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  1. #1
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    Bike handling skills (trials riding?)

    Hey Kids,

    I've decided I NEED to (read, feel like) develop some real bike handling skills. Being able to do a proper trackstand at lights, bunny/side hop up curbs as necessary could not only be theoretically life saving, but also make my commute a bit more fun.

    A while back I was thinking about getting into Observed Trials with motorcycles for similar bike handling training, then I realized they have bicycle trials. (and I'm just not ready to ante up $5000+ for a motorcycle I can't use on the street)

    So I guess the first questions are:

    1.) does one need a "trials" bike to do trials? or will generic bmx bike X work for a beginner?

    2.) are there any competitions around Los Angeles?

    3.) suggested resources for people looking to learn these type of things?

    Thanks

    -- James
    It is easy to win an argument, but the greater reward is to win an ally.

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    www.biketrials.com

    I've used this site to learn a few things.

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    Another really good trial site, with tons of tips: http://www.trashzen.com/

    Pretty much any bmx or rigid/hardtail mountain bike works well for learning the basics.

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