posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 10:55 PM
Not as bad as you might think.
Originally posted by _BoneZ_
But those super-light bikes are pretty expensive.
They are obviously trials specific though.
You can also modify a small frame bike (14.5" say) to be a great compromise. Bash guard and you are pretty much good to go. If you expect to
destroy the bike, you can get away with very cheap bikes, but it adds up depending on how aggressive you are. Specialized used to offer lifetime
warranties on some of their frames, other companies might too. Some might need that.. Shinguards arent a bad idea either if you have.. "grippy"
pedals (I used modified screws). You can tighten the brakes to be at lock with ~.5" of travel. The rest of the travel is used to really clamp down
when doing stationary stuff. You can also gum the rims, though I wouldnt usually suggest it even for a trials specific bike.
You can practice the fundamentals of trials to improve your riding, no matter which kind you do or what bicycle you ride (even motorcycle riding).
Hopping around on a bike in public will get looks though. Most cops are ok with it in my experience, maybe due to the obscurity of it (which
apparently is changing).
The crashes from trials are actually pretty minimal, in comparison to say downhill. 90% of the time one would land on their feet. No one should let
that stop them if they want to get into it, its a really great sport. One that should get much more coverage. I never received a significant injury
from trials. The important part is, you can do it with any bike and anywhere! Even indoors (trackstands at least)!
If you ride a bike at all, your overall riding skills will be vastly improved by even just doing trackstands, much less learning trials overall.
Hopefully we will see trials continue to grow, that is a very good thing.
Do it while you can, you might not always be able to