your backyard trials setups?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by fiep, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Greebe

    Greebe Been here awhile

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    What do you guys think about really large tires for trials practice? I have a line on two sizes of large road construction equipment tires. One is 7 ft tall and 3 ft wide, and the other is 6 ft tall and 2.5 ft wide. They are huge tires. Must weight well over a 1000lbs.

    I was kind of thinking about cutting the 7ft tire in half and putting the two halves together to form an upright double half tire obstacle, and the 6 ft tire laid down flat.

    What do you guys think? Too big? Or just Right? They are both $150 each as well.
  2. 10K

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    Buy $150 worth of logs.
  3. MT 007

    MT 007 Been here awhile

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    depends heavily on your skill level but you can get creative with log kickers and wood tops... handy to have a soft landing as well... I can usually find them for free around here but getting them delivered is another thing...
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  4. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I wouldn't pay for them.
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  5. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    :nod

    But if I had a way to move them, I would try to bargain them down. I love riding my big tires!

    Any of this junk we drag home to ride will eventually have to be moved out. :sigh
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  6. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    How do you find them for free? Around here people want paid even for tires that can't be used. I have tried to find some big tires, logs, or some big rocks (difficult here in Texas was easy in PA). But nothing is free. Even for junk.
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    2feetdown Been here awhile

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    Find out who fixes farm tractor flats and talk to him. the tires arent that big but can be stacked.
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  8. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    It is probably worth looking around. Here in NH I asked about an 800 lb worn out tire at a tire shop. They offered it to me for free, including loading it onto my trailer.

    Pleasing my neighbors and disposing of it later would not be so easy.
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  9. Greebe

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    Thanks for the replies. Yeah I was thinking of seeing if he would go $100 for both. The pictures look like they have been sitting for some time. I have a 16' trailer to get them and a loader at the house to move them. Just didn't know it the sizes were all that usable for trials. They seem a lot bigger then the ones most people have. I might call around and see if I can find some free tires from heavy equipment first.
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  10. MT 007

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    Yeah not sure I would go as big as the 7ft but the 6ft might not be too bad... of course you just need to get creative and bury it a bit or pile up some smaller tires around it... fill them with dirt and plant some flowers around the edges so the neighbours think it is the next big thing in ecological landscaping. Having a loader to move them around makes all the difference.
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  11. heffergm

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    I never bothered with big obstacles on my property. I have a couple acres, forested, nothing of size other than a scree hill. You can spend hundreds of hours just working on turns, and when that gets too boring, you teach yourself how to hop the front and the back, and that eats up another few hundred (and is ongoing) . Drop a few trees and add that into the turning hopping mix.

    Hell, you can practice doubling things of any height, the point is really the technique... I've got two 1.5' logs spaced a 3 or 4 feet apart that I work on that with. The only thing that changes when the obstacle gets bigger is the required size of your attachments, and mine are never going to be big enough to bother with anything too crazy. But I can still enjoy the same techniques on safer stuff.

    Don't get me wrong, I like riding bigger stuff too, but you don't need to turn your yard into a tire graveyard to advance your riding.
  12. MT 007

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    If you don't have any trees around a tire can be a quick and easy thing to use compared to building box of similar size. I actually thought they would have better grip than wood but a log (with bark on it) is just as good and it hurts just as much falling on (or off) a large tire as it does anything else. Having a tire that you can actually stand up and roll is pretty handy. If you use smaller tires and pack them with dirt you can build all sorts of stuff.

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    We have to pay to get rid of our old tires. If the very large tires have good sidewalls then they have value to case them.
    Problem for most is moving them....bigger problem later is to dispose of them.
    A load of logs can always be turned into firewood.
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  14. Greebe

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    Thanks again for the replies. I just had to take down about 50 decent size trees on my right of way on the road so I have plenty wood to build obstacles with. Sounds like that may be the way to go for now. I do not have a trials bike but would like to start practicing trials on my mx enduro bikes. At some point I want to pick up a trials bike, but until then I want to learn what I can on my bikes. Is there a good sight that would give example on building a course, exercises, etc.

    Thanks guys for the help.
  15. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Get a trials bike sooner, not later.... It's way easier to learn the techniques on a trials bike and transfer them to a MX/Enduro bike, than the other way around. Most of the successful riders in Hard/Extreme Enduro, were pro or expert level trials riders first.
  16. Greebe

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    I was thinking about that, but have not really found any used trials bikes around here. I need too many bikes. :-)

    Was hoping to buy a 2017 Beta Xtrainer later this summer, and I am also looking at getting a 2016 KTM 250SX maybe in this week. Now you are telling me I need a trials bike? :fpalm :D

    Two more bikes I think I can swing with the wife, but three maybe not. Hehe! Maybe I should try to find a nice used trial bike instead of the 250sx, and then still get the Xtrainer late this summer. I think a trials bike would be pretty sweet.

    Oh, what to do?
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  17. 10K

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    Chances are you will spend more time on the trials bike than any other.
  18. Greebe

    Greebe Been here awhile

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    Thats kind of what I am thinking. I think with my farm and woods, I could set up some sweet trials action, and not have to leave the property, vs trail riding where I need to trailer and drive.
  19. heritagerover

    heritagerover Worldwide Adventure Guide

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    They charge you!? My tire shop here was begging me to take their large tires. I could have probably had them pay me. I would check around.
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