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  2. https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/17855124.39-39-s-rewriting-history-books-39----major-archaeological-find-discovered-off-isle-wight-coast/ I'm not using this as evidence of ancient tech. It's just a little reminder of how little we know for sure. New discoveries (1987) are still waiting to be found!
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  4. It can be a bit bewildering sometimes knowing where to start as there are so many moves and it seems not enough time & energy! I started out (late last year) wanting to ride street trials, and didn't really find pure trials that interesting, but practising the basic skills has given me much more appreciation for pure trials and curious as to how I'd find a pure trials bike (not that I'm considering buying one anytime soon). Manuals are definitely one of those trickier moves that I put off focusing on. I keep telling myself it will come from all that practice of rear wheel hops, but still haven't dedicated any time to practising them. In my mind rear hops are more an essential skill, whereas manuals are a bit more flamboyant. Any way thanks Mark, definitely some things I can think about while out riding to help decide what to focus on.
  5. It seems like you've been able to find your weakness with riding, and addressing those weaknesses is the way to improve Working on things you know you're better at will help too, but in terms of opening up more options for yourself in future, taking the time to do the things that feel hardest now is a good bet. There are a few moves that I glossed over when I was learning and I can really see how they've impacted on what I can and can't ride now, and if I had the chance I'd have spent more time on them years ago rather than having to go back to basics now. If that weakness for you is working on doing things slower/more controlled, then that's what to focus on. You can still do the other things too, but if you become aware of yourself avoiding the trickier stuff that's when you need to more consciously try and give it a go. In terms of fear, I've found that that comes and goes. Sometimes I'll be fine with flinging myself up/over/down stuff, but other times I'll feel a lot more timid. You'll find some ways to push through it, but just be aware they won't always work (again, from personal experience...). If you can do one thing on each ride that you're a bit scared of then that's a good way to build up more of an inoculation to it and also progress, but that doesn't need to be a firm goal for a ride. Just see how you feel. Just as a side note, I'm not sure which style of riding you're doing, but if you're doing any streetier stuff that involves balance moves like manuals, learning to do them slower is definitely the way to go. When anyone learns manuals there's the temptation to use something to gauge the distance you're doing (e.g. trying to do a car parking space, then trying to do two, and on), but the joint temptation with that is to put a few extra cranks in to help get the speed up to cover that distance more easily. Taking the time to learn them slow really helps get your balance skills better developed, and will help out in the long run.
  6. I think realistically either would probably be fine, but if you're on Facebook or Instagram it might be worth firing a message over to the Academy about it. You might get more scope to play on different bits of the place on the Sunday as there won't be a full competition on then, but equally if you wanted to have a pop at a trials comp to see what they're like Saturday would be the one. The Academy rounds are low pressure/stress ones, so would be a good one to try if you wanted to dip a toe.
  7. Hi marg26 I would suggest a mix, the feeling of doing something properly is second to none so aim for perfect :-). But to get there one need to feel progress... Don't rush it just have fun with and you will improve. I personally have 3-4 moves i practice most(at any given ride) 1-2 i can do (8 out 10 times) one with a ratio of (4/10) and one (1/20). That way if i don't do the hardest/most difficult that day i will still feel good as some of the other stuff felt good.. Hope that helps, one 40+ to another :-) keep it up
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  9. I've been wondering lately how much I should resist the easy escape route of pedalling away out of some attempt to do something when I feel it's starting to not go in the right direction? When I first started I used the momentum of just riding along a lot more, but I've moved to attempting the same manoeuvres without the aid of momentum. For instance getting the front wheel up on ledge, pausing to find balance/stability, then pivoting on it to bring the rear wheel up, or doing the same to get up a small set of shallow steps (combined with lucky timing). It can sometimes feel like I spend more time riding in circles back to the start point rather than committing to achieving the manoeuvre. A related question, due to practising the above slower/balance/control skills more (as well as rear wheel hops) I'm getting commitment issues on the more dynamic moves, such as bunny hopping up concrete ledges I've done without too much difficulty within the last few months, or fear of harsh landings dropping off higher (for me) ledges. But being a bit of a late starter (40+) at this, my arms can suffer. Suspect the answer is practice more, mix it up a bit, and warm up/down properly, etc, but thought I might as well post on the internet about it
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  11. Enjoyed that and kept watching all the way. I like the rule you used giving a letter to someone for not making the set, different.
  12. Click below for a link to our full video episode of playing a Game Of Bike at The Blocks last week. https://youtu.be/_fmmdjhl2q4 Enjoy!
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  14. I'm considering coming along to this for one day, just wondering if one of the days might be more suitable for a beginner to ride than another?
