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  1. We know that. It's just a fundamental difference in mindset. Some people have the innate self-confidence to be comfortable within themselves and know other people are wrong so they can just carry on with it (which sounds like you), and others lack it so even though they know it, they can't feel self-justified (which is us). Both have their benefits and drawbacks. The matter is somewhat complicated by just being out riding we're already doing something we shouldn't be (in legal terms).
  2. I've been riding 14 years and still have the same issue. I tend to just analyse when people are at certain places and plan which spots I go to based on when it is I'm riding. I don't have kids so it's easier for me in that respect (by 'household', I'm assuming you do - apologies if not), but I tend to go riding in the early mornings these days. My partner is a nurse, and the busses suck on Sundays, so I'll typically take her to work at about 07:00 and go straight to the first spot from dropping her off. Even the city centres are practically ghost towns then. If it's something you struggle with, like quite a few trials riders it seems, I would advise picking your battles. It's enough of a headgame already without battling your nature. Just ride other spots, and go to those ones when you are comfortable with it. I personally find the issue mostly goes away if I'm riding with other riders. Something about being with other people doing the same has an internal validation and makes it seem more of 'a thing' than a thirty-year-old dicking around and falling off a kids' bike. You may or may not find the same. People are a mixed bag. Some are really nice about it, others just walk past grumbling and laugh when you fall. I find it best to avoid them, unless I'm riding with company. If you live in/around a city, I'd definitely recommend exploring the suburbs rather than the city centre whilst you're struggling with self confidence. Usually a bunch of hidden gems, so long as you keep yourself open to riding a bit of everything!
  3. He's 38 and still doing that kind of riding, and that's all that gets focused on? I'll be lucky if I can walk when I'm 38, and I definitely didn't put myself through what he has for the last 20-odd years.
  4. I mean... It's not good, but can you guys do anything other than talk about how bad things are? This is part of what made me leave Facebook. I'm sad that it's here too, now. It used to be in balance, but most things seem to be complaining, or taking the piss out of someone, or just generally being unpleasant. Why is it "cool" to shit on everything? This is particularly true of very specific individuals on here. (And yes, there are also exceptions. Don't assume I hate you all. It's just the trend of posts recently.) Remember back when Swindlehurst and Co. each made a new video every month and it was always in black and white with Noisia or metal? You always complained about that too and they replied "Don't like, don't watch." I'd like to take a moment to channel my inner CLS-wannabe and reiterate that point to you now. Or if you Don't Like and Do Watch, at least Don't Post. I'd wager this forum would be equally quiet by now because of this even if social media sites hadn't come along. He's better than me on an MTB, and I'd wager the same goes for most trials riders. Probably not the ones in here as 90% of the people that come into the Chat section moved from trials to MTB or nothing a long time ago, but still. Also - of course he's "such a trials rider". Why would you expect anything else? (Side note, it's interesting that that also goes for unicycles. I went to the uni event at Barrow Farm a couple of years ago and when on a borrowed uni, they all remarked on how obvious it was that I was a bike rider and not a unicyclist. It's all about the knees apparently. They don't use them! Haha.)
  5. Just to add some context: Tom's a freak I tried to learn them for about three years and only ever landed two. But maybe having learned them on a bike where they are easier is a big help. He learned on BMX, so maybe they'd be easier for you than me because you can already do them. After I stopped trying I rode with a BMXer for a while, and I COULD barspin his BMX, but still not a mod. My head angle was less steep back then though. Not sure if that's a factor.
  6. No - that's a 12mm through-axle version. With technical parts like this I'd always recommend dropping the couple of quid extra and getting it from a reputable source: Lots of options there. You'll want the 10mm Pro 2, unless your hub has "Evo" written on it, then choose that one If it's a stem, or tyres, or something simple then ebaying is fine, but I've had some bad experiences with people making mistakes or just flat out lying with selling little parts like this. Maybe I've just been unlucky/stupid over the years though. Haha.
  7. Oh LAWD. Is that a geo people want?! I know I'm not the target but cripes.
  8. Biiiiiiirrrrrdiiiiiiieeeeeee.
  9. Did you finally find someone to film that crashed more than me? Bit Ali-light? Or is he stashing for personal use? Totally in love with John's front-wheel shenanigans. That mid-g-turn-step-up (for want of a better name) on the double ledge rocked my world. Also the pivot and fakie down the skinny. Much fun!
  10. I'm based in Leeds. Fancy some rides when this rain makes itself scarce? Is York much fun? Only been the once with Danny Garland quite a few years ago and it seemed... passable Willing to believe I just didn't see the good bits though! I can imagine the freewheel woes. I'll see if I've got one in the garage. It'd not be amazing, but likely better than the Claws that is probably on it! Or did these get Tensile 30s maybe? Either way - I might have an Echo or something I could bring along to a ride.
  11. Kinda one-upped me there, didn't you! In every aspect. I don't "get" hardtails, but damn it looks nice enough to make me want it anyway!
  12. Today, I purchased my first and last ever rainbow-finish product Way better than all that Stan rubbish.
  13. The general consensus is: don't. There's too much torque in trials. I've not run one, despite desperately wanting the silent hub, because of a couple of people that have had them. Both reported they occasionally slipped through, and even when they didn't they could feel a little spongey.
  14. Wow. I didn't realised they'd moved into that market. Being "in touch" isn't my forte these days.
  15. Profiles are 110mm. Your Pashley will be 135mm. Profiles were only ever a "thing" in trials because people wanted a 116mm (with cams) freehub. They're pretty much the same price as a Hope and not as good. Get a Hope
  16. Thank f**k Don't get me wrong - also a fanboy here, but DAMN they rode awful.
  17. You know those toffee/fudge flavoured things that are like doughnuts but not round? That. Well jell of that castle park roll down. Looked at that for ages and always wimped out. The nose-pivot incorporating the road-sign goes down in history.
  18. And was better in every way for it Really like some of the things he's doing these days. The trick-combos are less to my taste, but his lines are rad. It's the little bits thrown in as garnish rather than the super long setups. That gap-90-crankflip in the last one was better than some string of ups, downs, spins and a superfluous bars at the end. No specific examples from this one, but the same feeling applies. Felt a lot more like a riding video, and that made it great
  19. I'm maybe a bad example as it's a different use-case, but I used Trialtech single-walled circle holed rims on the rear for years. Each would last about 18 months before starting to go. No landing on corners like trials with brakes though, so that might change things for you. Edit: Note that I only changed away from them because when I needed a fresh set they'd sold all their new old stock and had no plans to make any more.
  20. Reducing to one song will always be a gross oversimplification. But if that's the challenge:
  21. Just so people don't point the finger at me being the instigator, I acknowledge I am one of those who doesn't take risks anymore I can't believe I forgot about TRA! Also definitely a contender.
  22. Double-posting but don't care. Whilst we're on the topic: what the f**k happened to trials? There was bigger, sure. But that gap specifically tipped riders over to God-tier, for me. I hate that it's gone now. The forsaken pilgrimage site. To a rail. With little wheels.