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?