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Offline BrendaButtercup

Re: WC : Trials Riders
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2015, 02:40:24 pm »
Not sure if you joined up with these guys yet....

http://www.capetrials.co.za/

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No it's not!  Did you post a query or register on the site?
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2015, 02:46:48 pm »
Come to the trial on Sunday and see for yourself:

http://capetrials.co.za/content/season-start-fun-trial-0

If this is your first time, we walk through the sections before we ride them, so you can decide during the trial whether you will ride the clubman (safe & docile but not easy), experts (requires commitment) or masters (dangerous) lines.
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Re: WC : Trials Riders
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2015, 03:54:29 pm »
Brendabuttercup???? :imaposer:

Charles who picked that name?

I bought an old Montesa from a friend and made my way up to one of the events. Nice bunch off blokes and very helpful. I learned a lot of new skills and if you are lucky enough to go view some of these guys and come to appreciate the skill involved i am sure one's opinion regarding trials will change. I am hoping to join them someday again soon.

I still get my weekly or fortnightly email informing me of future events.

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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2015, 04:14:19 pm »
Ek wil ook eendag so bike he! 
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2015, 04:17:06 pm »
Kan mens iewerste 'n trail bike huur om te kyk of mens daarvan hou?
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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2015, 04:32:44 pm »
Brendabuttercup???? :imaposer:

Charles who picked that name?

Ruhan

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Re: WC : Trials Riders
« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2015, 04:36:57 pm »
Kan mens iewerste 'n trail bike huur om te kyk of mens daarvan hou?

Come to the fun trial, or to practice at Zonnebloem on a thursday.  Someone is bound to let you have a ride on their bike.  Thing is, it is quite different to what you are used to, so does take a while to get into.  Most people take a year of practice before they can balance while stationary.

What I love is that I can get home from work, put on boots, pants, t-shirt, open helmet and gloves, and be riding in the neighbourhood in a few minutes.  After 30 minutes I have had a good workout and am drenched.
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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2015, 08:16:57 am »
BBC all my bikes is girls. Just sound better we you say ' i thrashed her today' get my drift?
Yes Charles have to agree quick and easy. And if you practice balancing wheelies and stoppies you get n workout of note. I will make a plan to come visit one of the events soon.
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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2015, 01:02:03 pm »
I'm having a very hard time getting gear in cape town. I've spoken to Graham but he is up in jozi which makes sizing a little hard.

I don't like riding with a mx lid and then there are my gaerne mx boots.  Waay  too stiff.


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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2015, 03:16:33 pm »
You might think we are knobs, but read below...

Trials is very much alive in the Cape, although a small group of dedicated riders, there are also those that come and go.
The Nomads MC club is what the cape trials falls under (or is affiliated to)
The www.capetrials.co.za site is very quite, except for the trials dates and the odd tech questions. We don't talk to much, but ride alot.
Trials in the cape was very big, but ever since two friends had a deadly head on at a club trial event, the sport here has gone low key.

I was trying to guess what year that accident was, found the info on the Nomads history site: http://www.nomads.org.za/trials/trials-history/

The 4 Koeberg guys mentioned were all colleagues of mine and Ben passing away was really tragic  :(
It was 1995.
20 years ago......
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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2015, 10:58:33 am »
I'm having a very hard time getting gear in cape town. I've spoken to Graham but he is up in jozi which makes sizing a little hard.

I don't like riding with a mx lid and then there are my gaerne mx boots.  Waay  too stiff.


Gear is a problem.
No one seems too eager to keep slow moving stock of all sizes.

I have found over the years that if your pip is a large in a mx/bmw/arai/etc then it's still a large for a trials helmet.
Same with mx/touring boots, it's the same size for a trials boot (normally a size or 2 bigger than your shoes size),

An open face helmet makes a biiiig difference, especially for visibility (looking up, sideways, etc.) The neck is also cut back for looking up.
The open airflow is what you appreciate most, mx helmets get stuffy fast.
Ironically, a closed face helmet for riding between the rocks and tree branches, would make sense, but have never had a close shave.

