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About rabie

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    2014 300 Beta
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  1. Someone has just given me the "Michelin 2017 off road range" leaflet. In the small print "recommended pressures" for trials, both tubed and tubeless, it says Front 5psi minimum and rear 4.25psi minimum - i can scan it if you want. I'm well aware that some riders around here (soft southern [mud] fairies) run as little as 3psi dry and less when wet.
  2. Off the top of my head hawkstone have limited planning consent to a handful of weekends per year, thus it commands a relativity large fee to hire (for a mx venue) - for the limited financial means of a trials event this would be prohibitive
  3. what he said No (less) typos money up front and cleared everyone can see who enters easier to enter (web and card rather than post and cheque book) licences checked, etc its really easy, and if clubs want help there are load of people about to help clubs use the system
  4. down here the "novice" (ie red) route is shared by youth novice, over 50 clubman, twinshocks, pre65 and even sidecars - while other trials won't have these. an event without sidecars can lead to narrower gaps, and event without twinshocks and pre65 can have much tighter corners, steeper hills, etc also as above the status of the event has a major bearing on the standard. at centre championship round, for example, the "novice" route will be significantly harder than a group or club event. when we (sidcup) run our centre round the red route is pitched as being as hard as the group level "inter b" (that ride a 66% red 33% blue route). when we run a wobbler trial the blue route is easier than then red route at a centre trial - because we are catering to the respective ability ranges entering. more tellingly the conclusion you draw / ask - that because you finished last should you go down a class? - this is more telling of all trials. if the event was pitched at the right level and you are happy / can bear the score as a "new" novice then ride novice. the jump down to yellow (wobbler/beginer/sportsman etc can be a long way (ability wise). there are also some events without a yellow route (lack of entries, unsuitability of the land, etc). conversely the event could have been pitched wrong, endured worse weather, etc that means it isn't a great example of where you should be. other factors like the venue/terrain (some people don't get on with water, mud, roots, rocks, chalk, etc while others thrive) can greatly affect it.
  5. no one should, you could, but i wouldn't want to depends on how you might intend on fixing it, with say a car tyre and a car puncture repair, you drill out the puncture and then plug. This and/or the original puncture undermine (critically) the structural make up of the tyre. in trials use at low PSI this may not lead to catastrophic tyre failure like in a car being used on the road, but does low pressure trial work lead to more stress - beyond my knowledge check out the national tyre dealers association 3 page pdf on puncture repairs -
  6. there is a 18 second video on facebook from "David McArthur" here (if my coding works) from the front
  7. ACU clubs pay the ACU a small fee around October time, based on the number of members they declare, other than that, each member doesn't "cost" the club anything (unless the club chose to provide it - eg magazine, a club card, etc). Several clubs around here have very cheap, or even free membership (eg to youth) as they "make" enough money from the events they run PS if a club is "registered like a business" it *might* mean they have become a "limited company" to sensible limit the liability in the even of a ruinous legal claim. theoretically it is very risky running a club as an "unincorporated association". Many clubs have become "limited companies" to surmount this (there are other more costly avenue like charitable status). The key is is the company "not for profit" or *not* paying dividends to shareholders. Obvisouly if someone thinks they can run a business (ie for profit) running a trials club then bloody good luck to them!
  8. its been some time since i looked but tubeless tyres are effectively not designed to run at the mega low pressures we run them at
  9. let me reassure everyone that in this worst case scenario the ACU (assuming its an ACU event) would supply the club/its offcials with legal representation (eg a barrister) so clubs/offiails can be legally covered. I would also say/note that if one looks at the insurance section of the handbook, there is also a medical malpractice cover (in addition to the earlier notes about first aid being outside of the realm of suing)
  10. try and
  11. the posts above list some good local dates list putting an ACU hat for a second - the idea is nice to try and have a national dates list, i belive it is populated from the permits database - ie when a club asks for an event to take place it is recorded for insurance purposes - the extrapolation to a dates list is a stretch because there is no human input, but its better than checking a million website or having to phone around. Andy has a calendar (see and so does TMX, but both depend on users inputting dates - i'm (as an organiser) as guilty as many others as i don't put our dates on either
  12. MX related but this always used to be a cracker;
  13. as the first reply says every different area of the country, even different clubs within each area, have their own ideas about what is "right" i think we all (worldwide?) try to go from one pair of gates to the next pair of gates, but quiet how these gates are identified certainly varies. so clubs have 4 (we do), 5, or even 6 different routes through a section so the see of colour that you see can be very confusing. yes do try asking the observer, but they might be confused too or harassed. as a back up find someone else who is riding the same route (colour) as you and watch them or even walk the section with them. PS obviously what we do in the south east is right, with pairs or yellow, red, blue, white, white with black cross - the rest of you are just wrong! PPS i think the inward facing arrows as used by the Scottish might actually be a better idea
  14. firstly ascertain that the print vinyl is one for "low energy" surfaces eg or lots of other vinyls suppliers make similar products. the second and perhaps more critical step would be for the thickness of the laminate used. most normal graphics for everyday use are 100 microns while for "mx quality and thickness" there are specials that are around 300 microns. there are about half a dozen guys in the UK doing mx graphics with the proper stuff as a business, its all buy-able for anyone with a printer to do but economies of scale for a one off make it prohibitively expensive. eg Danger UK, spiral gfx, etc (there are more out there) thirdly (maybe firstly) the graphic designer need a template for that years plastics so what they draw up actually fits. disclaimer - i work for a sign supplies company but we don't make and i don't supply any of the guys that do this sort of work (ie i might be slightly wrong and/or i've no financial gain from this)
  15. as someone who organises a lot of MX and enduro, the sliding scale of relatively safer trials is compared to these others is truly staggering they way i would pose the question, is what sort of injury stats are we getting? knowing various high up in the ACU, i'm not ware of any statical trend in trials in a particular area that would cause one to ask for a solution i mentioned lanyards on the other thread as its something that is happening slowly (all youth, several British championship classes and now almost all sidecars), but i can't say organisers that we are experiencing problems that would cause one to say lanyards are the solution similarly full face helmets, gloves, solid discs, designated first aiders etc would imply that there is a problem that needs solving now as organisers and/or sanctioning bodies/federations we can improve best practice, offer better officials training, first aid training, risk assessment skills, etc to help, maybe technical official training for trials and enduro to improve technical control to ensure these bike specific measures are being enforced. but show us where the problem is then lets come up with a solution, rather than have a solution looking for a problem