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Bike handling skills (trials riding?)

Old 06-25-07, 07:41 PM
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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
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Old 06-26-07, 08:20 AM
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www.biketrials.com

I've used this site to learn a few things.
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Old 06-26-07, 11:23 AM
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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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