Video: I Am 32 Years Old and Trials Makes Me Stronger

Nov 27, 2012 at 10:12
by Kirill KUD  

Views: 29,471    Faves: 128    Comments: 9


Trials is not what's important here, put in DH, 4X, BMX - whatever it is that gives you energy!
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 I am 32 years old and can't ride trials for shit.
  • + 24
 I am 34 and will ride trials until I cant ride a bike anymore!
  • + 14
 awesome clown shorts though
  • + 100
 I'm 41 and use eye protection when I use an angle grinder.
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 Safety first!
  • + 1
 @43 i'd have to hire tidydarts to use an angle grinder
  • + 2
 Me too, since I don't even know how to use an angle grinder. To tell you the truth, I'm kinda scared of the damn things.
  • + 3
 Safety Third!

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p.s. 47 and love trials.
  • - 5
 im ameer, and this is jackass!
  • + 4
 The only bike genre where you never need to bring a pump riding..
  • + 3
 Glad he didnt put Kelly Clarkson's song as music. phew.
  • + 1
 is he riding flat tires or is it just the way they are made??
  • + 3
 im 30 and cut my leg wide open with a 9" grinder
  • + 1
 I was 16 when I discovered that riding trials in the rain is like brushing your teeth with a baseball-bat. They won't be in there for long
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 I am almost 32 years old, and this video made me stronger.
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  • + 45
 Why put the age in there?? What that got to do with anything? 32 isn't old. If it was a 70 yr old dude in the film then I could see the point...
  • + 9
 skills tho!
  • + 71
 @CATuk - why should we always aim so high? Why should we first check all over internet what can potentially be considered as bad ass or gnarly, before we allow ourselves to share with others what we believe is an achievement? I find it to be the cancer of this generation that we see a great value in setting bar high. So we set it even higher if everyoe think ambition is so good, but we forget that a true value, a true wisdom lies in reaching that bar and celebrating to get pumped for the next step. In that way we can enjoy the process instead of just having it way up there and involountarily feeling sad for not reaching it. This culture bullies us into thinking that by the age of 12 we should be able to be skateboard masters, by 22 we should have 5 years of experience in business, by 32 we should be millionairs or at least accomplished adventurers living their life doing what they love.

Maybe for that guy his age was very relevant, maybe he had many deep thoughts on the subject. Maybe he realized wow, I can do this and that, and I am only 32! I will be able to do so awesome things when I will be 50! Isn't it a enriching interpretation of this, regardless of what he actualy thought? Have a great day Wink
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 Agree with WAKI, that type of stuff makes anybody feel depressed. but then again, we set the bar to new lows as well, just look at honey-booboo haha some people will get the reference. and also, whats with his tire pressure? is that normal in trials? it looks so painful for that poor grinded rim haha
  • + 30
 32 isn't old but it's a stage in life when most people can't find the time to practice as much as one needs to get good at something. At 32, people have careers, wives, children, mortgage, all sorts of pressures and riding a bike often takes a back seat. That this guy has been able to juggle all of the above plus learn trials is pretty awesome in my books!
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 myothercarsa2cv hit it! The age isn't the issue. It's where you are and even what you believe at a particular age. Unlike many, I'm single and childless at 45 so riding DH and Enduro and training 5 days a week isn't a big deal. But were I in my 30's with a house of 3 or 4 then things might be a little different.
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 Agree BDKR on age doesn't matter.

I am 30, have a 1yr old, a demanding wife, life spread between two countries, yet I have never ever to my memory done so many things of my own wish as I do now (aside of family duties and job). For me family is empowering, just as the age - I just get this drive to be able to fully honestly, with clear conscience say to my daughter in 20 years: this is how you do it girl, look at dad, this is the way life's done* I don't want her to tell me the words of an old polish punk song, this thing hunts me and scares the shit out of me: "we adult children are disappointed for what you did to this world of ours - you taught us formulas, numbers and dates, yet nothing of how to live a life - the struggle to learn all that, stole the best days of our lives"...

