Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 1997 Trek Multitrack 730, 2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara, 2003 KHS Flite 800, 2005 Santa Cruz Chameleon, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2011 Santa Cruz Butcher
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trials is great. even if you're not doing insane gaps and drops, the effort required to balance and move the bike how you want it to move is good practice and also improves your skill and confidence while riding regularly. at least that's what i felt it did for me. plus, it's the only type of riding where i can be entertained for hours at a time staying in one spot.
i built up an 04 zoo pitbull...before the high bottom bracket craze. much more expensive than buying a complete bike but i love it. i can only do the small stuff....rear wheel hopping, pedal kicks, small gaps, etc. too chicken to try the big stuff for now.