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Everything posted by marg26

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Another video of beginner skills, this time on holiday on the MTB on natural stuff, so hard!
  6. 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.
  7. Whereabouts in Kent are you visiting? As far as Thanet?
  8. Any of you signed up to storm Area 51 on 20th September?
  9. Nothing exciting, still a beginner:
  10. I find with Zee & standard Zee pads on my 24" Console I have to consciously grab the rear a little harder than the front. But that might just be a beginner getting used to needing lots of brake on the rear. Question: Trialtech Sport or EBC red?
  11. The obvious things really: Ibuprofen after food. Avoid sleeping on belly. Plenty of rest, but also gentle neck/shoulder exercises to avoid stiffness, steering clear from extreme range of motion (pain will probably manage that for you). But probably better off seeing a professional and not taking the advice of some numpty like me on the internet ;-) Stuff like this: For warm ups, look at bodyweight warm ups, and, there's an exercise thread on here that introduced me to CARS exercise which I've found pretty useful for my wrists/elbows/shoulders (but the kind of stuff I'd be too embarrassed to do in public).
  12. At least there isn't any slowmo roosting going on.
  13. Hi. Similar boat to me. Nothing to add other than have fun!
  14. Georgeous weather. Sea looked beautiful. Hadn't knackered myself out before hand so no negativity colouring the ride. Personal best rear hops, 15 in a row.
  15. If I'd have known six months ago that you don't need a street trials bike to do this sort of riding who knows where I'd be by now.
  16. Yeah don't believe that! Started six months ago at 43. Trying to get out a couple of times a week for an hour each time. Due to riding MTB for ten years, I found a few things I'd being doing already that helped, and are fun, but it's the fundamental skill of stability/balance/control that really needs the graft putting into it to get the real rewards. I'm still not there with the fundamental basics, but as above, seeing micro-progress. Patience with yourself to deal with the frustration of not progressing as fast as you want will help! Another difficulty I personally found was to get on the bike and focus on practising just one thing over and over again. I've seen others (on youtube) in a similar position (age/experience) who seem to find that easy, but for me, for instance it's taken over six months until I've actually put any time and effort into practising rear hops!
  17. Found this nice little spot this afternoon. I knew there was a line of rocks along the side of the road from before I started trying to do trials, but never spotted this. There's a line I can almost just ride over (start on rock rear wheel leaning against and heading through the gap toward RH arrow), but beyond my skill level to do it with real trials control.
  18. FWIW: I only really chose to ride street* trials six months ago, am in my early forties. Stopped riding bikes after my teens until I started riding MTB in my 30's, mainly XC, a few small jumps and drops, etc. I moved to a coastal town a few years ago, nearer to work, which meant I could cycle to work easily which was about the only thing I could think of doing to help the environment. Partner still has a car but she needs it most weekends so most of my rides are from the doorstep. Unfortunately my local area is poor for MTB, it lacks real singletrack, and there's only small pockets of woodland by parks. What is does have are lots of stairsets and ledges to practice drops, and other obstacles that I started trying to ride up trying to keep my technical skills fresh. That was the primer for me looking at trials with more interest. The other primer was riders on youtube, with Sam Pilgrim, Fabio Wibmer, Ali Clarkson, really being the people I watched most in the previous couple of years who opened my mind to trials where previously I had been quite dismissive of it. I kind of feel a bit selfish about it, as my second son was born at the start of the year, and they're both hard work so time is limited, but I need to do something, my social life is dead! Other less physical but majorly time consuming hobbies have fallen away over the years, and the physicality of trials means I don't have the energy to spend hours and hours on it. An hour of trials two or three times a week fits in well. Just taking baby steps at it. * I can only say I ride street trials because that's the style of bike I have, my riding skills aren't enough to be categorised.
  19. Are foam trials grips anything like ESI Chunky silicon foam grips? I found the latter an improvement in comfort over lock-ons, but they didn't last me long at all.
  20. Been using the bolts for some time now, having filed the axle down each side slightly. Wasn't really sure how much to torque them, started off probably a bit too high at 18nm for M6. Then decided to grease them a little so didn't go quite so high, maybe 17nm. Noticed that after getting both sides up to around 13~14nm, then going up to say 16nm, one side would just take maybe 1/3rd of a turn, while the other would take over a whole turn! This evening was no different to all the others except the bolt sheered off right around the point it usually reached torque. Bugger. Will it be possible to drill out, then clean with a tap? Anyone had to? Likelihood of getting replacement axle? EDIT: Removed axle from hub (as per aener's instruction) took it to my Dads to use his pillar drill and bolt extractors when he starts poking it with a screwdriver. I tell him that won't work and then do the same myself and it moves. Good job I put all that grease in there. Removed super easy. Wish I tried that before removing it! Lesson learnt. EDIT: Gone back to QR and since a. I was wrong to think QR was the issue, and b. the bike is stored without front wheel on. The last I'm saying on this!
  21. My Console front wheel is held in the forks by QR. I don't like it, it doesn't seem sufficient, it creaks sometimes and is bugging me. I'd rather bolt the wheel in place properly even though I'd need to do so every time I ride it. What are my options, what do I need? I see Tartys have V!Z end caps guessing that's where I'd start... but with those in place does it work similarly to the rear Hope Pro2 Evo SS hub? ie Two bolts + axle bolt washers for each side? Am I right thinking that any axle bolt washer would suffice, and then Just looked at the description again and realize I overlooked the part where it mentions a 10mm axle. Not sure if I can even change the existing end caps for these or not now. Any ideas? Cheers.
  22. feel like a massive killjoy asking, but central heating on a timer?
  23. I can't stand it any more, where did you find that thing?
  24. Re: Hibernation, pretty impressive the weather conditions they did that stuff in.
  25. Suggests that once your account is verified a button should appear next to the video to let you activate it.