So keep on kicking! All we can do is make the best use of the time that has been given to us
___________________________________
*from Micheal Irvine Hall - Football's Hall of Fame speech with small modification
** Gandalf

P.S.note that WAKi 3.0 uses reference tab Smile
  • + 3
 One of the best comment I've read on PB, so far. That feeling of learning something that was previously a challenge or doing something you couldn't do before is the best. It could be as simple as learning to pull your front wheel up. Perhaps the guys that are raising the bar so to speak are being put on a pedestal, and may even be diluting the idea of being able to have a sense of accomplishment. However, I must admit that I do enjoy watching them and getting pumped. I must always remind myself to stay grounded, however, and create realistic goals and get pumped on my own achievement. Last weekend I aired about a half foot above the coping in a bowl and I was ecstatic. It was something I've never done before in the 18 years that I've been mountain biking.
  • + 5
 Sweet lalena!

I'll try to draw another analogy: I've read a book - very humiliating in a very good way, a set of diaries of Polish mountain rescuers. Some's been to Everest and they have saved some lives as well as helped carry some dead bodies down. One of them says something really special: those people come to the mountains looking for incredible experience but without proper equipment and nutrition, risking their own lives. Yet I feel deep sympathy for them as I know that for some, even reaching the lake in the valley is a bigger challenge and effort than reaching Everest to some, so they deserve as much respect as world's best climbers - Once there was this 70 year old woman with broken leg, and head injury, at 2000m above sea level in steep, exposed rocky terrain. I decided to tell her, really meaning it, that she did something incredible and she has to fight now to be able to come back and try next year - God knows what strength would she need to survive the journey down to place where she could be safely picked up by a helicopter, what if someone broke her heart saying: "aren't you too old to come to the mountains?"

So i guess it's how much you try and of what quality are those tries, rather than how far you get, just be on the right road Smile And that off course is the hardest of all, I wish I could already be there
  • + 5
 they say it's NEVER too late to have a happy childhood when you're on a bike.
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 WAKIdesigns You are deep! haha ;-)
I'm not disagreeing with you in any way. I believe every step for every person is a great accomplishment no matter how small. I will never do most of what I watch on PB, but do get hyped when I do the smallest of things that are achievements for me,and love it!
I am a 35yr old single Mum of 2, self employed and setting up a second business!! So believe me I know how hard it is to find time to ride and develop skills.
It was just the title of this that got me. 'I'm 32 and they make me stronger' Cant you be strong at 32 normally?? This dude has skills regardless of his age it's irrelevant. Maybe the title should have leaned towards the bike/life balance or finding time? not his age.
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 I love your positive energy and the great outcome I predict it will have on your child. I am a Montessori guide and one of the biggest reasons I'm passionate about my job is that it helps to guide children to become, strong, graceful, independent, loving individuals who are true to the person they were intended to be, not what the adults around the child wanted them to be. It's quiet beautiful to witness unfold. A lot of people don't have a strong understanding of Montessori and some put all the emphasis on the academic benefit but its much deeper than academics.
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 @CATuk - I see now what are you coming from. I had nothing deeper against your comment particularly, just wanted to touch a general issue I have trouble with, I wanted to check what others might think about it - I used you in a way, as I usualy do - people here are the only evaluation group I have for my thoughts - and I'm more than happy from the feedback in this one, sounds strange but Pinkbike helps me a lot with development of my thoughts Smile Thumbs up for your business, let the girls kick it big time! Smile - no vaseline, I mean it, screw populism!


@lalena - I've read and heard so much good stuff, yet haven't really managed to put that into true practice in my life, so don't be so sure of my future Wink

All the best!
  • + 1
 The age is in video beacause, where somebody with this age going to skatepark or dirtjumps others call him daddy or grandfather in a good way. Others are about ten years younger, at least in my country.
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 @CATuk : spot on ! i AM in my 70th year and just finished two runs up Half Nelson in Squamish BC [ 3.5 Ks biking up and 3.6 ripping down ] and i am NOT a big cardio fan ! i am an intermediate DH / Freeride but still do quite a few BD trails { Whistler / North Shore Etc ] and when i see an article about 'staying' young from anyone under 40...WTH !!! We are all blessed with potential to be shredding any style / sport well beyond 32 years of age, but sadly it seems many of those who can kill it, are destroying that potential by 'partying till they puke' mentality - if anyone wonders why 4cross BMXing is the only biking in Olympics, it is difficult for the powers to be to take seriously an athlete who is hell bent on doing exactly the opposite of what they should to maintain durability in this sport - while i respect the skills of many top riders i do not see some of them as lifestyle examples for other young and upcoming riders. OK enough old fart lecturing - gotta go ride Mach Chicken .
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 Thats is so cool @jcinkits! I hope I can manage that when I'm 70, sure gonna try! ;-)

@Ianiena Not really heard of Montessori before, had a quick read sounds interesting.. Thanks for your comments too. I do hope my Girls will have a great outcome and not get sucked into the black hole of insecurity created by media and society today.

