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So here's a project I've been toying with for years. First thought it ages ago when someone I'd known for a while had never heard of CLS. I finally a few weeks of work so decided to stop dreaming about it and do it, and forked out for some webspace.

Videos get forgotten. I feel like new riders overcongratulate each other a bit much, and largely because they don't have the frame of reference that longer-term riders have.
Old videos just don't come up in searches, because they don't have millions of views. This is a problem for such a niche community.
You have to go looking for specific videos, and you don't always get them even then, let alone videos from that era in related links.
I know other people have made channels for uploading pre-Youtube era videos, but you still have to know what to look for. You can't just stumble upon them like you could on Old Youtube.

I made a site that aims to provide links to a whole bunch of the better videos made throughout trials history. Just to make them accessible to people.
It's certainly not a one-stop-shop, and it's very much a work in progress, but I think it's now at a point where the intent of what it wants to be is apparent.

Anyway - Just thought it might appeal to some of you. There's about 100 videos posted there at the moment, but I'll be continually adding to the database.

There's forms on there for suggestions or complaints. It's also worth noting that I also chose to pay a bit more for "unlimited" storage space and bandwidth. They're very cagey about numbers, but the intent is that if people have videos that got removed for copyright or whatever, I am in a position to host them privately on this site. Get in touch if you're interested in that. I'll be doing it for about half of mine :lol:

 

Anyway... here we go.

www.trials-videos.com

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14 minutes ago, Adam@TartyBikes said:

Nice. I have an old external HD full of old trials vids, a few thousand I think, and wanted to find a home for them :D

Awesome. I'll be in touch ;)

It might be logistically easier if I just head over your way for a ride some time and borrow the HDD rather than transferring them. Any that I and my own personal discretion deem "good enough" and I can't find elsewhere online, I can shove them on here :)
The first one that comes to mind is one of a group-ride you made in Nottingham back in the Zero/Zebdi era. Looked for it to put on but couldn't find it.

 

This is a site very much in its infancy, so content, flow and appearance will likely be changing over time.

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Such a great idea and initiation!

Points and ideas:
* By default - typing www.trials-videos.com it redirects to the Non-secure version (http), you can change it to auto redirect to https.
* The search form is being displayed twice. next to each other :
* Maybe alow other users to add videos and tag them?
* Maybe you get get more help by publishing the source code on Github, so people (like me) could help you out extending and improving it.
* Maybe allow unlimited tagging, allowing users to tag themselves on vids they are on, then enable search by people

 

attached here a screenshot from the advanced search.

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1 minute ago, Guy Guy said:

Such a great idea and initiation!

Points and ideas:
1 By default - typing www.trials-videos.com it redirects to the Non-secure version (http), you can change it to auto redirect to https.
2 The search form is being displayed twice. next to each other :
3 Maybe alow other users to add videos and tag them?
4 Maybe you get get more help by publishing the source code on Github, so people (like me) could help you out extending and improving it.
5 Maybe allow unlimited tagging, allowing users to tag themselves on vids they are on, then enable search by people

 

attached here a screenshot from the advanced search.

 

Thanks Guy :)

1 - Good point. I hadn't noticed it did that. I'll sort it out tomorrow. Thanks.

2 - It displays twice for two types of search. Left is an AND, right is an OR. I did write it in the description just above... It's just a pre-existing plugin so it doesn't do exactly the type of search I want. I'll write a custom plugin to do it properly some time soon and then go down to one search form.

3 and 5 are somewhat related - No. As soon as other people can upload, I have to vet each and every video to check it's not porn or something. Also opens up the whole can of security issues. It ALSO means that people will upload endless clips of sidehopping a bench or doing a footjam whip, and it will make it difficult to find the good videos amongst the bad once again. This is not a site meant for huge social interaction. It's for people who know what they want, and provide them with an easy way to access it where it is otherwise quite difficult to find. (And remind them of The Good Old Days!)

4 - I did reach out to a couple of people but it didn't really pan out. I might include more people in the future if it takes off. It's worth you knowing that it's just a Wordpress site. I made several versions fully coded from scratch, but I spent so long on arcane details that I realised it's silly to reinvent the wheel. Wordpress is kind of perfect for this website's goals, assuming a few custom plugins get made. I'm particularly happy with my first one which puts the "Show me a random ___ video" under each video, and then a link for each of the video's categories. The search you mentioned above will be my next :P

 

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On 9/24/2021 at 8:23 AM, bungalow-bikes said:

This is great! a way back machine for trials videos.

Hope someone's got the Danny Mac video where he's dressed as Gary Glitter! lol.

Things like that shouldn't be censored out of history forever! 

Jimmy Saville, and it's still on Pinkbike #neverforget 

https://www.pinkbike.com/video/194996/

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2 hours ago, DJEHB said:

Loving this site. I couldn't find any on there but would be good to get some Kieran Whitefield vids up, always loved his playful style. (random fact he's now one of the biggest techno producers in the world and tours the globe) - 

 

Good shout! That'll be going on, for sure. Thanks! There is a contact form on all the pages where you can submit suggestions like this, if that's easier.

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On 27/09/2021 at 10:37 AM, bikeperson45 said:

Jimmy Saville, and it's still on Pinkbike #neverforget 

https://www.pinkbike.com/video/194996/

HAHA your right its was Jimmy not Garry. Thanks for the link I have down loaded it  just in case it disappears from pink bike too. #NeverForget

Direct Link for those who might want to do the same: https://ev1.pinkbike.org/vf/19/pbvid-194996.mp4

 

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4 hours ago, Davetrials said:

i have a box of Cds full of videos going back to trials kings forum, but zero Cd drives. anyone know if i can pull information from an Xbox maybe?

Might be able to use the xbox companion app on a windows pc then screen record by hitting "window+G" but i suspect oldskool videos might well be in vintage video codec's... maybe you can get VLC player on the xbox that might help.

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Ive got a couple of DVDs which were a backup of trials-shack before it went down.  I could probably dig them out for you. I was going to write a script and stick them all on youtube but never got the chance.

Theres also 63gb of videos on the TF server from when you used to be able to upload them directly here.

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