Looking for some tips on how to get into trial cycling? We had the chance to sit down with Danny MacAskill recently at the Fort William World Cup, and we asked him for some basic hints and tips about how to get started in trials.
If you’ve somehow managed to miss Danny’s viral videos taking over the internet, he’s the man who racked up 43 million views on YouTube when he rode the now famous ‘Ridge’ line in Skye, who hit over 50 million views when he dropped ‘Imaginate’, and who has a heap of other videos online with more views than most people will ever have anything.
Danny is the flag bearer for trials cycling at the moment; bringing the discipline to a whole new generation and putting it on people’s screens and on the tip of their tongue. Here’s his recommendations for getting started in trials:
“The way I got into trials was just, well, being into riding my bike like you are when you’re a kid," he told us.
“Your bike gives you a bit of freedom and it’s just a fun thing to be getting on and playing on. It’s all about playing.
“The usual things you start with are skids and wheelies. You stick a little branch in the middle of the trail and just try and get your front wheel over it and maybe even try and get your back wheel over it.
“That leads on to the more balance-based stuff. Learning to track stand and bunny hops naturally come next.
“Learning to wheelie – one car park space, two car park spaces, three. Taking it one step at a time.
“The thing about trials is that a lot of people seem to be put off by how long it takes to learn the basics, especially when you’re younger and you’ve not quite got the strength.
“These days though there are so many different bikes available and you should be able to get one that suits your height and weight.
“At the end of the day though it’s all about patience and enjoying what you’re doing. You should always do it because you enjoy doing it!"
“My favourite thing about riding my bike is from a riding point of view is that my doorstep is almost like the top of a mountain for a downhill mountain biker.
“From my doorstep in Glasgow I immediately go out for three hours almost like it’s a cross country loop. I just go and pick different stops around the town with my music in and it’s just the best feeling."
If you want to know more about getting started in mountain biking, check out our beginner's series, where you can read:
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- How to clean your mountain bike
- How to buy your first mountain bike
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