@WAKIdesigns It's great to see hear from people who think! Not everyone on here does do they? haha Just noticed you have a Blog, I'll have a read when I've got a few more min to sit down:-)
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 Really happy to see this, taking mindset from riding into everyday life. I remember when I was sweating from fear to call boss of a good architectural office if he recieved my portfolio and what he thinks, could we arrange an interview - and what really did it for me was a thought - it's like jumping that big jump for the first time, same feeling of uncertainty, fear of not succeeding, yet strong will to do it. Then I remembered the feeling of immense happyness and achievement after I made it. I didn't get the job just as I crashed badly a couple of times, but still after few other calls and mails I got the job! So yes riding makes me happy and is with me all the time. If something is so tough, think of a long uphill you did, just get that feeling, what actualy keeps you on the bike, pedalling not pushing - isn't it the vision of an awesome feeling after reaching the top?

"We are made of emotions, we are all looking for emotions, it's only a question of finding the way to experience them. There are many different ways of experience them all(...)" A.Senna

Great stuff man, keep kicking!
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 Sick riding I am in my 40 and I still try to get as much air as I can and try to ride some of knarlyest trails I can ! 40 is just a number . Hell it remind me how much air to pump in my shocks lol Mind you I am not a pro but I know one thing when I ride I feel young and alive !!!! But when I crash then I remeber how old I am and rolmfao
  • + 2
 i'm 38. Moved west 5 years ago to play in the mountains. I've never slowed down and continue to seek out knarlier shite every year.
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 Nice video, nice to watch a bit of trials in the morning
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 my thoughts exactly but, just before bed
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 Good afternoon!
Thanks for all your opinions.
Perhaps because of inaccurate knowledge of English, I incorrectly expressed my thought in the titles of the video - the main thing is that the bike gives me the energy of life, and age is just the secondary thing, although it reflects the fact that the time for the bike is very lacking. 32 - it is a great age for a career and family, and the bike gives me energy!

I will try to answer the question about pressure:

1) before jumping it is necessary to press strongly the tire, because it is easier to do it at a lower pressure;
2) it is easier to catch the balance at a reduced pressure;
3) the lowered pressure better breaks falls, and it is easier to catch the dynamic balance of the obstacle ;
3) in a scene from the stump, I broke the tire so I actually rolled on the wheel rim.

As for traction - in my opinion there the tire and tread are more important than the pressure.

Good luck in the riding on bikes!
  • + 1
 Thanks for explaining all that.

Kirill, what psi or bar are you using in your tires?

And, I understand what you mean about the bike giving you energy. Being a family man can drain the life out of you.
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  • + 3
 Its not about how good he is or about how good anybody is. Its about the sport making him mentally and physically stronger than he would be otherwise. The idea was for people to say what biking discipline makes them stronger not what biking discipline they are good at.
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 My name is Kris and im 44 and an alcholic!
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 AND, you can't spell :-) when your tanked
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 I'm 44 and I thank every minute riding. No matter how slow I ride and how small is my jumps... The practice give me increasingly physical conditions and (priceless) inner peace and joy. Even with my family to support, my career to care and everything else that make 99% of the people my age, spend their lives only working, eating trash, watching tv and waiting for something change...
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 Im 28 years old and my body is absolutly knackered from riding for close to 18 years old competivly and free time. Have tried every dicipline. Just wish i could replace my body for a new one haha. When im 32 probably cant even get on a bike.
F**K i love trials why did i sell my Zhi years back grrr
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 Discussions as to why the age is mentioned can be understood when you think about cultural differences. Only recently recreational sports, sports as a life long trend and sports not for the medals became a significant trend. The guy wanted to say that he is keeping active the way we do it here in the West when most of his classmates probably have beer guts and work on their daily doze of cigs.
So discussing the title from the Western perspective and making comments of slight bewilderment "a la 30 is new 20" does not apply to this guy's situation.
As I was growing up in Ukraine sports were perceived as follows: you are either naturally good or you are a total loser, nothing in between. There was not much room (IN MASS) for pursuing personal improvement goals in life long sports if you are a regular guy. Next time you criticize, think- cultural differences.
The fact that he has a trial bike might as well be compared to having a personal UFO 15 or so years ago. I am very happy that biking technology reached this part of the world. Few 32 old dudes ride trial bikes there, period.
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 I've asked trials riders about the pressures they run, and I got an answer that seemed counter-intuitive: one guy said he routinely runs under 25psi. It enabled him to get more traction, and it was easier to balance on a softer tire than a hard, pointy-profiled, pumped up tire. I asked him how he kept from getting pinch flats, and he told me that casing on a jump at street speeds has so much more kinetic energy involved in it than the slower, almost static pounding you get when doing trials. Granted, I can't imagine the guy in this video not running DH tubes. I would be curious about his setup and the pressures he's running, for sure.

Can anyone else confirm this or comment on this?
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  • + 1
 I got the same echo trials bike for $900 new from Pinkbike and its a great investment for improving biking skills. Makes it all so easy compared to real bike, then once you learn a skill you gotta transfer it to a hardtail like TransAM. Sussers suck for true technical unless you're going fast but the skills apply on DH and everything. I ride trails through the Alaska winter at skate park and at home when there is nothing else but the dreaded trainer. Trials looks hard but I'll tell you what: My 9 year old girl learned to track stand in 3 days and within a week could balance dead still for over 10 minutes. Check it out: www.pinkbike.com/video/279575
  • + 1
 He is riding a ZOO!....
  • + 0
 @maituk, "not bad for a girl"? You expect a boy would have done better?
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  • + 6
 im 42 and i ride bikes
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  • + 1
 I don't know. I think your age in trials holds more weight than your age in mountain biking or DH IMO... only because in order to do those big static moves, you need lots of springs in your legs. Kind of like point guards and hollywood-dunking forwards in the NBA, once you hit low to mid 30's, you can't fly like you once did

I think you can ride DH or anything else quite a bit longer at a higher level (assuming you stay healthy)
  • + 1
 Trials is a young guys sport and age has everything to do with trials. Good on him for being able to do those moves at 32yrs old. I'm 38 and I used to ride trials and don't anymore. The stress and strain it has on your ankles, lower back and shoulders is a lot. Young guys are usually more limber and able to ride injury free or able to bounce back from a rolled ankle a lot quicker. Trials has a few basic moves - touch ups, side hop and pedal kicks. The more you're able to amplify those moves and string more and more moves together the more impressive trials is. This takes a lot of time to practice. Thats a fine juggling act at any point in life if you have work, morgage, wife, kid.......ect.
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 OMFknG. 32 / 52/ 22 who gives a ....

all you keyboard critics go ride your bike. Who TFRU to judge what is cool and what is right on a bike.

Enjoy it and admire or at least give a little space to others who have a little talent. The guy is from Russia fro chrisakes. Been there?

They don't actually get to enjoy all the stuff we take for granted. If he cud afford hopes he wudnt be grinding his rims.

