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Discussion in 'Trials' started by fiep, Aug 20, 2009.
Sweet!! Now don't ruin it and plant grass on it!!
what are you talking about grass is sooooooooooo much nicer to crash in.
you havent ridden Gordys block of death yet have you
No...the only time he invites me down to ride is when there is 4" of snow in his yard.
that will only make the landing a little softer
We've got a spare.
Yeah, Ben. Once the weather gets a little better I figure you and the family will need to come over for BBQ and riding!
I took the TLM for a little spin on the new 'wall' today. Wow does that thing suck! I totally need to win the lottery or find a rich girl friend who will buy me a new bike!
What a cool thread.
When all my ducks are in a row and I have a job and permission from the wife to buy a mono, I would like to build a very small backyard setup here, as there is only so much space.
But then I have only once spent about 15 minutes on a trials bike..... last week, now I want one.
I am also way overweight at the moment, and should lose at least 10kg before really buying a bike..... and I will have to get fit.
This was me getting hooked on something I have always wanted to do.
Not sure the wife will let me use the lawn, but behind the bush there is a bit of concrete that has been opened up now, and could keep a couple of small beginners obstacles.
All these things have been removed since we moved here. Pic was taken when previous owner still lived here.
Currently looks like this, except that I moved the firewood for the coming winter to behind the garage to dry out over summer.
I would hope to just do figure eights, a couple of log ramps and a pallet etc.
If I can get the local farmers permission to build a few obstacles, and maybe pay him a yearly fee, or per entry, I would love to get into the small wood in the distance behind the first pic, it also has a stream that runs through there, and a foot/tractor path.... so perfect. If the farmer agrees.
This is the current status of the concrete in front of the garage
ohhh. Lots of potential in there!
Mark, you can borrow one of our bikes as price of admission.
We just ordered a trials bicycle and I'm sure Ben will fall instantly in love with it when it arrives. We both really want to come down to play on your wall.
When are you coming?
PM on it's way....
Cobbed this together today from remnants of an old kids play set.
Found these on Craigslist $20 each.
Oops... how to get them out without the seller's backhoe:eek1.
Caveman technology to the rescue.
Next one was easier.
A few other pieces I found for free.
I'll post again when the mad plan is all in place.
Just had Nicola look over my shoulder and comment "Oh God, don't tell me we are looking for some of those as well ? "
Tole her I just need her brother to bring me about 6 more railway sleepers
Look forward to this plan coming together.
Nice! Those big pointy things in the background look fun to ride too.
Not as impressive as some peoples play pens though.
Another weekend gone.
After doing a load of domestic stuff this morning, I got to the garage by about 12 o'clock to start creating some obstacles to play and practice the basics on.
A Circular saw, a bag of mixed, used nails and some new nails, along with broken pallets and some bits of timber from when I broke out a dry wall just before Christmas resulted in these by about 5pm.
Bike in the picture just for perspective.
There is a small adjustabe "beam" on the front right, then right rear has a rocking ramp, which also flops over to create two "potholes" to get through and over. The blue ramp on the left reat is adjustable and can be used in various ways to practice less and more ambitious moves on the bike when I feel confident enough. The four upright pins are markers for doing figure 8's and fine motor control. the large sleeper is obviously also moveable and to try ride over at dead slow pace. Lastly a small wedge of railway sleeper for me to start on and to try "bunny hops" over.
Been playing in the back yard, doing figure 8's and 3 bollard twister, also got a few small obstacles up the driveway to practice lifting the front wheel over etc, as I am not allowed on the grass.
After a couple of these.....
Things got better, and I was getting to "clear" my little obstacle course.
Nicola's car also has a towbar fitted now, so I should be able to get places for dabbers meetings and also any other propper places to practice.
She took the pics while watching to see if I needed an ambulance or neck brace.
On Monday I kick started the bike and somehow managed to miss the action completely, ending up with the back of my knee hitting the top of the kickstarter at full force.
It was not really sore, but it has progressively gotten more impresive looking, today it is a whole rainbow, with a nice large egg sized lump under the skin.
Teach me to be casual about it.
So has anybody thought about the necessary obstacles in a backyard trials ourselves...any photos to post?