. i've been trying to prepare by working a lot of balancing and cleaning technical sections on dirt rides with the FE570 which hopefully has helped a bit.

    impressions from yesterday? unbelievably different style of riding, i kept reverting to enduro habits and hitting things too fast, or relying on throttle instead of finesse to get over things. might need a sedative on my first few rides. :lol3

    i was totally out of my depth and had arm pump constantly due to the death grip. hopefully can relax as i get to ride my own sherco and learn the proper techniques. then the legs started to go and i was itching for a seat so i could relax on transport sections. this may partly be due to being way too tall at 6 foot five, so some one inch risers will be added fast.

    will have to improve the fitness. apart from the death grip, i found it much harder work than a gnarly dirt ride and was taking constant rest breaks. i assume i'll either need to ride trials often or find some other exercises.

    i thought i was okay at clutch slipping and subtle brake use but felt like a total novice again. hopefully getting the hang of a trials bike will have spin offs for dirt riding too.

    the video below will be boring as bat shit to any experienced rider, but hoping i can compare it vids of how it should be done, and maybe even get tips from anyone watching it. keen to learn.....


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  2. Bent_boot42

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    Welcome to the dark side.

    I remember that exhausted-after-20min feeling when I first started.

    Trials will for sure make you a WAY better rider :clap

    Lets see some pics of your new Sherco!!
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  3. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    already put some up on a thread i started last week about known issues with the shercos. but since you ask, here are a few more hot of the digital camera this morning. :D

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  4. Sting32

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    Make darn sure you drink plenty of water during ride. Arm pump leads me to cramps pretty fast. :D

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  5. J10on4ds

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    It's so hard to get out of the faster makes difficult things easier mode. Yea it works, but convincing yourself you don't have to go fast on a trials bike is where the fun is. It definitely is a workout. Watching your video makes me realize how much I want another one.

    Thanks for the video, I enjoyed it.
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  6. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 Spelt with 2 ffs Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the world of Trials, B1. :clap :clap
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  7. B1

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    thanks nev, think i'm going to have a ball. although might wear knee braces next time, bit of a sore knee today as i must have hyperextended somewhere yesterday.

    you are right about the hydration, Sting32. didn't bother with the kamelback as i figured we were only mucking around in the next door property. but was sweating non-stop on a cool day for two hours.
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  8. Huzband

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    Nice vid, B1. Makes me even more anxious to get mine out there.
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  9. B1

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    you're not wrong. this is the guy who lent me his spare bike. he looks way more relaxed and in control over the same stuff. and just laughed every time i mentioned how buggered i was. he didn't even break a sweat. :D

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  10. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    That looks like some fun practice obstacles! Nice work!! :thumb
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