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  1. There is some crossover between the two, but it's really not as much as you might hope. You can do some trialsy lines on a DJ, but it's about 200% extra effort and trying to learn trials moves on it will be an awful lot harder than trying to learn them on a trials bike and it will hold you back a lot longer and probably instill you with bad habits. You can ride jumps on a street trials bike, but it won't be comfortable. I don't ride one so I can't comment too much, but the lack of suspension, steep head-angle and other geometry differences make them... well... just a different kind of bike! I'm interested to know which bikes you've seen that give you the idea some people do use DJ bikes as there's a few things that might have mislead you: It's just their DJ bike which they use for DJ. It's a very specific bike for an edge-of-the-bell-curve type person like James Barton. It's actually an old-school trials bike, which were closer to DJ bikes than modern street trials bikes. I won't say don't do it, but if you actively want to ride trials as a hobby, getting anything other than a trials bike will make it more difficult or just downright unpleasant. If it's a cost thing, look at second hand bikes. There's loads of entry-level Inspireds floating around, which are genuinely good bikes and you can sometimes get a bargain. Entry-level doesn't mean bad. The frames are often just the pevious generation's premium model, and the parts are aimed at being functional rather than super light or bling-bling. If you don't know what you're looking at, post links to options that interest you here and people will tell you what to look out for or whether it looks like that one has issues. Depending where you're based, there could well be someone nearby who can help you out in person, too.
  2. Hi! Good to see more people riding! I can't speak for the average age of attendants as I've not been to any of the training sessions, but it's a really great riding venue, and the family that own and run it are super friendly. At 50, you will be one of the older riders around, but the general trials community doesn't really scorn age like other groups sometimes do. It's much less of a "cool kid" crowd than BMX, and I feel like the average age of a trials rider is a bit older, too. There are plenty of 30+ year olds kicking about. That might just be the people I tend to ride with though. There's a big reunion ride happening there on August 8th. If you can get along to that, you'll probably get a decent snapshot of the kind of crowd trials pulls. Obviously there's kids riding, but also plenty of teens-through-thirties. Saying all that - try to just ignore age. It's irrelevant. If you find something fun, do it. I'm 31 and spent yesterday largely surrounded by 8-10 year olds at a trampoline park and Laser Quest
  3. Good luck with enraged riders telling you just how wrong it is to fit a headset with a mallet They hate that. Lovely bike!
  4. @aliao is from Vancouver, but I don't think he comes on here too much these days. @jamesb is also Canadian and swings by once a week or so with a new video, but I confess I don't actually know where he lives Seen so much footage of him I feel like I should at least know which city.
  5. Thanks dude!
  6. Not thrilled to be doing this, but needs must! I've uploaded a new video, but it's behind a £1 paywall. Sorry! It's about 4 minutes of main video, and a further 2.5 minutes of extras. Follow the link: I don't have anywhere near a big enough appeal to get advertising or sponsorship payouts, and I can't seem to get a job. Thought I'd see how this goes down. I'm assuming badly.
  7. Hello all. Today, I am interested in the things related to riding you had to learn the hard way, and a lot of stress could have been saved if someone had just told you a simple fact early on. I have loads, but I'll start with just one so I don't kill the thread: For a challengingly sized sidehop, don't just sidehop on autopilot but with more effort. Actually think about jumping with your legs and feet, and remember that pulling on the bars does almost as much work as pushing on the pedals. Do both together, consciously.
  8. I've always thought people were way too obsessed with BB rise. Yes, it makes a difference, but it's not like it's the defining factor of a bike and what you can do on it. Especially when it's quite a middling amount. If it's too high, you can counter it with a higher bar/stem. Too low, and lower the bar and stem. Up to a point, obviously. It does make a difference - but small changes from what you are used to don't make as much as people seem to think. They also feel different between the bikes because of the radius of the wheels putting you different heights from the ground. +65 on a mod feels much less outlandish than +65 on a stock. Certainly, some people can, but I'd be very surprised if more than 5% of riders can legitimately feel the difference between +25 and +30, once you'd added/removed a 5mm stem stacker accordingly. I certainly couldn't. And those people that ARE so hyper sensitive to feeling the difference, I don't think it would make much difference in how they can ride after one or two to adjust. I'd liken geometry obsession with mixing audio. Knowing the frequencies (aka geo measurements) can help guide you to the right area, but to make the difference you actually want you need to listen (aka ride) and see if it's right. If your kick is too boomy (manuals are unstable) it's much better to stick a peak/trough on the EQ and sweep the frequencies rather than just assuming you need to cut 125Hz because that's the theoretically correct response. Sometimes it's an underlying fundamental, or a resonance with the bass. Don't mix by numbers, because it's your ears that are going to listen to it. 5mm in the BB is only the same as switching from modern thin pedals back to something like the old shape of V12. They're thick enough that they'd put you that bit higher off the ground. Does that make it not a street bike any more? This isn't meant to read as a rant - just trying to make my point.
  9. Shaun Goddard.
  10. I've used BB5s and been impressed, but not had one on my own bike so don't know them intimately. I got lucky and got a BB7 with my first bike. The extra adjustability is a nice feature but doesn't effect performance. The bigger pad surface area might be more noticeable, but I'm not too sure. Brakes aren't really my speciality.
  11. Outer: SP51 - wants to be stiff under compression, which regular outers from Wilko's etc are not: Inner: Regular - doesn't matter too much as you're just trying to stretch steel: Slics were always touted as being great for the same reasons - also smoothness of pulling through - but I never actually had one. SP51 cable outer transformed my BB7s lever feel completely.
  12. Yes - that's the main thing that makes a difference. The Slic and SP51 have different types of cable outers to the cheapo coil type. Very much stiffer and less compressable. No idea if they use the same inner or not - it's the outer that makes the difference.
  13. NO! I had some MT2s, which if rumour be true became the MT Sports, and they were a nightmare. A friend has just got some and they're the same. Really temperamental, and even when they're working they feel soooooo spongey, and I never feel like it can be trusted. Seen him loop out on it a bunch of times even with Jitsie pads. Ideal world: 2x BB7 calipers, 2x SD7 levers, 2x Trialtech/Jitsie pads, 2x Linear Slic/SP51 cables. The cable is a huge deal on the rear - getting a cheap one leaves it feeling spongey. Failing that, if you want hydraulics, Hope or Shimano. The old SLXs felt and worked amazing and were crazy cheap. Unsure since they all changed to the newer style though.
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