What did you do with your Trials Bike today?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Brewtus, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Thanks. It makes me feel good to know that I can at least do one thing fairly well. :lol3

    Ben and I bought a balance board a month or so ago and I really think it has helped a lot.
  2. Sting32

    Sting32 Trials Evangelist

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    If you (anyone reading these posts) recall in one of my posts, just yesterday, I was able to express a term I couldn't put a word on... trials is about the gift of "nuances". So look at the videos of Charla balancing. Notice her body position, it looks like she's been riding for several months or years, instead of some wierd postures I have witnessed as beginners attempt to get going with trials, which is usually overcomming habits learned from riding dirt bikes, for a few years.

    Secondly, note this other nuance: Charla "looks" as if it was effortless, to keep her balance (relatively at least). I know, and most know this is NOT the case, but what I am saying is notice that she is using very subtle corrections to keep her balance. Not big old herky jerky motions. that is hard to train.

    Hey you guys, keep Charla interested in trails, don't over do it, and get her hurt somehow, as I think if balance is any indication, she'll be wanting to try stuff. I know also it was one vid, so hopefully I didnt make too much of it (for her ego sake and anyone elses) but it sure looks good to see that.

    :thumb to Charla...
  3. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    +1...:thumb to Charla!

    I couldn't balance on a trials bike well until I had been riding for about 4 years...still not sure I could do it dead stick like in her video!! :lol3 Awesome stuff Charla!! :clap
  4. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    The difficult part with the dead engine balance is just getting up on the pegs. Once I realized from watching Joz that I needed to turn the bars to make the bike a little more stable, I figured out the trick. With the bars turned to the left and right hand forward, I started with my right foot on the peg. As I slowly transferred weight to my right foot, I also transferred equal weight onto my LEFT arm to keep from tilting over too far to the right.

    Once you can do that smoothly then your left foot can either hang in the breeze or you can bring it up to the peg and then transfer weight from your left arm to your left foot. It's all about being smooth.

    Thanks for the encouragement. :D

    I don't think there's anything these guys can do to turn me off of trials. I really enjoy it and I get a little bit better every time I ride. I struggle with fear of obstacles, but once I work up the nerve to try something I usually do ok. It's a good thing I'm tough though because I fall down A LOT. :lol3
  5. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Working from home today and there's this funny orange thing in the sky. Decided that lunch would be best spent on the Scorpa in the driveway. I could really get used to this. :D I haven't ridden since before the holidays and really needed it.

    Hopefully next time the ground will have dried up some - my play area is way too swampy at the moment.
  6. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    +1 on all the Kudos, not only to Charla but Bendito too.

    We discussed making smaller, more subtle movements. Bigger movements mean more energy used to make bigger corrections. Once you're balanced you can just about stand there until you start thinking about it. I even saw Charla take her hands (BOTH hands) off the bars while balancing.... it was just for a second but she did it.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled day dreaming.....
  7. Sting32

    Sting32 Trials Evangelist

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    LOL, yeah I didnt watch the other videos yet, I was perplexed on how one was soo tall, compared to the others, and clicked play, going to see the others now...

    I like the dual purpose RV parking and riding area, really nice!

    Those other guys seem to be decent riders, how long they been at it?

    Looks like with Joz, you guys are in good hands! Ben, keep it up, I dont know how many outtakes, lol. but you seem to take instructions well! and remember practice 80% on the basics 1st, then 20% for fun on the bigger stuff, I think you guys all look like fun to me! I think I need to find 2 more riders soon, to get started. It is SOOOO much fun, watching people progress through novice to intermediat (about all I can teach).
  8. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Finally got the last set of bearings. Having the old ones pulled out. Rear end Beta Techno.
  9. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Loaded the ol' Abductor Van good and early this morning before work-

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    And went to B-Town for a practice after work!

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    Miss Bitters went along to get used to the lower gearing I put on her 315 last weekend. Looks like she took to it pretty quick-

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    We were joined later by NATC Expert phenom Nathan Hassler out for a "quickie practice"-



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    All in all, a good practice for this weekend's upcoming NMTA event. Rode for about 2 1/2 hours in 60-degree weather. Not bad for early March in Albuquerque. :D
  10. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    Nice. :thumb

    Is Nathan still riding a 125?
  11. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Ah, no. GasGas 300 Pro. Sold the 125 after the last NATC event last year, got the 300, and has been untouchable (at least around here) ever since. The 125 years did him some good, as does his bicycle. He moves the 300 around effortlessly. :thumb
  12. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Is the pole supposed to be straight? :dunno :rofl


    Lucky dogs. I would have loved to have went out this evening. Maybe I can make some when the time changes in a few weeks.
  13. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Pole? What pole? Why Gordy, whatever do you mean? :evil
  14. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    :rofl
  15. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    You're mean Gordy...obviously that's a very steep rock and a power pole constructed by Albuquerque's finest city employees! :huh
  16. Miss Bitters

    Miss Bitters You have head pigeon.

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    When I saw the picture I thought, " My God! That rock was A LOT steeper than I remember. I guess it's okay to close your eyes. Amazing that the pole was falling at the exact moment that he took the picture....I couldn't see it. My eyes were closed. Don't worry, Gordy. You're not mean, just overly observant. Please don't score this weekend.:y0!
  17. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    :lol3
  18. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Don't be nice to Gordy Kristi...that rock was steep! And open your eyes! :eek1
  19. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    it is called observed trials and the trick is to make sure that the observer doesn't see your mistakes. try to make it look like you were planning on doing that and don't yell out when you go out of bounds or shout dammit when you dab most of the time they wont see it, and even if they do question it most of the time they will fold and let you off. half of the fun in riding trials is seeing what you can get away with.
    if i got caught with everything that i did my score card would be in the triple digits :lol3
  20. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    :rofl

    I know you always score for us! :scratch

    :deal The fix is IN! :deal