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InTokyo

Old Fart starting (what will work?)

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I'm intent on starting to learn some basic trials moves. I never rode BMX or skated; did a bit of MTB back in the nineties, now commute by road bike so have basic fitness (ride 150km a week on average), 6'2, 83kgs.

I live in Japan where everything seems extortionate as far as bikes go; to date I've seen zero trials bikes on sale though today spotted a bare frame of MBK T-1000 for a stunning JPY36k.....was thinking that maybe I could start on a BMX - is that a possibility? Sure I'd love  to order something brand spanking from Tarty Bikes but usually skint, so a cheap crappy BMX might suffice for a novice?

Any other advice or tips? Cheers

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bmx won't have many trialsy benefits to learning on other than you will be able to bash it. the geometry and weight will be all wrong, you'll spend a fortune on getting the brakes okay and a bashplate to protect your front end but it'll be a pig to learn with and wont necessarily translate to riding a trials bike well. £250 for a trials frame is about right (google says 36k jpy is about 250) 

 

can you got get a cheap complete on ali express? my cartography is shit but you shouldn't fair to badly on postage in japan from them...

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