Tag: trials

Spot hunting and skills practice

Saturday session. Was out riding for about four hours, but most of that time was spent hunting for decent riding spots. It is annoying how difficult it is around these parts to find good practice spots, especially for my mountainboard. I want a good spot that offers a pretty large area, a bit of a slope, and flat surface. Don’t really matter if its dirt, gravel or grass. Just that i can ride without avoiding holes, rocks and other stuff, and where i can do big carving and practice stopping with the mountainboard.

I did look for spots for mountain biking as well. More technical stuff. Stuff like trials, jumping and other similar stuff. There are some trails that are ok around here, but it is not easy to find an area which is suitable for practicing the more technical stuff in a safer way. To have a session just practicing stuff like track stands, wheelies, manuals, bunny hops, jumping and more. To have a place where one goes to practice and not to ride trails. Found one place that works for some of it, but i did not find a decent spot for more trials like riding.

Maybe i will find some decent place soon.

Got some practice at least. Did some jumping with the mini jump i built a while ago. Did a small session with it and it felt pretty ok. A bit small though and i am considering to start using the larger one i built. Its not much larger so it should be a good step up for me. And i did a trials test on a rock which was a bit to weird for me and i could not fix that one properly. Don’t have the balance yet to do stuff like that. Difficult part was the gap between the road and the rock. But i want more practice like that and i will continue to look for good spots.


BMX Riding Skills – The Guide to Flatland Tricks

I bought this book a while back to have something to aid me learning and re-learning tricks. The book is focused on Flatland BMX but a lot of it works for street/freestyle BMX as well as for my Trials/Dirt and MTB bikes. Due to the issues with my BMX bike and the low handlebar, thois book has been collecting dust in the bookshelf.

Now when i have my BMX bike set up properly and all the other things that has happened i am going to take a serious look into this book.

I will focus on my BMX bike while going through this book but there are a lot of tricks for my dirt bike and my trail MTB so i will try to have regular sessions with those bikes with the book as a guide. Especially with my dirt bike. In the beginning i wont do as much with my regular trail MTB. Think I need some time with my BMX and my dirt bike before i start messing around to much on my trail bike. Getting comfortable with those bikes first.

Anyway.

The book is split into five main sections, where the last three are the interesting ones. The entire book is interesting but sections three, four and five are the ones with the tricks. The first two are introductions, bike facts, a bit history and such.

Section three is the beginner tricks section with tricks such as Endo, Back Hops, Bunnyhops, Barspins (ground), Front Hops, Wheelie, Peg Wheelie and more.

Section four is the intermediate tricks section with trick such as 180 Bunnyhop, Decade, Infinity Roll, Steamroller, Megaspin, and more.

Section five is the advanced tricks section with tricks such as Manual Roll, 360 Bunny Hop, Bunnyhop Barspin, Hang Five, and more.

I wont follow the book in order, at least not on some of the tricks. The most important tricks for me to get in order this summer is bunnyhops, manuals, back hops, and a few others and they are in different sections. Manuals have for some reason been placed in the advanced section.

Time will tell how many tricks i will be able to do in a decent way before the summer is over. I am aiming high and hopefully i will be good enough on several of the tricks later this summer. I have a lot of time to use for this and hopefully i can be focused enough on most of those sessions.


Thoughts about the different sports

Before i get in to the different sports and styles i am into, i want to say that i have always been, and problably always will be a person that enjoy technical riding more than those that are about miles and times. I like having more relaxed rides with focus on skills and different techniques. To have the possibility to focus on interesting technical challenges and to try to improve them. I rarely enjoy those rides where you have to do a specific trail, a specific amount of miles, in a specific amount of time. Where all focus seems to be on stamina and not much else. I do not see the pleasure in that.

Secondly, my summer will be a lot different this year than it has been in many years. This summer i will have a lot more time being out riding. A lot more time to get into decent shape and to improve my skills in those sports i enjoy doing. I will have to spend a lot of time trying to deal with issues such as strength training, balance and other things. Stuff i need both for every day life and for my riding. Those parts are also vital for me to have a chance to make improvements in my riding.

Anyway.

Mountain Biking – This is my main sport, currently anyway. I do see myself as a BMX rider with an interest in Mountain Biking. But i will focus a lot more on Mountain Biking at the moment because there are more options available. I will do a lot of trail riding, spending time on different trails around here. That one will be a mix between regular trail riding and enduro inspired riding. Even though that part will require a bit more of that i do not enjoy, i will focus on finding more technical trails and i do have to work on my stamina. No XC riding though, no lycra, no clipless pedals and no strava or similar apps. Just fun.

