- Manchester Indoor BMX – anyone been?
It starts at 6.
I’ve got soft shell knee pads but no elbow pads or full face, so will have to hire them.
Mr. Hoppy, they had 8 spaces when I rang earlier in the week, so they might still have spots tonight.
I’m strangely nervous. I haven’t been this worried about what I’m going to wear since the Year 8 disco….
Hora, come and say hello. I’ll be the painfully uncomfortable looking one. I mean seriously, is it just going to be all kids? Will I look like some weirdo mountain biker?Posted 5 years agoEightyeight wrote:
luffy – that’s basically why I’m starting it up. Anyone I ride with who’s got a history of BMX seems to be technically excellent, especially when jumping.
It’s never too late to take up trials riding to make you a better rounded rider too. For £100 you can pick up a suitable 26″ bike to ride. Learning the basics such as forward-hops, or pivoting around the front wheel can go a long way. Even your balance gets improved.
I’ve found doing forward-hops across/over obstacles in your path, while clipped in, on a full-sus does make a few people go “Huh?? WTF? How did he do that??” Skills are transferable, but only used when you least expect it.
(…I have a BMX (park/dirt….. now racing) and trials background )Posted 5 years ago
Xiphon – I would def like to give that a go. I usually just mess around on my housemate’s HT in the car park, but it’s a pretty heavy Kona Shred, so would like to pick up a cheap trials bike.
I find I can easily hop over objects when I’m clipped it, but think I’m sort of cheating my sucking up on the pedals. I’ve gone flats for the time being to try and improve technique / not cheat.
By the way, when you say ‘forward-hop’, is that a bunny hop or something different?Posted 5 years agor0bhMember
Went a few weeks ago, great fun. Full face helmets and elbow/knee pads are compulsory but they have them there (ours was a group booking so we got them and bikes included).
We went from total novices to doing full laps from the 5m start ramp out of the gates within a two hour session.Posted 5 years ago
Sorry I think their ‘correct’ term is a “pedal kick” (but I always called them forward hops…. as, well, y’know… you’re hoping forward!)
Any small (13/14/15 inch) hardtail/rigid with good brakes and low gearing is all you need. Large frames just get in the way I find.
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o64aXOk_Ys[/video]Posted 5 years ago
eightyeight – Once you get the hang of some basic trials manoeuvres, you soon learn to pull of party tricks, like ride up and over picnic tables, pivot 360 degrees on your front wheel (360 endo), etc. all while on your 30lb full bouncer.
Suddenly the 30ft log beside the path on your ride becomes a challenge to ride along (including riding up to it, and getting on top, in one continuous motion…)
Combining trials stunts with ‘everyday’ riding certainly brightens the day up sometimes.Posted 5 years ago
Just thought I’d give a quick report from Friday…
It was really good fun, and very laid back. I don’t know what I was worried about! The instructor (Andy?) was a really nice chap and took things at a good pace.
I passed my accreditation and am booked in again for tonight 😀
If you live in Manchester, it’s almost criminal not to take advantage of the facility on offer – not exactly expensive either, £5 for two hours in a world class facility (compare that to the snowdome thingy….)
Hora – I must have missed your heckling, cause I hit the deck pretty hard on one occassion and my first thought was: “I’m gonna get some 5h*t for that…”Posted 5 years ago
Thanks Andy, it was a really good session. I was in the LBS last night trying to get a few other lads along.
I didn’t go last night, I get the feeling Thursday is an even higher standard again.
Just one question, what are the best sessions to get along to for some basic coaching? Trying to figure out how to manual a roller was proving difficult!Posted 5 years agorhbrhbMember
^^ see you in May, it’s v.popular at the moment.
^ you want the “bmx progression” coached sessions, they rotate thru different skills over 3 sessions, but manualling is amongst them. Ask the green jackets at gate sessions for more info.
p.s. don’t worry about rider standard at sessions, just come along & ride – other regular riders will offer tips, generally a friendly bunch.
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