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  1. Yeah man, It was tough as can be on the body. I was on the edge of being injured all the time. I feel a little bad that I haven't pushed the limits lately. I've had some nbd tricks on my mind for a long time. Mr. Langlois will take em all if I wait too long haha! We still need to ride sometime eh???
  2. I saw that my "Grey and Flat" video was posted. Thanks Davetrials! There is a good reason why I haven't been producing videos lately. All summer I was doing 19 shows per week, with only one day off. I had no energy to film. My knees became a little sore so I needed a break after the contract. Now, I am doing a show that is only 3 days per week, but as you saw in Grey and Flat, the town has very little riding. I was stoked to film! Here is my current act: AndyT: no girl, need to buy a bigger van with a double bed first haha ... Thinking Sprinter, with a small garage under the bed in the back for bikes The arcade is getting a lot of use! Putting smiles on many faces, and getting paid well for it! Hope you enjoy this video. Not the craziest riding, but I need to do it many times per day with no falls, so yeah!
  3. Too much controversy. "yes, you did the move that everyone else was doing, but you were an inch to the left, therefore it is a five." Apparently it's ok to put both feet down at the same time as long as you stop and stare at the judge before you continue. Yes, it is meant to be hard, and it was the same for everyone. Jack did 5, and so did Kenny. So why was it so cringe worthy? To start, get rid of the super narrow gate placements and this would have been a much better competition with less reliance on judging and more freedom for the riders. The gates should be just narrow enough to make the riders do the move. Otherwise, you might as well just have a bunch of 1cm wide gates at odd angles and close placements in a parking lot and see if anyone can get through without 5ing. It would be just as hard as these sections.
  4. The hex with a 90x10 stem and rolled forward highrisers does it well. Early 2000s era.
  5. After a year on my enduro bike and now on my trials bike, only a couple pins gone.
  6. thanks! yeah chesters. Ran into a rock on a dh track with those pedals. The pedal was only scratched, but the crank was bent! Strong pedals.
  7. For those who prefer raw format/don't like my editing.
  8. I get what you mean. I do have standards with my riding that I expect to live up to. Generally, if I've seen it done a bunch before or if it doesn't look cool/different in some way then I don't film it. I only film the lines I think will be interesting, the ones I'd like to watch in a video. That does limit what I film, but not in a bad way I think. Nobody wants to watch me doing the same gap or sidehop over and over, myself included. I even do jam whip variations for an hour straight sometimes. For this video, you can see that there are no dangerous lines. I've decided that my motivation for doing those wasn't right. I stuck to what was fun (even if some lines took 45min to land). By the end of the filming process I was just filming what I ran into, I wasn't hunting for locations to do specific tricks. This is probably what you sensed.
  9. They aren't that low are they? I run them because my damaged wrists need more sweep than the arcade bar has, specifically with rigid forks. The trial-tech high riser is perfect when run tipped back.
  10. This came out of my mind and is now in yours. Hope some of you connect with it!
  11. I've been having a lot of trouble lately because of this. I've settled on a trialtech high riser tipped way back. I found that a lot of bars cause pain on the inside of my wrist in behind the thumb, and pain from too much pressure on the thumb side of my palm. This was caused by running a bar that had not enough sweep. My wrist is bent in to hold the straight bar, which crushed the joints on the inside, and leaves the outer hand unused. Switching to the trial-tech bar immediately removed this pain. I think the problem is that everyone is following trends made by "elite" riders that may be physically odd, or they may just have no idea what they are doing. Riding a bar tipped so far forwards that it's almost upside down is not the best position for a bar, unless the sweep is also inverted. Because of the wild bar positions people are riding, trials companies can't make a bar with a sweep that will fit most people. Look at MTB bars for example. All of them are within a few degrees of each other because most mtb riders ride the bar in the same position. Basically, there is no easy solution, especially for comp riders who prefer specific bar angles.
  12. Haha thanks! Folk metal and going out for "trainings" instead of rides. I still dig folk metal. This was definitely my peak of competition trials riding. Shortly after this I quit for a few years and just rode bmx.
  13. Unfortunately trials competitions, including street-trials comps, are nowhere near as thrilling as BMX comps. Watching Drew Bezanson in real life actually makes you question everything you think you know about how tough humans are and what they are capable of. It's crazy! It's almost hard to watch. I saw him shoulder/head butt the ground from 25ft, get up, and do it again properly (missed the bar out but he'd already won at that point and the crowd was going mental so he just left it as an ice-pick). It's a party. I think the fact that street trials looks so slow and controlled in comparison will always keep it underground compared to bmx. It's more of a thinkers sport, where BMX is more about the thrill and culture. Where street-trials shines, is the video part. Demos and video parts, in my opinion, are what will push the sport further. Not competitions. UCI trials is as small as ever, and they have a world cup circuit. Have you ever met a mountain biker that hasn't seen a Danny Mac vid? I got my start after seeing Leech at a demo. Trials comps could be more like flatland-bmx comps. A small crowd of spectators, but very knowledgable.
  14. haha! Yeah, I'm not optimistic. This thread has enlightened me a little bit (thanks to Flipp). Weeding out external pressures and filming only what I like to ride seems like the way to go. http://nsmb.com/5240-ryan-leech-and-the-cons-of-being-pro/ - Leech on risk and expectations. Also read an interview with Brett Rheeder, can't find it now, but he talks about feeling pressure to do cork 7s and flip dub whips all the time, even though he'd prefer to just flow.
  15. I wonder how many riders would do the more dangerous lines in their videos whether there was a camera there or not? I know when I'm not filming or with someone I usually ride pretty chill, just for the pure joy of rolling around. Same with most of the pro bmx riders I've ridden with. More riders/a camera leads to a more gnarly session. I don't think anyone makes a riding video without having an intention to share it with someone and see their reaction (maybe you're the exception Flipp, love your vids btw). They certainly wouldn't be posted online if they were private. Other types of art (painting or poetry for example) can be much more personal and may never be released. Boy I want to ride now. All this talk of art is giving me ideas.