The main difference with a trials boot, is that the sole in flat, so the heel part doesn't get in the way of moving around on your peg.
It's also flexible at the ankles and has a rigid sole for the hours on the pegs.
The soles are also very grippy for walking up steep terrain and for on rocks.
Trials boots are very comfortable and last for a long time.

Gloves, you can get at many bike shops (thin mx style)  I used to ride with inner gloves too, to help with the initial callus/blister stage.
Knee guards - Polysport shin/knee guards or leatt's 3DF soft knee guards are very comfortable (tracmac, etc)
Pants - MX, etc

Try:
trials.co.za (Graham) for helmets & boots
World of accessories for helmets (they stocked the new Airoh trial helmet)
trialsuk.co.uk for all trials stuff. ("Alpine stars - no stop" Boots are 210 Pounds for a R6k boot here, ask a friend to bring it over for you)

Not much gear is needed for trials (helmet, boots, gloves, knee guards) & the maintenance costs on the bikes are minimal (clean air filter, change oil every 10-40hrs atf/10w40). Cheap cheap.... and ... the 3 litre fuel tank lasts longer than you can, hehe

You welcome to try someone else's gear on, for size, but do it before it gets wet...
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« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2015, 01:21:24 pm »
Atf dex3  also recommended.
 

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« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2015, 06:15:15 pm »
Any reason why the Trials bikes do not seem to use "Cycra" type handguards....just getting into the sport and I have already broken the clutch lever.
Thought I was bike fit but make no mistake - it's a serious workout.
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« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2015, 08:00:17 pm »
Any reason why the Trials bikes do not seem to use "Cycra" type handguards....just getting into the sport and I have already broken the clutch lever.
Thought I was bike fit but make no mistake - it's a serious workout.

Some guys do fit those guards, they are useful when free riding through thick bush and a branch grabs a "handful" of front brake (or on a steep incline & the clutch is pulled), but most bikes don't have them on. Maybe weight saving, also when trials sections are set, the area is cleared nicely.

The trick to save the clutch/brake lever is to:
1.Set your levers 15mm from the bar ends, so that the handle bar hits the ground first and not the levers.
2.Loosen the levers & throttle housing so that they can move under impact. IE You can move them with 2 hands, that way the items rotate & don't brake. A couple of bangs and they are straight again to keep riding.

Also, fit bar ends (R150), they definitely help when the bike is dropped, especially the throttle side & it saves damaging the grips.

I haven't broken a lever in years since, but prior, used about 2 a year (at R300 a pop).

Ya, trials riding is a good (& satisfying) workout. You can't just sit on your bum & give it gas...
The mt bike is just standing cause the trials bike gives a good enough cardio workout
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« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2015, 09:22:50 pm »
I do have flappy type guards. They aren't fitted tho. Try and source some fancy folding levers... They work rather well.
 

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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2015, 09:24:10 pm »
I did some wheelie practice yesterday and can keep it up for a rugby field Length in 5th gear. Gets a little hairy at times tho. Hahaa
 

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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2015, 09:33:50 pm »
I did some wheelie practice yesterday and can keep it up for a rugby field Length in 5th gear. Gets a little hairy at times tho. Hahaa

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« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2015, 07:40:37 am »
Any reason why the Trials bikes do not seem to use "Cycra" type handguards....just getting into the sport and I have already broken the clutch lever.
Thought I was bike fit but make no mistake - it's a serious workout.


I use a couple of wraps of Plumbers Tape (PTFE) around the handle bars, under the clutch and brake lever perches.
Lets them rotate under force quite well....
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« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2015, 10:37:54 am »
I'm having a very hard time getting gear in cape town. I've spoken to Graham but he is up in jozi which makes sizing a little hard.

I don't like riding with a mx lid and then there are my gaerne mx boots.  Waay  too stiff.


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« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2015, 02:12:12 pm »
Any reason why the Trials bikes do not seem to use "Cycra" type handguards....just getting into the sport and I have already broken the clutch lever.
Thought I was bike fit but make no mistake - it's a serious workout.

Thanks....some good advice given.
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