HOW TO BUILD A TRIALS PRACTICE TRACK & OBSTACLES FOR TRIALS RIDERS. From http://www.crosstrainingenduro.com Want to practice trials between trials club meetings on a backyard trials course? Here are some tips for building your own trials practice area and backyard trials setups with easy to access materials for homemade obstacles, and bigger obstacles if you have the money and/or equipment to move things around. Brought to you by the usual suspects at Western Districts Trials Club: see our full range of videos at http://www.wdtc.org.au Building a backyard trials setup to practice on will come down to how much effort you want to put in, how much you want to spend, the kind of terrain you have, and the equipment you have to work with. First, don't be an idiot and annoy your neighbors - check with them first to see if they mind. A lot of people will be very reasonable if you approach them first, test noise levels, and if needed set certain times of the day for practice and time limits.
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Sometimes there can be issues with local by laws and regulations, so check that out too. But of course you'll normally be reported by neighbors, so even more motivation to get on their good side. Don't give trials riding a bad name in your community.
MIMIC THE TERRAIN YOU'LL BE COMPETING IN
If you are serious about trials competition, check out the terrain you'll be riding in and try to imitate it with your man made obstacles. Even if you are on a budget or don't have heavy machinery to work with, you can always work out short cuts to still get some training in! Stacks of pallets can simulate rock ledges, chopped up firewood can resemble riding through loose rocks - you get the drift.
USE THE NATURAL TERRAIN
Starting with the easy stuff, if you have steep terrain, use this for climbs, descents and off camber corners. Use any rocks, logs, sand pits or bog holes you have on the property already. If you have creeks or dams, consider running the track through or nearby to make a water section or bog hole easier to build.
MATERIALS THAT DON'T NEED HEAVY MACHINERY
Assuming you have a trailer or suitable pick up truck or van, you can scavenge for rocks, short logs, car and truck tires, heavy duty PVC pipe, old oil drums, railway sleepers and bricks.
Tires can be chained, bolted or tied together, or simply dig a hole and bury the bottom half. You can also lay them on the ground for an excellent obstacle course in your backyard trials setup.
Pallets can be made into all sorts of obstacles, but you do run the risk of breaking these easily and coming to grief. We'd only suggest using them if reinforced with other materials to prevent breaking and subsequent injury, or use the pallets as a foundation and screw solid boards on top that won't break when you pound them with your trials bike.
If you have a chain saw and plenty of time on your hands, create a firewood pit, the poor man's rock section for trials practice.
LIFE'S A BEACH
A lot of trials riders hate sand, which is all the more reason to practice riding in it. Even expert riders can get tripped up by sand sections as they rarely encounter sand riding. Consider a sand pit for practicing turns in - most of us will have enough trouble riding through sand in a straight line!
BIG STUFF FOR YOUR BACKYARD TRIALS SETUP
One man's rubbish is another man's treasure! You may be able to access bigger items like tractor tires and larger logs by approaching farm machinery businesses and logging companies - sometimes they'll give this stuff away, or at least just for the cost of delivery. Tractor tires are especially handy for practicing zaps and splats as there is a bit of give in the rubber if you slam into the tire with your skidplate.
If concrete slabs are being ripped up on a building site you may get free delivery to your property. Concrete pipes will be hard to get for free, but might be within your budget. Concrete pipes are slippery which is great for testing your traction abilities, but remember your skidplate will take more of a pounding on concrete than timber logs.
LOGS FOR TRIALS PRACTICE
Logs are brilliant for backyard trials setups - there is so much you can do with them.
Copyright 2014 B. Morris
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