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.