The first TykeTrial of the year was on Sunday and was held at my local, Shipley Glen. A fairly average turnout with the addition of some familiar old faces. Following all the wet weather we’ve been having it was quite boggy although the rocks were dry. I decided to brush up my photo skills again and came up with these. Hope you like
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Don’t deny it, we all have it, those dreaded winter blues. Trials has such a contrasting summer to it’s winter but don’t let that keep you off the bike ….whatever that bike may be!
A couple of winters back I ended up locking my trials bike away from the start of November right through to mid March, a couple of weeks before our annual k-124 days trip! I felt fresh when back on the bike but it was almost like starting again, I Just couldn’t remember how to do things and lacked confidence.
Last winter I decided to avoid this by riding right through winter, as much as I do in summer. It was great. I got stronger and fitter and my technique was consistent for the most part of my riding, a massive improvement to say the least. But it did have its drawbacks….
By mid summer my body knew it had ridden a little too much and my motivation and inspiration were both lacking. So this year I decided to try something new (get your boos ready)…..BMX
Iv got to say, iv never been a massive fan of bmx, I always thought bmxers were nuts. Yes I had respect for what the guys do but I just never really liked the scene. I also always thought it was a lot harder than it is, didn’t think I’d ever be able to do anything. I suppose you just don’t know what you don’t try!
I’ve got to give credit to Joseph Prattley, we ride all kinds of bikes together and he invited me to RKade skatepark on his Inspired Fourplay whilst he rode an NSBikes 24″. I hated it! And everything seemed a lot easier on the NS. So I bought one…then realised it wasn’t the best bike for my tiny local skatepark and quickly bought a cheap bmx.
I got used to it surprisingly quickly and decided to go all out and buy myself a shiny brand new one. Joe Poyzer from Onza hooked me up with a bike made by Onza’s sister company Social Bike Co. I love it and it’s been keeping me entertained up and down the country at various skateparks.
But….it’s not just me! It’s like a virus, and its spreading. Jack Carthy has been tagging along and now goes frequently with other local trials riders! I’ve also managed to coax another 4 of my trials riding friends to buy BMX’s and ride indoor.
It will all be short lived though as the weather will hopefully be getting better soon. I’m starting to get excited about summer riding already and my body has almost had enough hard knocks to keep me off of the steel beast and on something else!
I’ve just got off the phone with the peeps in charge of making these lovely t-shirts and they should be here in a week. I got this image through the other day showing a basic 2 colour logo design which will be the first available, grey to follow soon.
I’ve had to change the logo up a bit because it was a bit too complex to print on fabric. The new logo is sleek and simple and will be used in replacement as of now. Hope you guys like ‘em and i’ll keep you updated on where to get them.
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Going out to Malaga in March to film the Onza team was probably the highlight of my year. We all had such a great time and to then have a video to look back on the time we had is a bonus. I loved everything about making that video; the interviews, the awesome riding locations, the beautiful scenery and weather. Sadly this trip wont be happening again this year, with the ownership of Onza having a reshuffle, budgets just wont stretch.
Looking back through the footage to make this edit I found a few nice unused clips but to be honest it was hard to find anything I hadn’t used. With the planning and structure of making a video abroad in just a week we had to be very careful with time. All the riders would try find something and call me over to film. If it got filmed it was almost certainly a keeper so inevitably there isn’t much spare besides 45mins of Joe Poyzer talking about Onza as a company after about 4 G + T’s!
I kind of got the urge to put a bit of effort in to editing this, it’s not really about big riding or originality its just a reflection on an awesome week away doing what I love most surrounded by people doing the same. We had some laughs, nobody got hurt except poor James Davies who was so ill he could barely string 3 words together without bursting in to a coughing fit. I think the whole thing was very professional and other brands should do more things like this with their sponsored riders.
I hope anyone can enjoy this and not just the people who were involved. Either way roll on summer!!
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