Why so willing to judge and ridicule others?
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  • + 4
 cruisin' for a bruisin' with that chainsaw chain so loose
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 I am 30 years old and can't ride trials for shit...
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 Nice riding, inspired me to go and continue learning to bunnyhop my AM bike.......
  • + 1
 I can hop onto a curb!
  • + 1
 I can bunnyhop curbs as well.... its just pre-hopping techy descents and hopping over 1foot+ logs etc. I just crash mentally and then fall to bits lol. Must get more focused.
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  • + 3
 Wise man once say "you don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing"
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  • + 0
 Some strange comments, demonstrates how much less popular trials is, on pinkbike at least. I'm as a big a fan of Danny McAskill as anyone else but there's so much more to trials than that, get looking people there are some incredible vids out there. If anything I was well impressed with the dude using a race king on the front and pulling anything off in that rain!
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  • + 4
 I wonder how his coffee tastes :-/
  • + 1
 buahaha, that coming from the motherland of instant coffe Smile
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 Отлично! Мочи дальше! Вон буржуи сколько понаписали, значит понравилось. 8-)
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  • + 1
 Do trials riders always run such low tire pressure? Made me cringe for the rims every time he hopped. I assume it was for traction but still, yikes!
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  • + 1
 Awesome video and riding! Ryan Leech will be 34 in a couple months. I don't know how they do trials. It just blows my mind.
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 So, angle grinder to the rims huh? Rough up the braking surface for increased brake bite? Never heard of that trick. Is it common amoung trials riders?
  • + 1
 Yes, it's very common. A smooth rim doesn't lock up well.
  • + 1
 Grind and roofing tar is boss!
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 ive just turned 33! im useless at riding a bike! bike i love it! dont care if 13yo overtakes me on a dh track! im still smiling!
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  • + 3
 nice edit,age doesn't matter when you young at heart. Salute keep it up
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  • + 2
 Nice vid and props for riding wood in the rain, think there were a couple of big gaps you could have made in there though!
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 I'm 36 and I also can't ride trials for shit...........never tried it. Good vid though !
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 Wow some of the comments on here haha the tires are deflated to create grip? That's why he grounded his rims because the lack of air pressure causes the tire to slip on the rim and the defeated tire raps around the item your jumping on doubling the grip. In regards with him being 32, he's not bragging about being 32 he's saying I'm 32 and trials still makes me stronger. As in I still love trials, he been grinding since he was a kid.... christ until any of you can ride like that stop bitching!!! Nuff said
  • + 14
 Actually, the rims are ground so as to create a rougher surface for the brakes and hence more braking power.
  • + 3
 yea, thats what i thought. more grip for the rim brakes. but whenever ive watched any other trials, ive never seen tires fold like that except with moto. i feel like he would get more pop and power if he pumped up his tires a bit
  • - 5
 haha trials noobs
  • + 1
 Grinding rims is for more grip. And guys will take it one step farther and also apply roofing tar to the rim. But you only use tar when its hot out. Has the opposite effect on braking in the wet.
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  • + 1
 what skills and a great video .i am 55 i don't have skills like this guy and i probably wont ever .
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  • + 1
 i wish i could do this, one of my biking pals can do this on a full on downhill bike! its AMAZING
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  • + 1
 really cool riding, i wish i could do that shit! but, the song really made this vid...... well... eh.
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  • + 1
 i need those rims im tired of flats and obviously u can ride the rim on these all day long
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 Am i missing something - why the angle grinder on the rims??
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 braking grip*
  • + 1
 Arhh, makes sense. Cheers.
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 I was wondering about that.
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 Massive Respect.
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 sick riding im 12 and i ride trials but i cant ride like that you should watch jhon webster ride ! nice riding
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  • + 2
 Cafe robusta! makes me stronger!
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  • + 2
 Man I wanna get into trials Frown
  • + 1
 Then do it!
  • + 1
 I do but I wouldn't want to buy a trials bike until I can try one, and nobody has one around here Frown
  • + 1
 I went into trials by buying a bike without trying it out first, and I don't regret it one bit.
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 I'm 31 and also can't ride trials for shit... but he is Красавчик
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 it looks like he needs higher psi or do all trials riders ride that low?
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  • + 1
 why the grinding of the rims?
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  • + 1
 I'm 34 years old and McDonald's at 11pm on a Thursday makes me stronger
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  • + 1
 впоряде! продолжай так дальше!
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 Who else wonders how many pinch flats these trials riders get?
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 russians are really amazing...
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 Did he really have to cut that box with a Chainsaw??
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 daughters asleep, get out the grinder!
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 Wow love it it's a very good inspiration !
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  • + 1
 Great Father......Great riding.......Great feeling !!
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 gym makes me stronger tbh..
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 I have no balance - I'f I'm not riding through it - I'm falling over.
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 eww, Instant : / you need some nespresso man
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 Молодец!Так держать!...
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 Ive never ridden trials but...Poor rim Frown
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 so good hes the next danny macaskill!!
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 And I thought I rode with a low tire pressure
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  • + 1
 does anyone know why trials use lower psi in their wheels?
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  • + 0
 tires only a tad bit under inflated? sick riding tho, trials blows my mind
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 Nope, trials tyres are like that as it increases traction, if they were hard they'd bounce off of stuff.
  • + 1
 ahh ic, ive never done trials so i wouldnt know
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 Its cool, understandable, no need for people to negative prop so much.
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  • + 1
 thats a big trial bike
  • + 1
 Not really that big, looks like a 24" to me which is the same size that Danny McAskill rides, just his has a seat so the proportions don't look quite so strange.
  • + 1
 its 26" Wink you dont get 24" race kings or shwalbe tyres.
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 I think he needs a bit more pressure in his tires...
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 Agreed he must get one to many pinch flats haha
  • + 3
 try getting a tyre to grip on a square edge like that without low pressures! big dual ply trials tyres can handle it...
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 i understand the need for low pressure but running it damn near all the way flat ?!
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 ya like riding on all rim
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