  15. It's not the 7th core its the 7th item from the list in the book. Nearly all the core holes seem to show similar markings but the question is are they in a spiral like core number 7? Here are some examples It's hard to tell from a picture but the lines looks pretty consistent to me. I agree its not a huge leap to assume they used what they had to make the core holes. It's still however an assumption of how they did it rather than a proven method. There seems to be a lot of core holes about but no tools capable of making them. Therefore ALIENS! (I am joking)
  16. Either one of those would have done. *checks availability* *checks what old school bikes I have to compete with*
  17. Well the video you linked suggests many, even the spiral core is named number 7 so I guess we can say at least seven! One out of seven is not a great ratio if the others do not exhibit these markings... Evidence they had tools capable of drilling holes ? They had copper, they did make tools out of it - and that bloke proved it was possible with some effort and sand to drill a hole in a granite block. Not as huge a leap as mysterious tools capable of mashing through stone at a redonculous rate.
  18. 28-29th September, Bike Trial Academy UK, CB23 2UP. Saturday features Round 5 of the Academy competition series, mini comps, games, a cake party and more. Sunday features a retro trials comp, riding, more fun competitions, riding, a trials car boot sale and more riding. Tickets and more info are available now: bit.ly/btauk-tickets
  19. Margate. There's a several spots near me I ride, but also potential for riders into doing bigger stuff too. Any time from six just to give me a chance to get home and get sorted. Closest thing to natural round here would be the boulders used as wave breaks (and a small group of rocks near the train station). Let me know if still interested and I'll pm you my number and somewhere to park/meet. Doubtful that Margate would be considered amongst the best UK trials spots though.
  20. They're the monty ones. If they were half the length and had the square tab bit closer to the axle, they might work. But they aren't.... I'll take some pics once I've got the new ones in the post and had a play around. I've a feeling I might have to get the dremel out
  21. What tugs have you got currently? If it's the Gussets or something similar then I feel your pain. Been there. They're too big - might be fine for dirt-jumper dropouts but not us. Even the smaller ones like the Trialtechs are too big sometimes. I solved this on previous bikes I've had by doing exactly what you're suggesting, and a couple of times the other way around by making a bodge-fix spacer to go between the back of the dropouts and the tug plate, but I definitely wouldn't recommend that. It works in a pinch but it's insanely frustrating and not exactly what you'd call secure. Another option would be a half-link, but I'd definitely recommend playing around with tug options before resorting to that. They stretch a lot which sucks for continuity, but also often leads to being more snap happy. I've not personally had such issues with them - the stretching was enough to put me off - but I know plenty of people who have. Post a picture of the rear end of your bike so we can see the dropouts and brake mounts in the same shot, and a closeup of the dropout arrangement and we might be able to give better advice on exactly what you might be able to try
  22. How many cores like this exist? I'd Imagine not that many because they were the waste material. How many of them are available for testing? Most people seem to think it's impossible and wont entertain the possibility so its not worth the time/effort/money in doing any testing. Where's the evidence of the Egyptians having tools capable of drilling these core holes? There's been plenty of tools found but none of them seem to be able to produce a core hole? If the spiral was made from withdrawing a jammed tool then they removed it one direction, in a consistent and continuous motion. I personally have drilled core holes into brick before and when it gets stuck the core snaps and the only real way I personally have found to get it out is to wiggle it. Totally different tools, methods and material I know but I'm just sharing my experience. That's impressive and accurate.
  23. take the trials bike to paddly gorge near the ice cream van its like trials heaven
  24. So, thanks to natmangee, I now have a 19 inch rear wheel, and a new echo sl freewheel, and have completed my renovation of the old Onza T Master. Only I now have this extremely annoying issue with the dropout, chain tension and brake alignment. It's an 18t Echo SL freewheel, with a 12t sprocket at the rear. Standard chain (although I've ordered a KMC 1/8 K710). Here is the issue: The chain is at one length, the ideal length, so correct tension can be applied with the tugs. However at this length, the 4 bolt magura mounts do not have nowhere near enough length and the pads will not reach the rim. Therefore no rear brake. I add a link to the chain. Then, the axle is so far toward the end of the dropout that the chain tugs are hanging off the dropout and no tension to the chain can be applied at all. But the brake can be linked up nicely. I've ordered a couple of different sets of chain rug on ebay to play around but I reckon I'm going to have to take some metal off the tug as it's right near the end of the dropout. This is bloody annoying me. Any suggestions???
  25. Where are you based? I’ll be finished there at about 5 on Thursday. Could ride somewhere after that, I’ll have my van so can get anywhere.
  26. Another video of beginner skills, this time on holiday on the MTB on natural stuff, so hard!
  27. Ah was hoping I might get to ride with a real trials rider :-) but with work and that wouldn't be able to get over there. I know the bubble a bit, but not been there since getting into trials riding. I expect there's stuff on the sea front with boats and that with potential to look good on camera.
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