I will do as much trials, street and dirt jump sessions as i can. Thats the most fun parts about riding Mountain Bikes. I will also do more Freeride and Downhill inspired riding, as much as i can using my hardtails and my dirt jump bike. No fullsuspension available at the moment and not in a near future.

Street/Freestyle BMX – I got into BMX in the beginning of 2000 and did it for a few years. Then i had a bunch of years not riding BMX at all. And in june 2017 i bought a cheaper BMX bike because i felt a need to get back into it. Due to injurys and other stuff i have not been riding much at all which annoys me a bit. And there have been some issues with the bike that have made riding it very difficult. I am hoping to get in a lot of riding this summer.

I really enjoy watching BMX videos and there are a lot of stuff that i want to be able to do again. I like street riding with jumps, grinds and stuff like that and i like flatland riding where you do different tricks on a flat surface. BMX also offers a really nice and fun way to work on skills such as bunny hops, manuals and more, which i have use for when riding my Mountain Bikes.

Mountainboard – I bought my Mountainboard in april 2015. The main reason was that i needed an action sport that did not involve my arms, neck and shoulders as much as biking does. At that point i did not think i would be able to ride bikes properly because of my neck injury. Sadly because of lack of motivation, life and a lack of decent riding spots within walking distance i have not been riding much at all with this either.

Mountain Biking and BMX will come first but i am hoping to get some regular sessions on my mountainboard. As soon as i find decent spots where i can start practice i will try to ride as often as possible. I am hoping at least once a week.

Mountainboards are completely different which also makes it interesting for me. It still involves riding offroad and skills such as jumping and more. I want to see how far i can take it, see what kind of skills i can get. It also offers a different way to train balance and other things.

Mixing things – I have never been good focusing on just one thing. I need to have different things to choose from. I need to be able to see from day to day what i want to do. And to have different types of challenges. I have no ambitions to become a pro or to start competing. It is just about having fun and being active. To have something outdoors that involves improving things like technique, balance, mobililty, flexibilty and more. And all while having fun.


A short trials session

First day since i started riding again a few weeks ago where it wasn’t fun being out. I guess the biggest reason for that is the day i had yesterday. Was really active with a lot of stuff the whole day and i guess i was still tired today. And with that i had no motivation.

Had a short test run though. Put some “new” pedals on the bike and went out to see how it felt. Did some track stand practice and some practice getting up on things and dropping of.The pedals are nice. I already knew that. They were on my trail bike before. New pedals on its way for my trail bike so i moved the old ones to my dirt bike. To get better grip than my earlier did.

My body did feel up to the ride so i cut it short and decided to have a rest day. Hoping to have a good day on my dirt bike tomorrow. Some stuff i want to test.


Trail Trials

Because of some intense riding last week my knee have been giving me some minor problems. I guess i got to much to fast and my body was not prepared for the change.

After two days resting i needed to get out on a ride. Test my knee and explore a bit. Focused on a more relaxed ride with some challenges here and there that put pressure on my knee and things are not as good as i hoped. The main goal of this ride was to get out riding. During the ride i decided to explore a bit and see if i could find some possible trail like features that could be used for practicing. Found two kinds of features. First some benches that i should be able to deal with soon. Those stairs i found is a bit above my current skill level. At least the bigger one.

I did not find as many interesting things as i hoped but still inspiring and fun to imagine what could be done, at some point later on. I will try to have more rides like this to find challenging features. To have more of that trials practice but with a focus on trail riding.


Riding BMX

Even though i am going to focus a lot on mountain biking and that will be my main bike activity, i want to get back into BMX as well. There are a lot of things with freestyle bmx that interests me that mountain biking can’t give me, and i want to do something about it.

Its way to early though to know how far i want to take it and how far i can take it. It all depends on my mtb riding and the things that happens there. And how well i can deal with my injuries. Hopefully i can have some pretty decent bmx sessions this summer.

I am probably as far away from the XC style riding as you can get. The part where you ride a distance as fast as possible doesn’t interest me at all. The trail riding thing is a bit better. Maybe half way there. I have always been a person who is more interested in technical stuff rather than those focused on stamina. I am always drawn to street bmx and trials riding because it feels good watching others do those things.

I am pretty sure that i need those things in my life to feel really good. To work on my skills, doing interesting things with my bikes, and to improve. To ride the same way that street bmx riders do, the same way trials riders to and mix in some trail riding with that.

There are a lot of things missing right now. Like basic stuff such as strength, stamina, balance, basic technique. And the first step is to get a handle on skills such as jumping, bunny hops, manuals, backwheel hops, drops, and more.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress.