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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #80 on: August 26, 2013, 08:38:42 am »
Sithe....  where about in Oliphants is this?

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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #81 on: August 26, 2013, 08:42:45 am »
Hey Wookie... when you getting your baby?
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 26, 2013, 08:50:14 am »
Thanks Sithe... once I have the bike I will make a plan to join in the fun out there.

Mal.... Hopefully Friday / Saturday. Graham is still sorting out a few things he was not happy with.

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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #83 on: August 26, 2013, 09:30:05 am »
Nice one Sithe. Next Saturday I must definitely get some pics. We have a great natural play area. Yesetrday I made it up a 30m steep hill climb... OK almost, but we had great fun.  :biggrin:

I'm still, mostly, only working on balance and controlled frontwheel lift, and its coming on nicely. Stopping and rolling the bike backwards as well.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #84 on: August 26, 2013, 09:47:51 am »
I take it that it is easier to practice balance to do it dynamically with the engine running... as in stop, balance move slowly forward if you lose balance... repeat?

I live in a complex where this might be an issue. Are there any balance exercises that I can do with the engine off?

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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #85 on: August 26, 2013, 09:49:29 am »
I take it that it is easier to practice balance to do it dynamically with the engine running... as in stop, balance move slowly forward if you lose balance... repeat?

I live in a complex where this might be an issue. Are there any balance exercises that I can do with the engine off?



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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #86 on: August 26, 2013, 09:56:32 am »
Now there is the problem..... I don't own a TV. Can I read a book instead?  :peepwall:
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #87 on: August 26, 2013, 09:56:39 am »

I live in a complex where this might be an issue. Are there any balance exercises that I can do with the engine off?


You can actually practice it on your mountainbike, not sure about with the engine of, you need slight forward movement to offset your braking, and to get going again.

From my experience, you start with coming to a stop, and rolling forward when you start toppeling over.
As your skill level increase, you will stop for longer, and roll forward less an less till eventually you can stand still.

It is a different action from standing still, getting your feet on your pegs, and putting them out when falling over.

I can't do it, but my kid does: He plays PS3 MX Untamed, standing with his knees on an exercise ball. His balance is amazing.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #88 on: August 26, 2013, 10:00:50 am »
Thanks Beserker.... never thought of using a mountain bike to practice.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #89 on: August 26, 2013, 10:25:47 am »
I spend a few minutes every evening in my garage doing static balancing. Lock the steering, hold front break, get on the pegs and balance. In the beginning you get nowhere, but persevere. Change left and right.

Its all about teaching the right muscles, which you've never had to use before, to do the job. It becomes programmed. After a month or so I can manage about 5 seconds.  :imaposer:
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« Reply #90 on: August 26, 2013, 10:50:20 am »
Think I am going to be in that boat too..... :imaposer:

That's my plan as well, to do a little each evening and build it up slowly.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #91 on: August 26, 2013, 10:55:47 am »
Think I am going to be in that boat too..... :imaposer:

That's my plan as well, to do a little each evening and build it up slowly.

Just persevere. After two weeks I was prepared to give up and just ride around. Could not get and hold both feet on the pegs. Now I can ride, stop hard, roll the bike backwards a little, stop and go forward again.

On a Saturday afternoon I spend about half an hour of the hour's playtime doing balance practice. The rest is front wheel lift and some obstacles.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2013, 11:11:21 am »
luckily patience is on of my strong points...... Not  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


Was at Full-throttle to get some knee guards and found  a Ryan young DVD for advanced trials skills.
Thought it would be something I could use in future so bought it.

Damn that boy can ride. He has a novice DVD as well... any idea where I can get one locally?

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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #93 on: August 26, 2013, 08:49:19 pm »
Jupiter ..  how big is the trials scene there .. do they have observed competitions ?

Wookie .. here is a trick you can try to help with stationary balancing with the engine off :

deflate your tyres completely .. as your balance improves start to inflate the tryes .. go to 0.1 bar then practice there for a while .. later go to 0.2 bars .. carry on like that until you get to 0.5 bar front and back

don't ride the bike like that .. just practice your balancing like that .. for riding they recommend 0.4 to 0.5 bars
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #94 on: August 26, 2013, 09:09:40 pm »
It comes and goes. At the moment its dead and just a few of us playing over wekends.
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #95 on: August 27, 2013, 07:02:02 am »
Jupiter ..  how big is the trials scene there .. do they have observed competitions ?

Wookie .. here is a trick you can try to help with stationary balancing with the engine off :

deflate your tyres completely .. as your balance improves start to inflate the tryes .. go to 0.1 bar then practice there for a while .. later go to 0.2 bars .. carry on like that until you get to 0.5 bar front and back

don't ride the bike like that .. just practice your balancing like that .. for riding they recommend 0.4 to 0.5 bars

Thanks Sithe.... will give that a go.  :thumleft:
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #96 on: August 27, 2013, 07:31:25 am »
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #97 on: August 27, 2013, 08:33:23 am »
Sithe, how long have you been riding trials bike ?
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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #98 on: August 30, 2013, 10:47:37 pm »
Been riding about 3 years now ... I don't get to ride often maybe 3 times a month if that

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Re: The Palooka Trials Rider's Thread
« Reply #99 on: September 02, 2013, 07:41:57 am »
Ok some pics.... only two for now.

Got the bike on Friday but only managed to get a ride in on Sunday.
Figured out a few things after a few hours on the bike:

1: Damn these bikes are light and stand up for no reason if you gas it a bit hard. >:D
2: Completely different riding style
3: Stationary balancing of the bike is not in the feet but in the arms
4: Balancing is not as difficult as I thought it would be.... managed 10sec after a few hours practice  :biggrin:
5: Man Oh Man this is fun..... :thumleft:
6: This is Pilates on wheels.... awesome core muscle work out while having a blast  :ricky:

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