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How to Get Started in Trials Biking for Beginners – Step by Step Guide

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This post is to introduce people who want to start trials biking on the bikes, some easy moves and a few easy maintenance techniques. 

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How to choose the right bike for you

When you are thinking of choosing a bike, one of the main things to think about is what size to get. The size of the bike is measured from the wheel size.

You can get three different sizes: 20″, 24″ and 26″.

  • A 20″ bike is called a Mod.
  • A 24″ bike is simply called 24″.
  • A 26″ bike is called Stock.

Choosing the right size for you can depend on your height, however, it is a good idea to have a go on a few different bikes before you purchase one. Head onto UK Trials Forum and register there. Then you can find out who rides near you, and you can arrange to meet up.

But basically, 20″ bikes are for a competition style of riding, and 24″ and 26″ bike is for a more flowing street style of riding.

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First Tricks

In this section, I will explain a few easy tricks.

The Bunny Hop

When your bunny hop you lift both wheels off the ground at the same time. You can use this to get over small obstacles. This is the first thing you should try to master on a trials bike, which is very similar to the pro scooter Bunny Hop stunt. The following steps explain how to learn to do it:

  1. Step One – Roll along at a comfortable speed, around walking pace, and make sure you have quite a lot of room around you.
  2. Step Two – Try to push down through your front wheel. Shift your weight forward. Push down on the handlebars. It has to be done in a fairly quick, snappy movement. You are aiming for your back wheel to come off the ground. Keep trying until you feel the back wheel lifting slightly.
  3. Step Three – Now try step two, but lifting your front wheel instead of your back wheel. This is a lot simpler. Just move your weight back and pull the handlebars upwards. Again, keep trying until you get it right.
  4. Step Four – Once you have mastered steps 2 and 3 on their own, try and put them together. Roll along at a comfortable speed and push down through the handlebars, which will lift your back wheel. Slightly after this, try and pull your front wheel up. You will feel both wheels lifting off the ground. Continue to practice, and aim to perform the move smoother and get more height.

That’s it, you have mastered the bunny hop. Now you should move on to the next trick if you feel comfortable.

The Back-hop

A back-hop is when you get onto your back wheel and then lift the back wheel off the ground. The following steps explain how to do it:

  1. Step One – Roll along at a comfortable speed, around walking pace. Pull your front brake sharply, so that your back wheel comes off the ground.
  2. Step Two – As you rock back, pull the back brake. The aim is to balance on your back wheel. Do this by keeping your brake on, shifting your weight backward, and pulling the handlebars up, so they almost touch your body. Practice steps one and two together a few times until you can do it smoothly.
  3. Step Three – Pull sharply upwards with the handlebars. You want to lift your back wheel off the ground. Practice this a lot before moving on to the next trick.

That’s it, you will have now mastered the Back-Hop. Move onto the next trick if you feel comfortable.

The Gap

A gap is like a back-hop, but you let go of the brake and kick, in order to get the height and travel a distance. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Step One – Roll along at a comfortable speed, around walking pace. Pull your front brake sharply, so that your back wheel comes off the ground.
  2. Step Two – As you rock back, pull the back brake. The aim is to balance on your back wheel. Do this by keeping your brake on, shifting your weight backward, and pulling the handlebars up, so they almost touch your body. Practice steps one and two together a few times until you can do it smoothly.
  3. Step Three – When you are up on your back wheel, release your back brake and kick the pedals. You will start by not traveling much distance but over time you will master it.

That’s it, you have completed the basic tricks on a trials bike. I hope to add some more, slightly harder tricks soon.

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